After the devastation’s of the barbarian invasions, much of the former Roman Empire was in shambles. At the same time, the Arian and Nestorian, (believing that Jesus’ divinity is separate in His human nature), heresies were causing havoc in the Catholic Church. There was also rivalry between the Greek and Latin churches which did not help the matter either.
It is into this time that Mohammed comes on the scene.
‘He spent his early life as a shepherd and an attendant of caravans, and at the age of twenty-five married a rich widow, Khadeejah, fifteen years his senior. She bore him six children, all of whom died very young except Fatima, his beloved daughter.
On his commercial journeys to Syria and Palestine he became acquainted with Jews and Christians, and acquired an imperfect knowledge of their religion and traditions.’ 1914 Catholic Encyclopedia
In 612, he had a so called spiritual experience where he was called to be the prophet of Allah. Soon he, with his followers, began to fight wars and conquer territories. He died from a violent fever in 633.
Easily they began to overrun many countries because at this time the Persian empire was failing, there were lax morals, loved the power of the sword, were fanatics, gain much plunder and loved conquest.
In less than 100 years, many of the Catholic countries fell under their siege. Palestine, (including Jerusalem), Syria, Mesopotamia, Egypt, North Africa and southern Spain. They would desecrate and burn churches and make mosques out of them.
Their Jihad meant that there was massive pillaging, slavery, (ghanima), deportation, raping, forced conversion to Islam and slaughtering. Catholics were dispossessed of their lands, oppressed, taxed, persecuted, forced to be muslims or treated terribly as infidels. The only thing that slowed down the advance of muslim forces was the weight of their plunder.
From Spain they then crossed over the Pyrenees into France. Abdul Rahman led a large contingency of warriors deeper into France heading to loot the Holy Basilica of St. Martin of Tours.
If it were not for the Frank, Charles Martel, (the illegitimate son of the barbarian King Pippin II), Europe well would have fallen under Islam.
Charles was called “the hammer” because of his military strategies. He understood that if he was going to be successful in fighting against the hordes of savage muslims, he had to outsmart them. He traveled on far out roads in secrecy, he planned on surprising them and would have an advantage by being on top of a wooded hill. The trees would deter the arabian horses.
“And in the shock of the battle the men of the North seemed like a sea that cannot be moved. Firmly they stood, one close to another, forming as it were a bulwark of ice; and with great blows of their swords they hewed down the Arabs. Drawn up in a band around their chief, the people of the Asturias carried all before them. Their tireless hands drove their swords down to the breasts of the foe.”
When it grew light out, Charles’ troops had killed Abdul and over 300,000 muslims. He lost 1500 men. He continued to wage war on the muslims that still held cities north of the Pyrenees.
“Without Islam the Frankish Empire would probably never have existed and Charlemagne, without Mahomet, would be inconceivable.” Historian Henri Pirenne
This great victory of Charles and the victory of Abbasids over Umayyad Caliphate in Persia in 750, greatly slowed down the advancement of muslims till the beginning of the Ottoman Empire in 1299.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to be members of the only true faith, (Catholic Christianity), begun by Jesus Christ in A.D. 33 and lasting till today.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.