Mohammed threatens and attacks the Qaynuqa Jews of Medina. Did he not know that their religion was acceptable to Allah? The apologists tell us that it was so.

I545 Mohammed assembled the Jews in their market and said “O Jews, be careful that Allah does not bring vengeance upon you the way he did to the Quryash. Become Muslims. You know that I am the prophet that was sent to you. You will find that in your scriptures.”

They replied “O Mohammed, you seem to think that we are your people. Don’t fool yourself. You may have killed a few merchants of the Quraysh, but we are men of war and real men”.

The response of the Koran:

[3.12] Say to those who disbelieve: You shall be vanquished, and driven together to hell; and evil is the resting-place.
[3.13] Indeed there was a sign for you in the two hosts (which) met together in encounter; one party fighting in the way of Allah and the other unbelieving, whom they saw twice as.many as themselves with the sight of the eye and Allah strengthens with His aid whom He pleases; most surely there is a lesson in this for those who have sight.

I546 A little later, Mohammed besieged the Jewish tribe of Banu Qaynuqu in their quarters. Neither of the other two Jewish tribes came to their support.

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4 Responses to Mohammed threatens and attacks the Qaynuqa Jews of Medina. Did he not know that their religion was acceptable to Allah? The apologists tell us that it was so.

  1. θ says:

    If Prophet Muhammad really wanted to attack the Jews, he would not have sent his uncle Hamza to come to the Qaynuqa with a “white flag” on purpose to reconfirm again the covenant, to avoid an escalated hostility, and to make the Jews withdraw back their tendentious challenge that they are “men of war and real men”.

    In fact, it is the Jews who then don’t give any decisive answer whatsoever to a peacemaking effort of Hamza on whether they would continue the Madinah’s covenant, or otherwise officially choose to terminate it with good manner. They choose to prepare for the war.

    Moreover, why do two other main tribes of the Madinah’s Jews – Nader and Qurayza – choose to keep the covenant and remain with Moslems?

    The Qaynuqa just projected the oldest vile Anti-Ishmael hatred and the pride of Isaac superiority of the Bible, which predated Antisemitism, upon Moslems.

    The Jews just can’t believe with a sign Qur’an tells in Q.3, v.13 that three utmost angels whom they know very well, i.e. Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael have answered such a “broken arrow” request (a term for all out assistance of offensives) of Prophet Muhammad to defend a small army of Moslems, even defeat the greater forces of Quraysh in a battlefield of Badr.

  2. madmanna says:

    Mohammed’s war against the Meccans was not a defensive war. The Jews would have been breaking the law of Moses to fight with him.

    thou shalt not covet, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not kill.

    Why did not Mohammed keep these laws?

  3. madmanna says:

    “I545 Mohammed assembled the Jews in their market and said “O Jews, be careful that Allah does not bring vengeance upon you the way he did to the Quryash. Become Muslims. You know that I am the prophet that was sent to you. You will find that in your scriptures.”

    So the choice for the Jews was either to betray their religion and join Mohammed’s band of marauders and murderers or be attacked for not doing so.

  4. θ says:

    The ancient Jews used to believe in so many Gentile Prophets without having to abandon the Moses Law or Levite rites.

    The Talmud and Midrash tells that there are many Prophets among the Gentiles though they were not as elevated as the Jewish Prophets for Israel and Gentiles. Such a “Pro-Jewish” lies that someone can not be a Prophet because they are not Jewish by race can now be laid to rest.

    It’s interesting to note that almost those Gentile Prophets are Arabs who lived in Arabian cities, mostly were descendants through Keturah (who may be Hagar according to Rashi), via Esau and Ishmael’s daughters, and others thru a nephew of Abraham. Rabbinical Jews actually believe that Hagar produced another great pool of Prophetic group outside Sarah’s lineage. It gives a quite headache on Anti-Arab Jews.
    Even Rashi states in his commentary on the Tanach that into the Gentile nations were sent some Jewish and Gentile Prophets so they Gentile nations should not have any excuse to justify their idolatry and heathenism.
    Rashi’s commentary on Numbers 22:5.
    “Had we had Prophets we would have repented.”

    Several Gentile Prophets.
    – Cyrus.
    Cyrus is a Prophet to whom God says “he is my shepherd, he will certainly do as I say” per Isaiah 44:28, as well as Isaiah 45:1 wherein he is referred to as Messiah (His “anointed one”), the only non-Jew to be called so.
    Cyrus left a lasting legacy on the Jewish religion, where in Ezra 6:3-5 he produced a decree for the return of Jews.

    – Eliphaz the Temanite :
    Eliphaz is a Prophet mentioned in the Book of Job, coming from the nation of Esau and Ishmael, hence he lived in the Arabian city of Teman, as well as called a Temanite after Teman the son of Esau in Gen 36:11.
    Gen 36:11 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz.

    – Bildad the Shuhite:
    Bildad is another Prophet mentioned in the book of Job, being a descendant of Keturah the wife of Abraham. Rashi identifies Keturah with Hagar the mother of Ishmael, hence Rabbinical Jews actually believe that Hagar produced another great pool of Prophetic group outside Sarah’s lineage. It gives a quite headache on Anti-Arab Jews.
    Josephus says the sons of Keturah live in Arabia.
    Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 1.15.1
    Now, for all these sons and grandsons, Abraham contrived to settle them in colonies; and they took possession of Troglodytis (the area along both sides of the Red sea), and the country of Arabia the Happy (the Greater Part of Arabia as far as Yemen), as far as it reaches to the Red Sea.
    Bildad’s name Patronym is taken from Shuah the son of Abraham and Keturah.
    Gen 25
    1 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

    – Zophar the Naamathite:
    Zophar is a friend of Job, identified with a place in Arabia called Naamah. The Septuagint identifies him with a group of people called Minaeans (a rich wealthy Yemeni people) of whom he was called their king in Job 2:11.

    – Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite:
    Elihu is a more wiser Prophet, mentioned in the book of Job, a descendant of Nahor the brother of Abraham per Genesis 22.

    – Job.
    In the Septuagint Job was called Jobab from Edom, his wife is an Arabian.
    Job 42:17 LXX.
    And Job died, an old man and full of days: and it is written that he will rise again with those whom the Lord raises up. This man is described in the Syriac book as living in the land of Ausis, on the borders of Idumea and Arabia: and his name before was Jobab; And having taken an Arabian wife, he begot a son whose name was Ennon. And he himself was the son of his father Zare, one of the sons of Esau, and of his mother Bosorrha, so that he was the fifth from Abraam.

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