A friend of mine shared me a weak and enfeeble claim among the paltered claims of the Christian critic, written to cajole the weak Muslims. These claims are so weak that the critics failed to produce evidences to buttress his stance.
Lies are sometimes easy to be detected, <strong>”He who alleges must prove” but unfortunately, the critic alleges without proving, thus this makes the critic a fabulist.</strong>
The critic said….
<em>You guys keep amazing me with the claim that all what I said about Muhammad are lies. Are you claiming your Ahadith and Qur’an are not ‘reliable’ anymore?</em>
<em>Tell me which one of these is a lie</em>
<em>1. Muhammad married more than the allowed four wives for Muslim men.</em>
<em>2. Muhammad married Zaynab, the ex-wife of his adopted son, Zayd.</em>
<em>3. Muhammad ordered and supported the killing of people who abused, slander and criticized him.</em>
<em>4. Muhammad threatened some people to either accept Islam or be killed or pay compulsory levy.</em>
Tell me which one is a lie. You can continue to blindly follow Muhammad and deceive your fellow Muslims too, but you can not deceive me into following him. Why? He is not a good example of a human being to emulate, not to talk of entrusting your eternal salvation to his unreliable revelations.
Dear readers, this refutation is a bit lengthy, kindly read to the end so as to gain full and not half information.
Let’s take the critic’s claims one after the other.
1. PROPHET MUHAMMED (PBUH) MARRIED MORE THAN THE ALLOWED FOUR WIVES FOR MUSLIM MEN.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a master of his desires for the first 25 years of his life by being bachelor, chaste youth and also, he was faithful to only one woman for another 26 years of his life. It was after he lost his first wife that he had to marry another one.
Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) multiple marriages were to foster unity and build long lasting ties with people of other tribe. As at the time Islam was still growing in the midst of critics during Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) time, he used marriage to strengthen the ties of friendship in Arabia so as to unite them. Critical look at the marriages shows that, these marriages are mostly with divorcee and widows of other tribes. Or the widows of the slain muslims who had no means of sustenance to keep them going. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) used marriage as a tool to assist them in every way they could be needing assistance so as to prevent them from being apostates or even going into prostitution or criticism from them.
So prophet Muhammad did not marry his wives for his own desires, but it was due to the situation as at then, and that does go against the law of marriage in the Quran, because he was able to provide for them.
ANALYSING THE VERSE
“And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the orphan girls, then MARRY those that please you of [other] women, two or three or
four. But if you fear that you will not be just, THEN [MARRY ONLY] one or those YOUR RIGHT HAND POSSESSES. That is more suitable that you may not incline [to injustice].” – Quran 4:3
The verse was revealed as the result of men absorbing orphans wealth – they deceptively, and deliberately married orphans so to steal
their wealth and also not giving the dowry due to them. Hence the verse was revealed that such was forbidden. That they were commanded to marry other women if they cannot fulfill the rights of the orphans, due to them.
I don’t know why the Christians have problems with prophet Mohammad’s marriage, when almost all biblical leaders married more than 11 in the bible. Let’s us take a look at some verses of the Bible..
1. Solomon married 700 wives and 300 concubine
And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
A question to the Christians…How was he able to provide for almost 1000 wives including his concubines?
2. Rehoboam married 18 wives and he had 3 concubines.
And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.)
3. Abijah married 14 wives
But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.
4. The biblical Jesus promised his followers hundred wives in heaven. Who ever forsake his wife will receive hundredfold in heaven.
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
2. PROPHET MUHAMMAD MARRIED ZAYNAB THE EX-WIFE OF HIS ADOPTED SON
The critics took/got this claim from one of Tabari’s work about Zaynab Bint Jash. Tabari who was an historian took the false story from waqidi, Waqidi is a well known liar and fabricator. He coined such fictions to provide some sort of sanction for the licentiousness of the Abbasid Caliphs (source: Sirat-Un-Nabi, by all am a shibli Nu’mani rendered into English By M. Tayyib Bahkash Budayuni, Kazi publications Lahore, Volume 2, page 128-129)
So the view of those Christians who claimed PROPHET MUHAMMAD MARRIED ZAYAB THE EX-WIFE OF HIS ADOPTED SON is from false source and not a trust worthy source.