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Mohammed and the TEN Commandments

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The Ten CommandmentsMuslims are always very quick to point out that Islam recognizes the Prophets before Mohammed, especially Jesus and Moses. But they are shy about mentioning what Moses is famous for, and that is the Ten Commandments. There is an obvious reason for this as Mohammed actually broke  the Ten Commandments and left a legacy such that his followers would also break the Ten Commandments by following his example. Of course, muslims are told that Mohammed set the “perfect example” for muslims to follow [Q33.21] and also that Mohammed conforms to “sublime morality. [Q68.4] It is important then to investigate whether Mohammed did indeed follow the teachings of Moses and Jesus and support “the Law” which had stood for over 2,000 years by the time Mohammed appeared in 611AD.
 
The Law appears in two places in the Old Testament, first in Exodus 20:2-17 and then in Deuteronomy 5:6-21. Jesus then reconfirmed the Law and its importance in the New Testament in Matthew 5:17-18. [7]

Importance of the Law
Moses was given the Ten Commandments circa 1450BC on Mt Sinai after he had led the Israelites out of Egypt. [2]  When Jesus started his ministry circa 29AD, he reinforced the importance of the Law:
 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” [Matt 5:17-18]
Notice that not only did Jesus reinforce the Law but stated that the Law should stand till “all be fulfilled”.
Jesus also simplified the Law:-
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. “
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. “ [Matt 22:37-39]

Let us consider then the Ten Commandments and examine Mohammed’s life to see if he followed what Moses passed on, and understood that Jesus claimed the Law stood “till all be fulfilled”.

The TEN Commandments
1.    I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other Gods before me.
2.    You shall not take the name of God in vain.
3.    Keep Holy the Lord’s day.
4.    Honor your Father and Mother.
5.    You shall not kill.
6.    You shall not commit adultery.
7.    You shall not steal.
8.    You shall not bear false witness before your neighbour.
9.    You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife.
10.    You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods.

The first three commandments are about God, the last seven are about “love thy neighbour”.

We shall consider each commandment in turn, working back from number 10, and look at how history shows Mohammed’s actions and deeds.

10.  You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods.  
After the death of his wife Khadja, Mohammed found himself without an income and took to raiding passing caravans from Syria on their way to Mecca to live off stolen goods.
 
Consider one example of Mohammed’s behavior with the Khaybar Jews in 628AD. [1]
Now Mohammed was resentful towards the Banu Nadir Jews after the Battle of the Trench and especially towards their leader Abu Rafi. In 627AD he sent Ali on an expedition to Khaybar who managed to steal some camels and flocks. He then sent assassins who used deception to expose and then kill Abu Rafi.
 
Mohammed had heard about a large treasure and to find its location, he tortured the grandson of Abu Rafi, a man named Kinana, by placing fire on his chest. The treasure was found and Kinana put to death.
 
After the victory, men of fighting age were killed, the children and women were taken as captives. [Bukhari 2.14.68] And the women of the Khybar were distributed among the Muslims, records Ibn Ishaq.
So in this one example, Mohammed broke Commandments #10, #8, #7 and #6.

9.  You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife
Consider now the story of Zainab, the wife of Mohammed’s stepson.
Kitab al Tabaqat, 8:101-102;  Muhammed Ibn Yahya Hayyan narrated:
“The Messenger of God came to Zaid Ibn Haritha’s house seeking him. Zainab Bint Hahsh stood up to meet him in a housedress… and the Prophet was filled with admiration for her.”
In summary, Zainab talked to Zaid when he came home, and Zaid realised that Mohammed desired his wife so he divorced her. Mohammed conveniently received a revelation Sura 33.37 saying that Allah had married them in Heaven. Also came Sura 33.4 which absolved the practise of adoption in the Muslim world and got Mohammed “out of a jam”.

In fact, Mohammed condoned the practise of slavery and from the Battles of Banu Qurayza and Khaybar, married women were handed around to his soldiers as prizes.
 
Mohammed also produced a Sura 4.3 allowing Muslims to have sex with those “whose your right hand possesses” which includes married women. In this way Mohammed broke Commandment #9.

8.  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbourMoses with Tablets
Consider previous revelation championed by both Moses and Jesus.
“You shall not bear false witness” [Exodus 20:16, Deut 5:20]
 “The Lord detests a lying tongue, a lying witness who testifies falsely” [Proverbs 6:17,19]
There are so many examples where Mohammed condoned and encouraged lying, even to have an adversary killed. He produced a Sura 16.106 which allows a Muslim to lie if “threatened”.
 
