"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." 
The Quran, 8:63 The Spoils
He it is Who has supported you with His Help and with the believers. And He has united their (i.e. believers') hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allah has united them. Certainly He is All-Mighty, All-Wise. 
This is the last part in a series that examines the fruit of Islam’s Royal Family. There is no “Royal Family” in Islam as exists in England. However, in early Islam, Muhammad’s family and “Companions” held a special, recognized status. Unique distinction, respect, and authority were given to this group of people that I’ve chosen to identify as Islam’s “Royal Family”. I’m examining the lives of his immediate family and some of the prominent leaders of the early Islamic community in order to evaluate Islam.
In Matthew 7:15 – 20, Jesus taught:
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
I assert that if anyone were to live as a true Muslim it should have been these, and that by these people’s actions, i.e. those closest to Muhammad, we will be able to judge Islam’s fruit.
Further, I have specifically focused upon how they related to each other. For the most part, I have not described the brutalities they’ve inflicted upon non-Muslims. Only once or twice have I detailed their cruelty towards non-Muslims. Accordingly, I’ve examined in detail the accounts of their lives as told by the great Islamic scholar and historian Tabari. Additionally I’ve used work from other sources as needed.
Hadith of Sahih Bukhari, 2.428: 
Narrated 'Uqba bin 'Amir:
…By Allah! I am not afraid that you will worship others along with Allah after my death, but I am afraid that you will fight with one another for the worldly things."
Sahih Bukhari 7.458:
Narrated Abu Bakra:
…"Your blood, properties and honor are as sacred to one another as this day of yours in this town of yours in this month of yours. You will meet your Lord, and He will ask you about your deeds. Beware! Do not go astray after me by cutting the necks of each other. It is incumbent upon those who are present to convey this message to those who are absent, for some of those to whom it is conveyed may comprehend it better than some of those who have heard it directly."
Galatians 5:19 - 22 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
I’m going to present a short summarization of the lives and questionable deeds of these early Muslims. They have been examined previously at more length in this series. Note - as I reviewed the actions of these early Muslims I was struck again by how cold-hearted and brutally they treated each other. For length’s sake I will omit specific brutalities carried out by lesser “Companions”. I will try to present the most important cruelties. Below are the six previous articles in this series.
Muhammad died and the lives of his followers changed drastically. Now they were free to be who they were without Muhammad’s commanding presence and authority. They now had greater liberty to choose for themselves and do as they saw fit. It is no great feat for the servant to obey in his master’s presence, but how does the servant act when the master is long gone?
Below is the review of the “Royal Family”. I’ll not repeat all the details given in previous sections.
Ali was Muhammad’s son in law, he was married to Muhammad’s daughter Fatima. Ali was raised by Muhammad starting at the age of five. At the battle of Khaibar Muhammad attested to Ali’s love of Allah, and Allah’s love of Ali. Ali was the fourth of the “rightly guided Caliphs.” Ali had two sons: Hasan and Husayn (both are important later on). Eventually Ali became a co-Caliph. A few years later he was murdered by a fellow Muslim.
The day after Muhammad’s death, Ali’s greed surfaced and he demanded that Abu Bakr give him a share of Muhammad’s ample wealth. His greed motivated him to move against Muhammad’s commands regarding his inheritance. Abu Bakr refused and Ali was enraged. He even stated that Muhammad himself did not know the Quran (in this Ali was correct) because the Quran details prophets leaving an inheritance to their sons (as does the Old Testament). As a result, Ali hated Abu Bakr deeply. He thought Abu Bakr to be “sinful, treacherous, dishonest, and a liar.” Remember, Abu Bakr was Islam’s 1st “Rightly Guided” Caliph. Obviously Ali did not think he was so “rightly guided!” When Muhammad’s daughter Fatima died, Ali was so embittered towards Abu Bakr that he did not bother to tell him, rather he buried Fatima in secret. Ali was censored by the people for his hatred towards Abu Bakr, therefore he went through the false motions of reconciliation with Abu Bakr to regain favor with the Muslim community.
