Brief Reply to Answering Islam's Article "Muhammad And `Amr b. Jihash"


Bassam Zawadi

The article could be accessed here.


Answering Islam said:

In The Life of Muhammad being A. Guillaume's translation of Sirat Rasul Allah by Ibn Hisham, on page 438 we read:


    One of Yamin's family told me that the apostle said to Yamin, 'Have you seen the way your cousin has treated me and what he proposed to do?' Thereupon Yamin gave a man money to kill `Amr b. Jihash and he did kill him, or so they allege.

Supposedly `Amr intended to or suggested to kill Muhammad, but the only evidence for this allegation is that Muhammad had a revelation about this. He is killed not based on facts that he tried to kill Muhammad, but based only on Muhammad's suspicion.

`Amr b. Jihash did not receive a fair trial, somebody send a killer.


My Response:

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not say that he ordered the killing of the man only based on his suspicion. The Prophet said that he received a revelation from the God Almighty exposing the Jewish plot to kill him. Obviously, because Christians do not believe that Prophet Muhammad is a Messenger of God, they are going to accuse him straight away of killing on suspicion. However, for us Muslims we find no problem with this because we know that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is indeed a true Messenger of the Almighty God. This is the same way how Christians believe that Paul received revelations from Jesus. So we would have to believe in the unseen. So therefore, in order to prove that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) killed this man or any man just based on suspicion would just simply require evidence to prove that he is not a Prophet of God and therefore was lying about receiving revelations.. However, no proof is there. All the allegations have been refuted. For a Muslim, this is no problem because we indeed do believe that the Prophet received revelations from God and in this situation God protected him from the evil doers.



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