But for this post, we'll simply take a look at a Quranic verse that briefly mentions Muhammad's slaughter of the Banu Qurayza tribe.
EW: One thing that strikes me about Muhammad's life is that he most certainly did have people killed and took some of those he defeated as captives.
Dr. Naik: Well, you must understand that Muhammad only did this very, very infrequently, and when his army was forced to kill others, they did it very mercifully.
EW: Fair enough, but I'd like us to take a look at a verse from the Quran:
33:26- And He brought those of the People of the Scripture who supported them down from their strongholds, and cast panic into their hearts. Some ye slew, and ye made captive some
This verse clearly tells us that on at least one occassion, Muhammad and his followers killed people and "made captive" of others. Why do you personally believe Muhammad and his followers had people killed and took some for slaves?
Dr. Naik: What you have to understand is that the enemies of Muhammad were very strong and very powerful. Muhammad and his followers were few, so in order to protect themselves, it was sometimes necessary for them to take the lives of others in battle. But they only killed others in battle, and even when this occurred, the total number of fatalities was very few.
EW: That's a nice answer, but here's what I don't understand: Muhammad was God's last, true prophet, right? And the god Muhammad followed was an all-knowing, all-powerful god, right?
Dr. Naik: Yes, that's correct.
EW: Alright, so certainly, Muhammad knew that Islam was God's true plan, and Muhammad also knew that his god could provide for all his needs.
Since Islam was God's true plan and he knew that God could provide for all his needs, why did he and his followers feel the need to slay their enemies?
Obviously, Muhammad knew that no man could possibly stop God's plan. So had Muhammad chosen, he could have pardoned his enemies, told them of God's truth, and allowed them to go on their way. Yet for some reason, he instead decided to slay his enemies. Why, in your personal opinion, did Muhammad slay his enemies instead of pardoning them and telling them of God's truth?
Dr. Naik: (In all likelihood, he'll attempt to emphasize how dangerous the other tribes were to Muhammad's weak, poor army).
*If he does this, once again emphasize the fact that Islam is God's true plan, and if God is for it, no man can possibly oppose it, and that if God wants to keep Muhammad and his followers safe (and if Islam is true, then of course God does), then God would not allow them to come to harm.
Also, it could be good to press the issue of captives.
EW: I'd also like to take a look at the second part of 33:26-And He brought those of the People of the Scripture who supported them down from their strongholds, and cast panic into their hearts. Some ye slew, and ye made captive some
I don't really understand why Muhammad and his followers "made captives of some". Certainly, the god Muhammad followed was all-powerful. Muhammad's god could have easily provided anything Muhammad and his followers needed. Since this is the case, I can't really understand why Muhammad felt the need to "make captives" of some of those whom he defeated in battle.
Since Muhammad's god could have provided everything he needed, why, in your personal opinion, did Muhammad's god choose to tell Muhammad to make slaves of men instead of simply providing everything they needed?
Dr. Naik: (Not sure how he attempts to get out of this one. My guess is that he'll try to say man isn't to question God's plan. If he takes that route, be sure not to let him off hook and demand an answer).