is known as the second largest religion. The very fact that 1.2 billion
people call themselves Muslims vests Islam with the mantel of legitimacy
and confirms the claim that it is a religion. But is it?
1.2 billion people be wrong? Well, in logic we have something called
"argumentum ad numerum". It states that something is true
if a lot of people believe in it. But argumentum ad numerum is a
logical fallacy. Truth cannot be established by the consensus of the
majority. In fact many arguments have been proven to be false, even though
everyone in the world once accepted them as true. For example, not until a
few centuries ago everyone believed that the Earth is flat and is at
the centre of the universe. Despite that common belief both geocentricity
and the idea of the flat Earth were false. A false belief does not become
true even if everyone thinks they are true.
not only 1.2 billion people, but the entire mankind can be wrong. As
Bertrand Russell said: “The fact that an opinion has been widely held
is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of
the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more
likely to be foolish than sensible.” (Source)
shattering the myth of argumentum ad numerum, let us put Islam
under scrutiny and see whether it is a religion or a cult.
following is a description of what cult is:
cult is a religious group with extreme beliefs and practices - beliefs
that are often contrary to science and logic but they are believed as
"obvious" truth by the cult members.
members of cults often isolate themselves from friends, family and
society and use deceptive and unethical recruiting techniques
manipulative methods to control the minds of followers
a human leader or leaders
work is performed by all of the members
are not allowed to criticize the leader, the doctrine, or the
organization, or read information that is critical of the cult.
are trained to reject and disbelieve criticism of the cult as lies
spy on one another and report improper activities or comments to
are taught to suppress anything which might reflect negatively to
outsiders about the cult.
doctrine is absolutist and the ideology is internalized as "the
are told to avoid contact with ex-members or critics, even their
are instilled with a deep fear about ever leaving the organization,
and anyone who does depart is of the devil and sometimes severely
are emotional controlled and warned of being caught and punished.
action is administered by group leaders, which may involve
excommunication for such things as questioning organization policy or
are encouraged to sacrifice education, career and family interests to
server the interests of the cult.
socializing only with other members in the organization and avoiding
belief in apocalypse and Dooms Day.
these traits are present in Islam.
claims to be a religion with strong devotion to Muhammad and a set of
unsubstantiated doctrines presented by him. Monotheism is used as a
pretext to exert absolute control over the believers, leaving them no
chance to question or investigate alternative paths.
- Muhammad forced his followers
to leave their families (8:72)
and gathered them in Yathrib. He said: “And
those who believed but did not leave their homes, ye have no duty to
protect them till they leave their homes”. He
warned those who did not follow him, leaving behind their families,
will be cursed by Allah and “their
habitation will be hell”(4:97).
Muhammad went as far as to order his followers to murder
those Muslims who defected his barricade.(4:89)
In Yathrib he banished and killed the Jews who did not believe in him,
thus eliminating the chance of his followers coming in
contact with outsiders and being influenced by anyone. In this way he
exerted absolute control over the lives and the minds of his
followers. Jim Jones did the same. He called his town
"Jonestown". Muhammad changed the name of Yathirb to
Madinatul Nabi (Prophet’s Town)
used manipulative methods to control the minds of his followers. These
methods ranged from threat of hellfire, and promises of paradise, to
exhaustive rituals of prayers and fasts, devised to numb the thought,
and threat of physical punishment including execution and constant
warfare, keeping his followers in perpetual state of agitation.
established himself as the sole authority among his followers and the
only source of guidance to the extent that they looked up to him for
every detail of their lives, including how to dress, how to shave, how
to pray and even how to urinate and how to clean after bowl movement.
Ostensibly the worship was to God but effectively he was the only
object of veneration of his followers and the only authority.
