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A DAY in the LIFE of Mohammed

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One of the greatest mysteries of our world today is that over 1.5 billion people on this planet believe that their prophet Mohammed was the greatest man that ever lived. Even if you just scratch the surface of the man’s life, you realise he was involved in treachery, in violent attacks against unsuspecting tribes, robbing passing caravans for food and booty and personally took part in beheadings as well as entrenching slavery for ever more into Islamic Law and practice. What a man, I can hear you say already.

In this article we shall look at just one day in the life of Mohammed, the prophet of Allah, and then see what conclusions can be made about this claim that “Mohammed was the greatest man ever”.

Muslims of course also believe in other prophets beside Mohammed, like Moses (Musa) and Jesus (Isa).


Moses from the Old Testament is famous for his Ten Commandments, and you can read how Mohammed fared here in an earlier article Mohammed and the TEN Commandments.

Jesus from the Bible is famous for his Sermon on the Mount also known as the Beatitudes.

They also claim Islam is an Abrahamic faith as they hold that they are from the seed of Ishmael who was the first born of Abraham. However this claim is a false one. Please read ISLAM and the Abrahamic Faith MTYH.

However Muslims are firm in their belief about Mohammed.

A recent exchange with a Muslim blogger went something like this:

Muslim : Mohammed was the greatest man that ever lived
We said: But he took part in beheading 700 Jews of Banu Quraysah!
Muslim : They deserved it as they betrayed Mohammed
We said: And didn’t he lust after Zainab when he saw her expose some flesh in her tent and want her?
Muslim: Well, her marriage to Zaid was not happy and Mohammed wanted to protect her
We said: Isn’t it lucky for Mohammed he received a revelation to abolish adoption else he could not have married her as Zaid was his adopted son?
Muslim: Well, Allah had married them in Heaven, and after all, Allah is Most Wise, Most Forgiving
We said: Didn’t Mohammed stone a woman to death for adultery?
Muslim: Well, she had dishonoured her husband
We said: And didn’t Mohammed put captured people into slavery?
Muslim: That was the accepted practice of the day
We said: Do you still call Mohammed “the greatest man that ever lived?”
Muslim: Absolutely. Mohammed was the greatest man that ever lived.

In order to test this claim, we shall examine but one day in Mohammed’s life.

One Day in May 628AD
Incident #1
Mohammed was short of food so he decided to rob the Jews at Khybar. From the history of al-Tabari: [218]

During the prevailing drought at Medina at that time, a group of B. Aslam who had embraced Islam came to Muhammad for assistance. But Muhammad had nothing to assist them. So he prayed to Allah so that they could plunder the richly laden fortresses of the Khyabar Jews including their luscious green agricultural lands. He said, “O God, Thou knowest their condition—that they have no strength and that I have nothing to give them. Open to them [for conquest] the greatest of the fortresses of Khaybar, the one most abounding in food and fat meat.”

Conclusion #1
This is very clear. Mohammed coveted his neighbour’s food, and in doing so broke the Tenth Commandment of Moses. Commandment No. 10 “You shall NOT covet your neighbour’s goods”.

Incident #2
It is the Islamic custom to raid a place early in the morning invoking the name of Allah. Ibn Ishak writes that the war cry of the Muslims at Khaybar was, ‘O victorious one slay, slay!’.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 584: Narrated Humaid:

Anas bin Malik said, "Whenever the Prophet went out with us to fight (in Allah's cause) against any nation, he never allowed us to attack till morning and he would wait and see: if he heard Adhan he would postpone the attack and if he did not hear Adhan he would attack them." Anas added, "We reached Khaibar at night and in the morning when he did not hear the Adhan for the prayer, he (the Prophet ) rode and I rode behind Abi Talha and my foot was touching that of the Prophet.

As we have shown in the article ISLAM and the Abrahamic Faith MYTH, Allah is NOT the God of Abraham, Moses and Jesus.

Conclusion #2
By invoking the name of Allah (and NOT YHWH), Mohammed is breaking the First and most important Commandment. Commandment No. 1“I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other Gods before me”.

Incident #3
The leader of the Khybar Jews was a young man called Kinana who Mohammed knew was hiding a great treasure, after being warned by a renegade Jew. So Mohammed tortured Kinana by setting a fire on his chest. The treasure was found and Kinana was killed.

