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Feb 20, 2006
 
By Ali Sina

The following is the story of Safiyah Bint Huyeiy Ibn Akhtab, the Jewish woman who was captured when Muhammad’s troops attacked Kheibar and brought her to the Prophet as part of his share of the booty. This story, is reported in the Book of Tabaqat and is published also in the trusted Islamic site. http://www.muslimunited.org/topics/prophet/wi... Safiyah was seventeen and very beautiful when Muslims killed her father, husband and many of her relatives. In the same day the Prophet of Allah wanted to sleep with her. Here is the exact text of the story.

“Safiyah was born in Medinah. She belonged to the Jewish tribe of Banu 'I-Nadir. When this tribe was expelled from Medinah in the year 4 A.H, Huyaiy was one of those who settled in the fertile colony of Khaibar together with Kinana ibn al-Rabi' to whom Safiyah was married a little before the Muslims attacked Khaibar. She was then seventeen. She had formerly been the wife of Sallam ibn Mishkam, who divorced her. One mile from Khaibar. Here the Prophet married Safiyah. She was groomed and made-up for the Prophet by Umm Sulaim, the mother of Anas ibn Malik. They spent the night there. Abu Ayyub al-Ansari guarded the tent of the Prophet the whole night. When, in the early dawn, the Prophet saw Abu Ayyub strolling up and down, he asked him what he meant by this sentry-go; he replied: "I was afraid for you with this young lady. You had killed her father, her husband and many of her relatives, and till recently she was an unbeliever. I was really afraid for you on her account". The Prophet prayed for Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Ibn Hisham, p. 766) Safiyah had requested the Prophet to wait till he had gone a stage away from Khaibar. "Why?" asked the Prophet. "I was afraid for you on account of the Jews who still happened to be near at Khaibar!"
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...when Muslims killed her father, husband and many of her relatives.

In the same day the Prophet of Allah wanted to sleep with her. Here is the exact text of the story.

Horny dude that Prophet
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The reason Safiyah rejected the sexual advances of the 57-year-old Muhammad should be obvious to any objective person. I believe most women prefer to mourn than jump into bed with the killer of their father, husband and many relatives on the same day of their death. But the fact that the prophet of Allah could not contain his sexual urges for one day to let this young girl grieve, says a lot of his thinking and moral character. However as for the rest of the story we are not sure whether it is true or was fabricated by Muslim historians to wipe the impression of rape. But this is all we have and to find the truth we have to rely on these biased documents written by Muslim historians. The story goes on to say that Abu Ayyub was concerned for the safety of the prophet because he (Muhammad) had killed Safiyah's father, husband and many of her relatives. This is logical. It is foolish to sleep with a woman after killing her loved ones. But Safiyah’s excuse for rejecting Muhammad’s advances towards her seems unreasonable. When Muhammad took this young girl into his tent, he had already killed many Jews and was winning the war. If there were any Jews left, they probably were more worried for their own lives than Safiyah’s chastity. Also she was already in the tent alone with Muhammad, how the Jews would have known if they were engaged in sex or not? I wonder what other excuse could she make to a man who was the murderer of her father, husband and many of her relatives to let her alone at least that night?
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The reason Safiyah rejected the sexual advances of the 57-year-old Muhammad should be obvious to any objective person. I believe most women prefer to mourn than jump into bed with the killer of their father, husband and many relatives on the same day of their death.
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The next day a Walima (we dding-feast) was arranged on behalf of the Prophet…

Note that the historian is saying that the wedding took place one day after the prophet got private with Safiyah and made his moves to have sex with her. This presented no problem for the prophet as he had his Allah reveal a verse saying it is okay to sleep with women captured in war without marrying them even if they are married.

“And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess…”(Q. 4:24 )

The above verse shows that the Holy prophet did not believe that slaves have any right. You could be a happily married woman living your own life, but if Muhammad and his devout followers attacked your town and captured you, you would lose all your rights, and while your husband was being killed or enslaved you would be given to a Muslim Mujahid who would rape you all with Allah’s blessings.

This is confirmed in another place.

(Q. 23: 1-7)

1-The believers must (eventually) win through,-
2- Those who humble themselves in their prayers;
3-Who avoid vain talk;
4- Who are active in deeds of charity;
5- Who abstain from sex,
6- Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (in their case) they are free from blame,
7- But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors;-
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Feb 20, 2006
 
This presented no problem for the prophet as he had his Allah reveal a verse saying it is okay to sleep with women captured in war without marrying them even if they are married.
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Feb 20, 2006
 
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Safiyya bint Huyayy,(may Allah be pleased with her) married the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in 7 AH, when the Prophet was sixty years old and she was seventeen years old. As in the case of juwayriyya bint Harith, this marriage occurred after one of the Muslims' decisive battles, in this case, the battle of Khaybar. After the battle of Khaybar in which the Muslims defeated the Jews, two women were brought before the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) by Bilal, the black mu'adhdhin of Medina whose beautifully piercing voice constantly called the Muslims to prayer right up until the Prophet's death- after which he could not bring himself to call the adhan anymore, until he was present at the surrender of Jerusalem to the khalif Umar in 17 AH. They had passed by those who had been killed in the fighting. One of the two women was shrieking and screaming, and rubbing dust in her hair, while the other was mute with shock.

