REBUTTAL - 2
April 16th, 2008 by Dr. Shabbir
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 violating Islamic teachings, 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 these defensive 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.