Muhammad and the Violation of the Qur'an
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Muhammad violated the Qur’anic rule on sex during fasting
- 3 Muhammad violated the Qur’anic rules on dower
- 4 Muhammad violated the rule of iddah
- 5 Muhammad violated the restriction on the number of his wives
- 6 Muhammad violated the Qur'anic law on the punishment of sex offenders
- 7 Muhammad violated the Qur’anic code of conduct between marriageable couples
- 8 Muhammad violated the Qur'anic rule on sex with menstruating women
- 9 Muhammad violated the Qur’anic rule of not to have sex with women when in ihram
- 10 Conclusion
- 11 See Also
When we diligently study the biography of Muhammad and the ahadith we find quite a few examples where Muhammad had openly transgressed the provisions of the Qur'an. Sex was an important aspect of Muhammad’s life. His unbridled indulgence in sex had, on many occasions, forced him to violate Allah’s rule overtly. To suppress his breach of the Qur’anic laws on sex and sexuality, he, as usual, concocted stories of Allah’s exemption to His dearest friend. In this essay I am exposing the hypocrisy of some Islamists who claim adamantly that Muhammad could have never violated the Qur’an. What follows are examples of how Muhammad had violated the Qur’an vis-à-vis sex.
Muhammad violated the Qur’anic rule on sex during fasting
The Qur'an dictates regulations about having sex during fasting.
The following verse resticts sexual activities to the night only:
Here is what Muhammad did while observing fast:
Muhammad slept with Umm Salama during her period, kissed her while fasting and used to take bath from the same pot after having sex:
While fasting, Muhammad kissed and embraced his wives:
Muhammad used to kiss and suck Aisha's tongue while they were fasting:
Muhammad violated the Qur’anic rules on dower
When Muhammad captured Khaybar, he took as a captive Safiyyah bt Huyayy, a very pretty teenage-girl and married her without paying her any dowry (Mahr). The payment of Mahr is compulsory in the Islamic law of marriage.
First, we shall examine how Muhammad violated the rule of dower.
This rule is stipulated in the Qur’an thus:
To hide his deception, Muhammad claimed that marrying Safiyyah was in itself a good honour for her, her dowry was her manumission from being a sex-slave to Muhammad. Muhammad consummated his marriage with Saffiyah by staying with her for three days on way from Khaybar; he ordered her to wear a veil:
Muhammad stayed with Safiyyah for three nights consummating his marriage:
Saffiya’s 'dower' for marriage was her manumission:
Further information on this lustful marriage with a 19-year-old Jewish beauty with 60-year-old Muhammad is gleaned from the narration of Ibn Sa’d. It should be noted that before falling into the hands of Muhammad, this pretty young women was married to a Jewish man. Muhammad had already killed Safiyaah’s husband and her father after subjecting them to brutal torture, and finally beheading them. Having satiated his lust for blood, on the same night he killed her closest relatives, Muhammad took Saffiyah into his tent to have sex with her.
We learn from Ibn Sa’d that Muhammad purchased Safiyyah from Dhiyah for seven camels (around US$ 2,100). On the same night that Muhammad took possession of Safiyyah, he hastened to his tent to sleep with her. Here is what Ibn Sa’d writes:
To hide the lascivious character of Muhammad, Muslim biographers often mention that he married Safiyyah before he slept with her. But they forget to state that Muhammad did not follow the rule of waiting period (three monthly periods) to sleep with Safiyyah.
Muhammad violated the rule of iddah
We shall now see how Muhammad had violated the rule of idda (waiting period) in marrying a woman.
The following rules are stipulated in the Qur'an:
Before marrying another man, a divorced woman must wait three monthly periods:
Widows must wait four months and ten days for re-marriage:
Muhammad violated this rule by having sex with Safiyyah, the wife of a Jewish Rabbi. After conquering Khybar, a Jewish village, Muhammad killed Safiyyah's husband and selected her for himself due to her beauty, making her his wife and giving a banquet at the wedding; then he had sex with Saffiyah at Sa`d-AsSahba:
Clearly, when Muhammad desired to sleep or to have sex with Safiyyah, she was a widow, technically, as Muhammad had just killed her husband. Therefore, as per the Qur’an, Muhammad had to wait at least four months and ten days before he could even touch her. But Muhammad did not at all observe this rule; instead, he took Safiyyah, straight from the battlefield to his bed in the war camp. Having spent the night with her, Muhammad took her to another, safer location, staying there for three days and consummating his marriage with Safiyyah.
