What was Muhammad?

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What was Muhammad?

The last and greatest prophet of Allah
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7%
A charlatan
5
33%
A schizophrenic
4
27%
A demoniac
0
No votes
Sincere, but misguided
3
20%
Other (specify)
2
13%
 
Total votes: 15

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What was Muhammad?

Post by Abdul Alhazred »

I don't expect there are many devout Muslims here, but I'm interested in a cross section of skeptical opinion.

I voted charlatan.
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Post by ratbag »

I voted 'other'
Muhammad isn't in my culture, So I haven't been exposed to him in the same way as Jeebus.
With Jeebus, I can draw on a wealth of written analysis, images, films, etc. With Muhammad, I can only draw on a few pieces of information gleaned from books and conversation with Muslim friends.
I would say part charlatan, part schizo, part sincere but misguided.
As an atheist, Demoniacs and prophets don't figure in my philosophy
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Post by MRC_Hans »

I voted "Last and greatest prophet of Allah", which he undeniably was.

However, if Allah is a delusion......

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There may at least be some chance of historical evidence for Mohammed's existence. But the tale of Mohammed says clearly that he felt compelled by disembodied voices, and that he ultimately felt he had no choice but to submit to their demands.

The word "submit" (slm) here evidently is also close in connotation to "acquiesce" and is a verb form of the word for "peace". But his biography shows that he made himself a successful warlord in submitting to the demands of the voices in his head. His genius, then, was combining in a single generation the chaotic advertising potential of a Mark, Matthew, Luke, John, et alia, with the military prowess of a Constantine, thus launching an empire which would cross North Africa into Iberia and extend
east onto the Indian subcontinent before fragmenting into more than 50 local principalities.
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The last and greatest prophet of Allah: A sincere, but misguided schizophrenic

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He floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred »

I say charlatan because I don't believe he really heard the voices.
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