In the first part I ( HERE ) showed what Muslims say is never really what it is and meant to be, this kind of deceit is characteristic of Islamic Dawa (propagating Islam to Non-Muslims). We saw what their scriptures said further about the life of Dhimmi by referring to the those same scriptures the video refers to, we saw how Muslims understood it and how they practiced it for 1400 years – as it existed in Islamic law – and we also saw that present day Islamic nations do practice the same kind of dehumanization of Non-Muslims. We go further and see what else Islamic scriptures and scholars say about Dhimmi and what kind of conditions Dhimmis have to live in (1).
The video quotes, right after quoting that saying of Mohammad from Hadith, a letter written by Prophet Mohammad to Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai Peninsula (part of present day Egypt) in the year 628 AD. One can read that letter from HERE . Before forming any opinion about this letter it is worth noticing that the letter is still no where nearer to even hinting that Christians have same rights as Muslims have. The following things are to be noted too with regard to this letter:
1. Under what authority Prophet Mohammad wrote that letter ?
The letter explicitly says it is a charter of protection besides declaring Christians as subjects of Mohammad or Islamic state, when those Christians were not citizens of any Islamic state or were not under the authority of Prophet Mohammad. In the year 628 AD, Prophet’s authority was still confined to Arabian peninsula, to be precise, to Medina and Khyber. To understand this, one should look at what Islamic scriptures say:
Volume 4, Book 53, Number 392: (Sahih Bukhari)
Narrated Abu Huraira:
While we were in the Mosque, the Prophet came out and said, “Let us go to the Jews” We went out till we reached Bait-ul-Midras. He said to them, “If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. So, if anyone amongst you owns some property, he is permitted to sell it, otherwise you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle.“
THE EARTH BELONGS TO ALLAH AND HIS APOSTLE (PROPHET MOHAMMAD) !
Prophet said this, when he expelled the Jewish tribe B. Qaynuqa, 4 years before writing that letter to Monastery (Notice the other threat too: Embrace Islam, you will be safe). This self asserting and belligerent claim is the underlying belief, and an important part of Islamic theology, on which the institution of Jihad premises. This together with the verses 51:56 (Allah created humans for the sole purpose that they worship him alone) and 7:172-173 (All humans are Muslims at birth) implies two radical concepts:
1) All are born Muslims but if children grow to be Non-Muslims it is because of influence of their parents. Islamic theology refers to those Non-Muslims embracing Islam as reverts, not as converts.
2) If the earth belongs to Allah and his prophet, who are represented by Muslims today, then it implies that the earth and and everything on it originally and rightfully belongs to Muslims. Any part of earth not under Islamic authority is considered to be under usurped authority. Here, we again witness what makes Islam supremacist; because all the warfare seeking to bring back the place under Islamic authority from usurped authority, un-Godly rule, is never offensive in nature but defensive.
All Islamic warfare against unbelievers is thus defensive, and land and booty taken in jihad is liberated rather than conquered. The 2nd caliph Umar, according to al-Tabari’s history, repeatedly refers to the capture of land and booty in such terms. The conquered territories of Syria and Palestine were, Umar said, addressing the Muslims, ‘property which god has restored to you’. (page 111, Mark Durie’s THIRD CHOICE)
To be summed up: Allah, his Prophet and his followers – including present day Muslims – are the natural owners of the entire world.
Seen through this belligerent assertion and proper perspective, that letter written by Prophet Mohammad – being cited as proof of justness of Prophet Mohammad and Islam – is actually demanding those Christian to submit to his rule as The earth belongs to Allah and His Prophet . A ruler or a self proclaimed Prophet demanding others, those not under his authority, to surrender to his rule is considered imperialist and intolerance.
2. Most of the conditions stated in the letter do not contradict the pact of Dhimmah – which is humiliating and dehumanizing.
3. If the present day Pope writes such a letter to Muslims, how will they consider it ? Are they going to say that it is proof of justness of nature of Pope ?
4. This letter is precursor to what follows next i.e. Jihad (Unrestrained warfare) against those Christians.
5. One understands this better when we read other letters written by Prophet Mohammad to various kings:
Letter to the King of Omen:
“Allah has sent me as a Prophet to all His creatures in order that I may instill fear of Allâh in the hearts of His disobedient creatures so that there may be left no excuse for those who deny Allah If you two accept Islam, you will remain in command of your country; but if you refuse my Call, you’ve got to remember that all your possessions are perishable. My horsemen will appropriate your land, and my Prophethood will assume preponderance over your kingship.” ( HERE )
Letter to Chosroes, Emperor of Persia:
“………Accept Islam as your religion so that you may live in security, otherwise, you will be responsible for all the sins of the Magians.” ( HERE )
Letter to the Vicegerent of Egypt, called Muqawqas:
“…Thereafter, I invite you to accept Islam. Therefore, if you want security, accept Islam. If you accept Islam, Allâh, the Sublime, shall reward you doubly. But if you refuse to do so, you will bear the burden of the transgression of all the Copts.”
Coming to the video, it says this letter was written in the year 628 AD but Prophet lived up to 632 or 633 AD. If still any one believes that letter to hold any value in Islam, what prophet said later supersedes his previous teachings according to the rule of abrogation, which says all later revelations cancel out previous one when they contradict. The following infamous verse of from Koran was reveled to Prophet in the year 631 AD:
Koranic verse 9:29 >>
Fight against those who
– believe not in Allah,
– nor in the Last Day,
– nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger
– and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians),
until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
And few sayings of Prophet can be read below :
Book 026, Number 5389: (Sahih Muslim)
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not greet the Jews and the Christians before they greet you and when you meet any one of them on the roads force him to go to the narrowest part of it.
Book 019, Number 4366: (Sahih Muslim )
It has been narrated by ‘Umar b. al-Khattab that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.
Volume 3, Book 43, Number 656: (Sahih Bukhari)
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it (as charitable gifts).
The best course of the action for those who produced that video, if they feel what is presented here by me is wrong, is to convince people governing the Muslim states that what they are doing is wrong according to Prophet Mohammad because those Muslim nations are treating Non-Muslims living in those countries as worse than second class citizens.
Note ( 1 ): The kind of conditions Dhimmis have to live in.