Armstrong, ‘Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time’
Posted by Parsin on December 2, 2008
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.”
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.