Mohammed was born around AD 570, in the town of Mecca in the Arabian Peninsula where Saudi Arabia is located today. The desert environment was harsh and the region was relatively isolated from the rest of the world.

Many religions were present in the region including Christianity and Judaism. Even the biblical queen of Sheba came from the area.  Ongoing tribal warfare was prevalent along with the belief in supernatural beings, angels, demons and mystical creatures called JINNS.

Europe and parts of the middle east were entering the dark ages, the chaotic years after the fall of the Roman empire. As Europe began moving toward the Renaissance, the Arabs on the Arabian Penninsula seemed frozen in the seventh century.

The boy Mohammed’s mother had given him to a nurse to raise for the first 3 to 4 years after he was born.  He suffered repeated tragedies as his mother, father and a grandfather died leaving him to be raised by his uncle.  He entered into frequent trances which one of his nurses attributed to demon possession.

MUHAMMAD WAS ILLITERATE
Muslims believe Mohammad received no formal education and he was illiterate, unable to read or write.

A wealthy widow named Khadija, who was 15 years his senior, arranged for Muhammad to marry her.  He worked as his wife’s employee traveling throughout the Arabian region.  In his position as the business manager, he encountered many Jews and Christians and learned of heir religions and culture.

MUHAMMAD WAS INFLUENCED BY DEMONS or “JINNS”
Even by the age of 40, Muhammad was still experiencing trances.  It was during this time he claimed his most powerful revelation.  In it, he asserted that a being grasped him so tightly that he thought he would die.  Then the being gave him a forceful message, which experience Muhammad attributed to a JINN (evil spirit).  Subsequently, Muhammad shared the experience he had with his wife and later her cousin, Waraqa.

MUHAMMAD’S “VISION” WAS VALIDATED BY A WOMAN WHEN ACCORDING TO ISLAM, THE TESTIMONY OF A WOMAN IS ONLY HALF AS VALID AS THE TESTIMONY OF A MAN
When Waraqa, who belonged to a sect of Christianity grasped the meaning of what he had been told, he said perhaps Muhammad had been visited by a messenger of God because that is what happened to Moses who received the great law.  Therefore, according to Waraqa, Muhammad was to be considered the new prophet for this people.

How was this spiritual experience validated? His middle-aged wife gave him a four-part test.

She asked him if he saw a being in the room and Muhammad answered in the affirmative.

His wife then said “sit on my left thigh.  Do you see the being now?”  “Yes” he answered, “sit on my right thigh.  Do you see the being now?”  “Yes” he answered,  “sit on my lap thigh.  Do you see the being now?”  “Yes” he answered.

At this point Khadija uncovered herself and said “do you see the being now?”  “No” answered Muhammad, “it has vanished.”  At this point, Khadija says “this must be an angel because he would not look on an uncovered female.”

On the strength of this “extraordinary” test, Muhammad’s revelation  was validated.

ISLAM WAS FOUNDED ON MUHAMMAD’S ENCOUNTER WITH A DEMON AND VALIDATED BY HIS WIFE.
It is astounding to believe that an entire worldwide religious movement was founded on this, and only this, so-called “evidence.”  This “validation” can be considred remarkable because, according to Islam, the testimony of a woman is only half as valid as that of a man.  Therefore, Islam is only validated by the testimony of a woman.

MUHAMMAD TELLS JEWS AND CHRISTIANS HE IS A PROPHET OF GOD AND GETS RUN OUT OF TOWN
Encouraged by his wife, Muhammad began to share his revelation with the inhabitants of Mecca in AD 610.  He told them Allah alone was god and Muhammad was his prophet.  He met with nothing but disbelief.  In addition, the mystery surrounding his parentage led to humiliation at the hands of his peers.  They asked him to perform miracles so they could believe in him.  However, he was unable to perform the requested miracles.  They tried to kill him.  Muhammad ran for his life toward the town of Yathrib (270 miles from Mecca), which name he later changed to Medina.  This journey has become known as The Higira (Hijrah), the beginning of the Islamic calendar.

When he arrived in Medina, his followers grew in number.  They were joined by a band of mercenaries.  Together they began to raid caravans to finance his operations.  He took plunder and captives to be used as slaves or for ransom.

At the beginning of his teaching, Muhammad asserted that his followers should pray toward Jerusalem and should revere Moses as a great prophet.  Much of his early teachings bear a striking resemblance to narratives taken from the Old Testament that Muhammad had undoubtedly heard from the Jews.  This is why some religious scholars actually maintain that Islam is nothing more than a Christian heresy.

MUHAMMAD RESORTS TO MURDER, PILLAGE AND DESTRUCTION OF THOSE WHO REFUSED TO FOLLOW HIM
The Jews in Medina refused to accept Muhammad as either a prophet or a messenger of God.  They refused to follow him.  Stung by this rejection, Muhammad transformed his message and his methods. He began to use FORCE to accomplish his mission by subduing or slaughtering those who opposed him.  He and his troops mercilessly slaughtered or evicted all of the Jewish tribes.  He took mot of the Jewish women as concubines for his troops, saving some beautiful. women as concubines for himself.  This marked a shifting of his theology from one of peace, to one of violence.  Muslims today justify the shift in their writings by what they call the “Doctrine of Abrogation”  From this moment on, Muhammad proclaims Mecca as the religious center for his followers, not Jerusalem.

Mecca was a city given to idol worship but seemed ripe for conquest.  So Muhammad led his army of fierce warriors to Mecca where he began a reign of pillage and slaughter.  By the time he reached Mecca, his army had swollen to 10,000 men, the recruitment being fueled by the basic instincts of the desert warriors — sexual lust and greed.  There was to be financial plunder and wanton sex to the victorious warrior.

MUHAMMAD’S 6 YEAR OLD WIFE
The extent of the sexual appetite was clearly revealed during Muhammad’s early life in Meca when his eyes fastened on a sweet girl 6 years of age named Aisha, the daughter of one of this best friends who became the first Caliph after Muhammad’s death.  Muhammad took her to be his wife.  When she was 9 and he was 54, he consummated the union sexually.  From that time on, Aisha became his favorite among a harem of 11 official wives.  The number 11 obviously does not encompass the captive women who, as slaves, were not couned as wives or concubines.

Books have been written about the Islamic treatment of women.  Suffice it to say, the roots of thse attitudes began in the conduct of Muhammad and his followers in Medina and Mecca.