Muhammad violated the restriction on the number of his wives
When Muhammad married Zaynab bt Jahsh, the wife of his adopted son, Zayd b. Harith, Allah was mildly displeased with his audacious craving for young, beautiful, sexy and luscious women, married or single. So Allah clamped down on Muhammad and sternly warned him that this was enough, that he could not further accumulate any extra wives. Allah made Zaynab, Muhammad’s wife number eight or nine, the last wife. Here is the verse where Allah forbade Muhammad to marry further after marrying Zaynab bt Jahsh:
Allah put restriction on Muhammad's marriage:
he is not to take any new wife, neither exchange old wives for new:
Now, let us have a look at the list of women with whom Muhammad had had some kind of connection, including sexual. This list has been prepared from the book of Tabari (vol. ix, pp.120-141). Please note that this list is in chronological order. I have marked (*) the name of Zaynab to demonstrate how flagrantly Muhammad had dishonoured Allah’s restriction on him! He had collected at least 13 more wives, a sex-slave and a concubine even when Allah commanded him to restrain his wife collection.
Muhammad had married 21 wives:
- Khadijah bt. Khuwaylid
- Sawdah bt. Jamah
- Aisha bt. Abu Bakr
- Hafsah bt. Umar (Hafsah found Muhammad and Mariyah in her bed and she became hysterical (footnote 884).
- Umm Salamh
- Umm Habiba bt. Abi Sufyan
- Zaynab bt Jahsh*
- Safiyyah bt. Huyayy
- Maymunah bt. Al-Harith
- Sana bt. Asma or Saba bt. Asma. She died before Muhammad consummated the marriage.
- Al-Shama bt. Amr al-Ghifariyaah. Muhammad divorced for doubting his prophethood.
- Ghaziyyah bt. Jabir or Umm Sharik. She was previously married and had a son named Sharik. She was beautiful but she refused to consummate the marriage. Muhammad found her old (page 139); so he returned her to her people
- Amrah bt. Yazid or Umm Sharik. Some say she gave herself to Muhammad Qur'an 33:50 . The marriage was not consummated.
- Asma bt. Al-Numan. Muhammad found her suffering from leprosy; so he divorced her giving her compensation.
- Zaynab bt. Khuzaymah also called Umm al-Masakin (mother of the poor)
- Al-Aliyaah bt. Zabyan. It is alleged that she peeped through her door at the people in the mosque. So Muhammad divorced her after paying her some compensation (footnote 919).
- Qutaylah bt. Qays but Muhammad died before he could consummate his marriage with her. She and her brother apostatized from Islam.
- Fatimah bt. Shurayh (Sara)
- Kawlah bt. Hudhayl
- Layla bt. Al-Khatim. She offered herself to Muhammad and Muhammad accepted her as his wife.. Later, when her people admonished her for marrying Muhammad, she requested for a divorce and Muhammad divorced her.
List of women to whom Muhammad proposed but did not marry:
- Umm Hani bt. Abi Talid (she had a child)
- Dubbah bt. Amir (she was too old)
- Safiyyah bt. Bashshamah (she was a captive)
- Umm Habiba bt al-Abbas (fosterage)
- Jamrah bt. Al-Harith (was suffering from leprosy)
- Khawlah bt. Hakim
- Amamah bt. Hamzah
Muhammad had two concubines, namely Mariyah bt. Shamun (better known as Mariyah the Copt) and Raihanah bt. Zayd Al-Qarazi. He did not consummate marriage with two women, namely Mulaykah bint Kab Al-Laythi (Muhammad divorced her before consummating the marriage) and Bint Jundub.
Even the greatest Islamist apologist of all time, Abdulla Yusuf Ali admits that Muhammad did indeed transgress the stipulation of the Qur'an.
Yusuf Ali writes:
Muhammad violated the Qur'anic law on the punishment of sex offenders
Fornication and adultery are two most serious offences in Islamic societies. The punitive measures, as enacted in the Qur’an are truly extremely harsh and barbaric.
Let us read the verse which deals with such grave crimes:
Punishment for adultery or fornication (both man and woman) is one hundred lashes in front of the believers:
Strangely though, when it came to a friend of Muhammad, who admitted having committed a punishable offence (illegal sex, perhaps), Muhammad did not apply this Qur’anic rule. Here is a hadith from Sahih Bukhari on this violation of the Qur’an:
Muhammad did not punish a person for illegal sexual intercourse because the person prayed with him...
Muhammad violated the Qur’anic code of conduct between marriageable couples
Please note, that a man and a woman who are not close relatives (that is, those men and women who could be married to each other, those who are not in the prohibited class for marriage purposes) cannot, under any circumstances, be alone together.
