Questioned verse: [Matthew 10:34] “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword!
Many misinterpreted this statement of Jesus especially the devoted Muslims. They take this verse as literal in meaning like what Allah and Muhammad commanded them to do, which is to use their swords to kill the non-Muslims.
Jesus was referring to the division of a family caused by His teaching. And His statement proves true, many family members turned divided because of Him. One example of this division is Jesus’ disciples who left their families to live with Him. Members of a family differ in Faith that’s why they become divided. How many members of families that left their homes so as to follow Jesus? and how many of them were killed? This division is very painful among the family members that’s why Jesus called His teaching as a ‘sword’ _for it cuts the hearts of men. Others opted not to follow Jesus and refuse His salvation because they cannot afford to lose their families or to lose their lives as a consequence of leaving their Faiths. In Islamic society, to kill a family member who left Islam is a commandment. That’s why Jesus said, “anyone who loves his father and mother or (son and daughter) more than me is not worthy of me”. The one who sticks to his family because he is afraid to die will lose his eternal life instead. While the one who is not afraid to die in following Jesus will find eternal life instead. Jesus only emphasized to us the cost of choosing Him, that we should carry the cross (painful consequence) in following His teaching if we want eternal lives.
Let us continue reading Matthew 10, from verse 35 to 39;
35For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’;
36and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’
37He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
38And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
39He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Let us also read the parallel verses from [Luke 12:51-53], they say;
51Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
52From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.
53They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
Jesus is the prince of peace [Isaiah 9:6]. He is referring not the literal sword to kill people, but He meant the sword of Spirit which is the “word of God”. Kindly read;
[Ephesians 6:17] Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
[Hebrews 4:12] For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Most Muslims deny and argue that their prophet did not die from poison, but there are lots of hadithical evidence testifying that Muhammad really died in a disgraceful manner. A Jewish woman, one of Muhammad’s victims, made the bravest decision in her life. She cunningly poisoned Muhammad to test whether he is a prophet or just a king of a gang of thugs. If Muhammad will die, then it means he’s a fake prophet. But Muhammad died, and his Allah proved powerless to protect him. Unluckily for Muslims, their greatest prophet failed the prophethood test. Below are tons of hadiths proving that Muhammad had eaten a bit of the poisoned roasted goat given to him by a Jewish woman which led to his death eventually.
1. [Sahih al-Bukhari 4428] Narrated `Aisha: The Prophet in his ailment in which he died, used to say, “O `Aisha! I still feel the pain caused by the food I ate at Khaibar, and at this time, I feel as if my aorta is being cut from that poison.”
2. [Sahih al-Bukhari 4430]
Narrated Ibn Abbas: ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab used to let Ibn Abbas sit beside him, so ‘AbdurRahman bin ‘Auf said to ‘Umar, “We have sons similar to him.” ‘Umar replied, “(I respect him) because of his status that you know.” ‘Umar then asked Ibn ‘Abbas about the meaning of this Holy Verse:– “When comes the help of Allah and the conquest of Mecca . . .” (110.1) Ibn ‘Abbas replied, “That indicated the death of Allah’s Apostle which Allah informed him of.” ‘Umar said, “I do not understand of it except what you understand.” Narrated ‘Aisha: The Prophet in his ailment in which he died, used to say, “O ‘Aisha! I still feel the pain caused by the food I ate at Khaibar, and at this time, I feel as if my aorta is being cut from that poison.”
3. [Sahih Muslim 26:5430]
Anas reported that a Jewess came to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) with poisoned mutton and he took of that what had been brought to him (Allah’s Messenger). (When the effect of this poison were felt by him) he called for her and asked her about that, whereupon she said: I had determined to kill you. Thereupon he said: Allah will never give you the power to do it. He (the narrator) said that they (the Companion’s of the Holy Prophet) said: Should we not kill her? Thereupon he said: No. He (Anas) said: I felt (the affects of this poison) on the uvula of Allah’s Messenger.
4.[Sunan Abu Dawud 20:3135]
Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin: By Allah, we did not know whether we should take off the clothes of the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) as we took off the clothes of our dead, or wash him while his clothes were on him. When they (the people) differed among themselves, Allah cast slumber over them until every one of them had put his chin on his chest. Then a speaker spoke from a side of the house, and they did not know who he was: Wash the Prophet (peace be upon him) while his clothes are on him. So they stood round the Prophet (peace be upon him) and washed him while he had his shirt on him. They poured water on his shirt, and rubbed him with his shirt and not with their hands. Aisha used to say: If I had known beforehand about my affair what I found out later, none would have washed him except his wives.
