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generally have limited influence. So, how could Islam have succeeded
in becoming the world’s second largest religion? How could so many
people, among them, countless intelligent people, fall so completely
for it? To answer this question we must examine the power of lies.
Who knows more about lies than a master of lies? One of the
great masters of lies and the uses of deception was Josef Goebbel,
Hitler's minister for propaganda. He once said: “If you tell a big
enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth.”
getting into the discussion of how a lie can become a major world
religion let us consider a few logical fallacies that surround this
This fallacy asserts that a belief must be true if it has
survived a long time, or because “that's the way it's always
been.” This fallacy is a favorite argument of Muslim apologists.
In Arabic it is called
The fallacy states
that Islam has lasted for 1400 year and therefore it must be true.
have been many theses that were upheld for thousands of years that
were eventually debunked. One such theory was geocentricity. Up
until Galileo, the majority, if not all of mankind believed that the
Earth is the center of the Cosmos. This belief was as old as
mankind. The Sun the Moon and the entire firmament were believed to
revolve around the Earth. Few challenged this thesis. Yet despite
its long-held track record and antiquity, geocentricism proved to be
Another logical fallacy that Muslims cling to is the claim that
since a great portion of humanity believes in Islam it must be true.
They argue: “How can so many people be wrong?”
ad numerum asserts that the more people support or believe in a
proposition, the greater is the likelihood that it is true.
as something true does not become untrue if no one believes in it,
something that is not true does not become true if many people
believe in it. Truth cannot be staked on the consensus of the
majority. Facts exist independent of beliefs. We cannot decide on
truth by running an opinion poll. The Earth was never flat, even
when everyone believed so.
ad populum: This is a
variation of argumentum ad
numerum. Argumentum ad populum asserts that something is true
because it is appealing to a lot of people. You commit this fallacy
when you try to win the legitimacy for an assertion by claiming it
is liked by a large group of people. This form of fallacy is often
characterized by emotive language. For example: “Islam has
existed for over 1400 years and has had billions of followers. Islam
has had a great impact on people’s lives. It has given the world
Algebra and many sciences. The streets of
were illumined when
was engulfed in Dark Ages. Islam is the fastest growing religion.
Are you implying that all these people are mistaken fools?"
why has Islam succeeded?
Paradoxically, Islam has succeeded because it is a big lie. Adolf
Hitler, in his Mein Kampf, (1925) wrote: “The broad mass of a
nation will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small
one”. If anyone should have known the power of the big lie and
that the bigger the lie the more believable it sounds, it was
Hitler. Another good statement is that of George Orwell, author of
Politics and the English Language. He wrote: “Political language
... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable
and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
big lies are so convincing? The logic behind it is that an average
normal person generally does not dare to tell a big lie. He fears
that it would not be believed and that he would be derided. And,
since everyone has heard or has said a few white lies, most people
generally recognize them when they hear one. The big lies are so
outlandish that they often startle the listener. Most people are not
equipped to process them adequately. When the lie is colossal, the
average person is left to wonder how anyone can have the audacity,
the impudence to say such a thing. You are left with the difficult
decision between two extremes: The person, who is saying this, must
be either insane, a charlatan or he must be telling the truth. Now,
what if for any reason, such as your reverence for this person, his
charisma, or your commitment to him, you can’t bear the thought of
repudiating him and accept that maybe he’s insane, a quack? Then
you force yourself to believe in whatever he tells you even if what
he says makes no sense at all.
big lie offsets the scale of our commonsense. This is like loading a
scale that is made to weigh kilos with tons. It stops
showing the correct weight. The indicator may even stop at zero.
Hence, Hitler was right. The big lie is often believed better than a
Muhammad recounted his tale of ascending to the seventh heaven, Abu
Bakr was at first taken aback. He did not know what to make of this.
This sounded utterly mad. He had two choices. He had to either admit
that his friend, whom he respected so much and by following him he
had endured ridicule, was a crackpot and leave him or force himself
to believe in his fantastical tales and whatever else he might say.
There was no middle ground for him.
Ishaq says when Muhammad made his vision known, “many Muslims gave
up their faiths. Some people went to Abu Bakr and said, ‘What do
you think of your friend? He alleges that he went to
last night and prayed there, and came back to
!’ He replied that
they were lying about the apostle, but they said that he was in the
mosque at that very moment, telling people about it. Abu Bakr said,
‘If he says so, then it is true. And what is so surprising in
that? He tells me that communication from Allâh, from heaven to
earth, come to him in an hour of a day or night, and I believe him.