Following Abu Bakr’s death, Ali made the same financial demands upon Umar. Umar told Ali to his face that he knew he hated him and that he knew Ali thought him to be a “sinful treacherous dishonest liar”. However, under Ali’s pressure, Umar relented, compromised Muhammad’s commands, made some trite stipulations, and gave a share of the wealth to Ali.
After he became Caliph he used compulsion and forced az-Zubayr and Talha to give him allegiance. When it became apparent that not all thought he should be Caliph, instead of working to keep unity within the Islamic community, he demanded allegiance. His lust for power caused him to go to war to force all Muslims to obey him. This caused the deaths of tens of thousands of Muslims through various battles. Later, Ali murdered Muslims who had converted to Islam, realized it was a big mistake, and reverted back to Christ.
One of Muhammad’s daughters, later married to Ali. The day after her father died, she went against her father’s wishes and demanded a share of his wealth. She hated Abu Bakr for refusing her demand. She thought him to be a “sinful, treacherous, dishonest, liar.” She died some 6 months after Muhammad died.
IBN ABBAS’ FRUIT
Like Ali and Fatima, Ibn Abbas was greedy and made a demand upon Abu Bakr, and later Umar, for the inheritance. Ibn Abbas thought them to be “sinful, treacherous, dishonest, liars.” He did not care to respect Muhammad’s wishes. In his lust for the money, he even cursed Ali in front of Umar. Later in life he betrayed Ali, stole from the public treasury, lied about his actions, and murdered those that opposed him.
ABU SUFYAN’S FRUIT
Abu Sufyan should not be considered as part of the Royal family or one of the best Muslims. However, he became prominent even during Muhammad’s lifetime. I’ve noted him here because of the position his sons were to occupy later. After forcing Abu Sufyan to convert to Islam, Muhammad gave him financial rewards for accepting Islam and foolishly appointed him as a governor over a city. Muhammad’s corrupt folly here proved to be fatal to his own family not many years later.
Islam’s Royal family knew of Sufyan’s intentions, for they heard him say, “By God, I see a cloud of smoke,” which nothing but blood will clear”, but they did nothing to check this. And, Sufyan’s prophecy proved true. Sufyan held malice against Abu Bakr and denigrated the choice of Bakr as Caliph. He considered himself and his clan to be superior to Abu Bakr. Later, his family destroyed Muhammad’s family, and took the Caliphate for themselves.
He was a very prominent Muslim, a close friend of Muhammad’s, and a leader in the Islamic community. After Muhammad died, he was willing to murder those that opposed Ali as Caliph. However, he desired the Caliphate and when he thought the time was right he rebelled against Ali. His leadership also caused the deaths of thousands of Muslims in the Battle of the Camel.
Uthman was the 3rd “Rightly Guided Caliph”. His caliphate marked the inward deterioration of the Islamic community. By this time, Muhammad’s empty legalistic rule had run its course and the Muslim community began to live in the flesh to the fullest. Uthman was a weak, corrupt leader and allowed the corruption to flourish throughout the Islamic empire. Uthman was murdered by Muslims, Abu Bakr’s son was one of the ringleaders of the murder. When his final crisis occurred, he lied to Ali and the people by saying he wanted time to set good things in order. Instead he prepared for war.
Another prominent Muslim, a close friend of Muhammad’s, and a leader in the Islamic community. He his desire for the Caliphate he rebelled against Ali. His leadership also caused the deaths of thousands of Muslims in the Battle of the Camel.
Muawiyah was Abu Sufyan’s son and was appointed to the governorship of Syria by Umar. He went to war with Ali. He later became the 5th Caliph of Islam. He treated Uthman with duplicity by not sending help when he needed it most. In his deceit and lust for power he rebelled against Ali. He led thousands of Muslims to their deaths in his war with Ali. He lied about seeking peace while all the while he moved against Ali. Later he lied to Hasan in promising Hasan that he would have a council held to determine the next Caliph. Instead, prior to his death, he installed his son Yazid as Caliph.
She was Muhammad’s 9 year old child bride. She hated Ali for most of her life. She was one of the leaders in Islam’s first civil war. She had previously despised Uthman, but she used his murder as a pretense to move against Ali. Her hatred and rebellion toward Ali led to the deaths of some 15,000 Muslims. In her bitterness towards Ali, she rejoiced when Ali was murdered.
