Islam : A Religion Of Violence

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The Refuting of Islam being born a Religion of Violence
There are those in the world that maintain that Islam is a religion born of violence, but many scholars, including Timothy Rowe and William T. Cavanaugh, maintain that Islam was not a religion born of violence instead a religion that was born into a violent culture. This thesis by both scholars allows for the interpretation of Islam that looks not only at the actions of today, but also at the historical foundations of Islam from its birth in 610 CE, when Mohammad received his first revelation in a cave on Mount Hira, near the city of Mecca, in what is now Saudi Arabia to the present day misunderstandings of the religion. While many maintain that the religion of Islam was born of …show more content…

Then in the year 610 CE, while meditating in a cave on Mount Hira, near the city of Mecca, Muhammed would receive his first revelations from Gabriel, which would continue for twenty years. After early persecution in Mecca in 622 CE Muhammed left with his wife, Khadija, and his Uncle, Abu Talib, to travel to Medina, then known as Yathrib, where Muhammed would find success with establishing the new religion. This event was called the Hijra, and marketed the beginning of the Muslin calendar. By 629 CE Muhammed had converted Medina to Islam, and he had begun to amass a personal army to take on Mecca. While Muhammed’s actions may have seemed to lead towards violent actions with the creation of a large army his true purpose could be seen with The Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, which was a peace treaty signed by Mecca and Medina in 628 CE. The Treaty of Hudaybiyyah had been broken by the Meccan tribe of the Quraysh, who had persecuted and murdered Muslims in cold blood. The city of Mecca fell to Muhammed’s forces without bloodshed in 629 CE, which could be attributed to Muhammed’s urgings of nonviolence towards the people of Mecca. In Muhammed’s words after the fighting he mentioned that “The Just war is always evil, but sometime you have to fight in order to avoid the kind of persecution that Mekkah inflicted on Muslims.” The statement “The Just war is always evil…”

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