Islamic Doctrine: The Trilogy of Islam’s Foundational Texts

Islam/Mohammed/Qur’an, The Hadiths, and Sira Wonder why terrorist attacks by Islamists have escalated on Obama’s watch globally, and finally come home.

They need look no further than the ostrich-like denials by the commander-in-chief, or his swift pivots when talking about heinous Muslim actions and every word that comes from Islam today starts with the Mohammed’s perfect example In Mecca, he presented himself as a prophet in the line of Jewish prophets. However, the Koran also talks about Judgment Day, a Christian concept. In essence Islam is both a Christian and Jewish heresy. 

Volume 9, Book 93, Number 625  Narrated Ibn Mas’ud A man asked the Prophet “What deeds are the best?” The Prophet said: (1) To perform the (daily compulsory) prayers at their (early) stated fixed times, (2) To be good and dutiful to one’s own parents. (3) and to participate in Jihad in Allah’s Cause.” Volume 8, Book 73, Number 3  Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr A man said to the Prophet, “Shall I participate in Jihad?” The Prophet said, “Are your parents living?” The man said, “Yes.” the Prophet said, “Do Jihad for their benefit.” 

Volume 8, Book 73, Number 1  Narrated Al-Walid bin ‘Aizar I heard Abi Amr ‘Ash-Shaibani saying, “The owner of this house.” he pointed to ‘Abdullah’s house, “said, ‘I asked the Prophet ‘Which deed is loved most by Allah?” He replied, ‘To offer prayers at their early (very first) stated times.’ ” ‘Abdullah asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” The Prophet said, “To be good and dutiful to one’s parents,” ‘Abdullah asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” The Prophet said, To participate in Jihad for Allah’s Cause.” ‘Abdullah added, “The Prophet narrated to me these three things, and if I had asked more, he would have told me more.” 

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 248  Narrated Abdullah bin ‘Amr A man came to the Prophet asking his permission to take part in Jihad. The Prophet asked him, “Are your parents alive?” He replied in the affirmative. The Prophet said to him, “Then exert yourself in their service.” These men prefer to become murderers who commit femicide than responsible fathers.’ 

Volume 8, Book 73, Number 1  Narrated Al-Walid bin ‘Aizar I heard Abi Amr ‘Ash-Shaibani saying, “The owner of this house.” he pointed to ‘Abdullah’s house, “said, ‘I asked the Prophet ‘Which deed is loved most by Allah?” He replied, ‘To offer prayers at their early (very first) stated times.’ ” ‘Abdullah asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” The Prophet said, “To be good and dutiful to one’s parents,” ‘Abdullah asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” The Prophet said, To participate in Jihad for Allah’s Cause.”

Volume 1, Book 2, Number 25 Allah’s Apostle was asked, “What is the best deed?” He replied, “To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad). The questioner then asked, “What is the next (in goodness)? He replied, “To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s Cause.” Volume 1, Book 10, Number 505  Narrated ‘Abdullah I asked the Prophet “Which deed is the dearest to Allah?” He replied, “To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times.” I asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied, “To be good and dutiful to your parents” I again asked, “What is the next (in goodness)? “He replied, ‘To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s cause.” 

To study the Political Ideology of Islam don’t ask a “Scholar” of Islam, but if you must, since the writings of Hassan al-Banna, Ibn Ishaq, Ibn al-Qayyim, Sayyid Abdul ala Maududi, there has been one Islamic scholar that most in the Islamic world turn to, Sayyid Qutb the author of 24 books including his magnum opus, Fi Zilal al-Quran ( in the shade of the Quran) a 30 volume commentary on the Quran. 