The silent one was Safiyya, the daughter of Huyayy ibn Akhtab, the chief of the Banu Nadir who had all been expelled from Medina in 4 AH after plotting to kill the Messenger of Allah by dropping a stone on his head as he sat talking with their leaders. The noisy one was Safiyya's cousin. Safiyya could trace her lineage directly back to Harun, the brother of the Prophet Moses (peace be upon them). The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked someone to look after the woman who was screaming and then took off his cloak and placed it over the shoulders of Safiyya, whose husband had been killed in the battle. It was a gesture of pity, but from that moment she was to be honored and given great respect in the Muslim community. Then the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) turned to Bilal and said, "Bilal, has Allah plucked mercy from your heart that you let these two women pass by those of their menfolk who have been killed?" This was considered a severe reprimand, for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) rarely criticized the behavior of those who served him. Anas ibn Malik, for example once said, "I served the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for eight years. He never once scolded me for something that I had done or for something that I had not done."
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Like Umm Habiba, Safiyya was the daughter of a great chief. The only person who could save her from becoming a slave after having enjoyed such a high position was the Prophet. Although her father had planned to assassinate Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) after the battle of Uhud, and had conspired with the Banu Qurayza to exterminate all the Muslims during the battle of al-Khandaq, it was characteristic of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that he did not bear any grudges. For those who did wrong, he felt pity rather than anger, and for those who had done no wrong, he had even greater compassion. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) invited Safiyya to embrace Islam, which she did, and having given her, her freedom, he then married her. Some people may have wondered how it was that Safiyya could accept Islam and marry the Prophet when her father had been his bitter enemy, and when bloody battles had taken place between the Jews and the Muslims. The answer may be found in what she has related of her early life as the daughter of the chief of the Banu Nadir.

She said,(may Allah be pleased with her): "I was my father's favorite and also a favorite with my uncle Yasir. They could never see me with one of their children without picking me up. When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to Medina, my father and my uncle went to see him. It was very early in the morning and between dawn and sunrise. They did not return until the sun was setting. They came back worn out and depressed, walking with slow, heavy steps. I smiled to them as I always did, but neither of them took any notice of me because they were so miserable. I head Abu Yasir ask my father,'Is it him?''Yes, it is.''Can you recognize him? Can you verify it?''Yes, I can recognize him too well.''What do you feel towards him?''Enmity, enmity as long as I live.'

The significance of this conversation is evident when we recall that in the Torah of the Jews, it was written that a Prophet would come who would lead those who followed him to victory. Indeed before the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to Medina, the Jews used to threaten the idol worshippers of Yathrib, as it was then called, that when the next Prophet came to the believers were going to exterminate them, just as the Jews had exterminated other tribes who refused to worship God in the past. As in any case, of the Prophet Jesus,(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who had been clearly described in the Torah - but rejected by many of the Jews when he actually came - the next and last Prophet was accurately described in the Torah, which also contained signs by which the Jews could easily recognize him. Thus Ka'b al-Ahbar, one of the Jews of that time who embraced Islam, relates that this Prophet is described in the Torah as follows:

'My slave, Ahmad, the Chosen, born in Mecca, who will emigrate to Medina (or he said Tayyiba - another name given to Yathrib); his community will be those who praise Allah in every state.'

And 'Amr ibn al-'As said that it also says in the Torah:

'O Prophet, We have sent you as a witness, a bringer of good news and a warner and a refuge for the illiterate. You are My slave and My messenger. I have called you the one on whom people rely, one who is neither coarse nor vulgar, and who neither shouts in the markets nor repays evil with evil, but rather pardons and forgives. Allah will not take him back to Himself until the crooked community has been straightened out by him and they say, "There is no god but Allah." Through him, blind eyes, deaf ears and covered hearts will be opened.'
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Feb 21, 2006
 
It was thanks to these descriptions in the Torah, that the most learned rabbi of the Jews,'Abdullah ibn Salam, had embraced Islam on seeing Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and it was because of these descriptions that Huyayy ibn Akhtab was also able to recognize him. However Huyayy, like most of the other Jews, was deeply disappointed that the last Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was a descendant of Isma'il and not of Ishaq,(the two sons of the Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon them), since the Jews of that time claimed exclusive descent from Ishaq, through the twelve sons of his son Ya'qub (who was also known as Israel), from whom the twelve tribes of Israel had originated. Not only did Huyayy resent the fact that the last Prophet had appeared amongst the Arabs, but also he did not want to lose his position of power and leadership over his people.

