Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Military Strategy of Mohammed

by R. A. McConnell*

It is a lesson of history that, if a new religion is to spread rapidly, it must have military
support. By the carnal nature of the marital discipline imposed upon all males by the
Koran and by Mohammed's emphasis upon conquest as their raison d'etre, he ensured
that Muslim men were more unified and motivated to fight than their opponents.

The military creation of the Islamic Empire was achieved, country by country, in a twostep
process. The first step was to defeat a defending army, which usually consisted of
mercenaries or conscripts from a decadent culture. Such armies were often easily
defeated simply because their military morale was low, while Islam's was high.

Before the first step, the enemy sometimes surrendered and converted to Islam without a
fight when they learned of the Muslim reputation. Or, as the second step, after defeat in
battle, the enemy usually converted to Islam and became part of the Islamic army to
avoid execution. The Islamic army then moved on, gaining booty and numbers as it
went.

Mohammed's religious grand strategy was well suited to his ambitions in the Seventh
Century. It makes no sense in the 21st Century.

from "NAKED ISLAM"
(or "And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best")

http://islamic-danger.blogspot.com/2007/03/naked-islam-or-and-allah-taala-knows.html

There is much more at this foregoing URL.

"This is by far the best exposition of the Koran and of Islam that I have ever come across. Read it, and see if you don't agree."
--Leslie White

"I have excerpted parts from R.A. MacConnell's most excellent Can We Win This War? (The URL where you can find the whole thing is given at the end of the "Naked Islam" post)."
--Leslie White

*R.A. McConnell, was an American physicist

I am reprinting "NAKED ISLAM" here as the URL at Islamic Danger Blog may not be accessible to all. lw

NAKED ISLAM

(or "And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best")

This is by far the best exposition of the Koran and of Islam that I have ever come across. Read it, and see if you don't agree.
--Leslie White

I have excerpted parts from R.A. MacConnell's most excellent
Can We Win This War? (The URL where you can find the whole thing is given at the end).

R.A. McConnell, an American physicist, wrote this:


The Koran as the Basis of Islam

The religion of Islam is defined by its holy book, the Koran. Because the Koran suffered
many "abrogations," "recessions," and "commentaries," while Islam was rising to power,
the Koran is not a document uniquely composed by Mohammed. It is a document whose
present wording was fixed by political compromise among his followers some years after
his death. Its meaning in many passages remains uncertain, despite the clarifying
commentaries offered before and since the final wording was frozen. Strangely enough
in view of its dubious origin, the finally approved Arabic wording of the Koran is accepted
as exact, unchangeable, absolute truth by today's three dominant Muslim sects.


English translations of the Koran reveal the Koran as a mixed collection of specific
commands and pious obscurities. This is an impression that persists whether one goes to
a translation by a convert to Islam (Marmaduke Pickthall, ed. by Watt) or to a translation
by a non-Muslim scholar (J.M. Rodwell, ed. by Jones). From a comparison of these two
versions one must conclude that, as written 15 centuries ago, Arabic was an imprecise
language.


Why is Islam Attractive to the Poor?

Why is the religion of Islam attractive to the poor? The answer seems to be that this
religion promises eternal reward or punishment, which are described in easily understood
terms of the physical pleasures and pain experienced on this earth. In return for
admission to heaven, all that is required is total belief in what the Koran says and
obedience to the rules of Islam, plus the recitation of prayers at five scheduled times
throughout the day, plus a month of daytime fasting each year, along with a pro forma
repentance for sins, and a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca, if one can afford it.

The Military Strategy of Mohammed

It is a lesson of history that, if a new religion is to spread rapidly, it must have military
support. By the carnal nature of the marital discipline imposed upon all males by the
Koran and by Mohammed's emphasis upon conquest as their raison d'etre, he ensured
that Muslim men were more unified and motivated to fight than their opponents.
The military creation of the Islamic Empire was achieved, country by country, in a twostep
process. The first step was to defeat a defending army, which usually consisted of
mercenaries or conscripts from a decadent culture. Such armies were often easily
defeated simply because their military morale was low, while Islam's was high.
Before the first step, the enemy sometimes surrendered and converted to Islam without a
fight when they learned of the Muslim reputation. Or, as the second step, after defeat in
battle, the enemy usually converted to Islam and become part of the Islamic army to
avoid execution. The Islamic army then moved on, gaining booty and numbers as it
went.

Mohammed's religious grand strategy was well suited to his ambitions in the Seventh
Century. It makes no sense in the 21st Century.

The Political Form of Islam Today

Now that the once widespread Arabian Empire with its magnificent intellectual
achievements and many attempted religious reforms has faded into history, all that
remains of Islam politically is the sexually primitive religion of the common people, as
frozen in the Koran and practiced today by three major sects, Sunnis, Shiites, and
Wahhabi. These sects are distributed primarily among Islamic countries and seem
capable of unified action only if called to a holy war (Jihad). Those countries where Islam
is the only religion seem determined to keep out all other religions.