That is more extraordinary than that at which you boggle!’”
logic is flawless. Basically what Abu Bakr was saying is that once
you give up your rational faculty and believe in an absurdity, you
might as well believe in anything. Once you let yourself to be
fooled, then you should be prepared to be fooled ad infinitum
because there is no end to foolishness. How many people would let a
54 year old man sleep with their 9 year old daughter?
This requires extreme foolishness. This much foolishness is
only possible through blind faith.
must also remember that Abu Bakr, by now had spent most of his
wealth for Muhammad and his cause. This man had a lot at stake. At
this stage, he had no other choice but to go along with whatever his
friend told him. Admitting that he had been conned was too painful a
thought to bear. How could he explain this to his wife? What could
he say to the wise men of
who had laughed at him and told him he is a fool? The doors of going
back for Abu Bakr were shut. All he could do was to dig in deeper
and blindly follow Muhammad to wherever he took him. He had to
silence his conscience and believe in anything his prophet fancied.
When you put your entire faith on someone and sacrifice so much for
him, you give up your independence and become putty in his hand.
This is what cult leaders want from their devotees. Only this kind
of devotion satiates their narcissistic craving.
Bakr had a hard time believing in Muhammad’s tale of ascension to
heaven and yet in the end he had no choice but to believe because
renouncing him meant admitting that he has been a fool and that was
a painful experience. Denouncing the person, whom you have come to
accept as the messenger of God and believe in, is not an easy task.
It is indeed a heroic decision, one well beyond the range of any
feebleminded believer. The more you have given up your freedom, and
the more you have sacrificed for this person and his cause, the more
difficult it is to leave him. How would you face your friends and
tell them you have been duped? How would you come to terms with your
own conscience for all the years and money you have wasted on him?
the average and normal person does not understand is that the
fabricators of the big lies are not an average and normal but
psychopaths. However, it is not easy to spot them. The narcissists
often look not just smart, but geniuses. They are charming,
delightful, amiable, intelligent and charismatic. Psychopathology
has nothing to do with intelligence. What the psychopath narcissist
lacks is conscience. It is the combination of a superior intellect
and lack of conscience that makes him extremely dangerous. Hitler is
a worthy example. A low witted psychopath that holds you at gunpoint
to rob you is far less dangerous than the smart psychopath that
seduces millions of people with grandiose talks and empty promises.
Stalin and many other history's despotic leaders were also insane.
Yet few suspected their insanity. Those who did could not whisper it
to others. The superior wisdom of the despotic leader is the
invisible cloak of the emperor. Everyone sees it and praises it.
Those who are not in the immediate circle, become convinced by the
conviction of others. Thus the big lie is perpetuated and no
criticism of it is tolerated.
from being utterly convinced, the psychopath liar is ready to use
violence to defend his lies. Appealing to force in order to support
a claim is another logical fallacy that has often been successfully
applied by dictators. This fallacy is called Argumentum ad baculum. It happens when someone resorts to force, or
the threat of force, to push others to accept a conclusion.
attributed his victories to divine assistance. The truth is that he
won because he played dirty. He did not win because God was on his
side but rather because he was cunning, ruthless and bent on winning
by any means, even through deceit and treachery. You do not need God
to be on your side to kill unarmed villagers taken by surprise.
ad baculum can be defined
as “might is right.” This threat could be direct like:
idolaters wherever you find them. 9:5
will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above
their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them 8:12,
indirect such as:
And as for
those who disbelieve and reject Our Signs, they are the people of Hell
him [the disbeliever] there is disgrace in this life, and on the Day
of Judgment We shall make him taste the Penalty of burning (Fire).
(As for) those who disbelieve in Our
communications, We shall make them enter fire; so oft as their
skins are thoroughly burned, We will change them for other
skins, that they may taste the chastisement; surely Allâh is
Mighty, Wise. (Q.
threat gives the big lie a dramatic sense of urgency. The impact is
so intense that one can't remain indifferent. “How can one be so
certain that God would punish those who disbelieve in him?” or
“How can one kill so many people for mere fact that they
disbelieve in him?” You wonder and become more prone to believe,
than if there were no such threats. Argumentum ad baculum works.