It was for these reasons that Huyayy secretly decided to oppose and fight the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) while in public he and the other leaders of the Jews made peace treaties with the Muslims and the Jews broke as soon as it seemed a favorable time to do so. Although Safiyya was Huyayy's daughter, she had a pure heart and had always wanted to worship her Creator and Lord, the One who had sent Moses, to whom she was related, and Jesus, and finally Muhammad, may Allah be pleased with all of them. Thus as soon as the opportunity arose, not only to follow the last Prophet, but also to be married to him, she took it. Although Safiyya had in Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) a most kind and considerate husband, she was not always favorably accepted by some of his other wives, especially when she had first joined the Prophet's household. It is related by Anas that on one occasion, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) found Safiyya weeping. When he asked her what the matter was, she replied that she heard thHafsa had disparagingly described her as 'the daughter of a Jew'.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) responded by saying, "You are certainly the daughter of a Prophet (Harun), and certainly your uncle was a Prophet (Moses), and you are certainly the wife of a Prophet (Muhammad), so what is there in that to be scornful towards you?" Then he said to Hafsa, "O Hafsa, fear Allah!"

Once the Prophet was accompanied on a journey by Safiyya and Zaynab bint Jahsh when Safiyya' s camel went lame. Zaynab had an extra camel and the Prophet asked her if she would give it to Safiyya. Zaynab retorted, "Should I give to that Jewess!" The Prophet turned away from her in anger and would not have anything to do with her for two or three months not to show his disapproval of what she had said. Some three years later, when Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was in his final illness, Safiyya felt for him deeply and sincerely. "O Messenger of Allah," she said, "I wish it was I who was suffering instead of you." Some of the wives winked at each other which made the Prophet cross and he exclaimed, "By Allah, she spoke the truth!"
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Feb 21, 2006
 
She still underwent difficulties after the death of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Once a slavegirl she owned went to the Amir al Muminin Umar and said, "Amir al Muminin! Safiyya loves the Sabbath and maintains ties with the Jews!" Umar asked Safiyya about that and she said, "I have not loved the Sabbath since Allah replaced it with Friday for me, and I only maintain ties with those Jews to whom I am related by kinship." She asked her slavegirl what had possessed her to carries lie to Umar and the girl replied, "Shaytan!" Safiyya said, "Go, you are free."

Safiyya was with the Prophet for nearly four years, She was only twenty-one when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) died, and lived as a widow for the next thirty-nine years, dying in 50 AH, at the age of sixty (may Allah be pleased with her).

jewish was live with Muslim with all peace and the jewish had all his right and he was consider prophet Mohammed the leader and return to prophet in all affrays but them perfidy make the battle between them and Muslims
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May 2, 2006
 
first of all i would like to say im disgusted at those other writers who said that the prophet (pbuh) is a horny dude and that he wanted to sleep with the jewish girl on the night when her father and relatives were killed you dont know that it could be a lie so dont write such harmful things to our beloved prophet and have shame he loved all his wives he was a great provider and dont insult him !!!!!!!!!!
i myself cant say anything about this but that we dont know the real truth so we ant say this and that about the prophet (pbuh)

thankyou ..
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May 2, 2006
 
nabeela wrote:
first of all i would like to say im disgusted at those other writers who said that the prophet (pbuh) is a horny dude and that he wanted to sleep with the jewish girl on the night when her father and relatives were killed you dont know that it could be a lie so dont write such harmful things to our beloved prophet and have shame he loved all his wives he was a great provider and dont insult him !!!!!!!!!!
i myself cant say anything about this but that we dont know the real truth so we ant say this and that about the prophet (pbuh)
thankyou ..
It does not matter if he waited one day or years. Do you really think she wanted to have sex with the man who murdered her family? That you and all Muslims can rationalize rape of this sort is disgusting. Yes it was rape because she had no choice. According to the stories in the hadiths he men raped all of the women of her village after they killed all the men. Disgusting, how can you look up to a man like this?
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May 2, 2006
 
How you say he raped her when she was his wife :)

She wanted to get married to Muhammad (PBUH), who of the best women wouldn't want that when she knew from the beginning that he was the prophet of God of their jewish scriptures and she knew from her father that he was and that the jews started plotting to not let him spread the true laws of God that the jews took over . Let me remind you that the jews at first fought Jesus (PBUH)'s message and the jews from their scriptures knew that after Jesus there will be Muhammad(PBUH) who will migrate from Mecca to Madinah where the jews lived side by side with the Arabs so they were waiting for the last prophet God that was sent to finalize establishing the laws of God on earth.

