Statistical Tables of all the Battles during the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) lifetime

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Over the past 3 weeks I’ve spent a significant amount of time researching through the Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and putting together a number of tables which record the statistics of each battle that took place during his lifetime.  This was due to a number of articles written by Islamaphobes which depicted the Battles of the Muslims at that time as if they were monstrous massacres numbering in the hundreds of thousands.  This insinuation for anyone that knows Islamic History and the population statistics of that time would find these grossly exaggerated claims quite amusing.

It should be known that the tribes in the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century were not very large, and usually consisted of only a few hundred people.  At the time the Quraish, which were considered one of the largest tribes in Arabia, could only muster around 3000 from their own tribe to fight during the Battle of Uhud.  So if you were to take that number of 3000 and factor in the Women, Children and Elderly (which collectively is about 3x the number of Males) then one could estimate that the whole population of Meccah didn’t exceed 10,000 people.

So with that in mind let me present to you the results of my findings.  First off I suggest you quickly glance over this key I made that will help you understand the tables I made better.

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You will more in likely need to glance back and forth to this key to get an idea of the estimated results.  I hope that these charts will help shed light in just how low the casualty numbers really were during the Battles of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).  So without further or do let us take a glance of the Tables I’ve put together.  Keep in mind that these tables start from Year 1 After Hijrah and span all the way until the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) passes away in year 11.

(Note: To enlarge photos just click on the Table you wish to see better, you can then click go back to return to the article.)

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Year 2 AH

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Year 3 AH

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Year 4 AH

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Year 5 AH

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Year 6 AH

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Year 7 AH

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Year 8 AH

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Year 11 AH

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To conclude as you see the numbers are nowhere as high as many Islamaphobes make them out to be.  Even though the Battles during the prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) lifetime were very significant and important, they were for the most part had very small casualty figures.  This is due to the fact that war in the 7th century mainly consisted of weapons that when used injured but not kill.  Usually when men got struck in the arm or side with a spear they would stop fighting and retreat so that they could fight another day.

Also, even in very large scale battles, usually the numbers of dead from any army wouldn’t exceed 10% before the men would give up and retreat.  Rarely in the Arabian Peninsula wars, and never during the prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) time, was there an all out massacre in Battle.

So I hope this shed light on the reality of this issue and will help refute the Islamaphobes false claims that Muslims massacred Tens of thousands of people.  This just simply wasn’t the case.

Islam Doesn’t allow Rape: Proof is found in the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) letter to Christians

prophetmuhammadIn 628 CE it is said that as the Muslim Empire began to expand northwards towards the edge of the Roman Empire, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had written a Charter to reassure the Monks at  St. Catherine Monastery that they had nothing to fear from the Muslims.  In the Charter the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) guaranteed for the Christians their security and rights to worship and live freely.

This letter remained in the possession of the Christians at St. Catherine Monastery for almost a 1000 years until it was later taken by the Turkish Sultan Selim I in 1517.  It would remain in Turkey until this day, where it can be seen displayed in the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul.

Whether you believe this letter to be authentic or not, there’s no doubt that the Muslims in 1517 held this document in high regards, and didn’t show any reservations towards the rights laid out therein.  And even up until today, we haven’t heard from a single credible Islamic Scholar who says that this letter holds anything that would be considered against the teachings of Islam.

Now with the recent rise of such Terrorist Organizations like ISIS and Boko Haram who are said to have kidnapped innocent women and took them as “Sex Slaves,” it is imperative for us Muslims to defend our faith and prove that their vile actions are not sanctioned by Islam.

Now even though Islam has permitted non-permanent slavery as a substitute to prison sentences, nowhere in the Islamic Texts does it say that men are able to rape women.  Be it they their wives, their prisoners of war or anything else.  I could present many examples to prove my argument, but to keep things short and concise, I believe this letter in and of itself will be more than enough to prove my point.  If you wish for a more detailed explanation of why Rape is not permitted in Islam please visit the website found HERE.