Extreme violence is extremely convincing. The North Koreans
literally worship the mad Kim Jung Il. This certainty comes to them
through extreme violence and zero tolerance of dissent. When your
life depends on believing, you will believe in anything.
the followers of Shoko Asahara, the Japanese leader of the cult Aum
Shinrikyo, were ordered to release Sarin gas in the subways of
and murder many innocent people, they did not question the
abhorrence of this order. They silenced their conscience and
accepted it as the sign of the greater wisdom of their guru. They
were faced with two choices. They had to, either accept that he is
insane, that they have been fooled and admit that all their
sacrifices have been in vain or convince themselves that this
man’s wisdom is so great that they can’t fathom its depth and
therefore should not question him. These people had given up
everything to be with Asahara. They had broken all the bridges with
their previous lives. They had nothing left to fall back on and
nowhere to go if they decided to leave him. Since questioning
Asahara or dissenting would not have been tolerated, they had no
choice but to believe that whatever he said was right. They
dismissed any doubt and forced themselves to have faith.
Ikuo Hayashi was a renowned doctor who had become one of Asahara’s
zealous followers. He was one of the five persons who were ordered
to plant the toxic Sarin gas in the subways of
. Hayashi was a trained physician and had taken the Hippocratic oath
to save lives. At one point, before puncturing the packages
containing the deadly liquid, he looked at the woman sitting in
front of him and for a moment had misgivings. He knew that he was
about to cause that woman's death. But he immediately silenced his
conscience convincing himself that Asahara knew best, and that it
would not be right for him to question his master’s wisdom.
people would never want to kill others for no reason. Here is this
man who has convinced you that he holds the key to hell and
paradise. Your eternal destiny is in his hands. You trust him
completely and believe in whatever he tells you to the extent that
you even fear doubting him. He has made you believe that if you
doubt him you would go to hell. You have two choices: denounce him
completely as a mad man or do what he says without questioning.
“What if he is telling the truth?” you think to yourself. “By
disobeying him, I would be punished for eternity. Can I take that
chance? Just look at how many people have accepted him. Many of them
are smart. Can all these people be wrong?” You whisper to yourself
these thoughts and silence your conscience. Then there is the
question of where to go? This cult is all you have. So you silence
your conscience and submit your intelligence and do whatever you are
told. Your obedience is rewarded. Your fellow cultists cheer you and
praise your faith, devotion and sacrifices. This makes you feel
better even though your actions were originally against your
conscience. Gradually you come to see evil as good and murder
appears to be divine.
when your guru tells you that by killing people you will go to
heaven, you believe. When he tells you that you must sacrifice your
own life, you happily do it. When he tells you to hand over your
possessions to him or give him your wife or your under-aged daughter
to have sex with, you do not hesitate to please him. You have
submitted your will and intelligence to him. There is no point for
you to think or question anything, only to obey. You strive hard to
be obedient. You vie with other fellow cultists try to outdo them in
service and sacrifice. You are told, and you have ended up believing
that the bigger your sacrifice, the greater will be your reward. You
see it as your privilege to serve this man, to sacrifice your
possessions and your life for him and for his cause, and to fulfill
was a 16 years old lad who accompanied Muhammad in one of his
battles. Muhammad spoke so glowingly of martyrdom that this boy was
kindled with zealotry. Throwing away a handful of dates, which he
was eating, he exclaimed “Is it these that hold me back from
? Verily, I will taste no more of them, until I meet my Lord!”
With such words, he drew his sword, and casting himself upon enemy's
ranks, soon obtained the fate he coveted.
you become a believer you dismiss the thought that your beloved
prophet may be lying. Psychopaths don't have a conscience. They can
lie and they are capable of killing millions of people without any
compunction. They feel entitled to do so. Hitler was convinced that
he was doing the work of God. Indeed, one of his most revealing
statements makes this quite clear. In his book Mein Kampf, he
today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the
Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting
for the work of the Lord.
