The Medina Myth

20 May

by A. Freeman, contributing writer

According to the “Islamic tradition” (hadith), Muhammad and his followers journeyed from Mecca (which doesn’t appear on any map of the Arabian peninsula until the 10th century AD) to Medina during a 12-day “hijra” (migration), c. 622 AD. But is any of that true?

One retelling of the fabled migration to Medina, “which marked the greatest moment in the history of Islam”, may be found at the following link:-

The Hijrah – The Emigration of the Prophet from Mecca to Medina

There are currently three (3) references to the proper noun “Medina” in most translations of the Koran/Quran (with some translations parenthetically adding more), none of which directly mention any of the details found in the story linked above. Please find them below:

Sura 9:101. Certain of the desert Arabs round about you are hypocrites, as well as (desert Arabs) among the Medina folk: they are obstinate in hypocrisy: thou knowest them not: We know them: twice shall We punish them: and in addition shall they be sent to a grievous Penalty.

Sura 9:120. It was not fitting for the people of Medina and the Bedouin Arabs of the neighbourhood, to refuse to follow “I AM”‘s Messenger, nor to prefer their own lives to his: because nothing could they suffer or do, but was reckoned to their credit as a deed of righteousness,- whether they suffered thirst, or fatigue, or hunger, in the Cause of “I AM”, or trod paths to raise the ire of the Unbelievers, or received any injury whatever from an enemy: for “I AM” suffereth not the reward to be lost of those who do good;-

Sura 63:8. They say, “If we return to Medina, surely the more honourable (element) will expel therefrom the meaner.” But honour belongs to “I AM” and His Messenger, and to the Believers; but the Hypocrites know not.

Looking at each occurrence individually in the allegedly original Arabic (m-d-n), the triliteral root mīm dāl nūn (م د ن) occurs 17 times in the Quran, in two derived forms:

  • three times as the noun madāin (مَدَآئِن)
  • 14 times as the nominal madīnat (مَدِينَة)

Source: corpus.quran.com

So the very same word which is usually translated as “the city” is randomly translated as “the Medina” 3 out of 14 times (Sura 9:101, 120 and 63:8)? Was this intentional mistranslation a shameless attempt to invent the Mecca-Medina “migration” myth?

The Roman Catholic church (RCC) did the same thing with the Hebrew name “David” in Ezekiel 34:23 and Ezekiel 37:24-25. David means “Well-Beloved” in English. Leaving that word untranslated renders those verses nonsensical, as David had already been dead for hundreds of years when those passages were given to Ezekiel to write.

Did a city named Medina even exist during Muhammad’s lifetime? No. Pretending Medina had some ancient, alternate name is an overt admission of that fact. And who refers to the name of a city as “the New York” or “the London”? Shouldn’t the exact same word be translated exactly the same way every time?

Stating that someone is “of the city” (i.e. from an urban area) to distinguish them from someone who is not of the city (i.e. from a rural area, whether that be countryside, desert wilderness, or jungle, etc.), is a common practice. The verses also make much more sense when they are correctly translated.

Sura 9:101. Certain of the desert Arabs round about you are hypocrites, as well as (desert Arabs) among the city folk: they are obstinate in hypocrisy: thou knowest them not: We know them: twice shall We punish them: and in addition shall they be sent to a grievous Penalty.

Sura 9:120. It was not fitting for the people of the city and the Arabs of the neighbourhood, to refuse to follow “I AM”‘s Messenger, nor to prefer their own lives to his: because nothing could they suffer or do, but was reckoned to their credit as a deed of righteousness,- whether they suffered thirst, or fatigue, or hunger, in the Cause of “I AM”, or trod paths to raise the ire of the Unbelievers, or received any injury whatever from an enemy: for “I AM” suffereth not the reward to be lost of those who do good;-

Sura 63:8. They say, “If we return to the City*, surely the more honourable (element) will expel therefrom the meaner.” But honour belongs to “I AM” and His Messenger, and to the Believers; but the Hypocrites know not.

