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Myths of Muhammad

The Myth:

Pagans were the
First to Draw Blood
in their Conflict with
Muslims at Mecca


"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 Quraish merchant caravans from his new home in Medina.

As it turned out, the man who was the first to draw blood against the Quraish at Mecca was later the first to shoot an arrow at them after hijra, during one of the first raids:
The party went as far as a well in Hijaz below Thaniyyat al-Murra, where he met a large contingent of Quraysh. There was no engagement with them, however, except that Sa'd b. Aha Waqqas did that day cast one arrow. That was the first arrow shot for God's cause after the coming of Islam.  (Ibn Kathir v.2 p.235)

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