Montazeri, the man who was supposed to succeed Khomeini, until he
fell from grace and because of his disagreements with him, in his
memoir writes, that when Khomeini ordered the massacre of more than
3000 dissident boys and girls, he objected. Khomeini responded that
he would respond to God for that and that Montazeri should keep his
mouth shut and not interfere.
narcissist psychopaths are charismatic leaders. They have grandiose
ideas and great appeal. They may appear to be pillars of strength
and born leaders. It is not just you; many other “smart” people
have also recognized their “greatness.” How can all these people
be wrong? You marvel at the absurdities that he utters and instead
of using reason to dismiss them outright, you strive to find some
esoteric and hidden meanings in them that might offer some
justification. The more stupid the utterances, the more miraculous
and divine they begin to sound to you.
attracted the support of many Germans merely by making them feel
food with his big lies. He was a spellbinding speaker. When he
spoke, he became louder and louder, as he vented his rage at the
perceived enemies of
. He aroused the patriotism of Germans. His belief, that the bigger
the lie the more believable
it might become, proved true. Millions of Germans believed in
his lies. They loved him and were moved to tears by his fiery
Sa’d reports a hadith that reveals more similarities between
Muhammad and Hitler: “During the sermons, the eyes of the Prophet
would turn red as he would raise his voice and spoke angrily as if
he was the commander of an army warning his men ‘the resurrection
and I are like these two fingers (referring to his index and middle
finger). He would say ‘the best of guidance is the guidance of
Muhammad and the worst thing is innovation and any innovation will
result in perdition.”
the same place Ibn Sa’d says: “During his sermons, the Prophet
used to wield a stick.” (Perhaps
to symbolize his dominance!)
art of manipulating others so brazenly is not an ability that you or
I can learn, or easily master. Our biggest “handicap” is our
conscience. Such ability comes naturally to psychopathic narcissists
who have no conscience. Men like Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin and
Muhammad were bereft of conscience.
there are four answers to the question “Why Islam succeeded”:
- Islam is
the biggest lie.
was a ruthless tyrant.
- Islam is
extremely intolerant of opposing ideas
- Islam is
an instrument of power.
Did Everyone Praise Muhammad?
question that boggles Muslims is why, if Muhammad was so evil, did
his companions praise him so much? Why no one spoke opprobriously of
him, even after his death?
answer is that in a society that is based on a personality cult,
speaking your mind is not always safe. Telling the truth could bring
you ostracism or worse, it could cost you your life. People who may
think differently know enough to keep their mouths shut and their
head on their shoulders. Abdullah Ibn Abi Sarh, who was writing down
the Quran for Muhammad and who realized there were no revelations
and that Muhammad was making the Qur’an up, had to escape
and only in the safety of
he revealed what he had found. However, when Muhammad conquered
, he immediately sought Abi Sarh and ordered his execution. Abi Sarh
was saved thanks to the intercession of Uthman who happened to be
his foster brother.
critics are silenced, sycophants and bootlickers will try to endear
themselves by eulogizing the leader with flattery and exaggerated
adulation. After Muhammad’s death, the sycophants continued
fawning over him, praising him to the skies, even attributing
miracles to him, thinking that this would add to their prestige and
make them look pious. There are many miracles attributed to Muhammad
even though he confessed in the Qur’an that he could not perform
hundred years later, millions of Muslims behave in the same way they
used to at the time of Muhammad in
. Those who dissent are afraid to talk, and if they do, they are
silenced swiftly, while the lackey fawners are honored for extolling
the Prophet and his “virtues”. How can truth triumph in such a
repressive atmosphere so fraught with hypocrisy and sycophancy?
are several stories about Muhammad ordering the assassination of
those who criticized him and about Omar, as Muhammad’s right hand
man, who was ever ready to draw his sword and threaten to slit the
throat of anyone who dared to question his master’s authority.
Muhammad encouraged sycophantism and punished independent thinking
trapped in such an oppressive atmosphere, eventually come to believe
in the superhuman qualities of the leader and their faith in them
becomes genuine and real.
a team of eye surgeons went to
to help people with cataracts. Thousands of young and old lined up
and after they recovered their sights, the doctors were stupefied to
see that the first thing these people did was to go to the large
portrait of their dictator Kim Jung Il hanging on the wall to
prostrate and thank him – not the doctors who help them, but the
tyrant that had kept them blind for so many years.
mission flourished partly because he had appeared in a time and
place where he was amongst an ignorant, superstitious, largely
chauvinistic people. The qualities that he needed to bolster his
marauding religion were already present in his early followers.
