“The sword is the key of heaven and of hell, a drop of blood shed in the cause of God, a night spent in arms, is of more avail than two months of fasting and prayer.” Mohammed
“In his [Mohammed] private conduct, Mohammed indulged the appetites of a man and abused the claims of a prophet.” Edward Gibbon
Mohammed and Islam, as portrayed before the Age of Political Correctness.
British historian Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) covered a lot of ground in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, first published in 1776. While holding forth on Diocletian, Constantine, Trajan and all, the author devotes attention to the rise of Islam. Since he wrote before the Era of Political Correctness, his work deserves attention on that theme.
“The religion of the Arabs, as well as of the Indians,” he writes, “consisted in worship of the sun, the moon and the fixed stars, a primitive and specious mode of superstition.” The use of “human gore” on altars was a “cruel practice long observed among the Arabs.” This was before Mohammed, whose “base and plebeian origin” is an “unskillful calumny of the Christians.”
Under “the apostle” Mohammed, as Gibbon explains, “the Arab continued to unite the professions of a merchant and a robber.” And “from all sides, the roving Arabs were allured to the standard of religion and plunder: The apostle sanctified the license of embracing female captives as their wives or concubines and the enjoyment of wealth and beauty was a feeble type of the joys of paradise prepared for the valiant martyrs of the faith.” On other themes Gibbon quotes the apostle directly.
“The sword,” says Mohammed “is the key of heaven and of hell, a drop of blood shed in the cause of God, a night spent in arms, is of more avail than two months of fasting and prayer.” Continue reading