This moral guardianship is endorsed in these verses of the Qur’an:
Believing men are to lower their gaze and guard modesty:
Now, let us see what Muhammad did with some single women, who could be married to him.
The first such woman was none other than his first cousin-sister, Umm Hani bt Abu Talib. Muhammad passionately fell in love with her, but for some unknown reason his beloved uncle, Abu Talib did not give her hand to Muhammad when requested. Instead, she was married to a pagan, Hibayrah. But Muhammad’s adulterous relation with Umm Hani (real name Fakitah, also known as Hind) continued. He used to sleep in her house, when no one was around. Such an incidence took place when Muhammad returned from his failed mission at Taif, after the deaths of his first wife, Khadijah and his uncle Abu Talib. Returning from Taif, he took shelter in the Ka'aba. But at nightfall, when all were asleep, he stealthily went to Umm Hani’s house and spent the night with her. When the people did not find him at Ka’aba, they went looking for him and when he was discovered in the house of Umm Hani, he was embarrassed, so was Umm Hani. To hide the truth, he concocted the story of his night journey to Jerusalem and Paradise from Umm Hani’s house (more precisely, from her bed), which many converted Muslims found too incredible to believe and left Islam. This made him sad and withdrawn. Soon, after such an adulterous affair was leaked out, he left Mecca and settled in Medina . But his undying love for Umm Hani remained aflame.
Later, when Muhammad became militarily strong and conquered Mecca , he went to Umm Hani’s house and stayed there overnight, praying and chit-chatting with her. Hubayrah, Umm Hani’s husband had foreseen the fall of Mecca and had fled to Najran. So, Umm Hani was living in her house, separated from her pagan husband, and Muhammad was there comforting her, in open transgression of the Qur’anic code. (Please consult: Martin Lings, p.33, 101, 103-104, 299; Ibn Ishaq, p.184, Tabari, vol.viii, p.186)
Here is a hadith from Sahih Bukhari which demonstrates Muhammad’s way with single women, divorced or widowed, rich or poor, for sex, which clearly violates the Qur’an. A dignified woman, Jauniyaa (a princess) was brought to Muhammad to have sex with him but she was reluctant to give herself to him; Muhammad was angry and raised his hand to beat her...
Muhammad violated the Qur'anic rule on sex with menstruating women
The 'Holy' Qur’an, on menstruating women says:
“Menstruation is a disease; can't have sex during a woman's period; after the period is over have sex in any manner, at any time and at any place”
Let us examine what Muhammad did to his wives when they were in heavy menstruation:
During her period, Muhammad used to fondle Aisha in bath:
Muhammad put his cheek and chest in between the naked thighs of a menstruating Aisha...
Umarah ibn Ghurab said that his paternal aunt narrated to him that she asked Aisha: What if one of us menstruates and she and her husband have no bed except one? She replied: I relate to you what the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) had done.One night he entered (upon me) while I was menstruating. He went to the place of his prayer, that is, to the place of prayer reserved (for this purpose) in his house. He did not return until I felt asleep heavily, and he felt pain from cold. And he said: Come near me. I said: I am menstruating. He said: Uncover your thighs. I, therefore, uncovered both of my thighs. Then he put his cheek and chest on my thighs and I lent upon he until he became warm and slept.
It could be that caressing and foreplay do not necessarily constitute actual coition. But bear in mind that these lustful activities are just a prelude to other forms of sexual gratification.
Muhammad violated the Qur’anic rule of not to have sex with women when in ihram
Here is the Qur’anic verse on the purity state in a mosque:
“Observe Hajj in the prescribed month; no sexual intercourse, misconduct and argument during the Hajj session”.
“You can have sex with wives only at nights of fasting time; wives are garments; do not approach wife while in retreat (ihram) in a mosque...”
Even a hadith in Sunaan Abu Dawud confirms the stipulation of the Qur’an. This hadith says:
“A pilgrim must not marry and give someone in marriage in the sacred state (while wearing ihram)”
But Muhammad did not have much regard for the Qur’an or even to his own words when it came to marrying women and having sex with them. So, when he went to Mecca, to perform the Hajj, and a proposal of marriage was offered to him, he quickly accepted the offer and married the woman even though he was in sacred state wearing ihram.
Here is the hadith from Sunaan Abu Dawud:
Muhammad married Maimunah while he was in the sacred state wearing ihra:
I am certain the Islamist apologists will employ many twisted tricks, convoluted logic and strange reasoning to disprove all those historical records which I enumerated above. The fact is, no matter what they say, the truth remains the intelligent readers will have no difficulty in separating the corn from the chaff. Muhammad, had on many occasions violated the Qur’an.
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