Chauvinism, bigotry, haughtiness, arrogance, megalomania, stupidity,
boastfulness, greed, lust for sex, disdain for life and other
ignoble character traits that are the hallmarks of Islam, were
already present as the materia prima in Arabia, where
Muhammad launched his prophetic enterprise. These attributes were
later imposed on other nations who fell prey to Islam. Those who
already had these base attributes found in Islam a common ground to
regroup and a “divine” validation for their deviant, criminal
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To understand the phenomenon of
Muhammad we have to study modern cults and peer into the minds of their
leaders. Cases abound. I only give a few examples:
Jim Jones convinced
normal decent people that he is the Messiah. He convinced them to leave
their families and follow him to his “Medina” in the middle of the Jungles. He convinced the Government of New
Guyana to give him 300 acres of land for free. He convinced his men to
carry guns and kill anyone who dissented. These men shot and killed a
senator and his guards and then he convinced his followers to drink a
cyanide potion and 911 of them willingly did what he told them and
How do you explain this magnetism on
his part and this much loyalty
and faith of those who believed in him?
gathered his followers in Branch Davidian compound outside of
Texas. They were with him every moment of the day. They armed themselves
because he told them so. They allowed their teenage daughters to sleep
with him, much like Abu Bakr allowed Muhammad to sleep with his underage
daughter. They shot and killed four ATF agents and booby trapped the
compound and blew it causing their own deaths and the deaths of all
their families rather than surrender. If that is not loyalty what it is?
90 people died in that incident.
Order of the Solar
apocalyptic cult claimed 74 victims in three bizarre mass suicide
rituals. Most of the members of the sect were highly educated and
well-to-do individuals, much more intelligent than Abu Bakr, Omar and
the kid Ali who was more fond of killing than thinking.
The two known leaders of
the group were Luc Jouret, a Belgian homeopathic doctor, and Joseph di
Mambro, a wealthy businessman. They were like Muhammad and Abu Bakr of
this cult. They too believed in their insanity and they too committed
The cult gave great
importance to the Sun. Their fiery ritual murder-suicides are meant to
take members of the sect to a new world on the star "Sirius."
To assist with the trip, several of the victims, including some
children, were shot in the head, asphyxiated with black plastic bags
Luc and Joseph wrote, in
a letter delivered after their deaths that they were "leaving this
earth to find a new dimension of truth and absolution, far from the
hypocrisies of this world." Doesn’t this sound eerily familiar to
what Muhammad preached? Except that he did not advocate suicide; there
was no gain in that for him. He ordered his followers to wage war for
him, kill and get killed in the cause of his imaginary Allah. Loot
innocent people and bring wealth and power for him. He was much more
pragmatic than these cultists and far less willing to put at risk his
How can you explain the devotion of these people to their sick beliefs? Do
you deny the conviction of their leaders to their cause?
On March 26, 1997, 39 members of "Heaven's Gate" decided to
"shed their containers" and get on a companion craft
hiding in the tail of the Hale-Bopp comet.
The Heaven Gaters died in three
shifts over a three-day period after celebrating their last meal on
earth. 15 cultists died the first day, 15 the second and the remaining
nine the third day. As one set of cultist ingested the poison, a lethal
dose of phenobarbital mixed in with pudding and/or applesauce and chased
with a shot of vodka, they would lie down and another cultist would use
a plastic bag to speed up the dying. A frighteningly anal-retentive mass
suicide, the cultist would clean up after each round of killing. Before
the last two killed themselves, they took out the trash leaving the
rented mansion in perfect order. Wanting to be helpful even after dead,
all bodies had some sort of identification. Strangely, though, they also
had five-dollar bill and change in their pockets and small suitcases
neatly tucked under the cots and beds.
Also take a look at the story of John
de Ruilter, the man whose followers believe to be greater than
Jesus, allow him to have orgies with their daughters. One of his
followers is a psychologist who swears in his thirty years of
practice he has never come across such a “sane” man.
We have thousands of cases such as
these. The cult leaders are charismatic, they are persuasive and they
are convinced of their own cause. They are not normal people, they are
psychopaths. They are very different from ordinary people and that is
why they stand out. They are often intelligent people, but their reality
and fantasy are mixed up. They mystify others with their oomph, self
assurance, single mindedness and unwavering resolution. That is because
they can’t distinguish between what is real and what is imagined. They
are the first to believe in their own lies. This conviction fools their
close friends and relatives, making them believe that they must know something
that others don't.
