The Myth: Pagans were the First to Draw Blood in their Conflict with Muslims at Mecca, a post from

“Our Prophet (peace be upon him) and his followers were always peaceful [at Mecca], despite suffering unprovoked abuse and attacks by the polytheists” 

The Truth:

The Muslims were actually the first to resort to physical violence, when Sa’d bin Abu Waqqas picked up a camel’s jawbone and struck a local polytheist who was “rudely interrupting” his group of praying Muslims.  “This was the first blood to be shed in Islam” (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 166).

The new converts were quite aggressive, particularly when they could get away with it, which was the misfortune of others.  An example is when one of the strongest Muslims, Hamza, struck a Meccan leader by the name of Abu Jahl ‘violently” with his bow for speaking in an insulting way to Muhammad:

When he got to the mosque [Hamza] saw [Abu Jahl] sitting among the people, and went up to him until he stood over him, when he lifted up his bow and struck him a violent blow with it, saying, ‘Will you insult him when I follow his religion, and say what he says?  Hit me back if you can!’  (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 185).

Although Abu Jahl did not retaliate against the more powerful man at the time, he later mistreated his Muslim slaves, almost certainly as a consequence of his public humiliation.

The Muslims would later be the first to declare war at Mecca, and were subsequently evicted.  Even then, they were the first to renew hostilities as Muhammad ordered deadly raids against Meccan caravans from his new home in Medina.

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One Response to The Myth: Pagans were the First to Draw Blood in their Conflict with Muslims at Mecca, a post from

  1. θ says:

    Qur’an commands the early Moslems to have a self-restraint in Q.4, v.77.
    The Aqaba treaty between Moslems and Arabs of Madinah took place after the migration of the early Moslems (consisting mainly of the poor, ex-slaves, and powerless folks) to Ethiopia to get protection of Negus the king from the prolonging religious persecution of Mekkah’s heathens.

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