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  • "I have no religion, but if I were to choose one, it would be that of Shariati's." Jean-Paul Sartre ---------------------------------- My Lord, grant me success in struggling during failure, in having patience in disappointment, in going alone, in Jihad without weapons, in working without pay, in making sacrifice in silence, in having religious belief in the world, in having ideology without popular traditions, in having faith (Iman) without pretensions, non-conformity without immaturity, beauty without physical appearance, loneliness in the crowd, and loving without the beloved knowing about it. ----------------------------------
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Armstrong, ‘Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time’

Posted by Parsin on December 2, 2008

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When the Pope spoke of jihad, and when Danish cartoonists published caricatures of a violent prophet Muhammad, Karen Armstrong blamed “Islamophobia.”

The author talks about her second biography on the prophet, entitled Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time and warns against what she calls the “myth of Islam as a chronically violent religion.”

You can listen the conversation of NPR with Karen Armstrong in this Link. Also more information could be found in here.

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I should further explain about the reasoning for using warfare in Medina. Indeed, some other western writers mention that the people of Mecca, enemies of Muslims at that time, imposed a tight sanction on Muslims to the point where people in Medina including Muslims and others were unable to survive if it continued. Muhammad (PBUH) tried to convince the Mecca leaders to ease the sanctions and to set a peace treaty between Mecca and Medina, but Mecca rejected this request. Due to this sanction, Muslims were unable to do business with any other tribes and cities around Medina. It was at this point where Muslims decided to break up this sanction and thereafter war took place between them and Mecca.

2 Responses to “Armstrong, ‘Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time’”

  1. Shahrzad said

    So interesting post.. I did not know this book and the author. Thank you for sharing this..🙂

  2. Parsin said

    Shahrzad,
    Thanks, and nice to hear from you!.🙂

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