Islam has Doctrines of Taqiyya (lying for faith) and Kithman (lying by omission) which also condone lying.
Bukhari Vol 5, 59.369, Narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah. [4]
“Allah’s Apostle said ‘ who is willing to kill Ka’b bin Al-Ashral who has hurt Allah and His Apostle? Muhammed bin Maslama said ‘would you like me to kill him?’ The Prophet said ‘Yes’.
Muhammed bin Maslama said “then allow me to say a false thing” The Prophet said “you may say it’.
Mohammed thus broke Commandments #8 and #5.
7.  You shall not steal
Mohammed not only condoned and encouraged “looting” but he provided rules whereby the Prophet of Allah received one fifth of the booty.
Sura  8.41 And know that out of all the booty that ye may acquire (in war), a fifth share is assigned to Allah,- and to the Messenger, and to near relatives, orphans, the needy, and the wayfarer.” [3]
When his followers raided a caravan near Nakhla and killed muslims during the sacred month of Rajab, again Mohammed produced 2 new Suras to get them “off the hook”. [Sura 2.214, 2.218]
 
From Mohammed’s examples with the Banu Qurayza in 627AD and at Khaybar in 628AD, booty was accepted as part of the deal, and Muslims followed this practise ‘religiously” when they exploded out of the Arabian desert into the surrounding lands, raiding, robbing and raping.

6.  You shall not commit adultery
After the battle of Qurayza, Mohammed claimed a beautiful woman named Rayhana, whose family had just been killed, and took her to his bed that same evening. Mohammed set an example of sharing married women among his followers after each battle, technically committing adultery every time. In fact, he received a convenient revelation that allowed him and his fellow Muslims to have sex with married captive women. [Sura 4.3] Married women are defined as those “whom your right hand possesses”. [1]

5.  You shall not kill

Probably the best example here is the killing of over 800 Banu Qurayza Jews whom Mohammed had declined to go into exile, and instead took part in the beheading of all males “with pubic hair”.
The Quran tells the story in Sura 33:26-27, with Mohammed himself chopping off the heads of two Jewish leaders. As mentioned in Commandment 8, Mohammed was complicit in the murder of people that irritated him, and so in every sense, breaks Commandment #5.
 
Moses and the burning bush
Moses and the burning bush

So from an investigation of Commandments 5-10, we find Mohammed guilty of lying and deceit, of stealing, of raping married women and of killing. Indeed, this can be expressed as follows:
Mohammed’s 3 “R”s of Education:   [Raiding,  Robbing,  Raping]

4.  Honour your Father and Mother
Accepting the fact that Mohammed’s father Abdullah died before he was born and his Mother when he was but a small child, it still remains that his actions of lying and deceit, robbing, killing, raping women and setting captives into slavery, in every sense means that he has “dishonoured his Father and Mother”.

Summary of Commandments 4-10.
By examining Mohammed’s life and deeds, we have shown conclusively that he broke all of the Commandments relating to “Love thy neighbour”, not once but on many occasions, thus showing a callous disregard for the Ten Commandments of Moses.

It is now left to examine the first three Commandments that relate to God.
1.     I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other Gods before me.
2.    You shall not take the name of God in vain.
3.    Keep Holy the Lord’s day.

Mohammed borrowed Friday as his “Holy Day” from the Pagan Arabs. [5]

Allah in ArabicIn Islam most of the rituals performed (today) by devoted Muslims in the name of Allah are connected to the pagan worship that existed before Islam. Pagans practices of the Pilgrimage of Kabah once a year–the Fast of Ramadan, running around the Kabah seven times, kissing the black stone, shaving the head, animal sacrifices, running up and down two hills, throwing stones at the devil, snorting water in and out the nose, praying several times a day toward Mecca, giving alms, Friday prayers, etc. are strictly followed by Muslims today. Nobody can deny the fact that, all the above rituals of Muslim’s hajj today—existed well before the arrival of Islam. [6]


It is not how you write “Allah” in Arabic or that Allah means God that justifies worshiping Allah as the Supreme creator. The Nature of God is determined by the fruits of his prophets.
 
And Allah’s prophet coveted his neighbour’s goods, stole, killed, raped, set captives into slavery, encouraged adultery by having sex with married captive women and condoned lying and deceit to get revenge. Allah has also demanded that all Jews be killed “at the last hour” [Muslim book 41 number 6985], even though the God of the Bible declare Israel as “his chosen people forever”.  [Isaiah 44]
 
It is obvious that Allah  is NOT the God of the Bible, the God of Mohammed and of Jesus.

ConclusionTen Commandments
By examining history and the life and deeds of Mohammed, it is obvious that he broke the last seven Commandments, which according to Jesus, defined the principle of “love one another”. Given that Mohammed worshipped Allah, not the true God, he also broke the greatest Commandment. In other words Mohammed didn’t understand or follow the TEN Commandments as given to Moses and then reinforced by Jesus circa 29AD. Mohammed also fulfils the description of the False Prophet, as he promises sexual rewards in Heaven.

A Question for all Muslims
How can you follow the prophet Mohammed who by his actions and examples broke the TEN Commandments of Moses and the Commandments of Jesus to love one another, a Commandment that was meant to stand “till all be fulfilled”?


References:
1.  Khan M.A. Islamic Jihad; A legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery

2.  Rohl D.       A Test of Time: The Bible; from Myth to History

3.  The Quran on-line

4.  The Hadith on-line

5.  Yahweh or Hubal

6.  Pagan origins of Islam

7.  The Bible on-line

 

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