Jihad and Psychotics, by Raymond Ibrahim

Whenever Muslims engage in behavior that ostensibly contradicts Islam—from doing recreational drugs and watching porn to killing fellow Muslims—Islam’s apologists loudly proclaim “Aha! See, they’re not true Muslims!” Or, in the words of CIA head John Brennan on the Islamic State: “They are terrorists, they’re criminals. Most—many—of them are psychopathic thugs, murderers who use a religious concept and masquerade and mask themselves in that religious construct.”
Many self-styled jihadis are indeed “psychopathic thugs, murderers”; some may not even believe in Allah at all. Yet this does not exonerate Islam, for its “religious construct” was always designed in a way to entice and mobilize such men.
As usual, this traces back to the prophet, Muhammad.[1] After more than a decade of preaching in Mecca, Muhammad had about 100 followers, mostly relatives. It was only when he became a successful warlord and caravan raider that his followers grew and multiplied. So long as such bandits helped spread the banner of Islam into infidel lands, they were deemed good and pious Muslims—regardless of their true intentions, priorities, or even faith.
Islam promises exoneration to the immoral as long as they fight in the name of jihad.
That’s because Allah made a “pact” with them. According to Koran 9:111: “Allah has bought from the believers their lives and worldly goods, and in return has promised them Paradise: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain…. Rejoice then in the bargain you have struck, for that is the supreme triumph.” According to the prophet, “Lining up for battle in the path of Allah [jihad to empower Islam] is worthier than 60 years of worship.”
In other words, spreading Islam through the sword is more pleasing to Allah than peacefully praying to him in perpetuity. Greatest of all is the Muslim who dies fighting for Allah. In the words of Muhammad:
The martyr is special to Allah. He is forgiven from the first drop of blood [that he sheds]. He sees his throne in paradise…. He will wed the ‘aynhour [supernatural, celestial women designed exclusively for sexual purposes] and will not know the torments of the grave and safeguards against the greater horror [hell]. Fixed atop his head will be a crown of honor, a ruby that is greater than the world and all it contains. And he will copulate with seventy-two ‘aynhour.
Hence why a reporter who spent time with ISIS “never saw any Islam,” only men looking forward to being “martyred” and having sex with supernatural women.
As for those Muslims who reject jihad, Muhammad said “they will be tortured like no other sinful human.” (For many more Islamic scriptures depicting jihad as the greatest undertaking, one that earns unconditional forgiveness and paradise, see here.)
Many revered early Islamic figures were by modern standards little more than mass killing psychotics.
It should come as no surprise, then, that many of the original jihadis now revered in Islamic hagiography were by modern standards little more than mass killing psychotics. Consider Khalid bin al-Walid: a Meccan pagan, he opposed Muhammad for years; but when the prophet seized Mecca, Khalid—like many of Muhammad’s foes, such as his archenemy, Abu Sufyan—expediently converted, proclaimed the shahada, joined the winning team, and then went a-jihading—mutilating, plundering, raping, enslaving, crucifying, and setting people on fire in the process. But because he did so under the banner of jihad, this serial killer and rapist is today one of Islam’s most revered heroes.
The reason for this is that nowhere in Islam is there talk about the “condition” of the jihadis’ “heart,” or if he’s “right” with God. Allah … is not interested in “hearts and minds” but in fighters and swords. So long as his fighters proclaim the shahada—”There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”—and fight under the banner of Islam, they can take, plunder, murder, and rape the infidels; and if they die doing so, they are assured paradise.
Such was the genius of Muhammad: in the Arabian society he lived in, members of one’s tribe were as inviolable as non-members were free game, to be plundered, enslaved, or killed with impunity. Muhammad took this idea and infused it with a pious rationale. Henceforth there would be only two tribes in the world: the umma—which consists of all Muslims, regardless of race—and the “infidels,” who deserve to be plundered, enslaved, or killed with impunity for rejecting Allah.
This explains why other nomadic societies—Turks and Tatars, whose way of life consisted of preying on everyone outside their tribe—also converted to Islam and, under the banner of jihad, continued preying on the other, the infidel, but now as venerated “champions of the faith.” As one Western authority on the Seljuk Turks wrote concerning their motives for converting to Islam in the tenth century: “…if taking lives and ravaging the lands of the infidel were the means by which the ends of expanding Islam were served, then the new converts’ traditional pleasures were now happily endowed with a pious rationale.”
Christian Europe was aware of Islam’s appeal from the very beginning. Theophanes the Byzantine scholar (d. 818) wrote the following about Muhammad in his chronicles:
He taught those who gave ear to him that the one slaying the enemy—or being slain by the enemy—entered into paradise [see Koran 9:111]. And he said paradise was carnal and sensual—orgies of eating, drinking, and women. Also, there was a river of wine … and the women were of another sort, and the duration of sex greatly prolonged and its pleasure long-enduring [e.g., Koran 56: 7-40, 78:31, 55:70-77]. And all sorts of other nonsense.
Almost five centuries later, St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274) made similar observations:
He [Muhamad] seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh urges us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected; he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine…. Muhammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms—which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants. What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning. Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Muhammad forced others to become his follower’s by the violence of his arms.
There is, finally, another group of “jihadis” who should not be overlooked. These do not give a fig for Allah nor wish to be “martyred” in exchange for paradise, but they rely on Islam to justify robbing, enslaving, raping, and killing non-Muslims, as many Christian minorities in nations like Pakistan and Egypt will attest. Because they are just “infidels”—and it’s a sin to aid a non-Muslim against a Muslim (that is, a non-tribal member against a tribal member)—Muslim criminals target Christian minorities precisely because they know Muslim authorities will do nothing on behalf of the victimized infidels.
In short, enough of these claims that this or that jihadi is, in the words of the CIA’s Brennan, “terrorists,” “criminals,” “psychopathic thugs,” and “murderers.” Yes, they are. But that doesn’t change the fact that one group of them is convinced that no matter how immoral or perverse their behavior is, as long as they continue fighting and dying in the name of jihad, not only are they exonerated, but paradise is assured them; and another group doesn’t care a bit about the afterlife, but knows that, as long as they only victimize “infidels,” few Muslims will hold them accountable. In both cases, Islam has always aided and abetted such behavior.
Raymond Ibrahim is a Judith Friedman Rosen fellow at the Middle East Forum and a Shillman fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
[1] One anecdote: After telling his followers that Allah had permitted Muslims four wives and limitless concubines (Koran 4:3), he later claimed that Allah had delivered a new revelation (Koran 33.51) permitting him, Muhammad alone, to marry and sleep with as many women as he wanted. In response, his young wife Aisha quipped: “I feel that your Lord hastens in fulfilling your wishes and desires.” (Apostates from Islam regularly cite this episode as especially disenchanting them with the prophet.)

