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Rebuttal Video - A dream unfulfilled
By:Dr. Shabbir
Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2009, 6:55 pm

Dear Sir,

You might know that only last year I had presented my rebuttal to all possible questions and objections about Islam on Dr. Shabbir's Blog. We never had funds to produce the video.

I have sent my response to TIME. Let's see if they have the courage to publish it.

My detailed rebuttals are present on Dr. Shabbir' Blog. For all rebuttals please visit the blog.

VIDEO OF THE 25 REBUTTALS
May 26th, 2008 by Dr. Shabbir
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— Making a good video of the Rebuttal is very much in the plans. Numerous viewers around the world want to see it done, and done well.
— The script is right before you in 25 installments.
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— We will have five participants of diverse backgrounds on the film.
— The project is going to be expensive. We can hope for a good video only if we have sufficient resources. Otherwise, it will only remain a dream unfulfilled.
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REBUTTAL - 25 [THE END]
May 22nd, 2008 by Dr. Shabbir
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-871902797772997781
Mr. Robert Spencer, Director, JihadWatch.org: It’s unfortunate that there is no negotiating with the Jihadists. There is no striking a deal with them. Islamic law is very clear on that, and here, once again, is an example. We need to take Islam seriously. Islamic law does not allow for treaties. It does not allow for negotiated settlements between Muslim states and non-Muslim states. All it allows for is a temporary period, of up to ten years, of Hudna, or what is commonly translated as ‘truce’, to allow the Islamic forces to gather their strength. Well, that’s not the same as peace as we know it; that’s not the same as the absence of a state of war. That’s only a temporary lull in a war that the Jihadists consider has gone on for fourteen centuries and are willing to fight for fourteen more.
Answer: Dear Sir, should we repeat what we have already discussed? Peace treaties are extensively discussed in the Qur’an. Verse 9:8 has just been presented. Verses 9:1-10 and many others shed more light on the subject. Please show me the conjecture of “Hudna of up to ten years” in the Qur’an or even in Hadith. Muqtada Sadr of Iraq is a criminal, and no authority on Islam. The criminal Jihadists are already weak and on the run. Now they are reduced to secretly bombing fellow Muslims in Muslim countries! If they come out in the open, they will surely be annihilated. Mr. Triskovic rightly said that Terror is not a very big problem.
Studio Image & Voice:
The Noble Koran, 47:4:
“So when you meet (in fight, Jihad in Allah’s cause) those who disbelieve, smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives)…Thus (you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam [i.e. are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire] or at least come under your protection), but if it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.”
Answer: All words and lines that I have colored in red above and below, are not there in the original Arabic text; someone’s intellectual dishonesty it is!
>>> Jihad in Allah’s cause) - till when you have killed and wounded many of them, - (you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam [i.e. are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire] or at least come under your protection), - (without you) - (He lets you fight), >> At the risk of watching graphic details, you may choose to give about 6 minutes to this video sent by a Christian friend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgxjK0kGGT8