Muhammad was no different. He was a
psychopath. I have described his psychological profile in another
article, titled The
Force Behind Muhammad.
Hitler, Stalin, or other charismatic cult leaders were not stupid. They
were highly intelligent but they were insane.
More insane than that is the fact
that a billion people
follow a psychopath and all of them base their belief on a few logical
fallacies. Each one of them bases his faith on the credulity of others
and all of them, like sheep follow each other. If all the sheep go one
way then that must be the right way to go. "After all not a billion
people could be mistaken."
Mentality and Deindividuation
Muslims call themselves Ummah.
This word is of the same root of Ummi. Ummi is how Muhammad referred to
himself and it means unlettered, unschooled, uneducated.
Therefore Ummah means the community
of the unlettered followers. In the case of Muhammad this implied that
his knowledge was of a divine source. However that distinction does not
apply to the Ummah. Hence Ummah, by definition means the ignorant
mass of believers.
The verse 3:20
And say to the
People of the Book and to those who are unlearned: (Ummiyeen)
"Do ye (also) submit
Here the word
which is the plural of Ummi is translates as:
Yusuf Ali: those who are unlearned:
Pickthal: those who read not
Shakir: the unlearned people
Let us take another verse (Imran 3:75):
"there is no call on us (to keep faith) with these ignorant (Pagans).(Ummiyeen)"
translates this word in this verse as ignorant.
Pickthal translates it as Gentiles.
And Shakir translates the word as unlearned
"gentile" is generally applied to an individual who is ignorant of the Scriptures.
In English the synonym for "gentile" is "pagan".
term gentile was used by the governing Romans for the non-Romans
(foreigners); it was adopted by the Jews to denote the non-Jews; in turn
the Christians used it for the Pagans. In the Qur'an the term al-Ummiyeen,
is generally translated as "the
Unlettered folks". The verse 62:2 reads,
بَعَثَ فِي الْأُمِّيِّينَ
translates this thus:
He Who has sent amongst the Unlettered
an apostle from among themselves,"
And in his commentary he
writes: "The Unlettered: as
applied to a people, it refers to the Arabs, in comparison with the People
of the Book..."
And there are among
who know not the Book,
The root of Ummi
is "Um" (mother). A literal translation of that into
English would be “Natural”, although the two words have taken
different meanings in time. Etymologically, Ummi is the natural state of
being ignorant and unlearned, as when born by mother.
So Ummah is the
uneducated and unlettered mass of people who are ignorant of the scriptures
and hence unable to find their way. The Ummah is in constant need of
guidance. Imam, also from the same root, is one who leads the
Ummah. This is basically the concept of sheep and
shepherd. The entire community of Muslims is deemed to be sheep in need
The believer is supposed to do
whatever other believers do and all of them are to blindly follow what
the Imam tells them to do, and he in turn is supposed to instruct them
with what Muhammad used to do.
Right and wrong, good and bad are not appraised based on their own
merits. Right is what Muhammad said or did and wrong is what he
In other words Muslims are not to judge Muhammad by norms of morality
and commonsense but rather the standards of morality and commonsense are
to be measured by Muhammad's deeds and words.
This attitude exonerates Muslims from
thinking. By following a uniform behavioral and thinking pattern the
individual finds safety and comfort in the group.
Conformity is encouraged and
independent thought is severely punished. Disagreeing with the majority
can bring immense pain and hardship to the independent thinker.
Muslims are kept in line by
pleasure/pain stimuli. By conforming they get rewarded. Their
sycophantism is prized and it helps them to be accepted and cling to
their social status. On the other hand independence of thought has sever
On psychological level the believer
is terrorized with the fear of hell and lured by the promise of
This psychological pressure is intended to numb the
rational faculty of the believer and discourage him from ever wandering
his mind on things that may shake his faith in the big lie.
This is another important factor that
has helped Islam to survive for so many centuries. Muslims are
discouraged and do not dare to think independently. Breaking that
pattern and rebelling against the conformity is so painful that the
thought of that sends shiver down the spine of the believer. By thinking
differently the believer could lose his wife, his family, his friends,
his job, his status, his respect, his property, his freedom and even his
The fear of the society and the fear
of the afterlife are two main reasons Islam has endured so long. This
lie has never been challenged and as long as it remains unperturbed, it will
stay unscathed. The longevity of a lie is not a proof that it is true.
