An Imperialistic Cult?
the previous chapter I explained why Islam should be regarded as a
political movement akin to fascism. In this chapter we shall learn about
the cultic nature of Islam.
an article titled “Islam:
Religion or political ideology?” Robert Spengler of Asia Times
philosopher Immanuel Kant claimed that Judaism was not a religion, but a
mere body of laws. Secular Jews would agree with him. Some secularized
Muslims say the same about Islam, for example Ali Sina of www.faithfreedom.org. Sina
writes: ‘Islam is not a religion. Considering Islam a religion is a
mistake that could cost millions of lives. Islam is a political movement
set to conquer the world. It is the Borg of the non-fictional world. Islam
has one goal and one goal alone: to assimilate or to destroy.’"
commented: “Kant was wrong, but wrong in a way that helps clarify the
problem. Ali Sina and other Muslim secularizers are just as wrong. I shall
argue that Islam is both a religion and a political ideology. Religion is
what makes Islamic political ideology so dangerous.”
don’t disagree with Spengler. I suppose the difference between us is in
semantics. What do we mean by religion? Religion is one of those terms
that to each has a different meaning.
Paul Connelly, in an article titled “Definition of Religion and
Related Terms” offers an "inclusive
enough" definition of religion "to not leave out any of
the beliefs and practices that seem religious to most intelligent people."
in an attempt to represent and order beliefs, feelings, imaginings and
actions that arise in response to direct experience of the sacred and the
spiritual. As this attempt expands in its formulation and elaboration, it
becomes a process that creates meaning for itself on a sustaining basis,
in terms of both its originating experiences and its own continuing
on this broad and "inclusive enough" definition of religion
hardy any belief that tends to reshape some aspect of human
behavior can be excluded.
the example of People’s
, the cult created by Jim Jones whose 900 followers willingly fed a
poison-laced drink to their children, administered it to their infants,
and drank it themselves. Their bodies were found lying together, arm in
tape recorded as the final ritual was being enacted reveals that the
believers, with only few exceptions, voluntarily drank the poison and fed
it to their children.
Jones was an atheist. He was advocating "social justice",
communism and socialism. He did not believe in a god or afterlife. He was
THE sacred and THE cause.
Mills, who spent six years as a high-ranking member before becoming one of
the few who left the People's
was an unwritten but perfectly understood law in the church that was very
important: No one is to criticize Father (Jones), wife, or his children
" (Mills, 1979). Deborah Blakey, another long-time member who managed
to defect, testified: “Any disagreement with [Jim Jones’s] dictates
came to be regarded as "treason."” [Blakey, June 15, 1978.] www.cultbuster.faithweb.com/jimjones.htm
we possibly consider People’s
religion? Spengler writes:
“All religion, Franz Rosenzweig argued; respond to man's
anxiety in the face of death (against which philosophy is like a child
stuffing his fingers in his ears and shouting, "I can't hear
, falls into this definition. Jim Jones warned his followers of an
imminent nuclear disaster and took them to the jungles of
, promising them that after the end of the world they would be the only
ones who would survive. If the belief in afterlife is irrelevant to
categorize a doctrine as a religion, then People’s
was a religion by all means.
Spengler agrees that even communism can be thought of as a religion
where History or dialectic materialism takes the place of God and acts as
the inevitable destiny of the society.
Nonetheless, he sates that History is no god, and cannot be equated
to an omnipresent omniscient god that takes the form of a being.
Therefore it is all the question of definition. Spengler himself says
that we require a working definition of religion before making further
sense of the issue.
Based on Connelly’s "inclusive definition" of religion
sated above and on Spengler’s and Rosenzweig’s idea of religion that
vests any doctrine that “responds to man's anxiety in the face of
death” with the mantle of religion, almost all cults are qualified to be
called religion because virtually all of them believe in one sort or
another of afterlife, punishment and rewards.
Seventy four followers of the Order of the Solar Temple committed mass
suicide and shot their children in the head because they believed their
fiery ritual murder-suicides will take them to a new world on the star
Sirius. The suicides were not
intended to end the life but to perpetuate it and immortalize it in
another plane. The founders of the cult, Luc and Joseph, in a letter
delivered after their deaths, wrote that they were "leaving this
earth to find a new dimension of truth and absolution, far from the
hypocrisies of this world."
We have similar statements made by Muhammad, the founder of Islam. He
"Think not of those who are slain in
Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance from their
Lord. They rejoice in the Bounty provided by Allah...the (Martyrs) glory
in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve. They
rejoice in the Grace and the Bounty from Allah, and in the fact that Allah
suffereth not the reward of the Faithful to be lost (in the least)."