To study Islam you have to know it’s 3 texts. The Qur’an, Hadiths, and the Sira. Quran: 152,006 words while Hadith: Bukhari has 645,745 words Sira: has 3 divisions. There is Mohammed’s life of Life as a prophet and auxiliary material that precedes his prophet-ship the events following his death. The 3rd element is Hisham’s notes. we have the precise word count for Mohammed’s Prophet-Hood, scanned from Guillaume’s “The Life of Mohammed,” it’s 579 pages and has a Word-Count of 274,838 words. In Total, the Trilogy of Islamic texts that contain the doctrines of Islam, The Qur’an, Hadiths, and the Sira have a word count of 1,072,589 words . Percentages. the Hadith makes up 60%, the Sira 26%, and the Qur’an comes in at 14%. 

Before I go on, understand that there is Mohammed of Mecca and Mohammed of Medina. Mohammed of Mecca converted roughly 100-150, mostly family members. After 13 years of bashing every other religion in Mecca Mohammed was asked/Forced to leave Mecca – Ishaq 759 [Mohammed’s official biography].

On the occasion of Khaybar, Mohammed put forth new orders about forcing sex with captive women. If the woman was pregnant she was not to be used for sex until after the birth of the child. Nor were any women to be used for sex who were unclean with regard to Muslim laws about menstruation. 

Christians and Jews are infidels, but infidels are kafirs, too. Polytheists are Hindus, but they are also kafirs. The terms infidel and polytheist are religious words. Only the word “kafir” shows the common political treatment of Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, animist, atheist and humanist. The word kafir should be used instead of “unbeliever”, the standard word. Unbeliever is a neutral term. The Koran defines the kafir and kafir is not a neutral word. A kafir is not merely someone who does not agree with Islam, but a kafir is evil, disgusting, the lowest form of life. Kafirs can be tortured, killed, lied to and cheated. So the usual word “unbeliever” does not reflect the political reality of Islam The question must be asked: what peace are we talking about? Islamic peace. How does Islamic peace come about? Islamic peace comes after jihad and the victory of Islam. Peace is one of those words that everyone considers to be universally good, but peace is what losers (kafirs) get, while winners (Muslims) get victory. Islamic peace is all about the victory over the kafirs. Islamic peace changes a free man into a slave of Allah. 

We should examine the meaning of all words Muslims use, since Islam does not share a common ground of civilization with us. Islam twists all of the kafir words. To find out what “peacemaker” means we have to go to Mohammed. Mohammed was an Islamic peacemaker. In the last 9 years of his life, he was involved in an event of violence on the average of every 6 weeks. Every single neighbor of Mohammed experienced his peacemaking. Take the Jews of Khaybar, for instance. They were going about their lives when the army of Mohammed showed up. It took the murder, rape, theft, torture and becoming semi-slaves before the Jews experienced the peace of Mohammed. Once they submitted to Islam as dhimmis and agreed to live under Sharia law and give him half of what they earned, the jizyah (the dhimmi tax), they were left to live in peace. This is the peace of Islam. 

As long as Mohammed merely preached the religion of Islam in Mecca, he was a failure. Very few people were interested in the religion of Islam. It was only in Medina where he became a warlord that Islam succeeded, and he became a peacemaker. The natural state of Islam in relation to kafirs is jihad, not peace. If we want to discover peace in Sharia law, we must look under the general heading of jihad to find the subject of “truce”. We learn that Muslims are not to call for a truce as long as they are winning. When Islam offers peace, it means that they are losing and need to gain time to prepare for the next jihad. Jihad is not holy war. He is right. 

When you examine the hadiths about jihad in Bukhari, about 2% of them can be construed as jihad is an inner struggle. However, the other 98% of the jihad hadiths are about killing kafirs until the rest submit to Islam. Today Greek Christians are 0.3% of Turkey. They’ve experienced the peace of Islam-annihilation Totalitarianism is a political doctrine that seeks to control all aspects of a society, its economy, its laws and government, its culture. 

Islam is a complete way of life, a total civilization, not just a religion. It is also a culture and a political system of Sharia laws which establish its supremacy. There is no aspect of personal and public life that is not included in the Sharia. Not just Muslims but all people must submit to the Sharia. 


