Islamic terrorists take and execute hostages on
an almost daily basis. While we are often assured that this practice has
“nothing to do with Islam,” Muhammad did, in fact, execute prisoners of war and other hostages.
Following the Battle of
Badr, several defenseless Meccans were slaughtered by Muhammad’s companions.
These included a man named Umayya and his young son, who were taken prisoner by
a Muslim (a former friend who tried to protect them), but were then set upon by
a mob before they could be escorted to safety:
“I said (would you attack) my prisoners?
But... The people formed a ring around us as I was protecting him. Then a
man drew his sword and cut off his son’s foot so that he fell down and Umayya
[the boy’s father] let out a cry such as I have never heard… They hewed
them to pieces with their swords until they were dead.” (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 449)
Another heartwarming account of Islamic chivalry
during the same battle concerns Abu Jahl, one
of Muhammad’s arch-enemies at Mecca. He met his death as he lay defenseless.
In this case, two Muslims took the opportunity to administer the death blow:
Mu’awwidh passed Abu Jahl as he lay there helpless and smote him until he
left him at his last gasp. (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 451)
Apparently these companions of Muhammad were unaware that "Islam is against" killing
captives. But who could really blame them? Not only did the prophet of Islam
praise them for the slaughter, he also ordered the death of
another captive brought before him.
Another Muslim named Abdullah then came by and put his foot on Abu Jahl’s
neck and taunted him before decapitating him:
Then I cut off his head and brought it to the apostle saying, “This is the head
of the enemy of Allah, Abu Jahl.”… I threw his head before the apostle and he
gave thanks to Allah. (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 451).
Uqba bin Abu Mu’ayt pled for his life:
“When the apostle ordered him to be killed, Uqba said, “But who will look after
my children, O Muhammad?” [Muhammad’s reply] “Hell.” The man was put to death. (Ibn
Other captives were ransomed, but Uqba received special treatment because he had
mocked Muhammad at Mecca. His crime was that he had thrown the entrails of a
dead animal on Muhammad’s back as he was praying, to the amusement of other Meccans
Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 277). The prophet of Islam determined that
this fraternity prank was worth killing over, and it became the first of several
other occasions in which people were slain on Muhammad’s order merely for
Interestingly, it appears that Muhammad regretted not killing
all of his captives, instead of ransoming a few. Verse 8:67 of the Qur’an was
“revealed” in the aftermath of Badr and says “It is not for any prophet to have
captives until he hath made slaughter in the land.”
The prophet of Islam went on to execute many other captives, most notoriously
the 800 men and boys taken prisoner at Qurayza. His men also brutally murdered
an elderly woman named Umm Qirfa after taking her prisoner following a raid on
the tribe of Banu Fazara. According to al-Tabari she was killed by, “putting a
rope to her two legs and to two camels and driving them until thy rent her in
two.” (The woman’s daughter was then doled out to one of her Muslim
While it is common to hear Muslims claim that their religion is “against”
killing hostages, the actual history of Islam proves that nothing could be further from the truth