So now without further or do let us look at the Translation of this letter, which is said to have been sent by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to the Christians at St. Catherine Monastery, and see exactly what it says:

“This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.

  • No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.
  • No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.
  • Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet.
  • Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.
  • No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them.
  • If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval.
  • She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.
  • Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
  • No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”

[English translation from ‘Muslim History: 570 – 1950 C.E.’ by Dr. A. Zahoor and Dr. Z. Haq, ZMD Corporation. P.O. Box 8231 – Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8231 – Copyright Akram Zahoor 2000. P. 167]

Now if you look at the place which I highlighted in bold which says “If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval,” at first glance you may not realize that this is prohibiting rape but actually it is.  Let me explain.

What that portion of the Charter means is that if a women is engaged to get married, or even have already been married, then the marriage itself cannot be consummated without her consent (i.e. sexual intercourse).  So if a Muslim is not permitted to hasten or force his own wife to consummate their marriage (which both are consenting parties), then how could one argue that Muslims would be permitted to force themselves upon their captives?

Let us not forget that Islamic Laws and Rulings are derived in almost the same way Secular Laws and Rulings are today.  So just like how Western Law is practiced, when there is a precedent set which specifies the illegality of something then it is generally assumed that anything greater or worse than that is also considered illegal.

Take for instance the the No Smoking Signs you read at the doors of Malls and Stores you visit.  To place that sign up there had to be a law passed which prohibited people from smoking indoors.  Now even though the sign itself shows a cigarette, it is assumed that anything similar or worse to a cigarette is also illegal.  So you cannot go into a mall carrying around a Hooka Pipe claiming that the sign only says cigarettes.

This logic also applies with Islamic Law.  The general ruling is that you are not allowed to harm or treat bad anyone under your care.  And there are specific Hadeeth which prove this point.  For instance, the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:

“Whoever of you ever slaps or hits his slave, then the only recompense (for forgiveness) is to set that slave free.” (Narrated by Muslim on the authority of Ibn Umar).

And there are a number of Hadeeth where when Muslims lost their temper and hit their slave they immediately set them free or were told by the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to set them free.

So if this was the case for simply striking and hitting a slave, then how on earth could someone come and try to argue that Islam permits “Sex Slaves” and the raping of women?

Christian Columbus was far worse than ISIS

Despite what Western folklore might tell you, Christopher Columbus was bloodthirsty maniac who committed crimes similar if not worse than.  He killed, maimed and enslaved thousands of innocent Native Americans when he claimed to have “Discovered” the new world.  (Even though it was already inhabited by indigenous people.)  But what a lot of people might not know is that contrary to his murderous lifestyle, Columbus was apparently a devout Christian.

So with that said, should we now all make generalizations of the Christian faith and consider all Christians worldwide guilty for the crimes of Columbus like so many do with Muslims in relation to ISIS?

Bring Back All Our Girls

Girls.jpgThis was a comic strip I made back in May of 2014 when Michael Obama released a photo with the Hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, referring to the poor girls who were kidnapped by Bokoharam.  Now even though I do sympathize with those girls, I couldn’t help but feel that the conversation in the Western Media always seemed one sided.  That crimes only mattered when it was Christian girls being oppressed by Criminals who just so happen to be Muslim.  So in response to this I made a comic in hopes to shed light on the plight of Muslims worldwide.

This comic was shared by many people including Shaykh Yasir Qadhi.

Forgiveness vs. Retaliation in Islam

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Islam is a religion that takes into account the nature of humankind; after all, the One who created us knows us best.  We were not created perfect, we make mistakes, we forget, we sin, we fall prey to our emotions and hormones, and our sense of justice may not be as finely tuned as we might desire or think.  Thus the doctrines of Islam, the two main sources of jurisprudence, the Quran and the Sunnah (sometimes called the authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad), set out for us the guidelines under which the law is applied.  Unlike modern secular societies there is no separation between religion and state.  For the Islamic society to function, the laws of God must be applied.

