Take a moment and get a much needed history lesson on Muhammad and his entrance into Islam’s now holy city of Medina as a refugee:
The fact is rarely publicized, but there have been historians who have affirmed at the Arab world’s second holiest city, Medina, was one the alleged “purely Arab” cities that was actually settled by Jewish tribes first. PBS.org says that Judaism was already established in Median two centuries prior to Muhammad’s birth.
When Muhammad arrived in Medina, he believed the Jewish tribes would help him. Muhammad made a campaign to gain power over the different warring tribes in the area. His campaign made him an enemy to the Jews.
Bernard Lewis writes:
“The city of Medina, some 280 miles north of Mecca, had originally been settled by Jewish tribes from the north, especially the Banu Nadir and Banu Quraiza. The comparative richness of the town attracted an infiltration of pagan Arabs who came at first as clients of the Jews and ultimately succeeded in dominating them. As soon as the Arabs had attained unity through the agency of Muhammad they attacked and ultimately eliminated the Jews.”
According to Guillaume
“At the dawn of Islam the Jews dominated the economic life of the Hijaz [Arabia]. They held all the best land … ; at Medina they must have formed at least half of the population. There was also a Jewish settlement to the north of the Gulf of Aqaba…. What is important is to note that the Jews of the Hijaz made many proselytes [or converts] among the Arab tribesmen.
The first “Palestinian” or Judean refugees — the Jews — had resettled to become prosperous, influential Arabian settlers.
Thus it can readily be seen that Jewish prosperity was a challenge to the Arabs, particularly the Quraysh at Mecca and … [other Arab tribes] at Medina.
The Prophet Muhammad himself was a member of the Quraysh tribe, which coveted the Jews’ bounty, and
when the Muslims took up arms they treated the Jews with much greater severity than the Christians, who, until the end of the purely Arab Caliphate, were not badly treated.6
One of the reasons for “this discrimination” against the Jews is what Guillaurne called “the Quran’s scornful words” regarding the Jews7 The Jews’ development of land and culture was a prime source of booty in the Arabian desert peninsula. Beginning at the time of the Prophet Muhammad and Islam8from the expulsions, depredations, extortion, forced conversions or murder of Jewish Arabians settled in Medina to the mass slaughter of Jews at Khaibar — the precedent was established among Arab-Muslims to expropriate that which belonged to the Jews. Relations between the Prophet Muhammad and the Jews were “never … easy”
It’s no reason why this meme is going viral. It may be touted as a religion of peace, but the history of this religion was that it was founded by a vicious person who did everything to amass power.