Nominally God was to be obeyed but he was God's proxy, thus assuming
the authority of God.
believers were asked to promote his cause through Jihad, propaganda or
by giving generously from their wealth. 4:95,
criticism of Muhammad and Islam was totally prohibited and if anyone
dared to question him or his decisions, Omar swiftly unshielded his
sword and threatened to slash the throat of the intrepid questioner
forcing him to apologize. The message was sent in a very clear tone
that no one must question Muhammad and his authority. 1400 years
later, the message remains the same. If you question Islam you will be
- Muslims are told to dismiss
any criticism of Islam as coming from Satan
and they often avoid reading critical views about their Faith. I have
received testimonies of apostates who confessed that at first when
they came across this site they stopped reading it and dismissed it as
the work of Satan. See
this I myself never read any book critical of Islam and once
frowned at a friend who expressed her curiosity about Salman Rushdie's
- Muslims are encouraged to spy
on each other and report any sign of dissent. Amr bil Maroof wa
Nahi anil Munkir (Commanding to
follow the religion and preventing from doing what is prohibited) is a
tenet of Islam. Every Muslim is required to poke his nose in the
private lives of others, spy on them and tell them what they should do
and what they should not do. Every Muslim is an enforcer of religion
and the moral police for others.
- Muslims suppress anything that
might present Islam in negative light. Preserving the image of Islam
is of utmost importance and Muslims lie with clarity of conscience to
misrepresent their religion and make it look good. For example women
in Islam are treated like animals and are considered as deficient in
intelligence. Every Muslim knows that including the women, who blame
the men for it but not the Islam. But they lie through their teeth
bragging about the "elevated" status of women in Islam.
Jihad means aggressive war to expand Islam. Every Muslim knows that.
Yet all of them lie and say Jihad means "self defense". A
couple of years ago I received a very angry email from a Muslim who
cursed me for revealing the fact that Muhammad had slept with a 9-year
old child and at the end he said “the damage is already done” and
I will be certainly punished for what I had done. The fact that
Muhammad slept with a child did not bother this Muslim but what
bothered him was revealing this fact.
is extremely absolutist and Muslims believe that it is the only true
religion. This “truth” however is not self evident. It is
"true" because Muhammad said so.
are told to shun the apostates and the critics of Islam. New converts
are often circled and are isolated from their non-Muslim family and
friends. They are showered with love and receive a lot of emotional
support until the brainwashing is complete.
are instilled with the fear of leaving Islam. This fear comes in two
forms. One is the fear of Hell and of eternal punishment and the other
is the fear of being caught and put to death by fellow Muslims,
including their best friends and family.
who leave Islam must live in constant threat of being discovered and
killed. In Muslims’
Comments section of this site you can see that Muslims often talk
about this fear and say they pity me for having to look over my
shoulders all the time and live in fear of being assassinated. The
values are so distorted that they do not pity themselves for being the
assassins but pity me for having to live in their fear.
- In Islam disciplinary action
includes beating, maiming, stoning, beheading or jail. Excommunication
is for minor offenses. The poet Ka’b and two others were excommunicated
for fifty days and during that time no one spoke to them.
Ka’b’s wife was told to leave him and wherever he went people
ignored him as if he was invisible. All this, because he did not
accompany Muhammad in the war of Tabutk.
- Muslims are told to sacrifice
their comfort, their wealth and including their lives to promote
Islam. Young men are encouraged to leave their studies and work, wage
Jihad, and commit suicide bombing to make Islam dominant. Family and
even children are regarded as "tests" of the believers. To
prove their loyalty to Allah, they must be able to forgo all these
"worldly attachments" and get ready to sacrifice their lives
in the cause of Islam.
are discouraged to take friends from amongst the unbelievers even if
these unbelievers are their kin. 3:28
They are told the unbelievers are najis
and that the believers should not
associate with them.
belief in the Day of Judgment and the Dooms Day is one of the pillars
of the Islamic Faith.
on the above, Islam is a cult. It is the biggest and the most
successful cult. It practically reunites every feature of cult. Other cults may not be
cultic in some of the above points. But Islam is cultic in every way and
it would be a gross mistake to number it among religions just because 1.2
billion benighted people call themselves Muslims.