Islam has survived because of the fear factor and not because it is
Socially, Islam contributes to the deindividuation
of the believer. Deindividuation is a technical term for sheep
mentality. This is a psychological state where sheep mentality is
aroused when individuals join crowds or large groups.
Deindividuation is characterized
by diminished awareness of self and individuality. In Islam individuality is completely denied and the individual's
is fused with Ummah. He is not only reduced to a virtual slave, he is actually
called by that name. People, are called Ibaad, which literally means
Deindividuation reduces an
individual's self-restraint and normative regulation of behavior. It
contributes to collective behavior of violent crowds, mindless
hooligans, and the lynch mob. Such behavior is particularly noticeable
when the Ummah gets into the mosque and is roused by red faced speeches
of the imams and mullahs calling upon them to curse the Jews and the
infidels for “oppressing” the Muslims.
The individual is not allowed to
question why. What is the proof of that oppression and why he should
hate the Jews and the infidels? If a child ask that question he will be
slapped on the face so he can learn this is an inappropriate question, but if an
adult asks that question he could be in big trouble.
Deindividuation has been also
associated with other social phenomena such as genocide, stereotyping,
and disinhibition. This explains the behavioral pattern of the
believing/practicing Muslims. The mob lynching of the American
contractors in Fallujah and the evisceration of the Israeli soldiers and
gnawing on their hearts in Ramala are just two cases that were brought
to public light because the victims were Americans and Israelis. But
this behavior is not uncommon in Islam. In Iran
thousands of Baha’is lost their lives to mob lynching. In Pakistan
the same happens to those accused of violating the blasphemy law and insulting Muhammad. Muslims are
often roused to hysteric levels, after listening to the sermons in
their mosques, and become ready to commit murder.
Ironically it is the brutality and
the repressive nature of Islam, in conjunction with its absolute
irrationality that has made this doctrine a successful religion and has
allowed it to survive this long.
Islam cannot stand scrutiny. Muhammad
knew perfectly that he is unable to answer the questions raised by his
critics. Therefore he saw to it so no one dare question him ever.
Even in the West if someone pronounces
something critical of Islam, Muslims protest en masse and murder the
westerners in Dar al Islam, claming that their "sensibility has been
hurt". The idea is to intimidate you from criticizing their religion next
time. They are fully aware that they can't answer answer your criticism and that means the end of
Why Everyone Praised
One question arises in the mind of
the Muslims: Why all Muhammad's companions praised him so much? Why no one
spoke opprobriously of him even after his death?
The answer is that In a society that is based on
personality cult, speaking your mind is not easy. Telling the truth
could bring you ostracism and even cost your life. People who think
differently keep their thoughts to themselves. Instead the sycophants try to endear themselves by eulogizing the leader through
flattery and exaggerated adulation. After the death
of the cult leader, the sycophants add
to their charade to gain prestige. Even today the
situation is not changed. People who dissent are afraid to talk and are persecuted; while the
toadies are honored for writing eulogies about Muhammad. How can truth
come out in this repressive and deceitful atmosphere?
We have many stories about Muhammad
ordering the assassination of those who criticized him and about Omar
who was ever ready to withdraw his sword and slit the throat of one who
questioned Muhammad’s authority. Muhammad encouraged sycophantism and
Therefore the secrets of Muhammad’s
success are no secrets anymore. He succeeded because he told the biggest
lie ever and because he was extremely ruthless towards those who
questioned him and disagreed with him.
Muhammad succeeded also because he
appeared among the most ignorant, the most superstitious and the most
barbarous people. The qualities that he needed to bolster his marauding religion
were all present among his early followers and later were imposed on
others who fell prey to his cult. Chauvinism, bigotry, haughtiness,
arrogance, megalomania, stupidity, greed, lust for sex, disrespect for
life and other ignoble qualities such as these, that are the
hallmark of Islam were already present as the materia prima in the
Arabia where Muhammad launched his prophetic career. All he had to do
was to invent a big lie and add some intolerance and some violence to
create the most perfect religion of hate.
is why Islam has survived so far and not because it is a true religion.