Islam repeats the Torah or Old Testament’s eye for an eye principle and uses both capital and corporal punishment for many crimes.  However what is often overlooked is that the Quran and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad call for forgiveness instead of retaliation. Islam and its legal principles support forgiveness and peaceful arrangements between all parties.  The second of three categories of crime in Islamic law is Qisas.  Islamically qisas means the law of retaliation, however it is derived from the root qess meaning to track down the effect or trace of something, it may also be defined as tracking the footsteps of an enemy.

“…punish with an equivalent of that with which you were harmed. But if you are patient – it is better for those who are patient.” (Quran 16:126)

“And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is legal retribution.  But if anyone remits the retaliation by way of charity, it shall be for him an expiation. And whosoever does not judge by that which God has revealed, such are the wrongdoers.” (Quran 5:45)

Qisas is specifically for murder or serious assault.  Whenever a person causes physical harm or death to another, the injured or a representative of the deceased has the right to retaliation.  In crimes covered under the laws of Qisas the victim or his representative have three options, to insist upon the punishment, accept monetary recompense, or forgive the offender. Forgiveness is even able to avert the death penalty.[1]  Quran urges forgiveness and mercy even in the direst of circumstances.

“And there is (a saving of) life for you in Al-Qisas, O men of understanding, that you may become pious.” (Quran 2:179)

As mentioned above the law of retaliation or qisas refers to a particular set of crimes that may be lawfully punished in the same way and to the same degree. In the case of serious assault for example, the victim has the right to choose an eye for an eye, an ear for an ear or a leg for a leg. Qisas also allows for the victim or his representative to choose a different outcome. He may accept compensation also known as blood money or in Arabic, diya. Payment of the diya is calculated on a scale proportionate to the degree of incapacity or injury caused. On the other hand the victim or his representative may also choose to forgive, and despite the legality of all three choices, Quran makes it clear that the better option is to choose to forgive.  In Islam reconciliation is always preferable to retaliation.

“…but whosoever forgives and makes amends, his reward is upon God.” (Quran 42: 40)

A renowned psychologist once said that without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.  No matter which of the three outcomes the victim chooses the aim is to put an end to the cycle of retribution and retaliation, and not let the repercussions of the crime persist and damage the Islamic community. In other words, qisas limits the consequences.  The victim’s need for justice is satisfied while preventing unnecessary harm to the perpetrator.

The combination of diya and forgiveness produces a powerful material and spiritual inducement to forgo retribution.  When the victim has the right to choose, in many cases he chooses to forgive because God’s reward is more desirable then any earthly benefit, or the fleeting pleasure of seeing earthly punishment inflicted.

Prophet Muhammad consistently chose forgiveness over retaliation. His behaviour is the best example of forgiveness and compassion.  The crimes against him were often vile and demeaning yet he took God’s words literally and chose kindness over anger.  He had the power and means to retaliate yet the harsher the crime against him the more lenient he became.

“Keep to forgiveness (O Muhammad), and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant.” (Quran 7:199)

In this article we have examined the law of qisas and discovered that forgiveness is the best course of action.  Nevertheless God knows the human need for justice in this world and thus He has provided us with a method of retaliation that is fair and just.  However, throughout the Quran and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad we are told that forgiveness is better and in the next article we will discover why.  Do you not wish to be forgiven by God?

“Let them forgive and overlook: do you not wish that God should forgive you? For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Quran 24:22)

“But if someone is steadfast and forgives, that is the most resolute course to follow.” (Quran 42:43)

[Taken from: IslamReligion.com]

How Ibn Taymiyyah addressed the Heads of State – By Sheikh Muhammad Mousa Al-Shareef

There are two extreme groups when it comes to how Muslims are to deal with the Heads of State. We should not go into extremes either way. Instead we should call out the wrongs when it is done by whoever is committing the action. And we should also pray and hope the best for our Leaders and fellow Muslims.

What this story shows is that even the most Oppressive Rulers in History respected men who spoke the truth and advised them properly. And the fact of the matter is that the best of Rulers were those who placed around them men who would advise them and told them the truth even when it was bitter.

