With all the negative writings about Islam, and specifically about a recent article comparing scriptural reasoning with the plot of a spaghetti western, this writer feels pressed to respond. First, my credentials; I have none. I am not a theologian, but do know the tricks of clever writing and the motives behind them – 30% truth and 70% lies and propaganda. This article seeks nothing more than to tell the truth.
The early years of the Prophet
Muhamad lost his parents at a very young age. He lived with his uncle, and then his uncle died. We all know what happens when you lose your parents at an early age and how this can affect you in later life. He was normal like any other man, needing food and shelter to survive. He could not read and did not perform miracles. When the prophet felt disturbed he would go to a cave at the top of Mount Nur to meditate and pray. One day he was at the cave and the Angel Gabriel appeared and ordered him to read. Iqraa! Gabriel ordered him. Read! Muhamad was so frightened that he fainted. He would later tell his Companions that he could not explain what he saw but that the apparition was large and frightening, that his body would feel squeezed and that he would feel weak and breathless afterwards. If a doctor were to look at the Prophet today he would probably diagnose anxiety and panic attacks. And why would this be so unusual? He was human after all and prone to the same sicknesses suffered by other human beings. After the first revelation, there was a six-month silence before the revelations started again. They came steadily after that for 23 years.
The Prophet married his first wife Khadija out of love; he was 25 and she was 40. When she died he mourned her death and felt very lonely. During the Battle of Uhud many men and husbands died and God stated that if a man could afford it and his wife agreed, he could marry these women and give them a home and help raise the children. It was to protect the women; not a passport for illicit behavior. It was also stipulated that the number of wives should not exceed four. God was against adultery. He allowed it but did not recommend it. He knew that men would never be fair as it was hard for him. God wanted respect shown to women. Was marriage not better than having random sex where no one cared for you afterwards?
Writing negatively about Islam always seems to include the women in Muhamad’s life. Yes, he had a favorite wife Aisha after Khadidja died. Ayesha was a girl and did not live in his house. He did not have sex with her until he married her when she was old enough. The women he married were older women who had lost their husbands during the Battle of Uhud and he could marry them as they were all in need of a husband. They were not all young and attractive. The other women were jealous of Aisha at first but the Prophet was fair by sleeping with a different wife every night. He had normal marital problems like everyone else and admitted that the women made him so crazy that he escaped to the cave if he wanted to get away from them. He would return home from his prayers and meditations in the cave after a month and feel refreshed. When Muhamad died in his early sixties he asked his other wives if he could be alone with Aisha. The wives understood and gave Aisha the honor. He died with his head on her lap and the grave is on the same spot where he had slept. The house is under the Green Dome section of the magnificent Prophet’s Mosque.