Hasan was Ali’s older son and initially claimed the Caliphate for himself following his father’s murder. However, just as things went wrong for Ali, so things deteriorated for Hasan very quickly. He sold out his “birthright” for a large sum of money. Thereafter he spent his wealth on debauchery with women.
Yazid was Muawiyah’s son. By using threat of death Yazid tried to force many Muslims to accept his Caliphate. Those that refused were tortured and killed. Entire towns of people were persecuted and oppressed. Yazid was a drunkard. It was Yazid’s forces that killed Husayn. Yazid, the Caliph of Islam desecrated the head of Muhammad’s grandson – Husayn. He was rebuked by another Muslim who told him that he had seem Muhammad kiss the lips of that severed head!
ABDALLAH IBN AL-ZUBAYR’s FRUIT
Ibn Zubayr was the son of Az-Zubayr, one of Muhammad’s most prominent Companions. Following Husayn’s death Ibn Zubayr also claimed the Caliphate. He died during another later civil war in 692. Ibn Zubayr was the son of one of the most prominent Companions. When he was persecuted by Yazid he fled as Husayn but even in this dire time, jealousy of Husayn and selfish ambition ruled in his heart. Deep down he coveted the prize of ruling the Muslims as Caliph.
We must not forget how the Islamic community behaved after Muhammad’s death. The day after Muhammad died they nearly came to war trying to choose the next Caliph. The Muslims were already ready to fight and kill each other. As things deteriorated under Uthman’s reign, from all over the Islamic empire they rebelled against him and journeyed to Medina to fight him. In the end many of Uthman’s closest friends deserted him. The son of the 2nd Rightly guided Caliph – Abu Bakr, was one of the ringleaders in Uthman’s murder. Following that, these renegade Muslims threatened Medina with annihilation if they did not quickly choose another Caliph. Throughout the times sons of Caliphs fought against sons of other Caliphs. Even the sons of a prominent Companion (Az-Zubayr) hated and fought against each other. During Ali’s through Yazid’s reign the Muslims fought war after war, carried out assassinations, rebelled against and betrayed each other. As time wore on they made war in Mecca and destroyed their own Kaba. Thousands of Basrans died, thousands of Kufans died, thousands of Syrians died, thousands of Meccans died, thousands of Medinans died, thousands of Yemenis died, and thousands of Egyptians died. The early Muslims were no more dependable and virtuous than a nest of poisonous snakes.
We should have seen some type of brotherhood and fellowship among this “Royal Family.” Instead we’ve only seen war, hatred, envy, lies and deceit, bitterness, and massive bloodshed in the lust for power. I am not objecting to strong disagreement. I am objecting to the wholesale slaughter, the cruel brutalities, the bitter oppression of these early Companion visited upon other Muslims. There is little spiritual fruit worth noting. Instead of spiritually building these people up, Islam poisoned them. Little by little the Islamic poison worked in the spiritual bloodstream of these Muslims and corrupted them. Many would have been better off in the paganism of their forefathers.
Stop for a minute and examine the Islamic world today. What do you see? Just like the early Muslims, the more Islamic a nation is, the more oppression, violence, and brutality is levied by one Muslim against another, and against non-Muslims. Let’s do a review. I am writing most of these details as general summaries. The reader is encouraged to dig deeper and see just how brutally these Muslims treat each other and how they interact with non-Muslims.
In 1993, Muslims bombed the NY towers, damaging them and killing a handful of people. In 2001 a gang of Muslims flew planes into the towers and Pentagon killing some 3000 people. Later, a Muslim in LA murdered people in an airport, and a Muslim sniper murdered 10 people in the DC area. Many Muslims have been investigated and found to be connected to terrorist organizations. Some of these Muslims are home grown American citizens.
Chechen Muslims blew up apartment buildings in Moscow prompting the Russian authorities to take action against them in the homeland of Chechnya. Recently a group of Chechen Muslims took hostage several hundred people in a theater.
