According to Hindol Sengupta, the Editor-at-Large at Fortune India, Taliban spokesman Muhammad Khorasani has justified the Peshawar jihad massacre by likening it to Muhammad’s massacre of the Jewish Qurayzah tribe.
Khorasani says: “The Mujahideen were instructed to only kill the older children. The Peshawar attack is in complete accordance with the Prophet’s teachings because when the Prophet killed the Jewish Tribe of Banu Qurayza, he put the same guideline, that only the children who have hair below their belly button (pubic hair) are allowed to be killed. Killing of women and children is also in accordance with the teachings of the Prophet. Those who object to this claim can refer to Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Hadith 148.”
Sahih Bukhari volume 5, hadith 148 says this: “Narrated by Abu Said Al-Khudri: Some people (i.e. the Jews of Bani bin Quraiza) agreed to accept the verdict of Sad bin Muadh so the Prophet sent for him (i.e. Sad bin Muadh). He came riding a donkey, and when he approached the Mosque, the Prophet said, “Get up for the best amongst you.” or said, “Get up for your chief.” Then the Prophet said, “O Sad! These people have agreed to accept your verdict.” Sad said, “I judge that their warriors should be killed and their children and women should be taken as captives.” The Prophet said, “You have given a judgment similar to Allah’s Judgment (or the King’s judgment).”
And his statement about pubic hair comes from this: “Narrated Atiyyah al-Qurazi: I was among the captives of Banu Qurayza. They (the Companions) examined us, and those who had begun to grow hair (pubes) were killed, and those who had not were not killed. I was among those who had not grown hair. (Sunan Abu Dawood 38:4390)
If this statement by Muhammad Khorasani is authentic, then Hindol Sengupta is absolutely right: this is the problem in a nutshell. For Western leaders continue to insist that Islamic jihad terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. Jihad terrorists, meanwhile, consistently and frequently invoke the Qur’an and Muhammad to justify their actions. When counter-jihadists point this out, they’re denounced as racist, bigoted “Islamophobes” and accused of “validating” the terrorists’ narrative. What we don’t see is any significant effort to refute that narrative on Islamic grounds. Instead, Islamic apologists such as Reza Aslan and Qasim Rashid crank out pieces claiming that massacres like this one have nothing to do with Islam, while ignoring altogether the passages Khorasani invokes to justify such massacres.
And so there will be more jihad massacres, and again they will be justified by their perpetrators on Islamic grounds, and again any call for serious reform and a genuine attempt to address this problem will be denounced as “Islamophobia.”
(Thanks to Ravi)