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By Karen Armstrong

the fellow Who encouraged the World's Fastest-Growing faith

Muhammad provides a desirable portrait of the founding father of a faith that keeps to alter the process international background. Muhammad's tale is extra suitable than ever since it deals the most important perception into the genuine origins of an more and more radicalized Islam. Countering those that brush off Islam as fanatical and violent, Armstrong deals a transparent, available, and balanced portrait of the important determine of 1 of the world's nice religions.

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If a Meccan military have been to camp south of Medina, the place Nadir and Qurayzah had their territories, it might be effortless for them to affix forces with the Quraysh and breach the city’s defences. If the Quraysh made up our minds to assault from the north, which might be their best choice, Nadir and Qurayzah may assault the Muslims from the south. yet a extra pressing predicament was once Qaynuqa‘, the wealthiest of the Jewish tribes and previous allies of Ibn Ubayy, who managed the marketplace within the heart of Medina. 26 The Muslims had validated a bit marketplace in their personal, and for non secular purposes didn't cost curiosity. Taking this as an instantaneous problem, the Qaynuqa‘ made up our minds to damage their contract with the Prophet and subscribe to the competition. Muhammad visited their district and requested them, within the identify in their universal faith, to maintain the peace. They listened in mutinous silence after which spoke back: O Muhammad, you appear to imagine that we're your humans. don't misinform your self, since you have encountered a tribe [at Badr] with out wisdom of battle and bought the higher of them; for by way of Allah, if we struggle you, you will discover that we're genuine males! 27 Muhammad withdrew and grimly awaited advancements. a number of days later scuffling with broke out out there of Qaynuqa‘, while one of many Jewish goldsmiths insulted a Muslim girl. because the hakam, Muhammad used to be known as in to arbitrate, however the chiefs of Qaynuqa‘ refused to simply accept his judgment, barricaded themselves into their fort and known as upon their Arab allies for reduction. Qaynuqa‘ had a military of 7 hundred males, and had their allies answered, they might definitely have defeated and doubtless eradicated the ummah. however the Arabs remained staunchly in the back of the Prophet, and Ibn Ubayy discovered that he was once powerless to aid his outdated confederates. After a siege of 2 weeks, the Qaynuqa‘ have been pressured to give up unconditionally. Muhammad might were anticipated to bloodbath the boys and promote the ladies and kids into slavery—the conventional punishment meted out to traitors—but he acceded to Ibn Ubayy’s plea for clemency and spared them, only if the total tribe left Medina instantly. Qaynuqa‘ have been able to pass. they'd taken a big gamble, yet had underestimated Muhammad’s new reputation. Neither their Arab allies nor the opposite Jews protested. Tribes had frequently been pushed out of the oasis through the internecine wars prior to the hijrah, so this expulsion was once a part of a procedure that had began lengthy ahead of Muhammad’s arrival. 28 Bloodshed was once refrained from, yet Muhammad was once stuck in a sad ethical hassle: the justification for the jihad opposed to the Quraysh have been the Muslims’ exclusion from their local urban, which was once condemned by way of the Qur’an as an outstanding evil. Now, trapped within the competitive conventions of Arabia, he used to be forced to eject one other humans from their fatherland. the folk of Medina anxiously waited for the inevitable Meccan assault. for the reason that Abu Jahl were killed at Badr and Abu Lahab had died almost immediately afterwards, Abu Sufyan was once now the top chieftain of the Quraysh and a much more ambitious opponent.

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