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How you say he raped her when she was his wife :)
She wanted to get married to Muhammad (PBUH), who of the best women wouldn't want that when she knew from the beginning that he was the prophet of God of their jewish scriptures and she knew from her father that he was and that the jews started plotting to not let him spread the true laws of God that the jews took over . Let me remind you that the jews at first fought Jesus (PBUH)'s message and the jews from their scriptures knew that after Jesus there will be Muhammad(PBUH) who will migrate from Mecca to Madinah where the jews lived side by side with the Arabs so they were waiting for the last prophet God that was sent to finalize establishing the laws of God on earth.
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It has been proven in courts of law that it is indeed possible and feasible for a wife to be raped ... so on that point, definitely a wife can be raped ...

A violent and / or controlling husband will not only be violent and / or controlling out of the bedroom ..

This has been proven in USA and in UK ... and those cases are only the ones I know of ... probably elsewhere too ..
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How you say he raped her when she was his wife :)
She wanted to get married to Muhammad (PBUH), who of the best women wouldn't want that when she knew from the beginning that he was the prophet of God of their jewish scriptures and she knew from her father that he was and that the jews started plotting to not let him spread the true laws of God that the jews took over . Let me remind you that the jews at first fought Jesus (PBUH)'s message and the jews from their scriptures knew that after Jesus there will be Muhammad(PBUH) who will migrate from Mecca to Madinah where the jews lived side by side with the Arabs so they were waiting for the last prophet God that was sent to finalize establishing the laws of God on earth.
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The Jews were right to fight Muhammad. He was the agressor. The Jews also knew that Muhammad was not a prophet.

As for rape. Just because a man forces a woman to marry him it does not make any sex between them consentual. Hence it can be rape. What choices did she have? She had already seen her entire family desimated by him. Would she dare to say no? Of course not. It is called self preservation.

Just because the Qur'an and Hadiths make it sound like a fairy tail does not mean it was. I feel so sad for her and how no one, no one at all gave one hoot about the trauma she would have been going through. She was a survivor. She did what she had to do to not share the fate of her father, husband, brothers, and other men she had known all her life.
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The Jews were right to fight Muhammad. He was the agressor. The Jews also knew that Muhammad was not a prophet.
As for rape. Just because a man forces a woman to marry him it does not make any sex between them consentual. Hence it can be rape. What choices did she have? She had already seen her entire family desimated by him. Would she dare to say no? Of course not. It is called self preservation.
Just because the Qur'an and Hadiths make it sound like a fairy tail does not mean it was. I feel so sad for her and how no one, no one at all gave one hoot about the trauma she would have been going through. She was a survivor. She did what she had to do to not share the fate of her father, husband, brothers, and other men she had known all her life.
And that is why she was one of the best Muslims :) and that is why she is a mother of the Muslims :) funny !!! you will never say but negativities... Oneday God will ask you from wher you say these lies and will hold you accountable for any lie you say just to show a false image about people to prove a point...

I will say this again, I am not here to win a battle but you are , because you know Islam is the fastest growing religion and you know that the more you fabricate the more people can be by your side against Islam but the reality is that the more you INSIST in lying, the more likely people will know what you are up to..

So good job , keep INSISTING that a bird that flies is a Sheep. Keep contradicting yourself. Keep FABRICATING and saying things that are known fact wrong.

You only harming yourself and not God and not Islam. MAybe you are harming Muslims but God is watching over and God knows who the liars and who are not. MAybe you win in this wordly world but I garantee you that God will hold u accountable for the lies you make up all the time and garantee you that you are the HATER and not us.

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john wrote:
How you say he raped her when she was his wife :)
She wanted to get married to Muhammad (PBUH), who of the best women wouldn't want that when she knew from the beginning that he was the prophet of God of their jewish scriptures and she knew from her father that he was and that the jews started plotting to not let him spread the true laws of God that the jews took over . Let me remind you that the jews at first fought Jesus (PBUH)'s message and the jews from their scriptures knew that after Jesus there will be Muhammad(PBUH) who will migrate from Mecca to Madinah where the jews lived side by side with the Arabs so they were waiting for the last prophet God that was sent to finalize establishing the laws of God on earth.
John
Correct me if I am wrong, but as I understand it, the Jews of that time (just like the Jews of our time) were waiting for the Messiah (which in Greek is "Christ"). They did not (and Jews of today do not) believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ. The Qu'ran says that Jesus was the Messiah (in Greek, that would be the Christ), so Muhammad was not the Christ, not the person the Jews were and are waiting for. I don't believe there is the notion in Judaism of a final prophet of all the prophets who would not be the Messiah. So how could they have been waiting for Muhammad, the final prophet? They had no notion of a 'final prophet after the Messiah'.

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