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Please give Islam a chance, research it for yourself and allow Muslims and Muslim sources to be your primary resources you refer to when studying Islam rather than basing your views on agenda-motivated Islamophobic sources.
O Allah, You are Al-Wadud (The Loving)...please O Allah love me and bless all those Muslims and non-Muslims who read this.
Was Christopher Columbus Hero? Islamophobic American Christians Must Read
Much of the hatred and propaganda against Muslims is coming from American fundamentalist Christians who happen to be 'patriots'.
One wonders whether they actually know the truth about Christopher Columbus or whether they just celebrate Columbus Day without a thought as to his impact on the indigenous people and the crimes attributed against men. One wonders if American Christians proclaim Columbus as a Christian hero.
One can only imagine the propaganda campaign if some nut job from Boko Haram, Al Shabab, ISIS (IS) or Al Qaida did something on par with Christopher Columbus and his men. Oddly, Columbus is seen as a hero within American Christian circles!
Christopher Columbus was not a hero
Columbus wasn't a hero. When he set foot on that sandy beach in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, Columbus discovered that the islands were inhabited by friendly, peaceful people called the Lucayans, Taínos and Arawaks. Writing in his diary, Columbus said they were a handsome, smart and kind people. He noted that the gentle Arawaks wereremarkable for their hospitality. "They offered to share with anyone and when you ask for something, they never say no," he said. TheArawaks had no weapons; their society had neither criminals, prisons nor prisoners. They were so kind-hearted that Columbus noted in his diary that on the day the Santa Maria was shipwrecked, the Arawaks labored for hours to save his crew and cargo. The native people were so honest that not one thing was missing.
Columbus enslaved the native people to work in gold mines
Columbus was so impressed with the hard work of these gentle islanders, that he immediately seized their land for Spain and enslaved them to work in his brutal gold mines. Within only two years, 125,000 (half of the population) of the original natives on the island were dead.
If I were a Native American, I would mark October 12, 1492, as ablack dayon my calendar.
Christopher Columbus' men and the sexual slavery of 9 and 10 year old girls
Shockingly, Columbus supervised the selling of native girls intosexual slavery. Young girls of the ages 9 to 10 were the most desired by his men. In 1500, Columbus casually wrote about it in his log. He said: "A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go aboutlooking for girls; thosefrom nine to ten are now in demand."
Torture, amputations and brutality
He forced these peaceful natives work in his gold mines until they died of exhaustion. If an "Indian" worker did not deliver his full quota of gold dust by Columbus' deadline, soldiers wouldcut off the man's handsand tie them around his neck to send a message. Slavery was so intolerable for these sweet, gentle island people that at one point, 100 of them committedmass suicide. Catholic law forbade the enslavement of Christians, but Columbus solved this problem. He simply refused to baptize the native people of Hispaniola.
Burning slaves alive and feeding babies to hungry dogs
On his second trip to the New World, Columbus broughtcannons and attack dogs. If a native resisted slavery, he would cut off a nose or an ear. If slaves tried to escape, Columbus had them burned alive. Other times, he sent attack dogs to hunt them down, and thedogs would tear off the arms and legsof the screaming natives while they were still alive. If the Spaniards ran short of meat to feed the dogs, Arawak babies werekilled for dog food.
Columbus' cruelty was 'pardoned'
Columbus' acts of cruelty were so unspeakable and so legendary - even in his own day - that GovernorFrancisco De Bobadilla arrested Columbusand his two brothers, slapped them into chains, and shipped them off to Spain to answer for their crimes against the Arawaks. But the King and Queen of Spain, their treasury filling up with gold, pardoned Columbus and let him go free.
Columbus' men tests their blades on children, beheadings, rapes and dismembered bodies
One of Columbus' men,Bartolome De Las Casas, was so mortified by Columbus' brutal atrocities against the native peoples, that he quit working for Columbus and became a Catholic priest. He described how the Spaniards under Columbus' command cut off the legs of children who ran from them, to test the sharpness of their blades. According to De Las Casas,the men made betsas to who, with one sweep of his sword, could cut a person in half. He says that Columbus' men poured people full of boiling soap. In a single day, De Las Casas was an eye witness as the Spanish soldiers dismembered, beheaded, or raped 3000 native people. "Such inhumanities and barbarisms were committed in my sight as no age can parallel," De Las Casas wrote. "My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature that nowI tremble as I write."
Millions of natives killed off
De Las Casas spent the rest of his life trying to protect the helpless native people. But after a while, there were no more natives to protect. Experts generally agree that before 1492, the population on the island of Hispaniola probably numbered above3 million. Within 20 years of Spanish arrival, it was reduced to only 60,000. Within 50 years,not a single original native inhabitant could be found.
In 1516, Spanishhistorian Peter Martyrwrote: "... a ship without compass, chart, or guide, but only following the trail of dead Indians who had been thrown from the ships could find its way from the Bahamas to Hispaniola."
History of slave trading and Columbus
Christopher Columbus derived most of his income from slavery, De Las Casas noted. In fact, Columbus was the first slave trader in the Americas. As the native slaves died off, they were replaced with black slaves. Columbus' son became the first African slave trader in 1505.
Islamophobic American fundamentalist Christians would do well to learn their own history rather than attempting to demonise and dehumanise Muslims in order to justify and encourage the invasions and bombings of Muslims in the Middle East and beyond!
Jesus taught people to do the Will of God (according to Mark 3:35) in order to become his brothers, mothers or sisters. A Muslim means one who submits to the Will of God. Do you want to become a brother/sister of Jesus? If yes, become a Muslim.