5.[Sunan Abu Dawud 39:4495]
Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah: Ibn Shihab said: Jabir ibn Abdullah used to say that a Jewess from the inhabitants of Khaybar poisoned a roasted sheep and presented it to the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) who took its foreleg and ate from it. A group of his companions also ate with him. The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) then said: Take your hands away (from the food). The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) then sent someone to the Jewess and he called her. He said to her: Have you poisoned this sheep? The Jewess replied: Who has informed you? He said: This foreleg which I have in my hand has informed me. She said: Yes. He said: What did you intend by it? She said: I thought if you were a prophet, it would not harm you; if you were not a prophet, we should rid ourselves of him (i.e. the Prophet). The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) then forgave her, and did not punish her. But some of his companions who ate it, died. The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) had himself cupped on his shoulder on account of that which he had eaten from the sheep. AbuHind cupped him with the horn and knife. He was a client of Banu Bayadah from the Ansar.
6.[Sunan Abu Dawud 39:4497]
Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Messenger of Allah would accept a present, but would not accept alms (sadaqah). And Wahb bin Baqiyyah narrated to us, elsewhere, from Khalid, from Muhammad ibn Amr said on the authority of AbuSalamah, and he did not mention the name of Abu Hurairah: The Messenger of Allah used to accept presents but not alms (sadaqah). This version adds: So a Jewess presented him at Khaybar with a roasted sheep which she had poisoned. The Messenger of Allah ate of it and the people also ate. He then said: Take away your hands (from the food), for it has informed me that it is poisoned. Bishr ibn al-Bara’ ibn Ma’rur al-Ansari died. So he (the Prophet) sent for the Jewess (and said to her): What motivated you to do the work you have done? She said: If you were a prophet, it would not harm you; but if you were a king, I should rid the people of you. The Messenger of Allah then ordered regarding her and she was killed. He then said about the pain of which he died: I continued to feel pain from the morsel which I had eaten at Khaybar. This is the time when it has cut off my aorta.
7.[Sunan Abu Dawud 39:4499] Narrated Ibn Ka’b b. Malik: On the authority of his father: Umm Mubashshir said to the Prophet during the sickness of which he died: What do you think about your illness, Messenger of Allah? I do not think about the illness of my son except the poisoned sheep of which he had eaten with you at Khaybar. The Prophet said: And I do not think about my illness except that. This is the time when it cut off my aorta. . .
8. [Sunan Abi Dawud 4512]
Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Messenger of Allah would accept a present, but would not accept alms (sadaqah). And Wahb bin Baqiyyah narrated to us, elsewhere, from Khalid, from Muhammad ibn Amr said on the authority of AbuSalamah, and he did not mention the name of Abu Hurairah: The Messenger of Allah used to accept presents but not alms (sadaqah).
This version adds: So a Jewess presented him at Khaybar with a roasted sheep which she had poisoned. The Messenger of Allah ate of it and the people also ate. He then said: Take away your hands (from the food), for it has informed methat it is poisoned. Bishr ibn al-Bara’ ibn Ma’rur al-Ansari died.
So he (the Prophet) sent for the Jewess (and said to her): What motivated you to do the work you have done? She said: If you were a prophet, it would not harm you; but if you were a king, I should rid the people of you. The Messenger of Allah then ordered regarding her and she was killed. He then said about the pain of which he died: I continued to feel pain from the morsel which I had eaten at Khaybar. This is the time when it has cut off my aorta.
9. [Sunan Abi Dawood 4513]
Narrated Ibn Ka’b b. Malik: On the authority of his father: Umm Mubashshir said to the Prophet during the sickness of which he died: What do you think about your illness, Messenger of Allah? I do not think about the illness of my son except the poisoned sheep of which he had eaten with you at Khaybar. The Prophet ﷺ said: And I do not think about my illness except that. This is the time when it cut off my aorta. . .
