“Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests” is a book, written by Prof. Dr. Walter Kaegi (University of Chicago).
Kaegi tries to solve the following brain-teaser: When Muhammad’s army in Arabia became strong, emperor Heraclius (he was emperor of Byzantium) did not make sufficient efforts, to face the Muslim threat. What was the reason for that?
Introduction: Muhammad and the emperor Heraclius were contemporaries. Muhammad was about to establish the Islam in Arabia (today Saudi-Arabia), which did not belong to the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium), but was located at the south-eastern edge of Byzantium. Byzantium was a Christian empire (Heraclius even participated in Church councils). Palastine, Syria and Egypt belonged to Byzantium for a long time and the population was Christian. Up to 634 Byzantine Palestine and Syria were Christian countries!
At the time of Muhammad and Heraclius there were two superpowers on earth: Byzantium and Persia. Between Byzantium and Persia was continual war. Finally Byzantium won the last decisive war in 628 a. D.. By that war Byzantium got quite exhausted.
Muhammad started to preach and to kill in Arabia around 613 a. D..
622 Muhammad started a civil war in Arabia, which finally led to his rule over nearly the whole Arabia in 631.
Heraclius had become emperor in 610. For many years (up to 628) he was busy with the hard war against Persia. In the year 631 he knew of Muhammad for perhaps 9 years (since 622 when Muhammad started civil war in Arabia). According to Kaegi, the Bishop of Jerusalem Sophronius said 634 that the Arabs came “unexpected” (637 the Arabs finally captured Jerusalem after a long siege). Being aware of the weakness of Byzantium and the acute threat by Muslim-Arabs, why didn’t Heraclius warn the citizens of Syria and Palestine against the Muslims?
Hypothesis: Heraclius and his generals were in a situation similar to our today situation: Someone, who has no exact knowledge of the Islam or Koran, could think: “Oh, that’s just a harmless theistic faith. Isn’t it similar to Christianity? They even acknowledge Jesus as prophet.”
It is really possible that Heraclius and his generals totally underestimated the Muslim threat. Maybe they had recognized, Muhammad built up a strong army in Arabia, but they could not imagine to be assaulted by a folk, believing in God.
Conclusion: It is high time for us to understand, what the Islam really is. Islam is not harmless theism, but pure anti-Christianity. Muhammad had a clear will to exterminate Jews and Christians. In Muhammad’s eyes Abraham was the first faithful Muslim and Jews and Christians are Muslims, having turned apostate. Muhammad wanted to lead back the mankind to the genuine belief of Abraham, which was the Islam in Muhammad’s eyes. This, we must understand.
Islam wants to rule the world. That is its declared aim.
By the way, there are some suras, telling Muslims must keep treaties. Of course, that is a mean trick of Muhammad. Naive readers of the Koran shall get the impression that Muslims are promise-keepers or faithful people like Christians. Muhammad wants to fool us. We shall get the impression, Muslims would be true believers.
Maybe Muhammad had concluded a peace treaty with Heraclius and Heraclius thus feared no danger and did not inform his people about any Muslim threat. That was a mistake. The Muslims overrun Syria and Palestine and slaughtered with devotion.
Let us recognize that the whole Umma (Islamic community) is a criminal gang just using the Koran for refurbishing its image. The Umma is a big wolf in sheep’s clothing. Believe me, they are just evil warriors!
Islamic warfare: Gain confidence of the naive Christians, then beheading them. Gaining confidence again, beheading again. Finally the whole world will be Muslim.
If a Muslim army would assault a Christian country, it should rain nukes on the Muslim army!
Satanic hosts must be exterminated.