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“Catholic Scholar Spins Jihadi Beheading

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Catholic scholar falsely claims that Muhammad responded non-violently to those who mocked him

A Catholic sociologist is whitewashing Muhammad’s violent response to people who mocked him as thousands rallied across France Sunday to honor a schoolteacher who was beheaded for showing cartoons of Muhammad to his students.
  • “Prophet Muhammad was defamed, insulted, mocked and violently attacked by those who opposed him. How did he respond?” asks Dr. Craig Considine, lecturer at Rice University, Houston, Texas.
“By remaining calm, ignoring the insults and focusing on his mission. Responding with violence was never an option,” Considine replies.
  • “The Paris beheading is an affront to his teachings,” declared the Catholic scholar, who has become a well-known apologist for Islam….
“What Considine says is flatly false,” distinguished Islamic scholar Robert Spencer told Church Militant.

Spencer explained:
  • Islam mandates death for non-Muslim subjects of the Islamic state who mention “something impermissible about Allah, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), or Islam” (‘Umdat al-Salik, o11.10), and such laws are based upon passages in the Hadith and Sira in which Muhammad orders the murders of people who have insulted him.
Spencer told Church Militant he could cite numerous instances of such executions ordered by Muhammad in sacred texts revered by Muslims.

“These include Abu ‘Afak, who was over 100 years old, and the poetess Asma bint Marwan,” noted Spencer, author of 21 books on Islam.

Spencer quoted Ibn Ishaq, 674-676:
  • Abu ‘Afak was killed in his sleep, in response to Muhammad’s question, “Who will avenge me on this scoundrel?” Similarly, Muhammad on another occasion cried out, “Will no one rid me of this daughter of Marwan?” One of his followers, Umayr ibn Adi, went to her house that night, where he found her sleeping next to her children. The youngest, a nursing babe, was in her arms. But that didn’t stop Umayr from murdering her and the baby as well. Muhammad commended him: “You have done a great service to Allah and His Messenger, Umayr!”
Spencer also cited the example of Ka’b bin al-Ashraf from Sahih al-Bukhari, volume 5, book 59, number 369.
  • Muhammad asked: “Who is willing to kill Ka’b bin al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?” One of the Muslims, Muhammad bin Maslama, answered, “O Allah’s Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?” When Muhammad said that he would, Muhammad ibn Maslama said, “Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Ka’b).” Muhammad responded: “You may say it.” Muhammad bin Maslama duly lied to Ka’b, luring him into his trap, and murdered him.
Church Militant contacted Considine, asking if he was willing to go on record to “confirm there are absolutely no instances in the Qur’an, Hadith or Sunnah where Muhammad reacts with violence to people who mock him for various reasons.”…

Considine did not respond to our requests for comment….

Church Militant asked Spencer how Considine could lie so blatantly in public and think he could get away with it — assuming his readers were “all fools.”

“He is relying on the ignorance of Americans about Islam. Yes, he does think we are all fools,” Spencer responded.
The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
but the heart of the fool to the left.

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