The Story of Amro Ibn Luhai – By Sheikh Nabeel Al-Awadhi

This Video is about the Origins of the Arabs and how Paganism was first introduced into the Arabian Peninsula. It is a more detailed version of the story presented in one of our 3D videos. It can also be used as a referral to show that we are presenting material from reputable scholars. Continue reading The Story of Amro Ibn Luhai – By Sheikh Nabeel Al-Awadhi

Jesus As A Biblical Prophet

Christians have always searched for the answer to their enigma (Jesus’ nature). However, the answer is right in front of them! While there are no verses in the entire Bible where Jesus explicitly states his deity, there are verses that state his prophethood. Some Christians agree that Jesus is a prophet amongst other characteristics; yet this article examines some of the verses proving that Jesus could have only been a prophet and not God. Let’s start by examining this verse:

John 12:49 – 

“For I have not spoken on my own authority; but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.”

We see the clear distinction between God and Jesus by the acknowledgment that Jesus has no authority to speak on his own. Interesting to see that Jesus (supposedly God) has no authority, wonder who has it then? On the contrary, Jesus is commanded by God which dictates to him what to say. Now why would “God” need God to tell him what to do?! Christians would hold on to the claim that it is the “human” nature of Jesus that is commanded and commissioned. But to say that Jesus was imperfect (needing the Father to tell him what to say) in his human nature while he was perfect in his God nature implies two different persons,two minds, two wills, and two characters occupying one body. This is not acceptable because according to the Nicene Creed Jesus was only one person and not two. Furthermore, what’s a prophet according to the bible? We find the following verse contains the definition:

Deuteronomy 18:18 – 

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

A prophet is someone with no words of his own but with words of a higher authority, and is someone who is commanded. These criteria fit Jesus in light of the John 12:49. The latter only makes sense if Jesus is a prophet that’s conveying God’s message not his own. Again, why would God need himself to convey his own message? This brings us to the following verses. Jesus, in fact, wasn’t sent with words of his own:

John 14:24 

Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.


John 7:16

“Jesus answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not mine, but His who sent me.’”

Again, it is obvious that Jesus wasn’t sent to inform his believers of “his law and message” (if he was God). He was sent as a messenger from God to guide us to the right path. In these two verses prior mentioned, it is clear that neither the “words” nor the “doctrine” is Jesus’; it is God’s. This means that Jesus is not the source of Christianity per se because it is God that states the pillars of “true” Christian faith. If Jesus was God, his words and doctrines would be his as well since “he and the father are one”. There wouldn’t be any need to differentiate between what is for Jesus and what is for God… If you apply prophethood to Jesus, the verses make sense. After all, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary, a prophet is: “one who utters divinely inspired revelations”. This can be applied to Jesus because he is uttering God’s words and His doctrines.

Not only did Jesus not have any words of his own (John 14:24John 7:16), in fact he couldn’t do anything on his own. He needed God…

John 5:30 – 

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. 

Jesus even acknowledged the fact that God gave him power:

John 13:3 – 

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God.

The key word in this verse is “given”. Jesus is not the source of power or authority, God is. So, again there’s a disparity between “giver” (source) and the receiver (dependent). Jesus is not a dependent being on his own, he needs God. This further disproves his deity and gets us closer to establishing the fact that Jesus is simply a prophet.

Matthew 21:10-11 – 

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”11The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Luke 24:19 – 

“What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people”

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible (Luke 24:19

A prophet – A teacher sent from God. They did not now call him the “Messiah,” for his “death” had led them to doubt that, but they had no doubt that he was a distinguished “prophet.” The evidence of that was so clear that they “could” not call it in question.

Mighty in deed – Powerful in working miracles, in raising the dead, healing the sick, etc.

In word – In teaching.

Before God and all the people – Manifestly; publicly. So that “God” owned him, and the people regarded him as a distinguished teacher.

So, did people whom Jesus performed miracles to consider him as God? No!A prophet is also provided with miracles; it is consistent with being a prophet and is nothing new… Speaking about miracles, some Christians tend to use Jesus’ miracles as a proof for his deity. However, who gave Jesus his power and his miracles? It is God.