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REBUTTAL - 12
May 4th, 2008 by Dr. Shabbir
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-871902797772997781
Ms Condoleeza Rice in a Press Conference: We are a country that judges people not by their religious beliefs or by their color, but by the fact that we’re all Americans. …. Islam stands for peace and stands for non-violence, we wanted to make that very, very clear.
Mr. Robert Spencer: … There are, in short, peaceful and moderate Muslims, but no peaceful and moderate Islam. … Syed Qutb, the Egyptian Muslim theorist, whose writings are revered by radical Muslims today, by terrorists today, …
Answer: Dear Sir, if you reflect with an unbiased mind on the Primary Source of Islam, the Compassionate Qur’an, you will say that Islam is nothing but peaceful and moderate. We have given sufficient examples in the Rebuttal so far. Some criminal freaks have always been violent regardless of their religion. Syed Qutb faced the gallows at the hands of a Muslim court for his attempts at rebellion. His ‘hegemony’ was limited to toppling the government of Gemal Abd-el-Nasir and seek power in Egypt. I think, a proponent of the barbaric man-made Shari’ah who is convicted by an Islamic court for inciting rebellion, is not worth reading, and such is the case.
Mr. Walid Shoebat: …, the jurisprudence of Islam clearly state emphatically that the “verse of the sword” (9:5) made null and void all the peaceful verses.
Answer: Dear Sir, we have talked sufficiently about the so-called “verse of the sword”, and that not a single verse of the Qur’an has been or can ever be abrogated. Again, 9:5 applies only to the idolaters who would repeatedly make peace treaties with Muslims and then conduct surprise attacks on them. Also, please notice the compassion in the next verse again, granting security if they wish, even to such dangerous elements.
9:6 (O Messenger) if anyone of the idolaters seeks your protection or a safe passage, grant him protection from the State. Convey to him the Word of God, and then escort him to where he feels safe and secure. This kindness on your part is mandatory because they are people who do not know (and have not yet seen the beauty of the Divine System).
Studio Voice & Image repeat 9:5: …..
Walid Shoebat: Kill them, when you see them, wherever you find them. This is not an allegoric kill, it’s a literal kill. …. They really want to revive Islam as it used to be. This is what they call as Islamic Fundamentalism.
Answer: If any people are forced to defend an armed attack, you are right, then it’s a literal kill on both sides. What is surprising about that, and what does it have to do with Islamic Fundamentalism?
Studio Voice & Image: 5:33 The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they should be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter.
Studio Voice & Image: Al-Bukhari Vol 8 Bk 82 Hadith 795
The prophet cut off the hands and feet of the men belonging to the tribe of Uraina and did not cauterize (their bleeding limbs) until they died.
Answer: We have seen from the Six Books of Hadith that the exalted Prophet never even pricked a person with a needle. Any Hadith that contradicts the Qur’an is nothing but forgery. Moreover, this particular Hadith also contradicts hundreds of Ahadith depicting the compassion and forgiving actions of the exalted Prophet.
5:33 talks about rebellion against the State and bloody crimes (Fasaad). Those who commit bloody crimes on earth, deserve strict punishment. You will agree with that. Please notice ‘opposite sides’ pointing toward immobilizing such criminals by putting them in prison. And kindly notice the peaceful option of exile, in the verse. [Note: Even these criminals could be pardoned if they present themselves to the authorities before getting arrested! 4:17, 4:64]
Mr Abdullah Al-Araby: There is no assurance of what is known in Christianity as salvation and insurance of being saved and guaranteeing going to heaven. However, there are certain things that can help. So, if a Muslim, for instance, died while he was practicing Jihad, he is supposed to go to paradise.
Mr Walid Shoebat: In Islamist thinking, the assurance of your salvation is dying as a martyr. In accordance to the verse in the Quran,
“Do not think that the ones who died in the cause of Allah, in Jihad, are dead but are living.”
So, this assures salvation.
Answer: Dear Sirs, respectfully speaking, you are mistaken. The Qur’an is replete with verses guaranteeing Paradise to men and women who do acts of social welfare and benefit humanity. Here are only three out of hundreds of examples.
2:62 (That was a glimpse of the past.) Those who believe (in the Qur’an and call themselves Muslims), and those who are Jews, and Christians and the Sabians; whoever truly believes in God and the Last Day and does works that benefit humanity, their reward is with their Lord. For them shall be no fear from without, nor shall grief touch them from within.
3:15 Say (O Messenger), “Shall I inform you of something better than these, with which the upright will be rewarded by their Lord? - Gardens with flowing streams beneath, where they will live forever with spouses of spotless character and the blissful approval of God. God is Seer of His servants.”
5:69 Those who attain belief and call themselves Muslims and those who are Jews, and the Sabians, and Christians - whoever believes in God and the Last Day, and does works that benefit humanity, for them shall be no fear from without, nor shall grief touch them from within.
Robert Spencer: This is the calculus behind modern suicide bombing. Many people will say, modern Muslim advocates will say that Islam forbids suicide. And this is plainly dishonest because all the advocates, all the defenders of suicide bombing in the Islamic world, start out by saying “This is not suicide, this is the intention of the person is not to kill himself, the intention of the person is to kill others. And that is sanctioned because this is Islamic Jihad.”…
Answer: Dear Sir, no Muslim would endorse the killing of non-combatants, and hence, suicide bombings. Social renegade conduct these deplorable attacks mostly in Muslim countries and most of their victims are innocent Muslims. The Qur’an calls Terrorism as worse than killing.
2:217: … Persecution or Terrorism is a crime far greater than killing…
And we have seen that during the exalted Prophet’s life, not a single non-combatant was harmed by Muslims.
“For the greatest benevolent Revolution in all history, in all the battles which were all fought in self-defense, the loss of life was minimal with 259 Muslims and 759 opponents getting slain, a total of 1,018. Not a single non-combatant, a child, a woman or the elderly was ever killed or harmed by Muslims.”
Mr Serge Trifkovic, Director, Rockford Institute Center For International Affairs: Quran is quite clear about the heavenly reward of a jihadist who falls fighting in the path of Allah. He will be granted instant access to paradise and the Muslim Paradise is an extremely sensual one. It is full of houris, black-eyed beauties, that will await the martyr and the gratification that follows is eminently unsuitable for family audience.
Answer: Sir, which nation won’t honor the valiant soldiers who lay their lives in the defense of their country?
The “Muslim” Paradise promises an excellent family life. Respectfully speaking, your statement, “Muslim Paradise is an extremely sensual one” hurts your own credibility. When you say, “It is full of houris, black-eyed beauties”, what is so sensual about it? Shall we remove ‘beauty’ from the dictionary or expunge ‘black eyes’ from literature? Which one, Sir?
By the way, Hoor is common gender meaning intelligent companions of spotless character. Hoor-un-‘Een = Excellent companions endowed with insight. Ahwar is the male gender and Haoorah, female.
You hurt your credibility beyond retrieval by further saying, “… and the gratification that follows is eminently unsuitable for family audience.”
Sir, did you think that only the non-Muslim Westerners would listen to these outrageous comments taking them at face value? Read the Qur’an again and again, and yet again, and you will fail to bring one word, one sentence that would be unsuitable for your/our sisters and daughters. On the contrary, we can show you many passages in the Bible that are eminently unsuitable for family audience, but that is not our subject here.
Mr Robert Spencer: The Quran contains no guarantee of paradise except for those who slay and are slain in the cause of Allah.