*Note: in context,the City referenced in Sura 63:8 appears to be Jerusalem (Sura 2:126, Sura 6:92, Sura 42:7, Sura 90:1)

Please also note well: Yathrib” (Ethrib in the original Syriac) is NOT some ancient, alternate name for Medina, as the totally fabricated and self-contradictory hadith falsely claims. Yathrib/Ethrib refers to a tribe of people – specifically the Israelite tribe of Ephraim – rather than to a city that conveniently was named “the city”.

The infamous “Yathrib was renamed Medina by Muhammad when he moved there” fable was invented during the Abbasid dynasty (750-900 AD) in Baghdad (Babylon), when the entire collection of hadiths and the sira (seerah) were fabricated, as well as the Arabic language, to promote the newly minted organized religion now known as “Islam”.

The Arab empire, having witnessed the great consolidating power wielded by the Roman empire through its spread of “Christianity” (Roman Catholicism), needed their own Arab-specific organized religion to rival Rome. Of course that required a massive dose of historical revisionism, with new “holy” cities, temples, and pilgrimage sites, along with volumes of made up stories and traditions to try to tie it all together in an entertaining, “Arabizing” kind of way. The barren, uninhabited desert sands in the Hijaz provided just the clean slate the Arab empire needed to build the fictional foundation for “Islam”.

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Therefore, in actual fact, there isn’t one single mention of “the Medina” – or of the city of Mecca – found anywhere in the Koran (Quran), either directly or by implication.

Which means there are NO Meccan nor Medinan Surahs

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The reason the Medina myth is so desperately needed in the organized religion that deceitfully refers to itself as “Islam” is that without it, the references to “the Prophet” traveling with his fellow emigrants (muhajirs) and helpers (ansar), during their 40-year migration to the land God and His Messenger (Exodus 3:2, Rev. 1:1, Sura 4:157, Sura 7:158) promised them, would be immediately recognized as Moses and the Israelites during the EXODUS from Egypt to the Promised Land. Of course, in turn, the totally fabricated hadith and sira (seerah) would be dealt yet another death blow.

Sura 33:22. When the Believers (Joshua and Caleb – Num. 14:6-9) saw the Confederate forces (Num. 13:25-33), they said: “This is what “I AM” and His Messenger had promised us (the Promised LandGen. 12:7, 13:14-16, 15:7, 18-21, 17:7-8, 26:2-5, 50:24, Exod. 6:6-9, Lev. 20:24, Num. 27:12, Deut. 6:10-13), and “I AM” and His Messenger told us what was true.” And it only added to their faith and their zeal in obedience.

Once it’s correctly understood that neither Mecca nor Medina existed during the lifetime of Muhammad, it logically follows any reference to a Prophet leading a mass migration could not possibly be referring to Muhammad, Mecca or Medina.

The Koran/Quran repeatedly tells us it was sent to CONFIRM what came before it in the Bible (see: Sura 2:97-98, 3:1-3, 4:47, 5:51, 6:92-94, 6:154-157, 10:37, 12:111, 22:52, 35:31, 46:12, 61:6-7), which should motivate readers to logically seek explanations for the events described in the Koran from within the Old Covenant and New Covenant, rather than from the satanic “Islamic traditions” (Matt. 15:3, 9).

Removing the veil of Arab storytelling that dominates “Islam”, and applying this simple logic reveals easy-to-understand answers (Sura 54:17) to mysteries in the Koran that have baffled the so-called experts and scholars for centuries. For example, what about the Prophet, Emigrants and Helpers, and the three that were mercifully left behind in Sura 9:117-118?

Sura 9:117-118
9:117. “I AM” turned with favour to the Prophet (Moses), the Muhajirs (Emigrants), and the Ansar (Helpers – Num. 11:16-17),- who followed him in a time of distress, after that the hearts of a part of them had nearly swerved (from duty); but He turned to them (also): for He is unto them Most Kind, Most Merciful.
9:118. (He turned in mercy also) to the three who were left behind (Bezer, Ramoth and GolanDeut. 4:41-43); (the slayers felt guilty) to such a degree that the Earth seemed constrained to them, for all its spaciousness, and their (very) Souls (Beings) seemed straitened to them,- and they perceived that there is no fleeing from “I AM” (and no refuge) but to Himself. Then He turned to them, that they might repent: for “I AM” is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.

