Another Lure of Islam
By Antonio G.
Islam attracts converts and holds its believers
through more than one manipulation of the psyche. Promises of
rewards in paradise are well known. Having your ego puffed by
being praised for your greatness on being Muslim. Assurance
that you are on the winning side in the war for control of the planet and
that your enemies will all be killed or humiliated and subjugated.
And so on...
But there is something else in my opinion that is not
sufficiently recognized. And that something is permission to
externalize, to express, to act out forbidden impulses. Are you a
male who harbors secret rape fantasies and impulses? Islam gives you
the right to rape (in your opinion) indecently dressed women or to take
"temporary wives" in combat. Are you a secret barbarian
who does not want to work and would prefer to participate in barbarian
raids on hard working productive citizens of other cultures? Your
marriage unsatisfying to you and you want an easy divorce? Want to
vent your suppressed anger (which probably was produced in you by
your Muslim family) on people your religion rationalizes as deserving death
for not being Muslim?
And so on and so on..
We can, for the purpose of this writing, posit a
model of the human psyche as consisting of three layers.
Imagine a picture of a target with three rings: The innermost
center, the bull's eye...then around it a circular zone...and around the
middle zone, an outside circular zone.
The outermost zone we can call "the
facade." Here is the surface of consciousness and the source of
everyday polite communication such as, for example: "How are
you?" "I'm fine. How are you?"
"Pretty good. Hey, I heard you are finally taking a vacation.
Where are you going....."
Right underneath the outermost, the facade, is the
layer that corresponds to the unconscious or subconscious, whichever
word you prefer. This layer is largely composed of repressed
material. All the forbidden impulses. Here resides greed, the
urge to take things from others, violent impulses, the urge to kill, the
desire to rape, the laziness, the spite, false understanding of oneself
and others, grandiosity, depression, the need to humiliate others, the
fear of being attacked...and so on and so on.
The innermost is the core, the spiritual place where
resides God within. From the core streams out Love, Creativity, the
desire to work for self and others, positive energy, wholesome
loving sexuality, empathy...and so on...
If humans did not create in themselves this strange
layer between Core and Facade, we would see, in large part, an enormous
decrease in human suffering. That is quite obvious. The
central task of planetary healing, in my opinion, is working to diminish
and eventually eliminate this second layer in the majority of Earth's
Now, getting back to Islam, we can say that the
genius of Islam, among other things, is in making legitimate the
_expression of the forbidden impulses of the second layer. Whereas
Christianity and other religions have enforced the suppression of the
second layer--through moral prohibitions and punishments for
violations--Islam, on the other hand, gives Muslims an open ticket, where
Qur'an, Hadith, Fiqh and Fatwa allow, to express the second layer.
Muslims, thus, need not, like Christians, Jews and others, always
"stuff" their hate, anger, rapacity, etc, within
themselves. Islam gives you the permission--where Qur'an, Hadith,
Fiqh and Fatwa allow--to blow off steam, to release the pressure of
forbidden impulses. You can rape, kill, loot and humiliate others
and it is all OK. Not only is it OK, but you are promised
rewards for letting loose your own repressed filth and garbage on
innocent victims. Sure beats the hell out of psychotherapy where you
just talk about it. Under Islam, you can actually have the thrill of
doing it! Most Muslims--the so-called moderates--are not all
that keen to let loose their repressed filth and garbage on innocent
victims (outside their families). Let the jihadis do their dirty
work for them and they--the moderates--can vicariously enjoy the
painful harming of the imaginary enemies of Islam.
It is like my kindly, sensitive grandfather...who
was a revolutionary in Latin America. He himself could not
directly harm anyone. However, if his (imagined) enemies were executed,
that was perfectly fine with him as long as he himself did
not have to pull the trigger.
In the hope that my this helps in the struggle
against the insanity of Islam, a religion and rationalization which
barbarians use to justify their raids on productive
civilizations which they hope, in the end, to enslave. And they do
this with the tremendous energies which they unleash through expressing
(acting out) the second layer of the psyche.
is very much true. In fact Islam attracts most of its new converts from
among prison inmates and criminals. Jose Padilla is just one example. He
was a petty thief turned terrorist. Even Zarqawi was a car thief and a
common criminal who found in Islam a way to express his proclivity to
crime and gain respect (among Muslims) at the same time. If you go back to
early Islam you'll see most people who joined Muhammad were rebel youths,
slaves and the ruffians of their time. The great Islamic general Khalid
ibn Walid who at first fought against Muhammad was a hoodlum who was
attracted to Islam because he saw the marauding activities of Muhammad agreeable
to his own penchant. Although some people convert to Islam out of
ignorance, they generally leave it after they come to see the truth.
However a great number of those who become Muslims are delinquent muggers,
ruffians and thugs who find Islam palatable to their own criminal inkling.
criminal often feels remorse and an anxiety caused by the discrepancy
between his actions and his belief. Islam removes that anxiety. It not
only condones his rage at the society, and approves his crimes; it
actually provides justification for them and canalizes them. Islam vests
crime with the mantle of legitimacy and gives direction to it elevating it
to the level of a cause, a divinely ordained cause. The Muslim
criminal/terrorist not only does not feel any pang of conscience, he
actually is assured of reward and his conscience is completely at ease.
Now he can even evoke the name of God while committing his crimes.
the conversion, the criminal does not have to abandon crime, he actually
becomes more hardened and convinced of his actions. There is only one
minor adjustment that he has to make and that is he must use his crimes
not for his personal gain but for the glorification of Islam and in the
service of Allah’s cause.
Islam is a religion made by a criminal for criminally minded people. It
does not mean that all Muslims are criminals, but it means that all those
Muslims who follow Muhammad and try to emulate him are potential criminals
and dangers to the society. Evil people are attracted to Islam like flies
to the dung.