REBUTTAL - 5
April 18th, 2008 by Dr. Shabbir
Dear friends,
After a lull of two days, there is a flood of calls and emails asking me to continue the rebuttal to completion. In-Sha-Allah, we will do that. Kindly stay in touch, comment and advise.
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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-871902797772997781
Walid Shoebat: Well, Muhammad, the prophet of Islam wiped out all the Jews of Saudi Arabia. There were three tribes, Banu Nuzair, Banu Quraizah and Banu Qainqa’. He ordered the beheading of the Jews of Banu Quraizah and the women being taken concubines. As soon as a child had pubic hair, he was beheaded. The Jewish population was either extradited or beheaded. The story of Rabi’ah Qanina is well recorded. Qanina was tortured by the order of the prophet himself. His eyes were put out. He was burned in order to confess where the Jewish Tribes were hiding their goods, their gold and silver, any kind of things. This is right from the Hadith. This inspired us as Palestinians on fighting Jihad against the Jews in Palestine.
Answer: Dear Sir, you have skipped the most authentic, first Source of Islam, the Qur’an, and jumped to Hadith and history written 250 to 350 years after the exalted prophet.
The oncoming video clip mentions Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Hisham.
Being an Arab, you must have read the originals and you should know quite well that even Ibn Ishaq d. 773 CE was half Jew and half Zoroastrian and his supposed biography of the prophet, even if ever written, was immediately lost. Imam Malik has called ibn Ishaq a big liar. Then more than half a century later Ibn Hisham d. 840 wrote ibn Ishaq on hearsay from Ziyad al-Bakai (Magian), Musailma Abrash (Jewish) and Hamid Razi (Magian). [“Seerah” Ibn Ishaq has been forged from ibn Hisham as late as 2000 CE under fictitious names.] Ibn Hisham’s strategy was most sinister. He would narrate some lines complimentary to the exalted prophet in order to establish credibility and then follow with derogatory lines and paragraphs. Also, there was Waqidi, as one of the narrators, a hard-boiled Magian and reputedly the biggest liar of the times. (Mazhabi Dastanain aur Unki Haqeeqat by Allama Habib Kandhalwi).
Now the video shows this clip:
“AUTHORITATIVE” ISLAMIC HISTORY [Quotes mine]
The Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq d.773 CE [Siratur Rasool]
Edited by Abdul Malik Hisham d. 840 CE.
Now see the truly Authoritative Truth from the Qur’an.
33:26 Those People of the Scripture who allied with the clans (despite having a treaty with you), have been taken out from their forts and strongholds, and panic has struck their hearts. Some of them were killed in the battle and others were taken prisoners of war. [The Jewish Tribe, Bani Quraizah had violated the treaty, but another Jewish tribe, Bani Nadhir/Nuzair of Khyber had also been among the confederates]
47:4 … There must be an act of kindness or ransom when the battle lays down its weapons. … [8:37, 38:40. Free the captives as an act of kindness or ransom, such as in exchange for your men in their captivity. There is no third option. So, where is the beheading and where are the concubines?]
Surah 59. AL-Hashr – The Gathering refers to the gathering of forces and peaceful exile in 5 Hijrah (627 CE) of the Jewish Tribe of Banu Nadhir/Nuzair near Madinah. They were banished from there after they had repeatedly violated the peace treaties they had signed with the exalted prophet. They kept joining hands with the Makkan idolaters, the hypocrites and some clans attempting to annihilate the believers. For their treachery, Banu Nadhir lost their citizenship and got exiled according to the treaty. They were allowed to take with them all movable property except weapons of war. With 600 camels laden with their belongings, the tribe was allowed to migrate peacefully to any place of their choosing and thereupon they relocated themselves in Syria.
59:2 He is the One Who evicted the disbelievers among the People of the Book from their homes at the first gathering (of the forces). You never thought that they would leave and they thought that their strongholds would defend them against God. But God’s requital came to them from directions they little expected, and caused fear in their hearts. So, they dismantled their dwellings with their own hands and at the hands of the believers. Learn a lesson, then, O You who are endowed with insight! [They dismantled their immovable property to prevent the believers from benefiting from it.]
59:3 And if God had not decreed banishment for them, He would have punished them harder in this world, yet for them is suffering of the fire in the life to come.
Did anyone challenge this Qur’anic truth in the life-time of the exalted prophet and his noble companions?
Again, where is the barbarism? Further, a gentleman like yourself should not have felt inspired by torture committed by anyone.
Question: Were little children growing pubic hair within a few weeks of the siege?
Dear Sir, you have not mentioned which Hadith reports the “Rabi’ah Qanina atrocity”. Absolutely none! You might have heard it in pastime. Please correct the name as Rabi’ah bin Kan’anah who was immediately sent to his family for promising non-violence.
See how a top western historian sums up the situation in one sentence:
H.N. Spalding - Civilization in the East and West:
Mohammad was the greatest Executive Officer for implementation of the Divine Will.
Shabbir, a life-long student!

