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You know what's Muhammed's one redeeming characteristic? The fact that he probably didn't exist at all, at least as depicted. The "modern" Muhammed didn't really come into being until around 200 years or so after the Arab empire was established. Many of the places mentioned in the tales of Muhammed wouldn't have existed in the 7th century. The religion before the codification of Islam was a confused mess of heretic Christian sects, ideas from Judaism, and still-active paganism (thus the mention in the Koran of "Sabeans," or pagan Arabs, as fellow "Peoples of the Book"). Muhammed's main claim to fame, if he existed at all, was probably to mold these mutually-hostile tribes into a cohesive fighting force. Islam was brought along later to create further cohesion in the Arab Empire.

So the pedophilia crap was added on by the religious rulers themselves, which should really give you some insight into Arab culture. THIS is a quality a hero should have? This is like celebrating King Arthur as a serial rapist.

Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, spoke to participants in a January 15 Middle East Forum webinar (video) about the scarcity of historical evidence that Muhammad, Islam’s prophet, actually existed.

Spencer noted that Muhammad is mentioned only four times in the Quran, and those few mentions are vague and devoid of any specifics. Most of the details about Muhammad’s life are found in the Hadith, reports about Muhammad’s “words and deeds.” The Hadith are the foundation for Islamic law followed today and the basis for imitating Muhammad, “most notably by jihadis.” The Hadith date primarily from the 9th century, whereas Muhammad, according to Islamic tradition, died in the year 632. For two centuries, “you have this massive empire stretching from Spain to India, and there’s virtually no mention of the person who is supposed to be the guiding figure that made those conquests happen.”

Islamic apologists typically explain the absence of contemporaneous Arabic accounts of Muhammad by pointing to the fact that the Arabs relied on oral tradition to pass knowledge from generation to generation. But written accounts by various people conquered by the Arabs from the 7th century on are quite voluminous, yet there is little mention of Muhammad in them.

For example, Sophronius, the Christian patriarch of Jerusalem who surrendered the city to Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab in 637 described the invaders as followers of Abraham who came out of Arabia, but did not describe them as Muslims or record them as making claims about Muhammad or a new religion. Other conquered peoples, such as the Persians and the Indians, also wrote of their ordeals, but omitted mention of Muhammad. What early references to Muhammad can be found do not line up with the Hadith canon….­

Visiting the Implications if Muhammed Never Existed with Robert Spencer

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