THE RECENT MASS MURDERS IN PARIS and San Bernardino were committed by people who believed that Muhammad revealed the will of God to the world, that he was the “last and final” prophet before the day of doom when all of mankind will be brought before God for judgment.
To people like Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, the San Bernardino killers, heaven will be the reward for those who were guided by the light Muhammad revealed. Hell will be the punishment for those who rejected the light. The “light” Muhammad brought included the murder of people who rejected him and his religion, so following his light, Farook and his wife turned into mass killers.
The idea behind the shooting is the need to spread terror so that people will ultimately submit to Islam, to Muhammad’s “light.”
Muhammad was the world’s first ideological mass murderer. Communists thought they could create a just world by forging a new type of human out of an altruistic social order they aspired to create, but when people resisted becoming refashioned these idealists resorted to terror on a vast scale, and in the end gangsters ruled.Totalitarians start out as idealists and end up as mass murderers, and Muhammad was no exception. He believed in his own hellfire stories and wanted to create perfect humans, people whose behavior in this life would bring the reward of eternal joy in paradise. He believed he was doing people a favor because he was sparing them from eternal damnation. He created an ideology around this idea of doing people a favor.
Like Communism, his utopian fantasy could only come about with violence. It was unnatural and weird, and people in his own day and age did not willingly embrace it. So along with his Koran—his manifesto—we have the story of his descent into terror. In the end he committed almost every crime now considered a crime against humanity. Much of his activities would today be classified as organized crime. All of them were the result of his ideology of doing people a favor.
Here are some of his most notorious crimes:
The assassination of critics. He dispatched hitmen from his mosque to murder critics and opponents, then praised the killers for doing “Gods will.”
The mass murder of people who rejected him and his religion. On one occasion he beheaded the men of an entire tribe of Jews in Medina, throwing the torsos and heads into a ditch. As many as 900 men and boys were slaughtered.
Theft. He confiscated the property of his victims, including real estate, livestock, weapons, artisan tools, and so forth. He divided plunder among his own people as payment for their participation in raids and battles, but he kept 20 percent for himself to provide for himself and his family and to finance further aggression. In some instances, he kept everything.
Slavery. He sometimes enslaved men, but he chiefly took women and children as slaves. After slaughtering the 900 men and adolescent boys of the Jewish tribe of Medina, he enslaved the remaining 1,000 women and children. Of these, 800 were sold and the proceeds were divided among his warriors. The remaining 200 slaves he kept for himself.
Torture. It is recorded that he tortured one of the Jewish leaders of Khaybar, an oasis he conquered a year and a half after exterminating the Medina Jews. The leader had hidden gold, silver, and other treasures that Muhammad wanted. He had a fire started on the man’s chest to induce him to reveal the whereabouts of the treasure, but when he still refused, Muhammad ordered his head cut off.
Raids. He spread his religion through unending raids on towns, villages and nomad camps.
If Muhammad got anything right, it’s that terror works. He would not have gotten anywhere with his utopian fantasy without forcing people to submit to him. Rather than being slaughtered, most people in Arabia ended up yielding to him and his “light.” Terror has worked for 14 centuries, and today some 1.5 billion people live under the control of what evolved out of his terror.Islam is never satisfied with its gains. In his delusional thinking, Muhammad believed he was sent to the world to bring God’s word to all mankind. People like Farood and his wife are brainwashed into believing this utopian nonsense. Such people think they are doing God’s work. Terror will bring what remains of the non-Muslim world ultimately to submit. The more they kill and maim, the more they terrify people, the more they will ultimately spare the masses of humanity from hellfire because the masses will be forced to submit to the truth—to the light. In their own minds and in the minds of their fellow believers, the Faroods and the Maliks are not vile, warped, and cowardly actors in this Muhammadan drama, but noble warriors of God.
Islam is mass producing such people. Terror incidents are on the upswing globally and will continue to grow in frequency and lethality. It’s a matter of extrapolation from the past to see that terror has reached a point of no return. The line of the graph is shooting upward.
These are scary times, but the future belongs to the valiant and the persistent. The future is in the hands of those who educate themselves about this evil and spread what they know. The future is in the hands of people who inspire others to push back against this evil. One day the push back can become more powerful than what is inspiring it.
In these efforts, one should remember the words of Winston Churchill. “Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never.”
This article first appeared in the Truthophobes Newsletter #9. Click here for the YouTube production. The article may be used in whole or in part provided the following attribution is given: F. W. Burleigh is the author of It’s All About Muhammad, a Biography of the World’s Most Notorious Prophet. He blogs at www.itsallaboutmuhammad.com.