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REBUTTAL – 4
April 17th, 2008 by Dr. Shabbir
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-871902797772997781
The video continues in the most amicable manner with all participants adopting an extremely friendly attitude, speaking in a heart winning manner and body language.
Mr. Abdullah Al-Araby: The bespectacled, very personable gentleman says, “I believe that those terrorists that want to do harm to others are applying the true Islam that was practiced by Muhammad and his followers in the early stage of Islam.”
Answer: Dear Sir, with all due respect, it appears that you have presented some very biased history of Islam, and that, without pointing out the source of your information. Almost all histories reiterate the fact that the exalted prophet, in his entire life, never even pricked any person with a needle.
Exception: A most staunch enemy, Umayyah bin Khalaf, had traveled all the way from Makkah along with a well armed soldiery of 3000 men for the Battle of Uhud near Madinah against greatly outnumbered Muslims. When he tried to attack the prophet, he only touched the man with his spear without wounding him in the least. Ibn Khalaf ran bewildered, screaming loud, so much so that his own friends taunted him for making a big deal out of nothing. He said, “You do not know what I do. I know I’m not injured but I also know that it was through the hand of Muhammad.”
Dear Sir, the entire history will fail to give you a single example other than this of the exalted prophet’s “extreme hostility” against any human being.
Now, the Creed of Islam is shown on the video,
THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH AND MUHAMMAD IS HIS PROPHET
Respectfully, a minor correction by Shabbir:
There is no god but the One True God, and Muhammad is His Messenger.
Mr. Robert Spencer: Muhammad is revered today as the perfect man in Islamic Theology, a model par excellence and the primary model of human behavior.
Answer: Respected Sir, if you were truly aware of the noble character of Muhammad (S), you would agree with the Qur’an and numerous great western minds that the exalted prophet was indeed a role model for all mankind. The Glorious Book presents his own life as witness to this truth and not a single person could deny it in his life-time. Can there be a better criterion of the nobility of character?
10:16 Say, “…. I have dwelt among you a whole lifetime before this. (You have always called me Al-Ameen, the trustworthy and Sadiq, the truthful). Will you not, then, use your reason?”
68:4 (O Prophet) Indeed, you have sublime morals.
Sir, not even the worst enemies of the exalted prophet could challenge these statements of the Qur’an.
Alphonse de LaMartaine - Historie de la Turquie, Paris, 1854:
… If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results are the three criteria of a human genius, who could dare compare any great man in history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws, and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled away before their eyes. This man moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples, dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the then inhabited world; and more than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and the souls.
Reverend Bosworth Smith - Muhammad and Muhammadanism, London, 1874:
… Head of the State as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without the Pope’s pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a police force, without a fixed revenue. If ever a man ruled by a right divine, it was Muhammad, for he had all the powers without their supports. He cared not for the dressings of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life….

