Sir John Glubb's Description of Muhammad's
Quest for Jewish Support, > ventual Animosity
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Politics is the greatest of all
Muhammad— Mohammed— "th e of Muhammad, told by Glubb In to political causes or to the basic
Arabian Messenger of God"—wh o his historical analyses, are accom- similarities of their faiths."
in his earliest preachments sough t panied by outlines of incidents in
Glubb thus introduces a subject
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Glubb naturally adopts a mod-
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Thus, Glubb describes "what erate view toward Islam and he
the British general who trained might be called the rehabilitation
declares in his summary: "On hall will precede the service.
the Jordanian army and led it to of Mecca" which began after
the whole, we are obliged to ad-
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victory over Israel in the battle Muhammad's "breach with the
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mit that, while Islam counte-
will participate, and Rabbis
of the Israel War of Independence Jews," when tbe Apostle changed nances war and, in certain cir-
—the only Arabian force to be sue
cumstances, even orders it, the
the Qibla, the direction of prayer,
cessful against Israel — describes from Jerusalem to Mecca.
together with Cantor Harold Or-
Muslim religion was not Pri-
the Muslim-Jewish struggles in
marily propagated by the sword.
bach and the temple choir, will
The siege of Medina, the debate On the contrary, the first Arab
"The Life and Times of Muham-
conduct the service, featuring •
mad," published by Stein and Day. that preceded Jewish opposition conquerors were conspicuous for
The author of this important biog- and the warnings of an impending their moderation and for the
raphy, who became known as destruction, receive emphatic con- toleration which they showed
A highlight will be a multi-
(available in natural or
Glubb Pasha, throws much light sideration in the Glubb story of for other religions. Their mill- media presentation, with narrative, •
on the Mohammedan history and Muhammad and his time. From tary conquests were indeed rapid music and special lighting and :
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Glubb describes how "Jews bad People of the Book and the descrip- fs o
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become increasingly hostile to him tion of the defeat of "the untie
Because of the issue it raises,
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(Muhammad) as time passed." Revers" who refused to follow it is interesting to point to the membership or the religious school •
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He tells how the Messenger of God Muhammad, thus:
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There is a politeness of the •
their messiah. He made lavish use cient defence for the believers, so which I received from a Jewish
of Old Testament stories, he that they did not have to fight for friend. 'Christianity,' he wrote, 'has heart. It is akin to love.—Goetbe. ••••••••••••••••••••••••
prayed facing Jerusalem and bor- God was Mighty and Glorious. always been the most cruel and
rowed many minor practices from And He brought low those of the bestial of religions? I could scarce-
People of the Book who supported
believe my eyes. Did not Chris-
from their forts, some of ly
Legends,?-historic fact, quota- them
believe that peacemakers are
you killed and some you tians
tions from many documents are whom
for they shall be called
provided as data for much of
children of God? Did not Christ
Glubb describes Muhammad's say, 'Love your enemies, bless
the record incorporated in this
role in claiming, as the Messen- them that curse you, do good to
important biography cf the Mus-
lim prophet. There is, as an
ger of God, "that it was his mis- them that hate you?' But when my
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lahaq: 'The Apostle said, "Kill
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brother beat him, saying, "Did
you kill him when much of the
Many of the revelations which contrary to the teaching of Christ."
fat off your belly comes from
he received were couched in a
Glubb's total approach is inte-
his. wealth?" But Muhalyisa re-
style similar to passages in the resting, enlightening, inspires
plied, "Had the cue who told me
Old Testament. The rules which further study into the vast subject
to kill him ordered me to kill
he introduces. Theologians and
similar to these observed by the historians will differ with much
you, my brother, I would have
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cut off your head." ' "
that he says, and even on the sub-
Then came the drastic changes ject of New Testament anti-Semi-
Medina Jews were predominant
in the era of Muhammad in the and the animosities, as outlined tism he is not the total authority.
But in the main, he treats an im-
seventh century and much of the by Sir John Glubb, as follows:
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"After the migration to Medina, portant subject brilliantly and his
prophet's wrath was against them,
causing much suffering, resulting the Apostle changed a number of Muhammad biography is a valua-
in struggles between the three these rules notably those con-
known "Jewish tribes," together cerned with praying towards Jeru- Islam and its prophet.
with Arabs who opposed Muham- salem, Sabbath observance and the
mad, and culminating In a massa- annual fast, in order to make them
cre of Jews.
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Glubb comments on this score: separation between the Muslims
"If the Jews of Medina had been and the Jews, however, was not Reform congregation, moved this
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But how could the . Jews of Medina his message appear to be absurd.
be men of broadminded vision? The Messenger of God virtually
. . . They were themselves prob. eliminated the Jews of Medina
ably early Arab converts to Juda- because their activities were doing
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ism and their daily lives in their injury to his mission.
"Once he had established un-
desert oasis were spent as market
gardeners or small artisans. It is questioned authority over the
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Apostle's version of the Old Testa- once again became allies against
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same mistake as the satirists
of Zionism in the
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