From Merchant to Messenger
The Prophet Muhammad's struggle for legitimacy as revealed in the Koran
Includes a short biography of his wives and their impact on the Koran.
Paperback, 192 pages
The Koran is very much the story of one man’s struggle to get his Meccan kin, the Quraysh, and neighbours to abandon their smorgasbord of gods and goddesses and to worship only Allah and to deny access to the Ka’ba to anyone who was not willing to do so.
The merchant Muhammad had it on good authority, from the archangel Gabriel no less, that Allah did not want to share His Ka’ba with alleged “associates”.
Gabriel also informed the forty-something Muhammad that he had been personally chosen by God to be His last and greatest Messenger to mankind, and unless they, the Meccans and anyone else, listened to what he had to say about how Allah wanted them to behave and how He wanted to be worshipped, they were doomed.
The Meccans thought this was a ruse concocted by Muhammad to make himself their absolute ruler.
38:6 And the dignitaries among them went forth saying: “Go on and be steadfast regarding your gods. This is indeed a matter premeditated (Muhammad…. [wants] to subjugate us and rule us as his subjects, Moududi).
In 622, the Meccans, having had enough of his denigrating of their gods and those their ancestors, forced him to leave town. Muhammad would eventually have his way with his detractors when he returned to Mecca in 630 A.D. at the head of an army of believers as the Prophet Muhammad.
From Merchant to Messenger is not about this military-like take-over of Mecca and shortly thereafter the entire Arabian Peninsula (read Jihad in the Koran, Boreal Books, 2015) but about the way the budding Prophet tried to cajole his kin and fellow citizens of Mecca into accepting him as Allah’s legitimate and last spokesman and therefore deserving of their unquestioning obedience.
Muhammad's appeals were almost always laced with threats of a horrible punishment from His Mentor, and later from him, if they did not do as they were told. These threats would lead to possibly the first linking of Islam with terrorism.
50:45 We know better what they say and you are not a tyrant terrorizing them. So, remind, by the Qur’an, him who fears My Warning.
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Allegations of Plagiarism and Fabrication
Trading in Revelations
Punishment for Misrepresenting Allah's Book
An Object of Curiosity
A Gullible Man
A Poet Possessed
A Man Bewitched
A Tradition of Mocking and Punishment
Powerless to Stop the Mocking
No Angels Intervene and Why
The Jinn Believe In You
Put Up With It, Help Is On the Way
More Questions than Answers
Nothing But Rhetoric
Who Will Have the Last Laugh
About a Foreign Messenger
About a Foreign Koran
Paying for the Message
The Pupil Admonished
The Messenger Held Harmless
The End is Near
A Matter of Time
A Disagreement Among Scholars
Show me Hell or Give Me Death
Ephemeral Revelations On Etiquette
Paying for an Audience
Man on a Mission
A Prophet on His Own
No Jesus-like Miracles
For the Love of a Father
What Mughirah Heard
What Mughirah May Not Have Heard
What Aisha Saw
Rockin the Ka’ba
Wives of the Messenger
Thirteen Wives and a Concubine
The Last Sermon