Numbers 11:16-17 – the helpers (ansar)
11:16 And the “I AM” said unto Moses, Gather unto Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the Tabernacle of the Congregation, that they may stand there with thee.
11:17 And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which [is] upon thee, and will put [it] upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people WITH THEE, that thou bear [it] not thyself alone.

Deuteronomy 4:41-43 – the three left behind
4:41 Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sunrising [East];
4:42 That the slayer might flee there, which should kill his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:
4:43 [Namely], Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, of the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites.

(see also Numbers 35:9-29)

(Romanized) Arabic              translated into English

wal-muhājirīna                     and the emigrants

wal-anṣāri                             and the helpers

Source: corpus.quran.com

Could it be any more obvious that the referenced Prophet is Moses? It was by God’s Command that the 70 “helpers” were gathered from among the emigrants, to help Moses bear the burden of administering God’s Statutes, Judgments and Commandments to millions of emigrants, during their 40-year migration from Egypt to the Promised Land.

Nothing about the alleged 12-day migration of Muhammad and a couple of close friends can withstand even the most basic level of scrutiny, particularly when it’s correctly understood that there is zero scriptural, historical or archaeological evidence for any of it.

Who are the “Quraish”? They certainly are not some ancient, Arab tribe no one ever heard of, from a town that didn’t exist. Nor were they fighting against Muhammad who, according to the evidence in the Koran/Quran, was living near the Dead Sea.

There are many similar details about the exodus and the Prophet Moses (Sura 19:51) throughout Sura 33, as he led the Israelites and a mixed multitude (Exodus 12:37-38) through the desert wilderness, protected by God and His Angels against Pharoah and his army, and later against the Confederate forces that occupied Canaan (Numbers 13:27-29).

Sura 33:6. The Prophet (Moses) is closer to the Believers than their own “selves”, and his wives are their mothers**. Blood-relations among each other have closer personal ties, in the Decree of “I AM”, than (the Brotherhood of) Believers and EMIGRANTS: nevertheless do ye what is just to your neighbours (Lev. 19:18 , Mark 12:31): such is the writing in the Decree (of “I AM”).

**Note: If Muhammad is NOT the father of ANY of your men (Sura 33:40), then how could his wives be the mothers of the Brotherhood of Believers? Clearly Sura 33:6 cannot be referring to Muhammad. Is it not obvious that it instead is referring to Moses and his TWO wives (the Midianite Zipporah, and the Ethiopian woman – Exod. 2:21, Num. 12:1, Sura 66:1-4)?

Sura 33 confirms multiple events from the Exodus in detail, based on the Biblical record found in Exodus 14, Numbers 1-3, Numbers 12-14 and Psalm 78, where the Prophet is indeed Moses, leading the Israelite emigrants through the midst of the Red Sea at God’s Command and with God’s Help and Protection (exactly as described in Exodus 14), and on through the wilderness of Sin, to the Promised Land. An in-depth study of Sura 33 with the above in mind should be eye-opening, recognizing some of the terms have been left untranslated and/or have been intentionally mistranslated, to promote the hadith-driven Medina myth among numerous other make-believe stories fraudulently attributed to Muhammad.

The answers to ALL of mankind’s problems, sicknesses and confusion are found in The Law that God gave us via His Prophet/Servant Moses on Mt. Horeb in Sinai. Remember? That is the core message that God has repeatedly sent down through the ages via His Angels, His Apostles/Messengers and His Prophets, as recorded throughout the Old Covenant, New Covenant and Koran (Sura 9:107-111).

Within that message coming down from God out of heaven there is SALVATION and The City (l-madīnati) of Light to which the final exodus/migration and gathering will be.

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the Holy City, “New Jerusalem”, coming DOWN from God OUT OF HEAVEN, prepared as a Bride adorned for her husband.

Revelation 21:22-23
21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb (His Messenger) are The Temple of it.
21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the Light thereof.

This is The Straight Way home (John 17:3, Sura 46:30). All other roads lead to The Fire.

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