Acts 2:22 – 

“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.”

Most importantly, what did Jesus say about himself?

Matthew 13:57 – And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”

Luke 13:33 – 

In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day–for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

Now, did Jesus say I am God and I came down to this earth to spread my word?! No! He said I am a prophet! How clearer can it get? So, until someone can show me where Jesus explicitly says I am God, I’m still going to believe what Islam said about him; Jesus is a prophet.  I’d like to end with this monotheistic verse

Mark 12:29 – Jesus answered, “The most important is “Here, O Israel:  The Lord our God is one Lord.”

Notice how Jesus includes himself with the people by saying our God. Jesus does have a God after all… I guess the question is: could God have a God? Furthermore, if you combine Mark 12:29 (and many other verses like it which can be found in the bible …) with all the verses proving Jesus’ prophethood and all the verses challenging Jesus’ deity ( John 14:28, 8:28, 5:19; Mark 13:32, 10:18; Matthew 27:46, 26:39, Luke 2:52, 22:43, 6:12… )  you do get a coherent concept. A concept of Jesus the prophet which is far more logical than that of the trinity…

Finally, who is Jesus (PBUH) in Islam? Jesus (PBUH) is a revered prophet of Allah (SWT):

In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: “Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every – one that is on the earth? For to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all things. – (The Noble Qur’an – Al Mâ’idah 5:17)

Certainly they disbelieve who say: “Surely Allah, He is the Messiah, son of Maryam”. And the Messiah said: “O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord, surely whoever associates (others) with Allah, then Allah has forbidden to him the garden, and his abode is the fire; and there shall be no helpers for the unjust. – (The Noble Qur’an – Al Mâ’idah 5:72)
“The Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary, was no more than a Messenger before whom many Messengers have passed away; and his mother adhered wholly to truthfulness, and they both ate food (as other mortals do). See how We make Our signs clear to them; and see where they are turning away!” – (The Noble Qur’an – Al Mâ’idah  5:75).
Say: “Praise be to Allah, who begets no son, and has no partner in (His) dominion: Nor (needs) He any to protect Him from humiliation: yea, magnify Him for His greatness and glory! – (Al Isrâ’ 17:111)

Conclusion :

O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity”: desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs. – (The Noble Qur’an – An Nisâ’ 4:171)

And Allah Knows Best.

Why Did Paul Preach to the Gentiles?

Bismillah_FullAt Paul’s time there were two primary groups of which he could have targeted to preach his new self developed brand of soteriology to; the Jews and the Gentiles. However, as history dictates, Paul chose the gentiles and quickly won favor among their peoples. So much so, that he eventually entitled himself with the position of the ‘Apostle of the Gentiles‘: Continue reading Why Did Paul Preach to the Gentiles?

29 Sexually Explicit verses in the Bible

Bismillah_FullWhile it is no hidden secret that the Bible contains some of the most perverted, gross and indecent stories of sexual decadence in history, most people are unaware as to the severity of its contents. This post is not intended for audiences under the age of 18, or if you’re older than 18 we still don’t suggest you pervert your mind with these abhorrent tales of sexual escapades as done by the Bible’s “holiest” men. In fact, one of the most anti-Islamic propagandists, the uneducated and disillusioned “sam shamoun”, who is known for his incoherent ramblings and insulting tirades against Muslims, was embarrassed by Br. Shabbir Ally when confronted with a Children’s Bible and its sexual contents:

Continue reading 29 Sexually Explicit verses in the Bible

The Word of God Issue Settled

Due to the multiple false claims that have been put forward against the religion of Islam, Simply Seerah Studios has decided to start a series of Videos debunking all the False claims against our faith.

We’ve decided to start with one of the most Odd but also Dangerous Theological Fallacies that has become popular amongst many Christian Apologists. And that is the claim that since the Quran and Jesus are both called the “Word of God” in the Quran, then that must mean that Jesus existed eternally with God. Especially due to the fact that Muslims are not allowed to ever claim that the Quran is created. Continue reading The Word of God Issue Settled