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REBUTTAL - 3
April 16th, 2008 by Dr. Shabbir
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-871902797772997781
Mr. Robert Spencer: Another very personable gentleman raises the issue that Islam and Islamic Civilization actually sanction the violence and that Islam mandates violence against the unbelievers.
Answer: Dear Sir, the foremost Source of Islamic Doctrine, Theology, Civilization and Law, Al-Qur’an, is right before us. Let us see what it has to say.
49:13 O Mankind! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes so that you may affectionately come to know one another. Certainly, the most honored among you, in the Sight of God, is the one who is best in conduct. God is Knower, Aware.
60:7 It may well be that God will bring about affection between you and those whom you now consider enemies. God is Able to do all things, and God is Forgiving, Merciful.
60:8 God does not forbid you from being kind, and fully equitable to those who do not fight you on account of Religion, and do not evict you from your homelands. God loves those who lead a just, balanced life.
5:2 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! —. Let not the hatred of a people lead you to transgression —. Help one another in acts of collective benefit and righteousness, and do not help one another in deeds that hurt humanity and in creating a wedge between people. Be mindful of God. —.
41:34 Since good and evil cannot be alike, repel evil with what is decent. Then he, between whom and you there was enmity, may become close friends.
Dear Sir, the exalted prophet said, “If any non-Muslim is wronged in the Islamic State, I will personally plead on his/her behalf.”
Ms Bat Ye’or: The soft-spoken, elderly lady maintains that the Muslims want to impose all over the world the only religion, the only true religion, the only just religion which is Islam; and the suppression of all other religions in order to establish the Rule of Allah over the whole earth. This is a religious duty which binds the whole community. The Muslim Community is obliged to impose because they are obliged to obey the order of Allah and this is the desire of Allah as expressed in the Koranic Revelation.
Answer: Respected Madam, you make me feel good with the glad tiding that Muslims are united at least somewhere. You said, “This is a religious duty which binds the whole community.” I wish something were binding the Muslim Community together! Far from being united, Muslims today, because of forsaking the Qur’an, are divided into nearly 200 sects and one sect is busy fighting the other. But Allah prefers unity in diversity for all mankind and to that effect, He has given we humans free will. Allah ordains freedom of religion for all and He honors different kinds of temples and a variety of traditions and rites among people as you will find below.
Freedom of religion:
2:193 So, fight them (the religious oppressors) only until there is no more harassment, and religion may be adopted for the sake of God alone. And if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against those who replace peace with aggression.
2:256 There is absolutely no compulsion or coercion in Religion. The right direction has been made distinct from error. —.
18:29 And proclaim, “This is the truth from your Lord. Whoever accepts it let him accept it, and whoever rejects it, let him reject it.” —.
Unity in diversity:
5:48 —. For each community among you We have appointed certain rites and a traced-out way. If God had willed, He could have made you all one single community. But He decided to let you test yourselves by what potentials He has granted you. So, outdo one another in doing good to the society.—.
Mankind is one community since all humans are equally worthy of honor.
17:70 Surely, We have conferred dignity on children of Adam (as a birth right, regardless of where the child is born) —.
Sanctity of all places of worship:
22:40 (Allah is Able to help) Those who have been evicted from their homes unjustly, for no reason other than saying, “Our Lord is God!” For, if God had not enabled some people to repel others, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and Masjids, where the Name of God is oft mentioned, would have been destroyed. And God will certainly help those who help Him. God is Mighty, Powerful.
Dear Ma’am! I will be very grateful if you could please show me a single place where “imposition (of religion) is the desire of Allah as expressed in the Qur’anic Revelation.”
Bertrand Russell - History of Western Philosophy, London, 1948:
Our use of phrase ‘The Dark ages’ to cover the period from 699 to 1,000 marks our undue concentration on Western Europe…. From India to Spain, the brilliant civilization of Islam flourished. What was lost to Christendom at this time was not lost to civilization, but quite the contrary…. To us it seems that West-European civilization is civilization, but this is a narrow view.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Letter to Eckermann 1830, Sir Henry Elliott’s collection, 1865:
The teachings of Islam can fail under no circumstances. With all our systems of culture and civilization, we cannot go beyond Islam and, as a matter of fact, no human mind can go beyond the Koran.

