Mohammed’s “miracle” at Khaiber was a coverup

I want to begin by saying that God loves all Muslims. I believe that “God is love” (I John 4:8) and that He “is not willing that any should perish and that all come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9). Having said that I am praying tonight that all who read this will believe in Jesus the Son of God for salvation.

I think there is strong evidence that Mohammed’s “miracle” at Khaiber was a coverup to try to hide one of his big blunders. The Islamic sources tell us that Mohammed and his companions ate food sometime after the battle of Khaiber that had been poisoned by a vindictive Jewish woman. Mohammed, according to some sources, took the first bite of food. Afterwards some of his companions started eating as well.

The first person to realize that something was wrong with the food was a man named Bishr Ibn al-Bara Ibn Ma’rur. According to an account from Ibn Sa’d’s Sirah (see below), Bishr did not trust his own judgment but decided to keep eating the food anyway, because he believed that Mohammed, being a prophet, would have known that the food was poisoned and would not have eaten it if there was something wrong.

Eventually, Mohammed did notice that there was something wrong in the food. He spit it out of his mouth claiming that the foreleg he was chewing on had told him that it was poisoned. At this point all the companions stopped eating, but it was too late for poor Bishr. “His color changed to that of a Taylsan” and he died minutes later. Muhammed himself had eaten enough of the poison that those standing around “continued to see the effect of the poison on the palate of the mouth of Allah’s Apostle.” (From Bukhari’s Hadith 3.786).

It is easy to see the coverup here behind Mohammed’s supposed miracle. The supposed revelation from God that the food had been poisoned only came after at least one other person had detected the poison through non-supernatural means. Also, it came to late to save Bishr from a horrible death. He perished because he put his faith in Mohammed as God’s prophet.

Further reading:

When the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, conquered Khaybar and he had peace of mind, Zaynab Bint al-Harith, the brother of Marhab, who was the spouse of Sallam Ibn Mishkam, inquired: Which part of the goat is liked by Muhammad? They said: The foreleg. Then she slaughtered one from her goats and roasted it (the meat). Then she wanted a poison which could not fail. The Jews discussed about poisons and became united on one poison. She poisoned the she-goat putting more poison on the forelegs, and shoulder. When the sun had set and the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, returned after leading the people in Maghrib (sun-set) prayers, she sat by his feet. He asked her about her. She said: O Abu al-Qasim! Here is a present which I wish to offer to you. The Prophet, may Allah bless him, ordered it to be taken. It was served to him and to his Companions who were present and among those who were present was Bishr Ibn al-Bara Ibn Ma’rur. Then the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, said: Come closer and have night meal. The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, took the foreleg, a piece of which he put into his mouth. Bishr Ibn al-Bara took another bone and put it into his mouth. When the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, ate one morsel of it Bishr ate his and other people also ate from it. Then the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, said: Hold back your hands! Because this foreleg; and according to another version, the shoulder of the goat, has informed me that it is poisoned. Thereupon Bishr said: By Him Who hath made you great! I discovered it from the morsel I took. Nothing prevented me from emitting it out, but the idea that I did not like to make your food unrelishing. When you had eaten what was in your mouth, I did not like to save my life after yours, and I also thought you would not have eaten it if there was something wrong. Bishr did not rise from his seat but his color changed to that of taylsan (a green cloth). For a year the pain did not permit him to change his sides but with the help of others and then he expired. According to another version, he died before leaving his seat. He (Ibn Sa’d) said: A peace of it was dropped before a dog who ate it and died (instantaneously) without being able to move its foreleg. The Apostle of Allah sent for Zaynab Bint al-Harith and said to her: What induced you to do what you have done? She replied: You have done to my people what you have done. You have killed my father, my uncle, and my husband, so I said to myself. If you are a prophet, the foreleg will inform you; and others have said: If you are a king we will get rid of you. The Jewess returned as she had come. He (Ibn Sa’d) said: The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, handed her over to the heirs of Bishr Ibn al-Bara who put her to death. (Taken from the Sirah of Ibn Sa’d Volume 2, pages 252-253)

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