During the 1980 and 90s, in England, Germany, and France, Muslims carried out bombings, killing dozens.
After the Ayatollah came to power, tens of thousands of Bahais were murdered, and hundreds of Christians were killed. Moderate Muslims were killed by the hundreds. Not content with that the Islamic regime sent its killers into Europe to murder Muslim Iranian dissidents.
The “Muslim Brotherhood” has murdered hundreds of moderate Muslims and Christians. They attacked and destroyed many churches. Additionally they’ve machine-gunned down some 45 European tourists in Karnac.
The Algerians have been fighting a civil war for the last 10 years or so. The death count is near 120,000. The fundamentalist Muslims have wiped out villages of farmers, slitting the throats of children and throwing them down wells. Non-Muslims and moderate Muslims have been murdered throughout the civil war. In one case, these Muslims have murdered 4 nuns and Korean businessmen. The violence there continues to this day.
Following the retreat of the Russians, the Afghanis continued fighting amongst themselves. Their civil war has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of fellow Muslims. While in power the Taliban massacred thousands of Shiite Muslims, including women and children.
The Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah is strong within the Kurdish community in Turkey. They’ve murdered hundreds of moderate and liberal Kurds who have refused to support them. Various Islamic groups have assassinated moderate and liberal Muslims who oppose them.
Yeminis have carried out bombing attacks on ships killing both American and French personnel. Additionally Islamic groups there have carried out bombings of shopping centers and the murder of tourists.
Muslims in Sudan have made war upon Christians and animists for the last 20 years or so. Some 2 million people have died as a result. Slavery is thriving in Sudan.
Clan warfare dominates this country. One Muslim ruler runs roughshod over another Muslim group. Women and children are routinely killed. Young boys are forced to join in with the clan warfare. And while the Somalis were starving to death, the Saudis, not many miles distant, did next to nothing to help their starving Muslim brethren.
Sunni Muslims have attacked and killed dozens of Shiite Muslims who differ with the offical Sunni doctrines. Additionally Ismaili Muslims are also persecuted by the Sunni authorities.
Muslims there have bombed and murdered Philippinos in Manilla and other towns. Tourists and missionaries have been kidnapped and murdered. Hand grenades have been thrown into town and church services.
Indonesia attacked and conquered East Timor and carried out murders and massacres for many years thereafter. Only recently did the East Timoreese win their freedom from the brutal Muslim regime. They endured a long and costly civil war to win their precious freedom.
Muslims there routinely murder other Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Hundreds have died at the hands of the Muslim terrorist – suicide bombers.
I could go on and on and on. Search it out for yourself. Pick any Muslim nation or nation that has devout Muslims living within. You’ll find murder, oppression, terrorism and so on. The sickness is from Islam. It corrupts and destroys people.
1) Back to the main topic – the fruit of the early “Royal Family.” What would you expect to see from the closest followers of a “prophet” of a new religion? If they believed Islam was true, and that it was God’s path for mankind, I would expect to see some type of inner spirituality, and bonds of brotherhood form. We’ve seen that actually the opposite occurred.
Why didn’t the early Muslims obey Muhammad’s commands to treat each other properly?
Why did Allah fail to knit their hearts together? The statement in the Quran:
And He has united their (i.e. believers') hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allah has united them. Certainly He is All-Mighty, All-Wise. (8:63)
certainly has not borne out. If anything it is a false statement. Pretty shoddy job done by “allah” if you ask me. I’d expect that Islam’s supreme being could have done a better job at fulfilling his word that what history records. Allah must have been quite weak if he was unable to do what was implicitly promised. If anything, God cursed Islam and made them exquisite biters and devourers of each other.
2) Muslims repeat over and over that Islam is a religion of peace. I ask, “Where and when?” Even during the heyday of Islamic civilization, they were engaged in civil wars and conquests of non-Muslims. Peace was a rare commodity in the Islamic world. Islam is not now, nor has it ever been, a religion of peace. When Muslims were not fighting non-Muslims, be they Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, animist, or pagan, the Muslims were fighting each other.
3) What’s it going to take for people, including Muslims to wake up and realize just how deeply Islam has polluted their souls?