Muslim Membership Requirements

With the assistance of his apostles, Mohammed created in the Seventh Century the
following system of psychological involvement. To attract and hold believers, this new
religion established certain belief and behavioral obligations. Because they are tied
inviolably to the Koran, they have never been changed. As a Muslim today,

· One must believe that Allah is the only God and that Mohammed is His final prophet.

· One must believe that the Koran as written in Arabic contains exact, unchangeable,
and absolute truth. There is only one version of the Koran, although there are differences
of opinion as to its meaning, which are stoutly held among the three major sects. This
claim to unity despite diversity somehow seems to lend authority to each of the sects.

· One must engage in public ritual in the form of daily prayer, praising Allah and asking
forgiveness. This must be performed at fixed times while prostrated, if possible, toward
Mecca. This ritual provides mutual assurance to Muslims of the importance of their
mission. Public prayer operates on the psychological principle that when a brain is busy
expressing one idea, other, differing thoughts cannot easily enter.

· One must wear distinctive clothing. The turban for men keeps the visual brain
channel active with assurance that there are many others who agree that Muslims are
doing the right thing and allows each Muslim to know who his co-religionists are.

· One must engage in public self-discipline in the form of daytime fasting from food,
drink, and sexual intercourse, with prayers and alms-giving throughout a fixed month
each year. This group psychotherapy allows Muslims to feel virtuous and free of guilt.

· One must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime if one can afford it.
This helps unify Islam as a world-wide religion and raises the individual's self esteem..

· One is encouraged to engage in proselytizing to ensure growth of the religion. This
provides a service opportunity for those followers who might prefer to serve Allah by the
power of persuasion rather than by force.

· One must believe that it is Islam's role, as revealed in the Koran, to conquer or
convert the entire world and to exclude all non-believers by converting or killing them as
soon as power to do so is attained in any country. Historically, in its military expansion,
Islam bypassed strong religious centers, temporarily requiring only allegiance and a tax
from them. In Muslim military conversions, "belief" was defined by enforceable behavior,
i.e., by what one did and said, but not by what one thought.

· One must believe in inescapable eternal reward or punishment which will be decided
on the final day of judgment, with no possibility of purgatory or limbo. This binary
outcome is a powerful disciplinary device. Repeatedly, the Koran says that those who
reject Islam, including all infidels, will be damned. The message of Islam is that "you are
either with us or against us." There is no willingness to compromise. Islam will remain a
belligerent religion until it has conquered the world. Its finality of judgment is the ultimate
threat.

· One learns that Allah is "all merciful." Any sin will be forgiven if one confesses and
begs forgiveness. But who can know whether a lapse in ritual will be judged to be mortal
or venial? Thus, the need for last-minute forgiveness for all possible sins, ties tightly to
Islam all sinners, both great and small, quite aside from the other social and
psychological bonds enumerated above. The uncertainty of one's fate results in constant
fear if one has an inclination to think independent thoughts.
Because of Islam's emphasis on the religious aspect of life, the daily work one is
employed to do to earn a living tends to become of lesser importance than religious
protocol. Since Islam offers no direct reward for diligence on the job, indolence may be a
temptation for devout Muslims, and may explain, in part, its popularity among the poor.
These behavioral requirements supplement one another. Because they are public, they
are also psychologically coercive. Individually, they cannot be ignored without
encountering social pressure from friends and the expectation of eternal damnation.
They are an inseparable package.

The fact that its membership requirements include the idea of a deity makes Islam a
religion, but are its objectives "religious" as the term is used by other religions? Islam
might be better described as a plan for the military discipline of its membership, rather
than as a search for understanding of one's self and the universe.

Islam's Exclusionary Aim

Islam, by the unalterable word of the Koran, calls for the pre-emptive killing of infidels (all
those with another religion) lest their beliefs seduce the Islamic faithful. Moreover, in the
absence of any likely reward in this world, this poor-man's religion has promised a
reward in heaven for the killing of infidels, thus leading to suicidal attacks.

As shown by the attack of September 11, 2001, some strong part of today's Islamic
leadership approves the killing of individual infidels who are living peacefully in their own
homeland. It is significant that, while the "loss of life" was widely regretted by Muslims
who were not personally involved in that killing, the attack itself was not condemned by
Muslims in general. This would suggest that the killing of infidels who are not engaged in
physical attack upon, or a military invasion of, an Islamic country, but who are perceived
as anti-Islamic, is still a part of popular Islamic doctrine. Among Islam's leaders, the war
that was declared on September 11 is but a resumption by modern techniques of the
drive to world conquest that was declared by Mohammed in the Seventh Century.

It seems unlikely that the idea of killing the infidel can be selectively eliminated as an
element of the Islamic belief system, even though it is suppressed in the thinking of most
Muslims where their living is comfortable, e.g. in the USA. The logical unity of the Islamic
behavioral system renders it immune to piecemeal change. The rigidity of Islamic rituals
and laws, as frozen in the Koran, makes them vulnerable to attack by both science and
ridicule, and therefore in psychological need of the strong affirming threat of eternal
damnation to ensure their acceptance. This is the key to Islam's strength.

