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Islam: A Short Course

How Mohammed got his first vision

“Woe is me poet or possessed”
Also, from Tabari Vol. 9, page 167, note 1151 says: "The pre-Islamic Arabs believed in the demon of poetry, and they thought that a great poet was directly inspired by demons...."
This explains why Muhammad thought he was demon possessed, or influenced by demons; the Quran in many places reads like typical Arabic poetry.

How Khadija tested the vision

Khadija's Test

A short discussion of Islam’s growth

Mohammed's Career
  • Twelve years of preaching peace in Mecca
  • Hajj
  • Ten years of preaching violence

Mohammed is the prime model for life

The Importance of the Sunnah (Hadith)
The most authoritative and complete version of the Hadith was compiled by Sahih Bukhari (also known as Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Ismail bin Ibrahim al-Mughira al-Jafai)

How the Koran was created

Creation of the Koran, Version 1
Verses of Koran are arranged by length, not by when they were given. Caliph Uthman and the assembly of the Koran, Part 1
The Missing Verses

Abrogation theory – A later verse abrogates an earlier verse.

Koran 9:5, famously known as ayat al-saif — the "sword verse" — has abrogated some 124 of the more peaceful Meccan verses.
Koran 9:5 Kill the disbelievers wherever you find them.

Taqiyya – Koran 16:106

God is the Greatest of Deceivers
Similarly, Q 3:28 enjoins believers not to take the company of doubters unless as a means of safeguarding themselves. “Let not the believers take those who deny the truth for their allies in preference to the believers – since he who does this cuts himself off from God in everything – unless it be to protect yourself against them in this way…”

It also bears mentioning that the entire sequence of Koranic revelations is a testimony to taqiyya; and since Allah is believed to be the revealer of these verses, he ultimately is seen as the perpetrator of deceit — which is not surprising since Allah himself is described in the Koran as the best "deceiver" or "schemer" (3:54, 8:30, 10:21). This phenomenon revolves around the fact that the Koran contains both peaceful and tolerant verses, as well as violent and intolerant ones. The ulema were baffled as to which verses to codify into Sharia's worldview — the one, for instance, that states there is no coercion in religion (2:256), or the ones that command believers to fight all non-Muslims till they either convert, or at least submit, to Islam (8:39, 9:5, 9:29)? To get out of this quandary, the ulema developed the doctrine of abrogation (naskh, supported by Koran 2:106) which essentially maintains that verses "revealed" later in Muhammad's career take precedence over the earlier ones, whenever there is a contradiction.

But why the contradiction in the first place? The standard view has been that, since in the early years of Islam, Muhammad and his community were far outnumbered by the infidels and idolaters, a message of peace and coexistence was in order (sound familiar?). However, after he migrated to Medina and grew in military strength and numbers, the violent and intolerant verses were "revealed," inciting Muslims to go on the offensive — now that they were capable of doing so. According to this view, quite standard among the ulema, one can only conclude that the peaceful Meccan verses were ultimately a ruse to buy Islam time till it became sufficiently strong to implement its "true" verses which demand conquest. Or, as traditionally understood and implemented by Muslims themselves, when the latter are weak and in a minority position, they should preach and behave according to the Meccan verses (peace and tolerance); when strong, they should go on the offensive, according to the Medinan verses (war and conquest). The vicissitudes of Islamic history are a testimony to this dichotomy."

Humaid b. 'Abd al-Rahman b. 'Auf reported that his mother Umm Kulthum daughter of 'Uqba b. Abu Mu'ait, and she was one amongst the first emigrants who pledged allegiance to Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him), as saying that she heard Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: A liar is not one who tries to bring reconciliation amongst people and speaks good (in order to avert dispute), or he conveys good. Ibn Shihab said he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted form in order to bring reconciliation between them).

Why is Obama so Nice to Muslims

Raised in a Muslim country
Father was Muslim
Mentors were Muslims or socialists
He deliberately associated only with socialists

Status of Women
Women Deliberately Burn Themselves To Escape Nikah
What Nikah means.

The Muslim/National Socialism connection

"There is no fun in Islam" ~ Ayotollah Khomeini
Why The Left Loves Islam
Socialism – people are slaves of the state,
Islam – people are slaves of Allah.  
Hezbollah uses Nazi salute
Islam and Communism have common enemies – Britain, America, Christians
Both violent Muslims and leftists have the same backgrounds – elite educations, wealthy parents, etc.

Islam: A Short Timeline:
610 to 632 AD.   Islam means "submission"
595 – 25 year old M. marries 40 year old Khadija
610 – first vision, Khadijah, Ali ibn Abi Talib (10 year old) and Abu Bakr are his first followers
613 – Mohammed begins preaching publicly. Sometime during the Mecca period, he receives the "Satanic Verses."
619 – Khadija and uncle Abu Talib die.
620 – Mohammed claims to make a heavenly journey via Jerusalem
622 – M. and Abu Bakr flee to Yathrib (later renamed to Medina, which means ‘The City’ [of the prophet of Allah]). Ali remains in bed behind to decoy.
622 – M. marries Abu Bakr’s daughter Aisha (6 years old).  He will consummate the marriage when Aisha is 9 years old. He will marry a total of 11 wives.
624 – M. leads raids against Mecca caravans, Mecca fights battle with Medinians, Meccans lose.
627 – Meccans try again. Lose Battle of the Trench. M. beheads every male Jew of Banu Qurayza, even though they did not assist M's enemies. Their wives and children are sold into slavery, the spoils and property are divided among Mohammed and his followers. They begin a year-long subjugation of nearby tribes.
630 – M. takes Mecca. Destroys all idols in Kaaba except the Kaaba stone.
8 June 632
  – M. dies and is buried in Medina, where his tomb still resides. Abu Bakr takes caliphate (his supporters are now know as the Sunnis) while Ali is preparing funeral (Ali's supporters are now called the Shia). M.’s daughter Fatima (daughter by Kadijah, only surviving child) will eventually also contest with Abu Bakr, but will lose.
644 – Caliph Uthman (3rd Caliph) begins reign. He will assemble the current version of the Koran.