The Heart's Witness Against Muhammad: Sex With Aunt Khaula
Muhammad's acceptance of polygamy in the last ten years of his life is nothing less than a moral degeneration
The Qur'anic provision that Muhammad could enjoy sexually any Muslim woman who offered herself to Muhammad appears to have been broad enough to include even maternal aunts, given the ahadith that relate to a certain Khaula bint Hakim who presented herself to the prophet in just such a manner.
Before Christianity and Judaism were forcibly ousted from the Arabic peninsula, tribes that were Jewish or Christian flourished in the area. Muhammad, therefore, would have been familiar with the practice of monogamy by these groups. As a result of Christ's clear teachings on marriage, Christians were called monogamous. Moreover, the practice of polygamy appears to have been abandoned by the Jews of the time of Muhammad and monogamy held out as the standard.
Muhammad's acceptance of polygamy in the last ten years of his life is nothing less than a moral degeneration relative to the moral life among the Christian and Jew. It appears strangely insensitive to the beauty of the Christian and Jewish monogamous witness. It also is strangely aberrant to his earlier monogamous practice with his wife Khadija before her death. In this area, Muhammad was clearly morally retrograde.
In the text by the Muslim scholar Ibn Sa'd al-Baghdadi, the Kitab al-Tabaqat Al-Kabir, we read that the Jews, when they witnessed the self-professed prophet Muhammad marrying more than one woman, commented:"''Look at this man who never has enough of food and cares for nothing else as he does for women.'" While the Muslim scholar Ibn Sa'd attributed the Jews' complaint to envy (a classic way of handling objections to Muhammad's behavior), he did mention that they pointed to it as counter-indicative of any claim to prophethood: "'If he were a prophet,' the Jews said among themselves, 'he would not desire women.'" The Jews' suspicions regarding Muhammad seem rather well-placed.
The Kitab al-Tabaqat Al-Kabir continues to discuss Muhammad's sex life with great candor. We learn, for example, that Muhammad's desire for women seems to have possessed him after the death of his wife Khadija.
"I was the least man in sexuality," Muhammad is related to have said, "'till God brought down on me the kafit." This kafit--the allegedly divine gift of sexual prowess coupled with the opportunity to express it, a sort of divine Arabic-Islamic-Viagra--was readily given to Muhammad by his Allah: "Whenever I seek it I find it." According to the dictionary Lisan al-Arab (2:71), kafit is the ability to have sex and to express it. The Tabaqat Ibn Sa'd also relates: "The Messenger of God said, 'Gabriel met me with a pot, of which I ate, and I was given the kafit [sexual ability] of forty men.'"
Gabriel, it may be noted, who served as the divinely appointed pharmacist of the self-proclaimed prophet, was expressly named as Allah's interlocutor only after Muhammad emigrated from Mecca to Medina, which is also when Muhammad's sexual practices changed. So Gabriel with one hand gave Muhammad sexual food and with the other the word of Allah. This is an unseemly and unfitting blend of the worldly and the heavenly: sex and heaven are joined at the hip in the self-proclaimed prophet of Islam. Even the Muslim paradise is infested with sex and the promise of houris or virgins (hur).
In addition to the practice of polygyny, which of itself, as the Jews of Muhammad's time noted, puts Muhammad out of running as a legitimate prophet, we saw in the last article that the manner in which Muhammad captured and then married Safiya, the Jewess from the Banu al-Nadir tribe, raises serious questions of his moral sensitivity. He displayed all the moral sensitivity of a rapacious animal in marrying the young woman whose father, uncle, husband, and kinsmen he had killed. While we may recognize the behavior as one in keeping with a warrior chieftan, it is not the sort of behavior that one would ascribe to an ideal or perfect man, one with the title al-insan al-kamil.
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