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It's much easier to act as if critics of Islam have a problem with Muslims as people than it is to accept the uncomfortable truth that Islam is different


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Killing Critics

What is the punishment for insulting Islam or Muhammad?

Under Sharia, those who insult Muhammad or Allah are to be executed. So are those who desecrate the Quran or commit other acts of blasphemy. This tradition began with Muhammad, as recorded in the Hadith and by his biographers. There is also a Quranic basis for it.


Quran (6:93) - "Who can be more wicked than one who invent a lie against Allah?" If the death penalty is prescribed for lesser crime, then it stands to reason that it should be imposed for the most "wicked".

Quran (33:57) - "Verily, those who annoy Allah and His Messenger () Allah has cursed them in this world, and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating torment"

Quran (33:61) - [continues from above] "Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter."

Hadith and Sira

Sahih Bukhari (59:369) - This recounts the murder of Ka'b bin al-Ashraf, a Jewish poet who wrote verses about Muslims that Muhammad found insulting. He asked his followers, 'Who will rid me of this man?' and several volunteered. al-Ashraf was stabbed to death while fighting for his life.

Sahih Bukhari (3:106) - "The Prophet said, "Do not tell a lie against me for whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally) then he will surely enter the Hell-fire."

Sahih Bukhari (4:241) - Those who mocked Muhammad at Mecca were later killed at Badr.  Some undoubtedly died in the battle (provoked by Muhammad), but the Sira records that Abu Jahl was killed as he "lay helpless" (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 451) and Uqba was brutally executed by Muhammad in captivity for having put his foot on him while he was praying and draping him with camel entrails (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 458 and Ibn Kathir v.2 p.318):
When the Messenger of God (SAAS) ordered his death, Uqba asked him, 'Who will look after my children, Muhammad?' 'The fire!'... [Uqba was] among the most evil of God's servants, the most stubborn, wicked, envious and disbelieving of men and they had been very active in satirizing Islam and its supporters. God damn them! And He did, indeed!
Sahih Muslim (1801) - "The Messenger of Allah said: Who will kill Ka'b b. Ashraf? He has maligned Allah, the Exalted, and His Messenger"


Islam prescribes death for detractors.  One trick Muslim apologists play to obscure this fact is to quote earlier verses of the Quran which were later abrogated.  One of these is 73:10-11, in which 'Allah' says to leave the "beliers" to him.  This sura was one of the very first narrated by Muhammad - when he was at Mecca and had no power.

Another is verse 3:186, which is from the Medinan period (after Muslims attained the power to fight) - but it followed a humiliating defeat at the Battle of Uhud.  Muhammad's tribe was discouraged at the time and knew they could not defeat their adversaries.  Though telling Muslims to endure insults, the text goes on to say that if they are patient, then a "grievous penalty" will befall those who mock them. Indeed, the people to whom this verse specifically referred were put to death by Muhammad just a few years later.

Muhammad executed his critics as quickly as he attained the power to do so. His biographers list numerous citizens who were murdered merely for mockery or criticism, particularly poets - the media artists of the time. One was a mother of five, who had her child pulled from her breast before she was run through with a sword. See Muhammad's Dead Poets Society for more examples.

When author Salman Rushdie published "The Satanic Verses," a 1988 novel deemed offensive to Muhammad, the Ayatollah Khomeini pronounced a death sentence in the form of a fatwa that was supported by a majority of Muslims.

After a Danish newspaper published cartoons of Muhammad in 2006, an imam (who had been welcomed to Denmark as an immigrant), traveled back to the Middle East and stirred up hatred that resulted in deadly rioting on three continents.  Demonstrators in London held signs reading "Massacre Those Who Insult Islam."

In 2015, they did.  That January, two devout Muslims forced their way into the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris and shot a dozen innocent people to death in the name of Allah.  Hebdo is a satirical magazine known for irreverent criticism of all religions, including Islam.  According to witnesses, the gunmen shouted, "We have avenged the prophet Muhammad."

When a French teacher was beheaded in 2020 over cartoons of Muhammad, Sheikh Ali Al-Yousuf of the International Union of Muslim Scholars stated that it was "not a serious crime."  The only problem was that the 'execution' it was done by an individual rather than the state.

There have been many incidents in which Muslims have whipped themselves into a violent frenzy over perceived insults to Islam. At the same time, such outrage is notably lacking when innocent people, including other Muslims, are murdered in the name of this same religion.

A deeper discussion of this subject can be found in other places, including this article from Answering-Islam and Insulting Muhammad from American Thinker.

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