An anti-Semitic Arabic chant favored by Muslim mobs goes like this:
Khaybar, Khaybar, ya Yahud, jaysh Muhammad sawf ya’ud!
Translated literally into English, it says: “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return.” But in keeping with the Arabic meter and rhyme we might better render it, “Khaybar, Khaybar, O you Jews, Muhammad’s army will abuse.” The video above comes from one of many similar demonstrations on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
As all Muslims know, Khaybar was a wealthy Jewish farming settlement roughly 100 miles NNW of Medina. Its date production was legendary. In 625 AD, the community had absorbed a Jewish tribe banished from Medina by Muhammad, the Banu Nadir, so the Khaybar community was familiar with Muhammad’s growing antipathy toward his Jewish neighbors. Yet they were not overconcerned with their safety and independence until 628, when Muhammad and his army swept down upon them in a surprise attack and ultimately routed the inhabitants. Instead of enslaving or killing all his captives, Muhammad agreed to a proposal from the Khaybar Jews to allow them to live and farm their orchards under stipulation that they hand over to him fifty percent of the harvests annually, with the understanding that should they default on this arrangement, their lives and personal property would be forfeit to the Islamic community. (This arrangement became the forerunner of the practice of jizya, a head-tax levied on all conquered peoples who escaped execution or slavery by agreeing to live in subservience to Islamic law and Muslim authorities, and by paying the tax annually. Such people became known as dhimmis.)
The Khaybar chant utilized today is a reminder and warning to Jews (and by extension to all those resisting the imperial advance of Islam over the non-Muslim world) that there will come a day when Muhammad’s armies conquer and subdue those now living in freedom outside the sway of Islam. The nation of Israel must one day fall, and its land return to the caliphate of Allah. According to Sunni Islamic eschatology,
Allah’s Messenger said, “The Hour [Day of Judgment] will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.” — Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, Hadith 177.
Likewise, in another passage about the endtimes we are told,
Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely (Jesus) the son of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly (as a Just Ruler),
he will break the Cross and kill the pigs and there will be no Jizya (i.e. taxation taken from non-Muslims). Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it, and a single prostration to Allah (in prayer) will be better than the whole world and whatever is in it.” — Ibid., Vol. 4, Book 55, Hadith 657.
The reference to the abolition of jizya means that no longer will non-Muslims be allowed to maintain their own religious identities (even as dhimmis), but all conquered peoples will face a stark choice: become Muslims or face execution.
This mindset, rooted in Islamic supremacism, fuels Islam’s hope for world conquest, and underlies the continued waves of Muslim attacks on the unbelieving world. As Americans have just observed the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 assault on our country, the Khaybar attack may provide us some insight into how to avoid another terror-inspired calamity. In answering why Khaybar fell, we can prepare better for the coming attacks of Islamic radicals. Here are some pertinent observations:
- Muhammad was highly motivated to conquer and plunder a weak opponent.
- Having just concluded a treaty of non-aggression with the pagan leaders of Mecca in which it seemed to many of his more sanguinary troops that he had “given away the store” with little to show for it, Muhammad sensed the dissatisfaction of his army as they marched home to Medina. Likewise, as the number of his followers continued to mushroom, the Muslim community’s scant resources were stretched to the limit. The prospect of unleashing his forces against a prosperous and militarily anemic foe such as Khaybar was too good to pass up.
- Khaybar was complacent. Even though the Jews knew by first-hand experience or by report from other tribes that Muhammad and his armies were a growing threat, they took no proactive steps to secure their community.
- They may have felt that the 100 miles between them and Medina was a daunting enough deterrent for any large army to undertake
- They certainly believed that the five well-placed fortress complexes within which most of the inhabitants lived were impregnable.
- They believed the alliances with neighboring Arab tribes they had bought with their wealth would add a protective hedge around them should the Muslims attack.
- As a result, they made no particular preparations to endure a prolonged siege, should enemy armies encamp around their fortresses. When Muhammad did lay siege around the encampments of Khaybar, the inhabitants quickly ran out of food and water.
- The people of Khaybar were not unified in their allegiance to one another and their opposition to Muhammad.
- The first two fortresses were breached when certain Jews betrayed their compatriots after securing promises from the Muslims that they would be protected from the invaders’ swords if they would provide the army a secret means of access to the fortress interior.
- After these two fortresses fell, a loss of morale among the rest of the Jews led to swift surrender of the other three.
- The Arab allies from whom the Khaybar Jews expected help proved to be unreliable.
- In some cases, they had been paid off by Muhammad not to interfere. In other cases, the news of Muhammad’s growing power and conquests instilled such fear that they refused to honor their alliance with Khaybar.