10. [Ibn Ishaq, p. 516]
When the apostle had rested, Zaynab d. al-Harith, the wife of Sallam b. Mishkam prepared for him a roast lamb, having first inquired what joint he preferred. When she learned that it was the shoulder she put a lot of poison in it and poisoned the whole lamb. Then she brought it in and placed it before him. He took hold of the shoulder and chewed a morsel of it, but he did not swallow it. Bishr b. al-Bara b. Ma’rur who was with him took some of it as the apostle had done, but he swallowed it, while the apostle spat it out, saying, ‘This bone tells me that it is poisoned.’ Then he called for the woman and she confessed, and when he asked her what had induced her to do this she answered: ‘You know what you have done to my people. I said to myself, If he is a king I shall ease myself of him and if he is a prophet he will be informed (of what I have done).’ So the apostle let her off. Bishr died from what he had eaten.
11.[Al-Tabari, Vol. 8, pp. 124-125]
When the Messenger of God rested from his labor, Zaynab bt. al-Harith, the wife of Sallam b. Mishkam, served him a roast sheep. She had asked what part of the sheep the Messenger of God liked best and was told that it was the foreleg. So she loaded that partwith poison, and she poisoned the rest of the sheep, too. Then she brought it. When she set it before the Messenger of God, he took the foreleg and chewed a bit of it, but he did not swallow it. With him was Bishr b. al-Bars’ b. Ma’rur, who, like the Messenger of God, took some of it, Bishr, however, swallowed it, while the Messenger of God spat it out, saying, “This bone informs me that it has been poisoned .” Then he summoned the woman, and she confessed. He asked, “What led you to do this?” She said: “How you have afflicted my people is not hidden from you. So I said, `If he is a prophet, he will be informed; but if he is a king, I shall be rid of him.” The Prophet forgave her. Bishr b. al-Bars’ died of the food he had eaten. According to Ibn Humayd-Salamah-Muhammad b. Ishaq- Marwan b. ‘Uthman b. Abi Said b. al-Mu’alla,513 who said: The Messenger of God said during the illness from which he died-the mother of Bishr b. al-Bara’ had come in to visit him-“Umm Bishr, at this very moment I feel my aorta being severed because of the food I ate with your son at Khaybar.” The Muslims believed that in addition to the honor of prophethood that God had granted him the Messenger of God died a martyr.
12.[Ibn Sa’d, Vol. 2, p. 249] The apostle of Allah and his companions ate from it. It (goat) said: “I am poisoned.” He [Muhammad] said to his Companions, “Hold you hands! because it has informed me that it is poisoned!” They withdrew their hands, but Bishr Ibn al-Bara expired. The apostle of Allah sent for her (Jewess) and asked her, “What induced you to do what you have done?” She replied, “I wanted to know if you are a prophet, in that case it will not harm you and if you are a king, I shall relieve the people of you. He gave orders and she was put to death.
13. [Ibn Sa’d, Vol. 2, p. 250] Verily a woman of the Jews of Khaibar presented poisoned (meat of) goat to the apostle of Allah. The he recognized that it was poisoned, so he sent for her and asked her, “What induced you to do what you have done?” She replied, “I thought if you are a prophet, Allah will inform you, and if you are a pretender, I shall relieve people of you. When the apostle of Allah felt sick, he got himself “cupped”.
14.[Ibn Sa’d, Vol. 2, pp. 251-252]
When the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, conquered Khaybar and he had peace of mind, Zaynab Bint al-Harith, the brother of Marhab, who was the spouse of Sallam Ibn Mishkam, inquired: Which part of the goat is liked by Muhammad? They said: The foreleg. Then she slaughtered one from her goats and roasted it (the meat). Then she wanted a poison which could not fail. The Jews discussed about poisons and became united on one poison. She poisoned the she-goat putting more poison on the forelegs, and shoulder. When the sun had set and the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, returned after leading the people in Maghrib (sun-set) prayers, she sat by his feet. He asked her about her. She said: O Abu al-Qasim! Here is a present which I wish to offer to you. The Prophet, may Allah bless him, ordered it to be taken. It was served to him and to his Companionswho were presentand among those who were present was Bishr Ibn al-Bara Ibn Ma’rur. Then the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, said: Come closer and have night meal. The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, took the foreleg, a piece of which he put into his mouth. Bishr Ibn al-Bara took another bone and put it into his mouth. When the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, ate one morsel of it Bishr ate his and other people also ate from it. Then the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, said: Hold back your hands! Because this foreleg; and according to another version, the shoulder of the goat, has informed me that it is poisoned. Thereupon Bishr said: By Him Who hath made you great! I discovered it from the morsel I took. Nothing prevented me from emitting it out, but the idea that I did not like to make your food unrelishing. When you had eaten what was in your mouth, I did not like to save my life after yours, and I also thought you would not have eaten it if there was something wrong. Bishr did not rise from his seat but his color changed to that of taylsan (a green cloth). For a year the pain did not permit him to change his sides but with the help of others and then he expired. According to another version, he died before leaving his seat. He (Ibn Sa’d) said: A peace of it was dropped before a dog who ate it and died (instantaneously) without being able to move its foreleg. The Apostle of Allah sent for Zaynab Bint al-Harith and said to her: What induced you to do what you have done? She replied: You have done to my people what you have done. You have killed my father, my uncle, and my husband, so I said to myself. If you are a prophet, the foreleg will inform you; and others have said: If you are a king we will get rid of you. The Jewess returned as she had come. He (Ibn Sa’d) said: The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, handed her over to the heirs of Bishr Ibn al-Bara who put her to death.
