Friday, February 14, 2014

Muhammad and the Torture of Kinana ibn al-Rabi

According to our earliest detailed biographical source on Muhammad's life, Islam's prophet once ordered his followers to torture a man for money. Here's the passage:

Kinana b. al-Rabi, who had the custody of the treasure of Banu al-Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, "Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?" he said Yes. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr b. al-Awwam, "Torture him until you extract what he has," so he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead. Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head, in revenge for his brother Mahmud. (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasul Allah, p. 515)

Following this brutal spectacle, Muhammad took Kinana's seventeen-year-old wife, Safiyya bint Huyayy, as his own bride (because nothing says lovin' like torturing and murdering a woman's husband for money).


Steve Dowling said...

Mr. Wood --

My post here is not on this subject, but rather to tell you of a short vid that is currently (4 p.m. Eastern on Saturday) at Atlasshrugs.

The video is titled "What normal Muslims think".

Watch it and please find a way to put it prominently up at Answering Muslims, because it tells a rarely disclosed fact -- SPOKEN BY A FELLOW MUSLIM !!

That truth is : the violence and intolerance of Sharia are what every NORMAL follower of Muhammad believes... Not only "radicals".

See how the audience raises their hands in agreement with points made by the speaker.

Unknown said...

Strange that Mohammed didn't get a revelation telling him where the treasure was.

Anonymous said...


He wouldn't have had the FUN of torturing and killing that guy if he was able to get a revelation about the treasure's where'abouts!

Neha Fatima said...

This hadis is not authentic. Prophet has been the most benevolent man this planet has seen. After he was persecuted in Makkah by his people, when he returned to Makkah as a victorious person, he didn't killed a single person and announced a general pardon. Had he been a more vicious leader, he would have surely taken revenge when all the odds were in his favour and people have wronged him too. Read only the authentic history and not the fabricated one. And try to use some common sense.

Umut Ses ver said...

Neha Fatima this passage is a small part of his evil behaviors muhammed went Medine in 632 year and the group had hard time because of no money so they decided to attack other tribes and traders He took part in war 27 times until he went to makkah so 8th sure is about booty of war. He justified sex wiht war captive sure 4:24 he had 61 wives

Sandhupama Liyanage said...

Muslims have no clue about all they comment here. Look what neha says!

1 this isn't about a Hadith
2 if all Hadith that say bad about Muhammad are non authentic, what the hell are they still doing in the most authentic Hadith collections!?
3 asking us to use common sense while believing in a religion that prohibits it...hmm