Muslim Groups Unhappy With Indianapolis ‘Perfect Man’ Billboard: A billboard in Indianapolis, IN is stirring controversy among local Muslim groups, says a Fox 59 report. The billboard, seen going southbound I-465 near the Washington Street exit mocks the prophet Mohammed as “The Perfect Man.”
The billboard then lists six bullet points about Mohammed to describe him. The points include: “Married a 6-year-old,” “Slave owner & dealer,” “rapist,” “Beheaded 600 Jews in one day,” “13 wives, 11 at one time” and “Tortured & killed unbelievers.”
“I was a little disappointed when I saw that,” Farial Khatri of the Islamic Society of North America told Fox 59. “We do support free speech, but we do realize this is also rooted in bigotry,” Kahtri added. According to Fox 59, the Muslim Alliance of Indiana plans to raise money to put up its own billboard close by to spread a message of peace and kindness.
The whole kerfuffle reminded me of the uproar in the summer of 1968 over a song by Paul McCartney entitled “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?” The punk kids of the time — I was one of them — gleefully pointed out that only someone with a dirty mind would have a problem with those lyrics. Matt Bracken reminded me of a similar trope from a few years later concerning a song by The Who called “Squeeze Box”.
So… If the description on those billboards is false and has nothing to do with Islam, how did Muslims know it was talking about Mohammed? The imam doth protest too much, methinks.
The owner of the billboards, a man named Don Woodsmall, sent a statement to the Indiana Star-Ledger. He explained that the client who paid for the advertisements wished to remain anonymous, but he (Mr. Woodsmall) had nevertheless done his own due diligence to establish the accuracy of the attributes of Mohammed as listed on the billboard:
Owner Statement on Perfect Man Billboard Campaign
I am the owner of the billboards on which the Perfect Man Campaign is posted in Indianapolis and Texas. This statement sets forth the reasons why I decided to accept the Perfect Man Campaign advertisement on my billboards.
A group of patriotic Americans approached me to rent the billboards after they were turned down by the national companies. This group couldn’t remain inactive any longer while little children were being blown up in Manchester and numerous other places around the world.
Their desire, born out of love and not hate, is to launch a national conversation on why it is only the Islamic religion that gets “hijacked” several thousand times a year resulting in the deaths of many innocents? However, my clients have requested anonymity. Why? Could it be the Islamic desire for death to anyone who insults their Prophet Mohammed?
Upon learning what they wanted to post, my first question was, like most Americans, “Is it true?” After talking to a half-dozen Islamic scholars and receiving and reviewing numerous citations from Islamic law and literature (scholars and citations all available upon request), I was convinced that each point listed on the billboard was historically and factually true.
I would encourage others to do their own research to verify the veracity of each and every point. Also, I will take down the billboards if any of the facts are shown to be untrue, as the scholars I contacted relied on the Koran, and the Hadith and Sira (the last two being collectively, the Sunna).
I realize that there are those who might be offended by the information conveyed, but truth does not and cannot equal hate no matter how much the facts may be disliked by some (as truth is factual reality while hate is an emotion).
I could not turn down a truthful ad designed to educate Americans on the true root cause of the fundamentalist and obedient (and specifically not “radical” when you are doing exactly what the core tenets of your ideology demand and your Perfect Man did and demanded followers to do) Islamic terror going on around the world; namely – the Manchester bombings, Coptic Christians being killed in Egypt, San Bernardino, Mumbai, the Orlando gay nightclub, the Boston Marathon, 9/11 and on and on and on.
It was and is my duty as a patriotic American to accept this Perfect Man advertisement designed to inform the American public of the true root cause of the cascading violence that is endemic to and systemic in Islam – a socio-political, totalitarian ideology with a small religious component.
It is interesting to note that while the billboards don’t mention Islam or Mohammed, the Muslim community knew exactly who it was referring to. The truth is a powerful weapon. Truthophobia (fear of the truth) is getting a lot of people killed. It is the hope and desire of those sponsoring this campaign that a national conversation/debate can be held in a civil and rational manner on the cause of this violent problem, so that it can be stopped and innocent lives can be saved.
— Don Woodsmall
The Center for Security Policy has uploaded a table of citations to support the assertions on the “Perfect Man” billboards. The full text is below:
Citations for the Attributes of Mohammed ‘The Perfect Man”
1) Married a 6-yr. old:
2) Slave owner & dealer
a. Abu Dawud & Sahih Muslim — The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: (Sura 4:24) “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” (Abu Dawud 2150, also Muslim 3433)
b. Sahih Bukhari — “O Allah’s Apostle! We get female captives as our share of booty, and we are interested in their prices, what is your opinion about coitus interruptus?” The Prophet said, “Do you really do that? It is better for you not to do it. No soul that which Allah has destined to exist, but will surely come into existence.” (Bukhari 34:432)
c. Sahih Muslim — I drove them along until I brought them to Abu Bakr who bestowed that girl upon me as a prize. So we arrived in Medina. I had not yet disrobed her when the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) met me in the street and said: “Give me that girl.” (Sahih Muslim 4345)
4) Beheaded 600-900 Jews in one day
b. Additional source: Ibn Ishaq, Life of Muhammad, trans. A. Guillaume, Oxford UP, 1955, pp. 363-64; 437-45
5) 13 wives, 11 at one time
6) Tortured and killed unbelievers
b. Sahih Muslim — “Anas reported: Eight men of the tribe of ‘Ukl came to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and swore allegiance to him on Islam, but found the climate of that land uncongenial to their health and thus they became sick, and they made complaint of that to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: Why don’t you go to (the fold) of our camels along with our shepherd, and make use of their milk and urine. They said: Yes. They set out and drank their (camels’) milk and urine and regained their health. They killed the shepherd and drove away the camels. This (news) reached Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and he sent them on their track and they were caught and brought to him (the Holy Prophet). He commanded about them, and (thus) their hands and feet were cut off and their eyes were gouged and then they were thrown in the sun, until they died.” (Sahih Muslim 4131)
c. Ibn Ishaq (from the Sira) — Muhammad, according to Islamic tradition, didn’t just justify torture. He ordered it: “Kinana b. al-Rabi’, who had the custody of the treasure of B. al-Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came (T. was brought) to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, ‘Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?’ he said Yes. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr b. al-Awwam, ‘Torture him until you extract what he has,’ so he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead. Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head, in revenge for his brother Mahmud.” (Ibn Ishaq 515).