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REBUTTAL - 2
April 16th, 2008 by Dr. Shabbir
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-871902797772997781
The video begins with Azan, captivating the audience/viewer instantly. Then we hear good things about Islam from P.M. Tony Blair and Presidents Bush and Clinton. The scenario shifts to the most gruesome and unfortunate anti-Islam beheading of Mr. Kenneth Bigley in 2004 at the hands of the Criminals of Islam and humanity, in Iraq among chants of “Allahu Akbar”. Yes, such are the Criminals of Islam and humanity defaming Islam and Muslims and becoming a blot on humanity.
Mr. Serge Trifkovic rhetorically asks: “Explain the continuity of violence from the earliest day of Islam, from the earliest days of the prophet and his immediate successors throughout the 13 centuries of recorded history.”
Answer: Dear Sir, from the earliest day of Islam and the earliest days of the exalted prophet and his noble companions, five of whom were his immediate successors, the Commandment has been,
“Hold back your hands” unless war is imposed upon you. [4:77]
Fighting was allowed only in self-defense.
2:190 Fight in the cause of God those who wage war against you, but do not commit aggression. God does not love aggressors.
Every single battle the exalted prophet fought along with his noble companions, again, five of whom were his immediate successors, was in self-defense. The fact that they were fought around Madinah is sufficient proof of the defensive nature of these battles. The most famous Battles of Badr, Uhud, Ahzab, all took place around Madinah. Who attacked the peaceful and progressive State of Madinah? The Battle of Hunain is the only exception of distance, but then the exalted prophet and his companions were peacefully returning from Makkah in AH 8 (629 CE) and two tribes (Hawaazan and Thaqeef) unexpectedly attacked them only to get miserably defeated.
For the greatest benevolent Revolution in all history, in all the battles, the loss of life was minimal with 259 Muslims and 759 opponents getting slain, a total of 1,018. Not a single non-combatant, a child, a woman or the elderly was ever killed or harmed by Muslims.
13 Centuries? Sufficient it is to think of the greatest ever wars, WWI & WWII, fought in the Name of God between nations that called themselves Christian. Also, think of the longest ever HUNDRED YEARS WAR (French: Guerre de Cent Ans) which in fact lasted 116 years from 1337 to 1453 between France and Britain.
Edward Gibbon - History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London 1788:
…. The greatest crime, the greatest “sin” of Mohammad in the eyes of the Christian West is that he did not allow himself to be slaughtered, to be “crucified” by his enemies. He only defended himself, his family and his followers; and finally vanquished his enemies. Mohammad’s success is the Christians’ gall of disappointment …. He did not believe in any vicarious sacrifices for the sins of others.

