Explanation of Hadith Sahih al-Bukhari 3031 about the assissnation of Jewish Ka‘b bin Al-Ashraf
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
Lessons learned from the incident of the assassination of the enemy of Islam the Jewish Ka‘b bin Al-Ashraf
Ka ‘b bin Al-Ashraf was Jewish Poet who incited insurrection or mutiny against Islam and Muslims, by being a mouthpiece for the hostile Jewish people at Medina/Madinah, he used his poem as a tool to inciting terrorism, hatred, to encourage enemies of Islam to kill Muslim, not that only but also he wrote poem of sexual nature depicting Muslim women.
In other words, he was a national security to the first state of Islam led by Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him and Muslim. Now, what do you expect of Muslims to do to defend the new Muslim community in Medina/Madinah?
Would you expect that Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him to send him a bunch of flowers as a reward to that Ka‘b bin Al-Ashraf who was committing betrayal to the peace accord between Muslims and the Jews and committing national security crimes of the highest degree?
Death penalty is the punishment for those who betray peace and incite mass murdering of Muslims even by words. Anyone who collaborate of the enemy and encourage them to attack and kill Muslims is treated EXACTLY, the same as other enemies of Islam who are carrying swords or gun to kill Muslims.
In today’s legal terms, Ka‘b bin Al-Ashraf would be charged with being accessory to the planning of premeditated mass murders of Muslims old and young, men and women. That is who Prophet Muhammed as the supreme leader of the
State of Islam in Medina/Madinah had to make a strategic decision to eliminate that imminent danger before the gathering of all enemies of Islam such as the Arab pagans along with the hostile Jews.
The companions of the prophet had to catch that criminal to STOP his black Islamophobic propaganda against Muslims and Muslim children. ANYONE who supports the Enemies of Islam is AN ENEMY of Islam and BOTH are treated THE SAME.
A non-Muslim might jump and ask, how can Prophet Muhammed and Muslims migrate to Medina/Madinah
Some of the reasons behind choosing Medina/Madinah to migrate to:
1) Order from Almighty Allah to migrate to Medina/Madinah.
2) Prophet Muhammed’s uncles to his mother’s side, are from Medina/Madinah and owned houses, lands etc, they invited him.
3) New Muslims from Al-Aws and Al-Khazraj tribes.
The migration to Medina/Madinah from Mecca, also called ‘Hijrah’, is specific to Prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon him) and his followers. As the number of people embracing Islam steadily increased, so did the opposition and persecution from the Arab Pagan polytheists=Makkan tribes. Concerned about the safety of the new Muslims.
The Prophet sent some of them to Ethiopia= Abyssinia, where the Christian ruler, Armah =An-Najashi, warmly received and offered his protection to them.
However, the abuse and torture continued in Makkah and reached a point, where the Prophet ordered more of his followers to set off to the town of ‘Yathrib’, which was later named ‘Al Madinah’, meaning ‘The City’.
The Prophet, however, did not join the emigrants but awaited divine permission from Allah. Once granted, he set off, being accompanied by his closest friend, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, to join the emigrants in Madinah.
The Muslims who made the Hijrah were called the ‘Muhajirun’ or the ‘Emigrants’- while those already residing in Medina, who later became Muslims, were called the ‘Ansar’ or ‘Helpers’.
The people of Madinah were so pleased with the Prophet and Islam that they asked him to stay permanently with them and make Madinah his home, which he graciously agreed.
Furthermore, the people of Madinah shared their homes and wealth with the migrants, and the Prophet united them with brotherhood.
Thus, began the Islamic civilization, and the establishment of the Muslim state, which gradually spread to Persia, Egypt, and other parts of the world.Allah knows Best.
Almighty Allah is the highest and most knowledgeable, and the attribution of knowledge to him is the safest.
Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan
Prepared by Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
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