79 " others with severity, in eating, drinking, and in " all their other possessions, and drives them about cc like brutes, in every direction which he pleases; 4' who declares every follower's wife he desires, legal " for himself and forbidden to the husband; who 4t takes to himself nine wives,' whilst he allows no ct more than four to his followers; and even of these u wives he takes whichever he pleases for himself; '2 " and who grants impunity for shedding blood to ' * whomsoever he chooses. On account of what ex* " 4 cellency, on account of what science, is it necessary " to follow that man's command; and what proof is '' there to establish the legitimacy of his pretensions? ^ If he be a prophet by his simple word, his word, " because it is only a word, has no claim of superi- " ority over the words of others. Nor is it pos- " sible to know which of the sayings be correctly " his own, on account of the multiplicity of contra- " dictions in the professions of faith. If he be a 1 Hcrbelot says that, according to the Muhammedans, their prophet, had twenty-one wives, six of whom he repudiated, and five died before* him; therefore ten remained. 2 Chapter XXXIII. v. 47. has the following passage: " 0 prophet, we " have allowed thee thy wives unto whom thou hast given their dowert " and also the slaves which thy right hand possesseth, of the booty which " God hath granted thee, and the daughters of thy aunts, both on thy " father's side, who have fled with thee from Mecca, arid any other be- " lieving woman, if she give herself unto the prophet, in case the pro- " phet desireth to take her to wife. This is a peculiar privilege granted 44 unto thee above the rest of the true believers."