The very name, Islam, means to submit, submit to Mohammed and the Koran in all things: religious, political and cultural. Mohammed practiced totalitarianism. All people around him had to submit to his demands. Both the Koran and Mohammed command the terror of jihad on non-Muslims or Kafirs until Islam dominates. After Mohammed died, the caliphs killed all apostates and conquered all the Middle East and northern Africa. Islam’s political doctrine is found in three sacred texts, the Trilogy: • The Koran – the words of the Islamic god Allah, as reported by Mohammed • The Sira – the life of Mohammed • The Hadith – the traditions of Mohammed, governing every aspect of daily life, great and small. 

Then the Koran, in turn, points directly to Mohammed. It says 91 times that Mohammed is the perfect Muslim. He is the divine human prototype, the only pattern acceptable to Allah. The actions and words of Mohammed are so important that they have a special name—Sunna. We find the Sunna in two texts. The Sira is the biography of Mohammed and the Hadith is the collection of hadiths (small stories, traditions) about Mohammed. 

Islam is based on Koran and Sunna. Since the Sunna is found in the Sira and the Hadith, this means that three books contain all the doctrine of Islam—the Trilogy. If it is in the Trilogy (Koran, Sira, Hadith), then it is Islam. If something is not in the Trilogy, then it is not Islam. All of the Islamic doctrine is found in the Trilogy. Now, we have the complete information with no missing pieces. We have established our first criteria of knowledge. All authoritative statements about Islam must include a reference to the Trilogy to be authenticated. It does not matter what a scholar, imam, media guru, or anyone else says, if what they say cannot be supported by the doctrine in the Trilogy, then it is not Islam. If it is supported by the Trilogy, then it is Islam. e have been taught that the Koran is the source of Islamic doctrine. However, the Koran is only 14% of the total sacred texts1. Actually, the Sira and the Hadith are 86% of the total textual doctrine2. Islam is 14% Allah and 86% Mohammed. This is very good news. The Koran is obscure, but anyone can understand the life and sayings of Mohammed. These statistics point to the easy way to know Islam—know Mohammed. 

Anyone, absolutely anyone, can understand Mohammed and hence, Islam. The Relative Sizes of the Trilogy Texts Koran 14% Sira 26% Hadith 60% Islam is a text-based doctrine, so the nature of these texts must be made clear. A Muslim believes that the Koran is perfect, complete, universal and eternal. It does not contain the slightest error and it is the exact words of the only god of the universe. Mohammed is the perfect example of how to live the sacred life. This idea of complete, final, universal, and perfect textual truth is very hard for non-Muslims to comprehend. Most people read the Koran with the attitude of: “Oh, they don’t really believe this.” When Muslims read the Koran, their attitude is: “These are the perfect words of Allah.” Muslims call themselves the “believers” and by that they mean that they believe the Koran is perfect and Mohammed is the perfect pattern of life.

Remember, we started with the question: Can we evaluate what the media commentators, politicians, imams and other “experts” say about the true nature of Islam? Yes, we can know the true nature of Islam—it is found in the Trilogy. If what the expert has to say can be supported by the doctrine found in the Trilogy, then it is valid, since the Trilogy is the final arbiter of all opinions and statements about Islam. 

Critical thought provides a powerful first step. Now, let us measure the doctrine of Islam. The following cases show how the technique of counting the number of words that are devoted to a topic can be used to discover the dominant themes of Islamic texts and, hence, Islamic doctrine.

Case 1: The Koran of Mohammed Mohammed can be clearly understood, but the Koran must be the most famous book that has been read so little and understood even less. 


