Perhaps the most significant metric regarding Islam and impact is to examine the poverty belts of practicing Muslim-majority nations.
A prophet/warlord unable to constrain his own lust, a man conflicted by the role of women on both micro and macro societal levels, created the template under which tens of millions of Muslim women now suffer umbrage.
The Last English Prince will untangle the smallest of Gordian knots.
The Arabic word tawakkul means “trust” or “reliance in” and is frequently tied into the concept of trust in Allah. It is also a word meant to signal against magic, charms, and talisman. Moving forward to the topic of omens, which falls under this conceptual arch, Muhammad had this to say:
“If there were to be bad omens, they would have been in horses, women, and places of residence.” Sahih Bukhari
Follow that through with this thought:
Allahumma innee as aluka khayraha wa khayra ma jabaltaha ‘alayha wa a’oudhu bika min sharriha wa sharri ma jabaltaha ‘alayh. (English transliteration provided below)
This is the prayer which ties into the above statement by Muhammad:
“If any of you marries a woman or hires a servant he should take hold of her forelock, mention the name of Allah and then say:
“O Allah, I ask you for the best of her and the best of what you have made a part of her nature. I also seek refuge in You from her evil and the evil You have made part of her nature.”
On a side note, Muhammad used the word refuge when seeking safety from Shaitan. So it can be easy to miss the greater link in phraseology.
The first use of the word “forelock” is in the first Surah given by Muhammad. Most of us know it for the beginning point, “Recite, in the name of your Lord.” But the Surah in entirety is directed against an arch enemy of Muhammad, a man named Abu Jahl. The specific verses (ayat) with the use of the noun is found here:
Qur’an 96: 15, 16 “…We will surely drag him by the forelock. A lying sinning forelock.”
Thus ends the untangling of a small Gordian knot.
Should we speak the truth about Islam? For the sake of Muslims?
Let’s give them the gift of logic combined with free will (non-existent concept in Islam) so they can move forward, with confidence, as former practicing Muslims.
Scholarship and academia defraud their audience when the truth is not spoken. The truths may be as sturdy as Damascus steel, but when the sword is wielded with a concern for the most vulnerable, the deed is the stuff of righteousness.