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4 Responses to Jihad and Psychotics, by Raymond Ibrahim

  1. θ says:

    In every heat of battles, even an holy angel ought to bleed and wound.
    Either Jihad or Crusade or Jewish Revolt, the World War, American Civil war, even every Biblical wars so many bad things ought to happen.

    Nietzsche says, “Be aware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster, for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you”.

    It is necessary to fight monsters, not only because the evilness is opiate addiction for monsters, it is also to prevent the worst atrocities which Edmund Burke says, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is, for good men to do nothing”.

  2. θ says:

    During the war, the Religion i.e. Islam is not yet for Allah, nor does it please Allah, but rather Islam turns to be circularly of, by, for the Moslem individuals.
    Q.2, v.193 gives a good impression that Islam does not (yet) belong to Allah during the wartime. It is wrong to say Islam is a religion of war or Jihadism. In fact, Islam can only be perfected in the peacetime, per Q.5, v.3.

    That’s why Islam is truly the “Religion of peace”.

    “Fitnah” in the context of Q.2, v.193 is a term for religious persecution, conflict, killing and violence, hence it is almost like a hellish “agnostic time” when all good values of religion fade away from both life and one’s character, even in death.

    The concept of Fighting in Islam is not continuous, but rather gets limited by some humane rulings.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The Gospels lure early Christians into such a psychological suicide, giving a boost of “over-confidence” on them that somewhat they can’t be killed, or the death can’t overcome them, that they obtain such a magical invulnerability or invincibility. Yes, Jesus didn’t promise any virgin whatsoever for martyrdom, but worse he promises an unproven “death-proof” fantasy.

    Toward early Christians, Jesus doesn’t only promise an escaping ability thru Spirit’s guidance to speak out an eloquent self-defense in the courts, he also promises them to be equipped by indestructible body.
    Is that kind of persuasion technique just a deceit or a brainwashing? Indeed, Christianity has its own mystical and mythical side.

    Jesus happened to promise a false prophesy. Either he erred on this, or that the victims of persecution (whose hair and head perished by the swords) aren’t the true Christian elects.
    Lk 21
    16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

    Jesus promised a victory upon the true followers. Either the Disciples and martyrs (including Paul) were a bunch of false Christians, or that Judas (one of the seventy preachers) was saved, due to having his name written in heaven as the elects.
    Lk 10
    19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

    Mk 16:18
    They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Luke’s Gospel is considered more systematic and more “rational” than three others, hence it must be utterly unbelievable if Luke – who is a physician by profession – collects the records and writes down a particular strange promise about the early Christian’s invincibility and indestructible body in Lk 10:19 and Lk 21:18.
    Such a mythical promise just appears in Luke’s Gospel.

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