Whether the belief of immortality is in an imaginary heaven or in an
imaginary star is immaterial. The point is the same; death is glorified
for a promise of a better existence elsewhere or elsetime. Therefore if
Islam is a religion so is the Order of Solar Temple. If the requisite of a
religion is to have a body of sacred beliefs then People’s
is also a religion. Jim Jones was a sacred being for his followers and his
cause was sacred. So sacred, that they were willing to give up their lives
abound; we can talk of the Japanese Shoko Asahara and his cult Aum
Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth). The leader of this cult ordered his followers
to release Sarin gas in the subways of
that resulted in the death of a dozen of people and hundreds of others
were injured for life. Furthermore this cult is suspected of a series of
slayings and kidnappings of anti-cult activists and of preparing to
overthrow the Japanese government - all in the name of "good
to Shoko Asahara, "poa" killing relieved victims from everyday
life and the inevitable accumulation of bad karma. Thus what we call
cold-blooded murder was regarded "as a beautiful ‘poa’ (kill)
and wise people would see that both the killer and the person killed would
benefit” He taught his
this to Muhammad’s raids and killing sprees in the name of monotheism.
Assassinations, murders, lootings, rapes and even genocide were
considered to be acts of piety if done in the name of Allah and for the
promotion of his cause. What to us is terrorism to a Muslim is Jihad and a
pillar of faith.
if we are to take the “inclusive definition" of religion proposed
by Spengler, then all the cults must also be accepted as religion.
have no problem with that definition. And perhaps that is the more
accurate definition of religion. In that case I fully agree with Spengler
that Islam is a religion. But he must also agree that with that definition
all cults qualify for that nomenclature.
I said Islam is not a religion, I had a less philosophical, a more
conventional notion of religion in mind. The popular understanding of
religion is that it is a set of codes of conduct to elevate the
individual’s spirituality, to uplift his soul and make him a better
human being. In practice, perhaps few, if any of the present religions
qualify for this definition. When religions are firmly believed, they
become instruments of mind control and not of liberation. Religion is
often used to justify cruelty and violence. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662),
philosopher and mathematician wrote: “Men never do evil so completely
and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”
can witness to the truth of what Pascal says. That is what religions do in
practical terms. However, in theory, religion is meant to teach people
goodly manners, honesty, compassion, forbearance, tolerance, love and
unity. It is to this theoretical definition of religion that I was hinting
when I said Islam is not a religion.
mainstream religions fall into that definition! Why Islam is not a
religion is because it was created not as end to itself but as a tool to
achieve a temporal and a political goal. Islam is not a doctrine created
to teach man spirituality, or make him enlightened. The spiritual message
in Islam is secondary or virtually inexistent. It is used as bait to lure
the believer and give him the feeling of sacred and otherworldliness. The
promise of a reward whether in the form of resurrection or afterlife, is
essential to muzzle the believers and goad them to do things that normally
they would not do. Islam was created to advance political objectives –
religion was the pretext.
was a megalomaniac narcissist with the reveries of grandiosity. He created
Islam to dominate people and make them do what he desired. Religion, God,
monotheism, prayers and other rituals were instruments that he employed in
order to grab their attention and impose on them his will. These were just
excuses to keep the people busy and hooked.
often ask, 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
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.
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 poet of
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 him.
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.
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 said:
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)
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
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 tell 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.
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.
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 perpetual leash.
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
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.
we humans think "no pain no gain". Even our primitive ancestors
used to give sacrifices including their children to appease their gods.
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.
do not promote themselves directly. This would make them repulsive. They
instead manipulate people and give them a cause and present themselves as
the personification of that cause. The cause becomes the most important
thing and it can't exist without them. Hence indirectly they become the
center of the universe and the most important person.
, "social justice" was the pretext and Jones was the
personification of his cause. Jeanne Mills writes:
was never a question of who was right, because Jim was always right. When
our large household met to discuss family problems, we didn’t ask for
opinions. Instead, we put the question to the children, "What would
Jim do?" It took the difficulty out of life. There was a type of
"manifest destiny" which said the Cause was right and would
succeed. Jim was right and those who agreed with him were right. If you
disagreed with Jim, you were wrong. It was as simple as that. [Mills,
who also created a cult of personality around himself was not openly
glorifying his person but rather the cause of Aryanism and the superiority
did not ask his followers to worship him. He claimed to be just a
messenger of a god that only he could contact. Once that belief was
established, then he demanded obedience by adroitly calling his followers
to obey “Allah and his messenger” and since his imaginary Allah was
his own alter ego, the obedience was to Muhammad alone.
causes are to hide the hidden agendas of the cult leaders. Dr. Sam Vaknin,
a psychologist and an expert in narcissism writes:
use anything they can lay their hands on in the pursuit of narcissistic
supply. If God, creed, church, faith, institutionalized religion can
provide them with narcissistic supply, they will become devout. They will
abandon religion if it can't."
this understanding, is it still correct to call Islam a religion? Islam
was an instrument of domination, a way to fool the gullible to wage war
for Muhammad, kill and willingly accept death to advance Muhammad's dreams
and satisfy his ambitions. That is why Islam was invented. After Muhammad,
his religion was used for the same very purpose. It bonded the followers
together; it inspired them to sacrifice themselves, commit unthinkable
atrocities and fulfill Muhammad’s reveries of world domination.
