Understanding Muhammad Paperback – 1 May 2008
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The Discovery Channel and the BBC are forever ramming this scientific fact home, are they not? This is the world we live in. Now if you read the Muhammad story, then you will suspect this explanation, I think.
The fascinating thing about Muhammad, you see, is the fact that he was born in the 'clear light of history'. Muslims are very proud of this fact; it is their unique selling point. So He really existed, and no other religion can claim the seal of historical certainty, and so vigorously sit on the throne of truth, like Muhammad can. The downside to all this breast beating is that modern psychologists can examine the events and come to a diagnosis.
If you read the Qur'an it does seem much scarred and confuse, with ecstatic mannerisms and a glimpse of divinity. Now if we take Sina's epileptic idea on board our amateur psychoanalytical train, then the book can be read as a psychological dialogue with the prophet and his own personal logos or sock puppet!
Muslims are oft to say that the other religious big-wigs existed in the foggy confusion of pre-history, and this makes the divinity you follow a vapour in the historical fog. Take your Jesus for example; was He a God, a Buddha, a Logos or a magic mushroom? All these theories have been put forth; the plot thickens! This is not the case with the prophet of Allah. We know all about Muhammad, and written from pious Muslims too; so we have Muhammad's shopping list, his tax returns and his address; in other words, Muslims have a real flesh and bones character on their side; and what a meaty and muscular, and love struck and mad war-lord he was at that!
Ali Sina makes a convincing case that this wretched mad-man started a world-wide cult to satisfy the passions of his sexually starved bandits. Sina supplies ample evidence from psychology and brain science to give a picture of the genius psychologist Muhammad was, well he was an unconscious genius you see, as the force that drove his visions were not white lies, but a combination of narcissistic confidence and epileptic seizures. Muhammad's ecstatic mannerisms managed to bamboozle the uneducated Arabian camel dwellers and thus convince them that he was conversing with the Angel Gabriel. Listen to this; get killed, and woman with large breasts will greet you; pure and sweet and immortal youths too; to enjoy until the end of time. All you need to do is submit to the prophet. After you submit and hopefully get killed for Muhammad, you will gorge yourself silly on fresh lamb, surrounded by dancing girls. The prophet even banned alcohol but promised fine wine in paradise. So booze and girls in paradise; what an incentive! For fourteen hundred years this ideology has forced the bowels of history to excrete idiocy in all directions, like an angry toilet, to become the basis of a fierce death cult.
I won't get into the biographical details, but I would just like to say that there is a strong parallel with the story of Mohammad and the story of Genghis Khan. Both men came from poor tribal societies and both men managed to unite the warring tribes and set their armies marching to found impressive new empires. Genghis Khan smashed the Chinese empire and the Mohammadens smashed Rome. Sina uses his sources wisely. All the rude and bloody things Muhammad got up to are reported from pious Muslims and they really put the prophet in a compromised position, I checked some of Sina's references and the scholarship holds.
Sina does sound a bit hysterical at times, like an abused and battered ex wife, when he says that all Muslims are evil. I don't believe this, but I don't know that many Muslims. Ex Muslims seem to be saying similar things and it is only the cult of political correctness that stops us from pointing out the erotic cult of Mohammad. Islam doesn't resemble a religion of peace at all, but a political ideology with erotic trappings. Being myself from a psychological background, I can't find fault in Sina's use of the narcissism diagnosis of Mohammad's mental make-up.
Sina argues that monotheism was not the original message; it was that he had been appointed as divine messenger and that people had to believe him. Sina considers Allah & his prophet as the same personality. The commonsensical distinction between good and evil was replaced by the concepts halal (permitted) and haraam (forbidden) so that the ends always justify the means. In the Medina phase, his followers turned violent by committing assassinations to foster a climate of terror. That is the same modus operandi employed today. Terrorists follow this example by seeking supremacy through terror. There is no doubt in the minds of the perpetrators that the strategy works.
Due to the precedents set by the founder and his ideological heirs, extremists believe that terror tactics will prevail everywhere. Before and during World War II, the Mufti of Jerusalem was a supporter of Hitler. Afterwards, many Middle Eastern regimes aligned themselves with the USSR. Later, the Italian translator and the Norwegian editor of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses survived assassination attempts whilst the Japanese translator and the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh were less lucky. All totalitarianisms thrive on the Big Lie. Sina provides an arresting explanation of the big lie and the reasons why it so often succeeds.
Just as absorbing are his diagnoses of illnesses like narcissistic personality disorder, temporal lobe epilepsy, obsessive compulsive disorder and acromegaly which is caused by excessive production of a growth hormone. The author explains why this combination of afflictions was taken as signs of prophethood and how it reflects the nature of the movement. With reference to figures like Jim Jones, Sina highlights the cultic nature of the new faith. Everything in Eric Hoffer's True Believer confirms this conclusion.
These days many staunch defenders of the West like Ibn Warraq, Brigitte Gabriel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Wafa Sultan come from Asia or Africa, while many western Leftists collaborate with the enemy as Jamie Glazov proves so convincingly in United in Hate. Dismissing the hope of reform since violent conquest & contempt for non-believers remain at the core, Sina claims that this notion of reform derives from a false analogy with Christianity. The deceptions of multiculturalism and political correctness promoted by western academics like Karen Armstrong and John Esposito are undermining the reality of the threat and the will to resist.
Like Ibn Warraq, Sina argues that the Enlightenment, Renaissance and democracy are the foundations of civilization that need to be preserved. The Western one is a culture whilst the other is a cult. The rule of law, individual liberty and freedom of expression are under assault by a resurgence of the irrational and barbaric. The hour is late and the peril is ignored or denied by western leaders, the media and the intelligentsia. Other informative books on the matter include They Must Be Stopped by Brigitte Gabriel, Cruel And Usual Punishment by Nonie Darwish and the work of Robert Spencer.
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A must read for muslim and non-muslim truthseekers.
Certainly the only trustworthy analysis of the mind of islams last prophet.
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