Mohammed’s strategy against the Jews of Medina

Is to command them to recognize him as a prophet sent by God who is prophesied in their scriptures and to submit to his authority. He knows the Jews cannot do this and practice the rituals of Islam because it is against the OT. They would have to break the laws of Moses and practice rituals not commanded anywhere by Moses. They would also have to submit to someone who is ineligible to be a prophet, because he is an Arab,  and someone who is not mentioned anywhere in the OT. Mohammed knows this beforehand and calculates their refusal to submit to him. This is actually the desired response. In preparation for this Mohammed described the prophets of the bible as warners who initiated the destruction of those who refused to submit to their message. The Jews of Medina are thus manoeuvred by Mohammed in to the category of those who are destined to be punished and destroyed by the warner, in this case Mohammed. It is a very clear and obvious strategy used by Mohammed to make his followers think that to attack the Jews is the clear, logical, unavoidable and just outcome of the disobedience and stubborn refusal of the Jews to submit to Mohammed and recognize him for what he is, namely the prophet who was foretold by Moses. Mohammed’s strategy is to whip up hatred for the Jews to convince his followers that it is right to treat them badly and take away all their worldly goods and blessings because they offended Allah and his prophet. The strategy worked perfectly.

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9 Responses to Mohammed’s strategy against the Jews of Medina

  1. θ says:

    If we take the precedent role of Cyrus, Job and his friends upon the ancient belief of the Jews, perhaps the Jews of Madinah could be permitted to continue their Moses’ Law and rites as their Shari’ah while at same time believing that our Prophet Muhammad is the true Messenger of the same Jehovah, and Qur’an is the true Jehovah’s Scripture.

  2. θ says:

    Three wars with the Jews have nothing to do with a belief.
    Qur’an assures in numerous verses that it is quite sufficient for the Jews and Christians to simply believe in Allah and the Afterlife in order to be safe temporarily in the world.

  3. madmanna says:

    The peaceful verses of the Meccan period perhaps. But you are ignoring other verses. Takiya?

  4. θ says:

    Q.5, v.69 is Madinah’s verse, and it consistently promises the same theme of safety under Islam to the Jews and Christians who believe in Allah, the Judgment Day, and do goodness. There’s no reason to harm them due to their belief. There’s no reason to harm them if they do goodness.
    Q.5, v.69. Indeed, those who believe and those who are the Jews and Sabeans and Christians, whosoever of those believes in Allah and the Last Day and do righteousness, there’s no fear concerning them, nor do they grieve.

    Harming the peaceful Ahlu Kitabs doesn’t bring Moslems to Paradise. Moreover, actually nothing of any human’s deed – not even a martyrdom – can be enough to bring anybody into Paradise. At most, a man’s good deed (meaning a heavier scale in Judgment Day) would be just enough to separate him very much from the Hell’s fire.
    Moreover, each good deed is actually acted by Allah, so which the deed is it that a man really does by himself alone, or can claim as his pure action? Nothing.
    Q.37, v.96 And Allah created ye and that which ye do.

    Bukhari Vol. 7, Book 70, Hadith 57
    Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Messenger saying, “The good deeds of any person will not make him enter Paradise.” (i.e., None can enter Paradise through his good deeds.) They (the Prophet’s companions) said, ‘Not even you, O Allah’s Messenger?’ He said, “Not even myself, unless Allah bestows His favor and mercy on me.” So be moderate in your religious deeds and do the deeds that are within your ability: and none of you should wish for death, for if he is a good doer, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil doer, he may repent to Allah.”

  5. θ says:

    No man can enter Paradise alone by his good deeds. Qur’an clearly teaches Moslems to believe that Allah is the only One who can afford to bring a faithful and good person to His Paradise, not by any creation, nor by the faith, let alone by mortal’s good deeds.

  6. θ says:

    The Faith and the good deeds are just two reasons for the believers to enter Paradise, yet only Allah is the One who can bring the believers to enter the Paradise.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Similarly, in the NT Bible it is made certain that Jesus is taken up to Heaven by Jehovah who takes him up, not by his mortal’s bloods, not by his flesh sacrifice, not by his Faith, let alone by his own efforts after getting forsaken on the cross.
    No man can possibly enter Paradise alone – not even to just go pass its open doors – by his own efforts.
    Lk 20:42
    And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
    Rom 10:7
    Or, Who shall descend into the deep? that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.
    Acts 5:31
    Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
    Heb 8:1
    Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
    Heb 12:2
    Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

  8. madmanna says:

    Tabari 7:97 The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, “Kill any Jew who falls under your power.”

  9. θ says:

    “madmanna says: Tabari 7:97 The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, “Kill any Jew who falls under your power.” ”

    This is a simple example how an ignorant one who doesn’t know Arabic gets misled and duped so easily by the mistaken translations.
    مَنْ ظَفِرْتُمْ بِهِ مِنْ رِجَالِ يَهُودَ فَاقْتُلُوهُ
    Rijaali means the men (plural)
    Faqtulu-Hu means Kill “him” (singular).

    Now, who (plural) kill whom (singular)?

    The correct translation is: Whosoever (not conditional statement using “If”) gains victory over the men of Jews, they kill him.
    Abi Dawud Book 19, Hadith 2996
    Narrated Muhayyisah: The Messenger of Allah said: Whosoever gains victory over the men of Jews, they kill him. So Muhayyisah jumped over Shubaybah, a man of the Jewish merchants. He had close relations with them. He then killed him. At that time Huwayyisah (brother of Muhayyisah) had not embraced Islam. He was older than Muhayyisah. When he killed him, Huwayyisah beat him and said: O enemy of Allah, I swear by Allah, you have a good deal of fat in your belly from his property.

    Hence, it is upside down.
    It is the men of Jews who used to kill a person who happens to be superior above them. It echoes some Qur’anic verses Q.2, v.91, Q.3, v.181, Q.4, v.155, that history and the Bible also attested that the Jewish men used to kill whosoever they disliked, not otherwise.

    In Islam, a martyrdom can be related to as simple as protecting one’s wealth, not only to a more greater category of defending the religion.
    Nasa’i Vol. 5, Book 37, Hadith 4089
    It was narrated that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr said: I heard the Messenger of Allah say: ‘Whoever fights to protect his wealth and is killed, he is a martyr.

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