15. [Ibn Sa’d, Vol. 2, p. 252] The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, lived after this three years till in consequence of his pain he passed away. During his illness he used to say: I did not cease to find the effect of the (poisoned) morsel, I took at Khaybar and I suffered several times (from its effect) but now I feel the hour has come of the cutting of my jugular vein which is a vein in the back
16. [Ibn Sa’d, Vol. 2, p. 294]
Umm Bishr [the mother of the Muslim man who also died eating poison], came to the prophet during his illness and said, “O apostle of Allah! I never saw fever like it in any one.” The prophet said to her, “Our trial is double and so our reward [in heaven], is double. What do the people say about it [his illness]?” She said, “They say it is pleurisy.” Thereupon the apostle said, “Allah will not like to make His apostle suffer from it (pleurisy) because it indicates the possession of Satan, but (my disease is the result of) the morsel that I had taken along your son. It has cut my jugular vein.”
Allah must have used the Jewish woman as instrument to kill Muhammad for He said He will kill Muhammad by cutting off his aorta if He forged a false statement concerning Him.
[Quran 69:44-46] And if he (Muhammad SAW) had forged a false saying concerning Us (Allah), We surely should have seized him by his right hand (or with power and might), And then certainly should have cut off his life artery (Aorta),
[Musnad Ahmad 107] “. . . This is the Revelation sent down from the Lord of the ‘Alameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists). And if he (Muhammad ﷺ) had forged a false saying concerning Us (Allah). We surely would have seized him by his right hand (or with power and might), And then We certainly would have cut off his life artery (aorta), . . .”
Ang mga loyalista at panatiko ng pamilya Marcos ay laging nag-akusa sa pamilya Aquino bilang may-akda ng Hacienda Luisita massacre. Kahit walang ebidensya lage nilang iniugnay ang mga Aquino para mabahiran ang pamilya ng massacre issue. Marami kasing massacre na nangyari sa diktadoryang Marcos noon kagaya ng; Palimbang, Lapiang Malaya, Manili, Bingcul Village, Escalante, at Jabidah massacre. At dahil kalaban nila sa politika ang pamilya Aquino, pinipilit ng mga pulahan na magkaroon din ng massacre issue ang pamilya Aquino para mahila ang pangalan sa ibaba.
Watch: Palimbang Massacre, happened on September 24, 1974
Ang sagot sa tanong sa itaas ay una, walang ebidensyang nag-uugnay sa pamilya Aquino sa nasabing Hacienda Luisita massacre. Pangalawa, hindi lang ang pamilya Aquino ang may-ari ng Hacienda Luisita, ito ay pagmay-ari ng magkapatid na Cojuangco. Kung may foul play mang nangyari ay pwede ring ang ibang shareholder ng Hacienda ang may gawa. Pangatlo, mga polis at sundalo ang nakapatay at nakapinsala ng mga raliyista. Malamang nagkainitan masyado sa pagitan ng otoridad at mga raliyista sa panahong iyon kaya may mga namatay sa kasagsagan ng pagpapaalis ng mga raliyista.
