The Myths of Muhammad and ‘Tolerant’ Mecca

Most everyone agrees that after thirteen years of  preaching his new religion, Muhammad did not have very much success and was  forced to flee Mecca with his 150 followers.  There he formed an army and  returned eight years later to conquer the city that rejected him.

Muslims who are not as knowledgeable about the  true record left by the historians of the day believe that Mecca was a city of  extreme religious persecution and evil pagans who simply had to be conquered  because of the danger they posed.  Muhammad then fully forgave the  people and everyone lived in harmony, enjoying the new age of  peace and religious tolerance that Islam  brought to the city.

Today’s Muslims have a visceral need to believe that  their religion made Mecca a better city, because if Islam wasn’t better than the  paganism that came before,  then it has little chance of being better than Western religion and other alternatives that exist  today. 

Unfortunately, the picture painted by the early  Muslim historians is in stark contrast to what today’s Muslims  desperately want to believe.  The truth is that Islam transformed a highly tolerant and religiously  pluralistic city into one of only two in the entire world where  one is not even allowed to set foot if they do not profess the predominant  religion.  (Not surprisingly, Medina is the other). 

Mecca, prior to Muhammad, was one of six cities  in Arabia with a Kaaba, …. read the rest……The Religion of Peace.

 

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