Jesus taught that external forms of religion were of little value. Muhammad never truly knew this. Muhammad taught an austere form of religion, but the inward aspects of his teachings seem to have been mere rhetoric. In Islam, outward obedience is primary, inward purity is not emphasized heavily. Hence a butcher like Ali would lead his people in prayer, but later murder and kill Muslims that did not accept his leadership. Aisha, Muhammad’s child bride, would live in bitterness towards Ali, to his dying day. Uthman, fostered corruption in Islam because he wanted privilege for his clan. Hasan sold his assumed birthright for wealth, and squandered it upon hundreds of wives and concubines. The tale of the Royal Family is not a joyous tale. No Muslim could be proud of these examples. The Royal Family’s story reads like a Shakespearian tragedy.
Satan’s blood lust lives through Islam. Satan or one of his servants met with Muhammad in the cave. Later, Satan even played Muhammad and spoke his words through Muhammad! Where real Islam reigns it kills and oppresses those not in conformity with its doctrines. Even fellow Muslims are butchered by their brethren.
Let us read something that educated Muslims themselves have written regarding their sad state of affairs. The report below was prepared by 50 Arab scholars.
U.N.: Lack of freedoms stunts Arab nations
Tue Jul 2, 1:22 PM ET
Barbara Slavin USA TODAY
A new United Nations (news - web sites) report on human development in Arab countries describes economic, political and cultural problems and urges changes to keep the world's 280 million Arabs from falling farther behind.
The report, to be unveiled today at Arab League headquarters in Cairo, says the league's 22 members fall short in three key areas:
* Freedom. Arab countries are the least free in terms of political participation, civil liberties and independent media.
* Women. More than half of Arab women are illiterate, and many suffer from legal and social discrimination. They also have the lowest levels of political participation; women have 3.5% of seats in Arab legislative bodies, compared with 11% in sub-Saharan Africa.
* Knowledge. Despite substantial investment in education, Arab schools are producing graduates ill-suited to the global economy. Only 0.6% of Arabs use the Internet, compared with 54% of Americans.
The growing number of young people with limited prospects is a major cause for concern in both Arab and Western nations. ''One of the reasons for terrorist attacks is the frustration of the younger generation,'' says Salama al-Ahmed Salama, a columnist for the influential Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram.
The report was prepared by about 50 Arab scholars under the auspices of the U.N. Development Program. It is being released just a week after President Bush (news - web sites) made democratic and economic reforms a precondition for U.S. recognition of a Palestinian state.
The report points to some progress, such as increases in life expectancy. But economic growth lags despite the region's oil wealth. In 1999, the entire Arab world had a gross domestic product lower than Spain: $531 billion compared with $595 billion.
''We see a very strong link between lack of freedoms and lack of development,'' says Rima Khalaf, regional director of the U.N. Development Program. ''It results in low productivity and creativity.''
Analysts blame a number of factors, including the half century-old Arab-Israeli conflict. Arab governments have diverted resources to military uses and justified restrictions on civil liberties by saying they needed to repress opposition to their pro-U.S. policies.
The 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and its aftermath also held the region back.
''All affected countries have emerged with compounded socio-political problems that have retarded progressive moves toward liberalization and democratization,'' the report says.
It isn’t the “goodness or badness” of the Arab people that has caused them to be in such a quagmire, rather it is the poison of Islam. The entire culture has been infected and stifled. Judge for yourself --- the more “Islamic” a Muslim becomes, the more backward and oppressive it grows to be. Only their oil wealth has helped to keep them abreast with the rest of the world. Satan was a murderer, liar, and thief, and if you examine the fruit of Muhammad and these early Muslims, you find the same deeds.
This prayer is written for anyone. This includes Muslims who are seeking the truth and who want to know God in a personal way.
“Lord Jesus, I believe in You. I believe that You are the Son of God and the Lord. I believe that You died for my sins and were raised from the dead. I confess that I am a sinner and I ask You to come into my heart, cleanse me from my sins, and forgive me for my sins. I turn to follow and obey You – I put my faith in you. I now receive You as Messiah and Lord and totally commit my life to You.”
Rev A: 2002/10/19.
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