Intro to ‘Rayhanah’
Edited by John R. Houk
May 28, 2016
Google+ pseudonymous (I assume) author Hakuna Matata Nia Nia extols Rayhana bint Zahd as a virtuous Jewish woman forced into sex-slavery after Mohammed executed all the conquered males (pubescent thru elderly) of the Jewish-Arabian tribe Banu Qurayza. The Banu Qurayza women either became sex-slave concubines or converted to Islam and became wives. Hakuna goes with the Quran account which states that Rayhana refused marriage to Mohammed out of respect to her murdered-decapitated husband. However, Hadith traditions paint the story that Rayhana at first refused marriage to Mohammed but ultimately caved in and converted to Islam and married the pseudo-prophet. Muslim tradition extols her as a Muslim wife in the Hadith.
This PDF history post reflects Islamic tradition:
 Amongst those who had lost their husbands in the massacre was Rayhana bint Zayd b. Umar b. Khinafa of Banu Nadir. She had been married to a man named al-Hakim from Banu Qurayza and had now become a widow. Islamic sources say that she was so young and beautiful that she impressed Muhammad, who immediately offered her the opportunity of converting to Islam and marrying him. “If you chose Allah and his Messenger,” the Prophet told her, “I shall take you for myself.” However, Rayhana had loved and respected her husband very much and said, “I will not exchange him for any other man” (Ibn Sa‘d: 8.129- 30; al-Salihi, 231-32). Furthermore, she clung to her Judaism, refusing to convert to Islam, saying that she preferred to live the life of a slave as long as she stayed a Jew. Nevertheless, Muhammad did not relent and she agreed to consider his offer (Ibn Sa‘d: 8.131; Ibn Hisham: 2.693).
 It did not take long for Rayhana to decide that she was better off converting to Islam than living the life of a slave in Hijaz. Ibn Sa’iya informed the Prophet, when he was sitting with his friends, that Rayhana had converted to Islam. The Prophet commanded her release and married her immediately. (Muhammad’s Jewish Wives: Rayhana bint Zayd and Safiya bint Huyayy in the Classic Islamic Tradition; By Ronen Yitzhak (Western Galilee College, Israel); Journal of Religion & Society (The Kripke Center); Volume 9 (2007))
Here is a description of Rayhana’s story at Islamnothanks.com:
`Umar Ibn al-Hakam narrated: “The Messenger of God freed Rayhana Bint Zaid Ibn`Amr Ibn Khunaqa. She had been married to a loving and honouring husband. She said, ‘I shall never have a husband after him.’ She was beautiful. When Banu Quraiza were taken captive, the booty was shown to the Messenger of God, and she was among the captives that were shown him so he commanded her to be set aside. He used to have a choice from each booty. She herself narrated, ‘When I was set aside, he chose me and sent me to the house of Umm al-Mundsir Bint Qais for some days till he had the captives killed and the spoils distributed. Then the Messenger of God entered upon me, and when I was too shy to meet him, he called me and sat me between his hands. He said, “If you choose God and His Messenger, the Messenger of God will choose you for himself.” I said, “I choose God and His Messenger.” So when I surrendered, he freed me, married me, and gave me twelve ounces [of gold] as a bridal gift as he would do with his wives. He consummated the marriage with me in the house of Umm al-Mundsir, and he used to distribute for me as he did all his wives, and commanded me to be veiled.’ (Shocking stories of kidnap, rape and slavery: The story of two of Muhammad’s wives, Safya and Rayhana according to the authentic hadiths like Bukhari and the al-sirat biographies, full references given thus easy to double check and confirm; Islamnothanks.com – links)
Another place to examine is Wikipedia under the listing Rayhana bint Zayd.
In spite of the varying viewpoints, the reality is Rayhana became a widow after Mohammed’s murderous rampage in which she had to decide between sex-slavery misery and a better life as the Muslim wife of the pseudo-prophet.
Found at Google+ Community: Analyzing Islam
Another victim of Muhammad was Rayhana, a 15 year old girl from the tribe of Banu Quraiza. Muhammad massacred all the men of that tribe. Then women were brought to him to pick and he chose Rayhana.
Rayhana never married Muhammad and unlike Juwairiyah and Safiyah never feigned being a Muslim to have an easier life. She preferred to remain a sex slave rather the wife of the murderer of her father, brothers and uncles…
Her husband was one of the 900 Qurayza men whom Muhammad beheaded in April 627. He enslaved all the women and selected Rayhana for himself because she was the most beautiful. When she refused to marry him, he kept her as a concubine instead. She died shortly before Muhammad in 632.
“The apostle had chosen one of their women for himself, Rayhana bint Amr . . . one of the women of . . . Qurayza, and she remained with him until she died, in his power. The apostle had proposed to marry and put a veil on her, but she said: “Nay, leave me in your power, for that will be easier for me and for you.” So he left her. She had shown repugnance towards Islam when she was captured and clung to Judaism”. (Ibn Ishaq, p. 466)
Guillaume/Ibn Ishaq page 466.
Al-Tabari, Vol. 9, pp. 137, 141; Al-Tabari, Vol. 39, pp. 164-165.
Bewley/Saad 8:92-94, 153.
The massacre of the unarmed Banu Qurayza tribe is one of the most heinous crime in the history of the world. Although it will take pages to write about it. A couple of passages and narrations from the most authentic sources on Islam to give the perspective.
The sentence: Ibn Ishaq says that the number may have been as high as 800-900 (p. 464), for the punishment of Death by decapitation of men and pubescent boys, and enslavement for the women and children
Muhammad was wise enough to have six clans execute two Jews each in order to stop any blood-feuds. The rest of the executions were probably carried out by Muhammad’s fellow Emigrants from Mecca, as the heads and bodies were dragged into trenches in the business district of Medina.
Source: Watt, Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman, p. 174
How did the executioners decide on which boy to slaughter or leave alive? This hadith gives the obvious answer.
Narrated Atiyyah al-Qurazi: I was among the captives of Banu [tribe] Qurayzah. They (the Companions) examined us, and those who had begun to grow hair (pubes) were killed, and those who had not were not killed. I was among those who had not grown hair. (Abu Dawud; see Ibn Ishaq, p. 466)
This next hadith indicates that a woman was delirious. She was killed.
Narrated Aisha . . . No woman of Banu [tribe] Qurayzah was killed except one. She was with me, talking and laughing on her back and belly (extremely), while the Apostle of Allah . . . was killing her people with the swords. Suddenly a man called her name: Where is so-and-so? . . . I asked: What is the matter with you? She said: I did a new act. [Aisha] said: The man took her and beheaded her. [Aisha] said: I will not forget that she was laughing extremely although she knew that she would be killed. (Abu Dawud)
Left:- Massacre of Men and pubescent boys ** Right:- Women brought and made completely naked to be examined by Muhammad and Muslims as per the traditions of Islam. After which they are selected and taken up by Muslim men.
Edited by John R. Houk
Editor: I don’t have a clue on any info on Hakuna Matata Nia Nia. My interests are in his Counterjihad disposition.