Monday, June 29, 2015

Mohammad a Suicide?

Ancient Scrolls Say Prophet Mohammed Committed Suicide

Reuters, June 8, 2015, Cairo, Egypt. British and Pakistani archeologists working at an undisclosed site in Jordan have found what they say is hard evidence that the founder of the Islamic religion committed suicide.

While analyzing scrolls dating back approximately to the year 630 A.D., Dr. Jummara Hashish, chief archeologist of the Islamabad Institute of Islamic Studies in Pakistan, says a hand-written note at the bottom of a common prayer scroll revealed that one of Mohammed's wives witnessed the suicide. She later wrote a brief account of the event, and hid it and the suicide note in a clay pot used for storing grain, along with several other scrolls. It is believed by scholars that the documents are authentic. They and the other documents found in the jar were subjected to carbon-14 and other tests to determine their age.

Scholars who have been painstakingly translating the documents, which were in a remarkably well-preserved state, say the scroll written by the wife details the last moments of the prophet's life.  His final message, never seen until now, says:

"To all those who have faithfully followed my blessed example and supported the campaign to bring the true message of Allah to the world these past decades… I bid farewell.  I have made an unforgivable error which must not go uncorrected or unpunished.  Yesterday I drew a picture of myself to send to my nephew in Benny al-Hill.  I did this of my own free will and with what little skill I have at sketching.  During the night, I had a revelation in which Allah through Gabriel told me that anyone who drew an image of me (blessings and peace be upon me!) was to be put to death, preferably by beheading.  I do now what must be done, what Allah commands."

Unfortunately, no sketch or self-portrait of Mohammad was found with the two documents. It is thought that his nephew was at the time living in Dumat al-Jandal (also known then as Benny al-Hill) with the Banu Tayy tribe (nicknamed then as the Banyan Trees), near what is now Amman, Jordan.

The rest of the account, in the words of his wife, whose name remains unknown, is a bit difficult to understand because of changes in the Arabic language over the past fourteen centuries. But it appears to indicate that after signing his mark to the aforementioned suicide note – also drafted by his wife since the prophet could neither read nor write nor knew how to hold a stylus except as a weapon – Mohammed took up a knife used for butchering sheep and attempted to cut off his own head.  About a quarter of the way through, he expired from blood loss.

The wife’s account indicates that in addition to the blood loss, it was attempting to cut through his own neck bone that gave Mohammad the most trouble.

When the wife determined that her husband was dead, she wrote that she immediately informed his sixteen other wives, who all embarked on a week-long period of mourning, fasting and Sharia-mandated ululation.

It is not known how the Islamic world at the time received news of the prophet’s passing as a suicide. Islamic historian Bilious Hisham Kabboomi, head of the Center for Islamic Dawa at the University of Cambridge, noted that “While it is written that if at death Mohammad’s body was indeed lifted by angels and taken directly to Paradise where his partially severed head was restored by a merciful Allah, then the person buried in the Al-Masjid an-Nabaw, or the Prophet’s Mosque, in Medina is an imposter. This is indeed an unprecedented conundrum facing the Ulema. By that I mean the Sunni or Wahhabist Ulema, not the Shi’ite or Heretical Ulema.”

This week, upon hearing the news, a representative from the Islamic State paused in video-recording the cutting off the head of a 10-year-old Christian boy in Raqqa, Syria, and commented, "This scroll shows the ultimate Jihad, and just proves the prophet was the real deal!  I only hope that I too might be given a revelation from Allah and find the strength to follow his example. What good is an intact head compared to mindless devotion to the one true religion of peace?! See this kid? Soon he will be at peace – and in two pieces! Hah, hah, hah!”

Mohammad would have been between sixty and sixty-two years old at the time of his suicide. He was buried in Medina, where he and his family spent his retirement after the prophet’s career of conquest, slaughter, rape, mayhem, banditry, looting, and habitual bloody-mindedness. It is not known how the scrolls made their way to Jordan from Medina, a distance of over 560 miles or 960 kilometers, except by camel caravan.

Additional reporting by Jack Battler and Ed Cline


Edward Cline said...

Additional reporting by Jack Battler and Ed Cline.

Joe said...

Love it!