Contrast this with Mohammed’s day. In the Sira (the biography of Mohammed), we find accounts of illiterate Muslims debating the meaning of the Koran. The Muslims of Mohammed’s day understood the Koran for a simple reason. The 1 http://cspipublishing.com/statistical/TrilogyStats/The_Relative_Sizes_of_the_Trilogy_Texts.html

For this paper, Hadith will mean Sahih Bukhari as per the University of Southern California, http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/hadith/bukhari/; 

Sira will mean: The Life of Muhammad, by Ibn Ishaq, translated A. Guillaume, Oxford University Press, 1955; 

The Koran used will be the Simple Koran, CSPI. 2 Koran of 632 AD (Mohammed’s death) is not the one of today. Every verse had the immediate context of Mohammed’s life. A new verse had the context of what he needed at that time. To all those near Mohammed, each new verse made sense; it had a context and therefore meaning. The voice of Allah resolved Mohammed’s problems. It is Mohammed’s life that gives the Koran its context and meaning. The Koran of the bookstore is not the historical Koran of Mohammed, because Uthman, a caliph (supreme ruler) had it arranged starting with the longest chapter and ending at the shortest chapter. After he created the Koran we know today, he burned the originals. The time and story have been annihilated by the rearrangement. From a statistical point of view, the text was randomized and, hence, very difficult to understand. 

It is an easy task to reconstruct the Koran of Mohammed’s day, the historical Koran. Take the Koran and rearrange the pages of the chapters in the proper chronological order in a line on a table, since the time order of the chapters is well known. Then take the pages of the Sira (Mohammed’s biography) and lay them out in a line beneath the Koran. It will be seen that the Sira and the Koran fit together like a key in a lock. The Koran is the warp and the Sira is the woof that forms a single fabric, the historical Koran. If these two are integrated into one text, the historical Koran is reconstructed. When this reconstruction is done, the Koran becomes the epic story of the rise and triumph of Islam over all of the native Arab culture. 

The historical Koran is straightforward and not confusing at all. Just as in Mohammed’s day, anyone can understand it. The historical Koran reveals the primary division of the text. The early Koran written in Mecca is very different from the later Koran written in Medina. The early Koran is more religious and poetic. The later Koran is more historical and political. There is a radical change in its tone, subject and language in the two texts. The difference is even clear to a first-time reader. There is a Meccan Koran and a Medinan Koran. The relative sizes of the two Korans are: Meccan Koran is about 64% of the total Koran; the Medinan Koran is 36% of the total3. The Natural Division of the Koran Meccan Koran 64% Medinan Koran 36% Case 2: The Kafir There is a second division that overwhelms the reader of the historical Koran. 

A majority of the text concerns the kafir (unbeliever). It is not about being a Muslim, but about the kafir. A note: most Koran translations use the word “unbeliever” instead of kafir, but kafir is the actual Arabic word. This term is so important and so unknown that the meaning of kafir must be defined. The original meaning of the word is one who covers or conceals the known truth. A kafir knows he Koran is true, but denies it. The Koran says that the kafir may be deceived, plotted against, hated, enslaved, mocked, tortured and worse. 

The word is usually translated as “unbeliever” but this translation is wrong. The word “unbeliever” is logically and emotionally neutral, whereas, kafir is the most abusive, prejudiced and hateful word in any language. There are many religious names for kafirs: polytheists, idolaters, People of the Book (Christians and Jews), atheists, agnostics, and pagans. Kafir covers them all, because no matter what the religious name is, they can all be treated the same. 

What Mohammed said and did to polytheists can be done to any other category of kafir. Islam devotes a great amount of energy to the kafir. Not only is the majority (64%) of the Koran devoted to the kafir, but also nearly all of the Sira (81%) deals with Mohammed’s struggle with them. The Hadith (Traditions) devotes 32% of the text to kafirs4. Amount of Text Devoted to Kafir 64% 81% 37% 51% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Koran Sira Hadith Trilogy Total Percentage of Text Meccan Koran 68% Medinan Koran 57% Total Koran 64% Sira 81% Hadith 37% Trilogy total % Amount of Text Devoted to Kafir Case 3: Political Islam Religious Islam is defined as doctrine concerned with going to Paradise and avoiding Narrated Aisha (the mother of the faithful believers) I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! We consider Jihad as the best deed.” The Prophet said, “The best Jihad (for women) is Hajj Mabrur. ” 

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