Sa pag-upo ni Cory bilang pangulo, 70% ng kanyang pagmay-ari ay ipinamahagi niya sa kanyang mga anak at sa isang grupo ng kawanggawa na nagngangalang “Daughters of Charity”. Ang opisina ng institusyong ito ay nakatayo din sa lupa ni Cory. Ang natirang 30% ng kanyang share ay ipinamigay niya doon sa mga magsasaka sa ilalim ng kanyang Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). At dahil naipamigay na ni cory ang ibang bahagi ng kanyang lupa, maliit nalang ang natirang share ng kanyang mga anak sa nasabing Hacienda. Kaya walang mabigat na rason para pumatay ang pamilya Aquino ng mga magsasaka noong 2004 para protektahan ang kanilang propyedad. Isa pa, bukas-loob ni Cory na isama ang Hacienda Luisita sa CARP na siya rin ang may-akda. Yung agrarian reform ni Marcos ay limitado lamang sa palay at mais na pananim. Pero sa ilalim ng CARP ni Cory, napaloob nito ang lahat ng klaseng agrikultura kasama na ang tubo na siyang pangunahing pananim sa Hacienda Luisita. Makikita natin dito na sa umpisa pa lang, kalooban na ni Cory na ipamahagi ang lupain ng Hacienda Luisita na walang pag-atubili kahit magalit pa sa kanya ang kanyang mga kapatid na mga co-owner ng naturang asyenda. Isipin nyo, sinaktan ni Cory ang kanyang mga kapatid pabor sa mga magsasaka, at ang laki ng halagang mawala sa kanila. Malaking sakripisyo itong ginagawa ni Cory, wala pang nakagawa nito sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas na may pamilyang handang ipamigay ang kanilang malaking pagmay-ari pati na ang mga malaking pagmay-ari ng kanyang mga kapatid. At pangulo pa ang gumawa nito, na pwede naman niyang kontrolin ang batas maprotektahan lamang ang kanyang kayamanan. Ang ibang pangulo nga dyan ay nagnakaw pa ng bilyones sa goberno at nang-agaw pa ng mga ari-arian ng iba para makapagkamal ng gabundok na yaman.
Noong naging pangulo si Noynoy Aquino, ipinamigay din niya sa mga magsasaka ang natira nilang lupa sa nasabing asyenda. Ang ginawa niyang ito ay pruweba ng kanyang kabutihang loob na matatawag ring isang kabayanihan. Bukod kay Cory at Noynoy, sino pa bang pangulo sa bansang ito o maging sa buong mundo na bukas-loob niyang ipinamigay ang sariling lupain sa mga mahihirap? Nagawa ba ito ng pamilya Marcos na malaking Bilyonaryo? Eh kahit nga pagbayad ng kanilang buwis ay mabigat na sa kanilang kalooban. Kitangkita na walang dahilan para pumapatay ang pamilya Aquino ng mga magsasaka alang-alang sa kanilang lupa dahil sa umpisa pa lang ay itinakda na nilang ipamigay ito sa mga magsasaka. Sa ginawa ng mga Aquino ay mabanaag natin na hindi sila sakim sa kayamanan at maging sa kapangyarihan. Sa pamilya Aquino, si Ninoy at Noynoy lang ang klarong sumali sa politaka. Si Cory ay walang hilig yon sa politika, pinagbigyan lang niya ang sigaw ng sambayanan na tumakbo. Sa katunayan, hindi na siya tumakbo pagkatapos ng kanyang termino. Hindi katulad ng angkang Marcos na halos inubos na nila ang lahat ng klaseng elective positions sa goberno. Magmula kay Mariano Marcos na ama ni Ferdinand Sr. hanggang sa kaapohan niya sa tuhod ay pumasok sa politika. Ginagawang gatasan (cashcow) at hanapbuhay ang goberno nitong mga politikong nag-exercise ng political dynasty. Lagpas 60 years nang hinawakan ng pamilya Marcos ang Ilocos Norte pero hanggang ngayon ay mahirap pa rin ang sariling probinsya, with only 4.6 Billion pesos asset as of 2018. Ang Laoag ay mahirap din, only a third income class City. At halos lahat ng mga munisipalidad ng Ilocos Norte ay nasa fifth, fourth, o third class category. Patunay lang ito na pulpul sila sa pamamahala. At madamut din dahil sa laki ng kanilang yaman, di man lang ginastohan ang sariling probinsya para umangat ang ekonomiya nito. Si Imelda ay may 987 billion dollars, at si Irene Marcos naman ay may 13.2 billion dollars na nakadeposito sa mga bangko ng British Virgin Island. Si Irene ay mas mayaman pa kaysa angkang Sy na may 12.6 billion dollars na yaman as of 2022.