Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims

Was Prophet Muhammad a Sin-free Man?

Allah told the Prophet of Islam [Quran 6:106]:

Follow what thou art taught by inspiration from the Lord: There is no god but He: And turn aside from those who join gods with Allah.

There are many more admonitions in the Quran through which, Allah asked Muhammad to follow what He sent him through inspiration, but if he did what he was forbidden to do, he would be among those who lost their faith and subject to the punishment of Hell in his next life. One thing, out of many, Allah asked him not to do was this [Quran 2:222]:

They ask thee concerning women’s courses. Say: They are a hurt and a pollution: So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until they are clean. But when they have purified themselves, ye may approach them in any manner, time, or place ordained by Allah. For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.]

E. H. Palmer’s English rendering of verse 2:222 is clearer than Yusuf Ali’s, and it reads:

They will ask thee about menstruation: say, 'It is a hurt.' So keep apart from women in their menstruation, and go not near them till they be cleansed; but when they are cleansed come in to them by where God has ordered you; verily, God loves those who turn to Him, and those who keep themselves clean.

Clearly, Allah considered menstruation to be a contagious disease due to which reason, He asked Muslim men not to go near the menstruating women until they became clean, lest they, too, became infected by this disease of women. It is a clear prohibition from Allah, and whoever violates it will find himself in the fire of Hell on the Day of Judgment. As it is clear, this prohibition also applied to the Prophet of Islam.

Did the Prophet live by this prohibition? Apparently, he did not, and this Sahih Hadith testifies to this fact home:

Volume 1, Book 6, Number 300:

Narrated Maimuna:
Whenever Allah's Apostle wanted to fondle any of his wives during the periods (menses), he used to ask her to wear an Izar.

Not only that the Prophet fondled his menstruating wives, thus violating Allah’s clear commandment, he also recited the Quran, while leaning on their laps. This is evident from the following Sahih Hadith:

Volume 1, Book 6, Number 296:

Narrated 'Aisha:

The Prophet used to lean on my lap and recite Quran while I was in menses.

It is clear to me from the above two Hadiths that Muhammad intentionally and knowingly violated Allah’s commandment – a sin that is punishable with the fire of Hell. This being the fact, my questions are:

  • should Muslims defend such a sinful man as Muhammad was, and lay down their lives for his sake?
  • will Allah forgive him, even if all Muslims keep on saying [Peace be upon him] for zillions of years?

Muhammad Asghar has contributed in Beyond Jihad — Critical Voices from Inside Islam. He is the author of e-book: Muhammad & Islam — Stories not told before