The Myths of Muhammad Presents:

The Myths of Muhammad

Islam’s Holiest Sources Refute Popular Misconceptions about the Prophet of Islam

Muslims often complain of the “misconceptions” about their religion in the West, yet very few seem to know all that much about the true history of Islam and its founder, Muhammad.  As a result, the biggest misconceptions about Islam are often those originating from (and sincerely believed by) Muslims themselves.

As a service to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, we hope to refute the contemporary mythology of Muhammad (popular in the West) by referring to the earliest and most reliable Muslim historians, who based their writings on the narrations of those who actually knew him.  The historical compilations of Ibn Ishaq, al-Tabari, Bukhari and Sahih Muslim are greatly respected in the Muslim academic community as a priceless source of biographical information and the details of Islam’s origin and rise to power.  These writings also provide the context for the Qur’an.

Understand that it is the Hadith (traditions), Sira (biography of Muhammad) and the Qur’an together that provide the true Islamic counterpart to the Christian Bible and Jewish Torah.  The Qur’an is simply the purported words of Allah arranged in no particular order.  It makes little sense outside of the context provided by the other two sources, and it even explicitly refers devout Muslims to them.

Over the next several months, the articles posted here will be revised and improved even as new ones are added.  Readers not familiar with the life of Muhammad may want to consider approaching these myths through our brief article on the history of his life: The Life of Muhammad: An Inconvenient Truth.  It has been updated to include most of the same links found below, and it will help place these debunked myths into historical context.

Muhammad in Mecca

MYTH: Muhammad was Persecuted for Preaching Islam

MYTH: Muhammad was Tortured by the Meccans

MYTH: The Muslims Suffered Many Deaths at the Hands of Meccan Persecutors

MYTH: The Meccans were the First to Draw Blood in the Conflict with Muslims

MYTH: Muhammad Traveled to Jerusalem

MYTH: Persecution Forced Muhammad and the Muslims to Flee Mecca for Medina

Muhammad in Medina

MYTH: Muhammad was under Persecution by the Meccans in Medina

MYTH: Muhammad Raided Meccan Caravans to Retrieve Stolen Property

MYTH: Muhammad Fought the Battle of Badr in Self-Defense

MYTH: Muhammad was a Brave Warrior who Trusted Allah to Protect Him (Uhud)

MYTH: Muhammad Lived at Peace with the Jews (Part 1 – the Banu Qaynuqa)

MYTH: Muhammad Lived at Peace with the Jews (Part 2 – the Banu Nadir)

MYTH: Muhammad Lived at Peace with the Jews (Part 3 – the Banu Qurayza)

Muhammad the Conqueror

MYTH: Muhammad Only Waged War in Self-Defense

MYTH: Muhammad Never Approved of Rape

MYTH: Muhammad Never Killed Children

MYTH: The Meccans were the First to Break the Treaty of Hudaibiya

MYTH: Muhammad Always Chose Peace over War

MYTH: Islam Made Mecca a More Tolerant City (Coming Soon)

MYTH: Muhammad was Attack by a Byzantine (Christian) Army (Coming Soon)

Muhammad the Moralist

MYTH: Muhammad Never Approved of Murder

MYTH: Muhammad Never Killed Captives

MYTH: Muhammad Condemned Pedophilia

MYTH: Muhammad took Multiple Wives as a Favor to Them

MYTH: Muhammad Never Approved of Dishonesty

MYTH: Muhammad Never Killed Women

MYTH: Muhammad was an Abolitionist

MYTH: Islam Did Away with Superstition

MYTH: Muhammad Never Approved of Torture

MYTH: Muhammad Never Killed the Elderly

MYTH: Muhammad Never Approved of Forcible Conversions to Islam

MYTH: Muhammad was a Forgiving Man

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