A distressing/suicidal/murdering spirit?
Last week we saw that Muhammad was getting his revelations.
He was bewitched and powerful magic worked on him. He was under the influence
of spell and witchcraft. Moreover his encounter with a so called angel
who identified himself as Gabriel made him so distressed that many a times
Muhammad tried to kill himself.
After all who this angel was who identified himself
as angel Gabriel?
A distressing/suicidal/murdering spirit?:
In Bible we read about Saul that he was once filled with
the Spirit of God but when he sinned against God and disobeyed Him the
Spirit of God left him and a distressing spirit came and tormented him"
(1 Sam 16:14-23). Because of this evil spirit Saul was greatly troubled
in his heart. Days, months and years passed by and a day came in his life
when he reached to the point where God did not respond to him and it made
him really sick. So he turned to medium to know his future. Finally Saul
died a tragic death by killing himself.
Bible also tells us that when that distressing spirit came
upon Saul he tried to kill David as we read in 1
Sam 19:9-10, "Now the distressing spirit from the LORD came upon
Saul as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And David was
playing music with his hand. Then Saul sought to pin David to the wall
with the spear, but he slipped away from Saul's presence; and he drove
the spear into the wall. So David fled and escaped that night."
1 Sam 22nd chapter tells us that Saul killed the priests
of the Lord. What was their crime? Ahimelech the Priest inquired of the
LORD for him, gave him provisions, and gave him the sword of Goliath the
Philistine, (1 Sam 22:10).
You can see similarities in Muhammad's inspiration. As I
wrote last week and showed how Muhammad was completely distressed after
having encounter with an angel at the cave. Muhammad was suicidal. Muhammad
killed many innocent people among whom Jews were the main.
Hadith and Quran both says that the angel who identified
as angel Gabriel hated Jews. In Hadith we read, "The Prophet said,
"Just now Gabriel has informed me about that." 'Abdullah said,
"Gabriel?" The Prophet said, "Yes." 'Abdullah said,
"He, among the angels is the enemy of the Jews."
Hadith tells us that angel Gabriel visited Muhammad and
commanded to kill men of Bani Quraiza. We read in Hadiths that Muhammad
and his friends killed those Jews and distributed their women, children
and properties among themselves. Bani Quraiza was a Jewish tribe. Here
are the Hadith I am quoting.
Volume 5, Book 59, Number 362: Narrated
Bani An-Nadir and Bani Quraiza fought (against the Prophet violating their
peace treaty), so the Prophet exiled Bani An-Nadir and allowed Bani Quraiza
to remain at their places (in Medina) taking nothing from them till they
fought against the Prophet again) . He then killed their men and distributed
their women, children and property among the Muslims, but some of them
came to the Prophet and he granted them safety, and they embraced Islam.
He exiled all the Jews from Medina. They were the Jews of Bani Qainuqa',
the tribe of 'Abdullah bin Salam and the Jews of Bani Haritha and all
the other Jews of Medina.
Volume 5, Book 59, Number 443: Narrated
When the Prophet returned from Al-Khandaq (i.e. Trench) and laid down
his arms and took a bath, Gabriel came and said (to the Prophet ), You
have laid down your arms? By Allah, we angels have not laid them down
yet. So set out for them." The Prophet said, "Where to go?"
Gabriel said, "Towards this side," pointing towards Banu Quraiza.
So the Prophet went out towards them.
Volume 5, Book 59, Number 449: Narrated
The Prophet said to Hassan, "Abuse them (with your poems), and Gabriel
is with you (i.e, supports you)." (Through another group of sub narrators)
Al-Bara bin Azib said, "On the day of Quraiza's (besiege), Allah's
Apostle said to Hassan bin Thabit, 'Abuse them (with your poems), and
Gabriel is with you (i.e. supports you).'"
Volume 5, Book 59, Number 725: Narrated Urwa bin Az-Zubair:
'Aisha said, "The Prophet said during his fatal illness, "Allah
cursed the Jews for they took the graves of their prophets as places for
worship." 'Aisha added, "Had it not been for that (statement
of the Prophet ) his grave would have been made conspicuous. But he was
afraid that it might be taken as a place for worship."
One another Hadith says, "curse be on the Jews and
the Christians, as they took the graves of their prophets as (places of
All these things show that Muhammad was speaking to an angel
who influenced him to commit all kinds of evil things which are abomination
in the sight of God.
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