If Muhammad was
a liar why he made a religion so hard to follow? If he was looking
for followers shouldn't he have made his religion easier?
The truth is that the more a cult is difficult the
more appealing it becomes. It is in a human psyche that we appreciate
something for which we strive harder and do not value things that we
find easily or freely.
See the other dangerous cults like the cult of Jim
Jones or the cult of Shoko Asahar, the Mooni or the Heaven’s Gate.
These were not easy cults at all. People handed all their belongings to
their cult leaders and left their jobs to follow them. They lived very
austere lives. Generally abstaining themselves from sex while the cult
leader had full access to sex. In the case of David Koresh he told his
followers women belong to God and since he was the messiah they belong
to him. So he slept with the wives of his followers and with their
teenager daughters. But he preached celibacy for men.
Shoko Asahara, Jim Jones and basically all of them punished
severely those who disobeyed them and the followers thought the biggest
punishment is excommunication. These cult leaders would ostracize those
members who asked too many questions and these idiots sometimes
committed suicide thinking God and his messiah are angry with them and
hence life is not worth living anymore. Or perhaps they committed
suicide to prove to their leaders that they are loyal and in this way
seek forgiveness. Muhammad used this kind of punishment too. Ka’b the
tells his own story of being punished by Muhammad with excommunication
for 50 days during which time no one ever spoke to him and his wife left
All the cults demand sacrifice from their
followers. This is the way you can prove your faith and loyalty. You
will gain the pleasure of "god" or the guru by sacrificing
everything even your life. Cults praise hardship and disdain easy life.
Scientologists know that too. They have different
levels of courses. Level one will cost you about a dollar for every hour
of course, as you advance you'll be asked to pay more. One man who paid
$1,200 in advance for a 50 hour course completed it in 20 minutes, which
meant he spent about $1 a second for auditing. The
rationale is that the more you pay for something the more you value it.
"Nothing is expensive when your happiness is at stake." That
is why all the cults are difficult to follow and they require sacrifices
from their followers. To encourage his followers to sacrifice Muhammad
" Not equal are those believers who sit
(at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the
cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted
a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and
persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath
Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He
distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-(4:95)
The more dangerous a cult is the more difficult it
becomes. In fact some cults won't accept you as a full member until you
prove your loyalty by making huge sacrifices, which are considered as
the test of your faith and devotion. So the trick works. If it was
easy no one would have taken it seriously.
The cult leaders know this weakness in human
psyche. They are psychopath narcissists. Control and domination comes
natural to them. They love to be demanding, they love to see people do
strenuous tasks for them so they feel the power and savor the sensation
that they are in control of others people's lives. These fools will do
anything their gurus tells them to do, including waging war for him,
killing for him and sacrificing their lives. This feeds the narcissist's
craving for power and control. It works like hand in glove. The cult
leader enjoys the power and his benighted followers think because he is
too demanding and harsh on them his cult must be true.
Why in the world the followers of the cults accept
to be punished even physically when they can easily walk away and never
come back? It is because the harsher a cult is and the more sacrifice it
demands, the more believable it becomes.
All cults have very rigorous rituals. The
believers, become obsessed to follow these rituals to achieve salvation
and are warned that if they fail in performing these rituals rightly
they are committing major sin. They become slaves of mindless rituals
that they perform, allegedly to please God or to be
"enlightened". In this way the cult leader keeps them in his
Islam is one of the most demanding cults. Muslims
are to wake up at early hours of the mornings to perform the ritual of
fast and abstain from food and water for long hours. They are supposed
to perform obligatory prayers five times per day. (Funny that in one
hadith Muhammad claimed that Allah originally ordered 50 times prayers
per day and he bargained with Allah to reduce it to 5 times only. In
this way he wanted to make Muslims grateful to him for being kinder than
Allah and trying to make life easier for them.) These prayers are
constant brainwashing. You drill some jumbo mumbo and perform these automatic
and moronic exercises and keep brainwashing yourself.
Muslims are asked to abstain from certain foods,
from listening to music and from socializing with the opposite sex. If
they are women they must cover themselves in layers of veil in the
scorching heat of the summer. They must cut their ties with their
non-Muslim family and friends. These are all hardships and sacrifices
that make a believer think he is gaining something precious in exchange.
Instinctively we humans think "no pain no
gain". Even our primitive ancestors used to give sacrifices
including their children to appease their gods.
Humans think the bigger is the pain the greater is
the reward. These hardships in Islam, and in all cults, are in fact their
main appeal. We humans think anything hard is better than anything easy.
The harder a cult is, the truer it appears.