|Muslims often complain of “misconceptions” about their religion, yet few seem to know all that much about the true history of Islam and its founder, Muhammad. As a result, the biggest misconceptions about Islam are often those propagated by Muslims themselves.
Here, we refute the contemporary mythology of Muhammad by referring to the earliest and most reliable Muslim historians, who based their writings on those who actually knew their revered prophet.
The historical compilations of Ibn Ishaq (compiled by Ibn Hisham), al-Tabari, Bukhari and Sahih Muslim are greatly respected in the Muslim academic community as a priceless source of biographical information and the details of Islam’s origin and rise to power. These writings also provide the context for the Quran.
The Hadith (traditions), Sira (biography of Muhammad) and the Quran provide the true Islamic counterpart to the Christian Bible and Jewish Torah. The Quran is simply the purported words of Allah arranged in no particular order. It makes little sense outside of the context provided by the other two sources.
Articles posted here will occasionally be revised, and new ones will be added. Readers not familiar with the life of Muhammad may want to approach these myths through our brief article on the history of his life: The Life of Muhammad: An Inconvenient Truth. It has been updated to include most of the links found below, and it will help place these debunked myths into historical context – as it was written from the Muslim point of view.
|Muhammad in Mecca
Muhammad in Medina
Muhammad the Conqueror
Muhammad the Moralist