MembersThe Jews of Arabia and the Making of Islam, Part 14

Part XIV

By Tsvi Sadan | | Topics: Jews of Arabia
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A’der

A’der means a surprise backstabbing. Mohammed’s next objective is taking control of the city of Khaybar, located some 100 miles from the city of Medina. In preparation, he gathers his commanders and tells them: “If you see a Jewish leader, kill him.” Anytime, anywhere. Nothing can be clearer. Verses from heaven poured upon the heads of the Jews like heavy rain have created the desired mood for genocide.

The attack on Khaybar is planned for the year of 628. Until that appointed time, Mohammed sends assassins that will shake and dwindle the Jewish leadership. His first target is the famous Jewish Huqayq family of Khybar. Khuaysla, the food merchant from the Hazraj tribe, who for many years have been doing business with Pinhas ibn Huqayq, plans to carry out the wish of his new prophet.

Khuaysla orders goods from Pinhas, who embarks on a 10-day caravan journey to meet his colleague. Instead of finding Khusayla waiting in a tent filled with refreshment, Pinhas hears the scream “Allahu Akbar,” and then nothing. His throat is...

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