The Heart's Witness Against Muhammad: Concubines for the Perfect Man
Where Muhammad has a need, Allah conveniently provides. Behold, a new revelation! Recite!
Under any ordinary moral standard, sex with concubines is considered adultery and not consonant with the ends of marriage. Under Muhammadan logic, however, sex with concubines is right because Allah revealed it to be so and because his messenger had sex with concubines. Muhammad's treatment of women alone should disabuse any conclusion of a prophetic charism, much less a legitimate claim to being the "seal of the prophets," the khatamun nabiyyin.
Under any ordinary moral standard, sex with concubines is considered adultery and not consonant with the ends of marriage. Under Muhammadan logic, however, sex with concubines is right because Allah revealed it to be so and because his messenger had sex with concubines. Allah locutus, causa finita est. Mahometus fecit, causa finita est. Allah has spoken, the case is closed. Muhammad has done it, the case is closed. That's the reasoning: pure divine positivism, the natural moral law be damned.
Muhammad's treatment of women alone should disabuse any human of concluding this man to have a legitimate prophetic bone in his body, much less a legitimate claim to being the "seal of the prophets," the khatamun nabiyyin. Muhammad's rank disregard of natural moral law, his blindness to it in the area of marriage and family life, is proof positive that his message is inauthentic. His inability to control his sexual faculties makes Muhammad more a prophet of Priapus than a prophet of the Most High God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and Jesus. As man, Muhammad is not exempt from the natural moral law. As a supposed prophet, he is bound to the natural moral law a fortiori. As a supposed perfect man, al-insan al-kamil, he is to bound to exhibit in an excellent way virtues consonant with the natural law.
This, perhaps, is the reason traditionalist Muslims are so suspicious of practical reason as a source of morals, and why they cannot brook any opposition or criticism to their alleged prophet. The moment natural moral law steps into the picture, the entirety of Islam falls like a deck of cards. If Islam is no better than its prophet, then Islam suffers from serious problems.
Islam is founded entirely upon sheer moral positivism: the positivism of Allah and the positivism of Muhammad's actions. The moment the blinders of Islam's positivism are removed and the witness of one's heart is accessed, one sees the raunchy character of Muhammad.
In assessing Muhammad's activities with his concubines, we start, of course, with that part of the Qur΄an, the Surat Al-Ahzab, known as "The Confederates," or "The Allies," specifically, the fiftieth ayah, which was so generous and accommodating to the sexual life of this pseudo-prophet: "O Prophet!" the ayah begins, "Verily, We have made lawful to you . . . those (captives or slaves) whom your right hand possesses-whom Allah has given to you." These are the ma malakat aymanukum, the ones which are possessed by a man's right hand, a euphemism for concubines captured during war (or bought from men who captured them during war). Qur΄an 33:50.
This privilege was not reserved for Muhammad alone: all Muslim men, in imitatio Muhammedi, enjoy the privileges associated with those whom their "right hand possess." So we find in the Surat An-Nisa' that Muslim men in general enjoy the sexual benefits of those women whom their right hand possess. Qur΄an 4:4.
Muhammad's right hand possessed many such female concubines, and we know that he exercised his sexual rights freely with at least two of them, Mariya al-Qibtiya and Rihanah, respectively, his Christian and Jewish concubines. The former, to the consternation of Muhammad's legal wives, even gave him a child, whom Muhammad called Ibrahim (Abraham), but who died young.
At the outset, so that we are not accused of slighting Muhammad and accusing him of sex with concubines when he was innocent of that moral lapse, we might quote from the popular Islamic biography of Muhammad, Ar-Rahiq Al-Makhtum (The Sealed Nectar) by Saifur Rahman al-Mubarakpuri (translated by Issam Diab):
"Besides these [Muhammad's wives], he had two concubines. The first was Mariyah, the Coptic (an Egyptian Christian), a present gift from Al-Muqauqis, vicegerent of Egypt - she gave birth to his ...
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