Sourcing Ibn Ishak, Tabari writes:
'Kinanah b. al-Rabi b. al-Huqyaq who had the treasure of B. Nadir was brought to the Messenger of God, who questioned him; but he denied knowing where it was. Then the messenger of God was brought a Jew who said to him, "I have seen Kinanah walk around this ruin every morning." The Messenger of God said to Kinanah: "What do you say? If we find it in your possession, I will kill you." "All right," he answered. The Messenger of God commanded that the ruin should be dug up, and some of the treasure was extracted from it. Then he asked him for the rest of it. Kinanah refused to surrender it; so the Messenger of God gave orders concerning him to al-Zubayr b. al-'Awwam, saying, "torture him until you root out what he has." Al-Zubayr kept twirling his firestick in his breast until Kinanah almost expired; then the Messenger of God gave him to Muhammad b. Maslamah, who beheaded him to avenge his brother Mahmud b. Maslamah."'

Conclusion #3
By taking the treasure and the booty, Mohammed had broken Commandment No. 7 “You shall NOT steal”.
Mohammed  is also guilty of breaking the Commandment No.5  “You shall NOT kill”.
By desiring Kinana’s treasure, Mohammed again breaks Commandment No. 10.

Incident #4
When Muhammad captured Khaybar, he took as a captive, Safiyyah bt Huyayy, a very pretty teenage-girl and purportedly married her without paying her any dowry (mahr). The payment of mahr is compulsory in every Islamic marriage. Safiyya was the wife of Kinana, the man Mohammed had just tortured and killed.

“And give the women (on marriage) their dower as a free gift; but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, Take it and enjoy it with right good cheer”. [Sura 4.4]

Mohammed however set Safiyya free and claimed that this act of manumission was in place of a dowry.

“Saffiya’s dower for marriage was her manumission…” [Sahih Muslim, 8.3326]
Please note that nowhere in the Qur'an we find that Allah has made it legal to use manumission of a slave-woman to be used as her dowry (mahr).

Conclusion #4
Mohammed had violated the Quran in failing to provide a dowry to Safiyyah on marriage.
By coveting Kinana’s wife, Mohammed brakes Commandment No.9 “You shall NOT covet thy neighbour’s wife”.

Incident #5
On the same day that Mohammed killed Safiyyah’s husband Kinana, he married her and had sex with her on the same night.

[Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 59, Number 523] Narrated Anas bin Malik:

“The Prophet stayed with Safiya bint Huyai for three days on the way of Khaibar where he consummated his marriage with her. Safiya was amongst those who were ordered to use a veil”.

But the Quran stipulates there must be a 3 month wait before remarriage.
“Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men have a degree (of advantage) over them. And Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise”. [Sura 2.228]

Conclusion #5
Mohammed did not wait the mandatory three months to marry Safiyyah, so he has violated the Quran in this respect. Also Mohammed was himself married and the blood was still warm in Kinana’s body, so technically Mohammed had broken the Sixth Commandment “Thou shall NOT commit adultery”.

In Summary, in a single day in May 628AD Mohammed violated the Quran twice;
Mohammed worshipped a different God to Abraham, andMohammed broke 6 of the TEN Commandments of Moses.

So how does Mohammed compare to Jesus?
We shall consider a few examples:

Jesus taught that the MEEK will inherit the earth. [Beatitudes Matt 5:2-12]
 Mohammed taught that through TERROR you will inherit the earth. [Bukhari 4.220]

Jesus made those who were blind to see. [Luke 18:35-43]
 Mohammed put out eyes to make men blind. [Bukhari 8.794]

Jesus made those who were lame to walk. [Matt 9:2-8]
Mohammed cut off feet to make men lame. [Bukhari 8.794]

Jesus healed withered hands. [Matt 12:9-13]
 Mohammed cut off hands. [Bukhari 8.795]

Jesus saved an adulterous woman from stoning. [John 8:1]
 Mohammed stoned women for adultery. [Muslim 17.4194]

So as it was for Abraham and Moses, so it is with Jesus.
Mohammed acted in a contrary manner to ALL previous teachings.

We have examined the actions of the prophet Mohammed in a single day in May 628AD.
What can be concluded is:

  1. Mohammed violated the Quran twice by not providing Safiyya with a dowry and then not waiting the 3 months period as stipulated in the Quran [Sura 2.228]
  2. Mohammed broke 6 of the TEN Commandments of Moses, being:
  • I am the Lord your God, You shall have no other Gods but me [#1}
  • You shall NOT kill [#5]
  • You shall NOT commit adultery [#6]
  • You shall NOT steal [#7]
  • You shall NOT covet thy neighbour’s wife [#9]
  • You shall NOT covet thy neighbour’s goods [#10]

So, was Mohammed the greatest man that ever lived? YOU be the Judge!


Khan M.A.  Islamic Jihad – A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery
Raid on Khaybar May 628AD
Mohammed had violated the Quran – Part 1
ISLAM and the Abrahamic Faith MYTH
Mohammed and the TEN Commandments
Jesus vs Mohammed : The TOP 20

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