26 April 2011

How to counter a certain non-truth that muslims love to use.

When debating with muslims about what an evil person muhammad was, they'll often erroneously say something to the effect of "Did you know that an American historian ranked Muhammad (saw) as the greatest man who ever lived?"

This statement is not a complete lie, but it's also not even close to being accurate. Often times when a muslim brings it up, they've only heard it via word-of-mouth, and haven't checked into it personally.

First, it refers to The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History by Michael H. Hart. Most of the time, muslims who reference it don't actually know the full title, or the author's name. They'll often refer to him as being an American Christian, probably because they like to think that all Americans are Christians, when Hart is actually a non-devout Jew. It's a minor point, but still something that they get wrong all the time.

Now for the important part:

The book is not a list of the greatest people in history. Please note that there is a very big difference betweeninfluential and great. I agree with Michael Hart that muhammad (piss & shit be upon him) is extremely influential, perhaps even the most influential person ever. Hart says that muhammad wrote the unholy quran himself, NOT allah (a statement that muslims consider blasphemous). Muhammad was able to gather many followers into his religion even though it was all based on a very flimsy premise and an obvious lie, and there are now well over a billion followers of a religion that muhammad invented for his very own benefit. Now that is VERY influential! Besides just being very successful at forming a fraudulent religion, muhammad is also ranked as the number one most influential because he was a political and military leader. He ruthlessly executed everyone at Mecca and Medina who had insulted him. He ordered 65 military raids in the last 10 years of his life, I'm not sure how many before that. He spread islam by conquering cities, and giving everyone the choice to convert to islam, submit to dhimmitude and pay the jizya, or to die. By any modern moral standard, this is EVIL. Sometimes he would kill those who surrendered, like when he beheaded 800 people of the Banu Qurayza. EVIL. He encouraged his men to rape captured women in front of their husbands. EVIL. He stole treasure from the cities he captured, and demanded a 20% share for himself. He and his men took slaves, both for work and as sex slaves, which helped him build his empire. EVIL. After he died, fat and over-sexed, his followers swept like a wave of blood and death over North Africa, Jordan, Mesopotamia, and Persia. Everywhere they went, they forced the choice of conversion or dhimmitude, and they squashed other religions and cultures.
So yes, I agree with Michael Hart that muhammad (piss & shit be upon him) was VERY influential, and also VERY evil. Islam is a plague upon mankind, and it's all thanks to the influence of muhammad. Here are some other people that Michael Hart included on his list:
-Adolf Hitler
-Genghis Khan
-Josef Stalin
-Mao Zedong
Like muhammad, these guys were very influential, very successful, very powerful, and very evil.

(If anyone runs into a similar argument, you have my permission to copy and paste the above, or better yet to link to my blog.)

It should be noted of course that Hart's list contains quite a lot of good people, as well. There are scientists (Newton, Einstein, Darwin, etc.); inventors (Edison, Bell, Wright brothers, etc.); political & military leaders (Washington, Jefferson, Gorbachev, etc.); artists (Homer, Shakespeare, Beethoven, etc.); philosophers (Plato, Descartes, Voltaire, etc.); and other religious figures (Jesus, Buddha, Moses, etc.).

Further reading:

Wikipedia article:

Full list:

Article from the excellent resource wikiislam, which has similar points to mine:

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