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REBUTTAL -1
April 15th, 2008 by Dr. Shabbir

ISLAM:
WHAT THE WEST NEEDS TO KNOW
Produced and Directed by
GREGORY M. DAVIS
and
BRYAN DALY
Footage Courtesy of:
CNN
ITN
MEMRI
ISLAM:
WHAT THE WEST NEEDS TO KNOW
Produced and Distributed by
QUIXOTIC MEDIA. LLC
USA 2006
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-871902797772997781
The participants are:
Mr Serge Trifkovic, Foreign Affairs Editor, Chronicles Magazine
Mr Robert Spencer, Author, Islam Unveiled
Ms Bat Ye’or, Author, The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians Under Islam
Mr Abdullah Al-Araby, Director, The Pen vs. The Sword Publications
Mr Walid Shoebat, Author, Why I Left Jihad
BISMILLAHIRRAHMANIRRAHEEM
In my humble opinion, this is the most well thought out video ever made against Islam. The producers, the writers and the directors have very expertly maligned Islam. If I were to produce an Islam basher, I could not have done a better job. On this note, all makers of the documentary and the participants deserve full marks and even congratulations.
Consultation with many friends has led us to the decision that the Truth must be told in all honesty and errors in the above presentation gently pointed out.
As we will show, unfortunately, this video is a conglomerate of misquotations, mistranslations, subtle distortions, smart lies, even blatant falsehood and fabricated accounts of history and Hadith turning it into a crafty propaganda. Many of the fallacies in the video could simply be the result of plain ignorance and innocent misunderstandings.
THE OBJECTIVE of our rebuttal is not response for the sake of response. We wish to educate ourselves, Muslims and non-Muslims, and even the makers of the above video.
Shabbir, a life-long student

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An important Quranic understanding on religions.
Sidqi -- Wednesday, 10 June 2009, 4:38 pm
Rebuttal Video - A dream unfulfilled
Dr. Shabbir -- Wednesday, 10 June 2009, 6:55 pm