religious aspect of Islam was created later by Muslim philosophers. A
theology was invented; mystical and esoteric interpretations were given to
asinine sayings of Muhammad. The religion was molded gradually by the
followers and the passage of time gave it the seal of antiquity and
the answer to the conundrum whether Islam is a religion or not depends on
how we define religion. If Islam is a religion, so are Nazism, communism,
Satanism, Heaven’s Gate, People’s
, Branch Davidian and all other cults. They all should be considered as
religions too. But if we think of religion as a philosophy of life created
to educate, to bring forth the human potentials, to elevate his soul,
stimulate his spirituality and make him enlightened, then Islam fails
miserably that litmus test and should not be regarded as a religion.
is an imperialistic cult in the garb of religion. I wholeheartedly agree
with Spengler when he says “Religion is what makes Islamic political
ideology so dangerous.”
makes Islam dangerous is not because it is a religion but because it is
not. Islam is a thief in police uniform. The agenda of Islam is entirely
imperialistic and political but its modus operandi is religious. It is
this disguise and duplicity that makes Islam unpredictable and dangerous.
religion nor politics are dangerous. Both politics and religion have their
place in our world. Each fulfils a specific role and satisfies a certain
need. But when we have a political movement with seventh century
mentality, that aims to conquer the world, presents itself in the garb of
religion and demands religious status; we are dealing with an imposter and
there lies the danger. The danger is that while Islam claims to be a
religion, its followers do not shy away from political assassinations,
subversive activities, terrorism, sabotage, espionage and other ballistic
acts that have little to do with religion and spirituality and are purely
political in nature.
has one goal and that is to overthrow the present governments and
establish the Khilafat. Let there be no mistake as to what Islam is about.
Let us listen to the words coming out of the mouth of the horse. In this
case the horse is Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s Spokesperson:
"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't
like the government of the
to be Islamic sometime in the future...But I'm not going to do anything
violent to promote
that. I'm going to do it through education."
it is through education or through violence and Jihad, the aim is clearly
stated. Islam is not created to make people enlightened, spiritual,
loving, caring and decent people. Islam is not a religion of personal
growth. Islam is a tool to mobilize the masses and to ultimately score
political victories, subvert the governments and establish the Islamic
we want to call Islam a religion or not is a question of semantics. How we
define religion is up to us. We can define it so inclusive that Islam also
could be qualified as a religion. However, under no circumstances we
should forget that Islam is first and foremost a political movement. Its
aim is not spiritual but very temporal and political.
Islam is recognized as politics, then it would be up to the politicians to
oppose it. Disguised as religion, it not only fools its followers,
encouraging them to sacrifice their wealth and their lives for its
political agenda, it also remains immune from being opposed by other
political parties. It actually procures the assistance of the rival
political parties while surreptitiously it advances its own political
agenda undermining the stability of all other parties and the host
also cannot be separated from politics or in this case Zionism. The
religion is created to preserve the integrity of the Judaic nation. This
however, does not present any danger to anyone else. We all have our
nations and we are all protective of them. For the Jews nationalism has a
religion overtone. But nationalism per se is not dangerous. What is
dangerous is imperialism. Imperialism is dangerous because it tries to
extend the authority of one group or nation on others by establishing
economic and political hegemony over other nations.
wrote: “Ali Sina is wrong:
Islamic expansionism arises from religious motives, that is, a holy rage
against the encroachment of death upon traditional society. In the form of
Islam, the West confronts a challenge quite different from communism.”
is purely nationalistic, but it is not imperialistic. Conversely Islam is
purely imperialistic but not nationalistic. Unlike what Spengler says
Islamic expansionism is not just “a holy rage against the encroachment
of death upon traditional society.” Yes, he is right, to a certain
degree. Muslims feel threatened by the western civilization, by science,
by secularization, by democracy, by equal rights for women and by
enlightenment. Probably to that fear you could attribute the Islamic
revolt of the 1979 in
. But today’s Islamic terrorism is inspired by Islamic imperialistic
fervor. What is it that Muslims want to protect in
? They are doing Jihad here, not to protect Islam but to expand it.
problem is that we fail to listen. All we have to do is to listen to what
Muslims say. Let us listen this time to the words coming out of the mouth
of another horse, Osama Bin Laden. In his letter addressed to
“As for… what are we calling you to, and what do we want
The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam.” [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/worldview/story/0,11581,845725,00.html]
message is very clear. Muslims are waging a Jihad to take over the world.
They can preserve their traditional society and live in the caves if they
like. No one is forcing them to educate themselves and modernize. But that
is not what they want. They want to impose their traditional society on
our society. They want to dominate and take over the world and religion is
just a convenient tool in their quest.