What lessons can we learn from Khaybar?
First, the drive for conquest and plunder still shapes the heart of Islam, enshrined as it is in the example of Muhammad. The land and possessions of the kuffar (infidels) are fair game for the armies of Islam (or for individual Muslims, if they are able to take and hold them). In a notable hadith, Muhammad declared,
“I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform that, then they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah.” — Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, Book 2, Hadith 25.
According to the Arabian prophet, fighting is prescribed for Muslims against non-Muslims until the latter surrender and become Muslims (affirm the Muslim creed, perform the five required daily prayers, and offer the mandatory alms). Only if and when non-Muslims do this will they “…save their lives and property from me.” In other words, if they do not become Muslims, their lives and property are in jeopardy from Muhammad and his followers.
One of the primary reasons Islam expanded so quickly beyond the Arabian peninsula was because there were no more conquests to be made in Arabia — the population had overwhelmingly become Muslim, at least in name, and it was not permissible to plunder other Muslim tribes. New conquests were needed in order to feed the economic needs of the growing Muslim nation. Between plunder and jizya, the Muslim overlords lived off the resources of those they subjugated.
Those inspired by Muhammad look today at the inestimable riches and freedoms of the West and can’t help but compare them to the relative poverty and impotence of the Muslim world. Believing that Allah intends them to enjoy all this bounty by subjugating the West and plundering its resources, radical Muslim leaders are always plotting ways to defeat the Great Satan and occupy their “rightful place” as the favored people of Allah. This religiously-stoked belief will not be assuaged by Western kindness or generosity — only the victory of Islam over the West will satisfy the Muslim hunger for conquest and plunder, because, after all, the entire riches of the world belong to Allah and to those he has chosen, i.e., the Muslims.
Second, the 9/11 attacks revealed our complacency. Even though we had almost two decades of warnings, from the Marine barracks attack in Beirut back in 1983 to the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, to the various embassy attacks in the mid and late 90s, to the assault on the USS Cole in 2000, yet we seemed to shrug all these off like a lion lazily tossing its mane at random flies. We felt we were invincible. Terrorism might break out “over there” across the oceans, but our mainland was safely insulated by two oceans. Our armed forces were and remain the best trained and equipped in the world, so who would dare attack us? And we paid our allies well (Egypt, Pakistan, the Gulf nations, etc.) to combat radical Muslims so we wouldn’t have to. Because of our complacency, we never expected a surprise attack utilizing non-military means to deal an almost incapacitating blow to our nation. After 9/11, vigilance replaced complacency, and more planned attacks have been thwarted in the last 17 years than most of us will ever know. Yet success in this area has a way of breeding newfound complaceny, and this we must guard against. The world of radical Islam never sleeps in its quest to find fresh ways to spawn terror in our midst.
Third, in the same way as the Khaybar Jews were not united in the defense of their community, so America as a whole is not united in the belief that we are a culture and society worth defending, nor in the conviction that orthodox Islam poses a clear and present danger to Western democracy and Judeo-Christian values. On the far left politically, there are groups actively working to subvert our democracy and free enterprise system in favor of a globalist, socialist world. Like the traitors of Khaybar, they are trying to open as many gates as possible to destroy the fortress of America from within. They apparently don’t care what damage the Muslim radicals may do, as long as it destroys the old America which they then hope to rebuild as a socialist utopia. How they will deal with the unleashed army of Islam is a question that hasn’t yet formed in their minds. Oh, well, first things first, I guess.
Then there are those individuals and groups who aren’t consciously out for the destruction of America, but who march to the drumbeat of “Diversity is our strength,” and “Islam means peace.” They truly believe that it is unjust to exclude any who wish to live in America, and nod approvingly when representatives from CAIR, ISNA or even the US government speak about the wonders of Islam, how it champions the rights of women, how it elevates human dignity and inspires love for others. In spite of the 33,800 documented terror attacks carried out around the world by self-professed Muslims over the last 17 years since 9/11, these useful idiots blind themselves to the bloodshed and mayhem trailing in the wake of a million Allahu akbars, and bleat like hypnotized sheep, “Islam has nothing to do with terror. It is a religion of peace.”
Until the citizens of the USA come to a united understanding of the threat posed by Muhammad’s Islam, until we are able to educate the useful idiots and evict the quislings who cynically wish to use jihadi Islam as a tool to destroy America, until we find the same passion for our country and its future that we felt in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 barbarities, we will be vulnerable to the same fate that Khaybar suffered at the hands of Muhammad in 628.
Let’s learn a lesson from history, lest we repeat it.