Modern Professional Muslim Proselytizing

The nature of present-day orthodox Muslim professional proselytizing is illustrated by the
following incident, which was reported to me by a friend whom I have known for many
years. The incident took place prior to September 11, 2001.
My friend is middle-aged and the wife of a mechanical engineer. She is unusual, in that
her life is largely devoted to physically caring for, and mentally comforting, persons who
are less fortunate than she. She belongs to no church and has no specific religious
beliefs. In this account I shall call her B.

One evening in a small hospital near Pittsburgh, B was standing by the bed of a patient,
praying silently with her hands stretched over the patient. A doctor came in to check the
condition of the patient. He spoke approximately as follows. "I saw you praying. Do you
have a moment? I would like to talk with you if you don't mind." They stepped into the
visitors' waiting room. It was late in the evening and no one was there. He asked, "What
do you believe?" To which B replied.

"I don’t believe in a God with a white beard. I believe that there is something more to us
than a body. I do not believe in the Bible word-for-word, because it has been revised
many times, but I accept it as a source of holy thoughts. I pray for guidance in what I do."
The doctor said: "It is my duty to talk with you about the prophet Mohammed. There is
only one God, Allah. Mohammed is his prophet and the Koran is his holy book. Would
you like to see the Koran? May I take you down to the chapel and show you the Koran?"

Being both good-natured and inveterately curious, B went along to the chapel. The
doctor showed her the Koran and read to her several passages, first in Arabic and then in
English. There were similarities to the Bible, upon which B commented. The doctor
pointed to the east and said that one must face that way when praying. The doctor
explained that if you are praying for a sick person to get well, or for any other favor, you
must say a particular one-sentence prayer in Arabic five times and then state your
request. He had her practice the prayer in Arabic.

My friend's proselytizing doctor gave her another doctor's name and telephone number
and said she should say to him that she had been sent by the doctor to whom she was
now talking. She was told that the doctor to whom she was referred would give her a
copy of the Koran and be glad to answer all her questions.
The entire interview in which B had the doctor's exclusive attention in the chapel took
about an hour. They amiably discussed many topics. B thanked the doctor for his

kindness. She never contacted the second doctor, for, as she explained to me, she would
have been in trouble at once because she knew that Muslims demean women, and that
is where she would have begun the discussion. Also, she knew she would disagree
because she does not believe in eternal damnation, which, she had learned, is an article
of Islamic faith.

Most Muslims come to the U.S. to escape poverty in their homeland, and they bring with
them their religion. They are not likely to have technical skills, but their training in word
manipulation often leads them to seek positions using memory and linguistic skill. Many
end up as hospital residents where they can practice medicine depending on book
learning. The pay is good, the position is respected, no previous clinical experience is
required, and there are many opportunities for proselytizing. Those proselytizers who
occupy professional positions are above average in intelligence and should not be
confused in this respect with the typical U.S. Muslim.

Moreover, professional proselytizing, as described above, should not be confused with
the more insidious and persistent proselytizing that takes place between two friends
when, typically, a Muslim's conscience is bothered by believing that her Christian coworker
must go to hell despite the fact that she is a morally good person. For this
situation there can be no escape if the Christian prefers her own religion.

The Tragedy of Islam

Being raised in an orthodox Islamic country today limits the future prospects of children.
They can become Islamic priests who rule on questions not covered clearly in the Koran
and on questions arising outside the Koran, or they can become docile believers, or
political leaders. Their choice depends upon their intelligence and other personality
traits. In many of the Islamic countries children cannot become scientists or engineers
because the basics of such careers are not taught in the children's schools.

Mohammed could not have foreseen the coming of science and, with it, world
overpopulation. Without science and technology, Islam remains committed to poverty
and violence in those countries where Islam is the only religion. The tragic aspect of
today's Islam is that, while its political leaders are intelligent and recognize terrorism as a
powerful weapon that might destroy the technological West as a finely tuned economic
machine, these leaders evidently do not foresee that Islam has too few technologists to
maintain the technological productivity in food and everything else, to which the world is
now committed for its survival because of present population density.

Christianity and Islam Compared

Christianity was founded by peaceful persuasion by Jesus and his disciples. (Because of
his unprecedented ability to perform psychic miracles, he was regarded by himself and
his disciples as the "Son of God", i.e., as having some special relation to God.) Islam, on
the other hand, was founded by military conquest by Mohammed, who declared himself
to be God's final prophet, with Jesus being merely a recent Jewish prophet, and all
Christians being infidels who are doomed to hell unless converted to Islam.

Mohammed believed that his God was singular. Christians believe there is only one God
but that he has three personalities, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. It now appears that
Islam's gravest deficiency is its lack of a feminine principle, which is supplied in
Christianity by the doctrine of the Trinity, with Mary as the mother of the Son of God.
Without feminine love, Islam remains a religion fostering male aggression and military
conquest as planned by Mohammed.

Christ's Gospels are four differing accounts of His life, written by His apostles from
memory some years after His death. On the other hand, the Koran was sent as orders
from heaven to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel, one chapter at a time while Mohammed
was in a trance state, and then altered before and after Mohammed's death, and argued
about ever since.

An important feature of Christianity was that it matured to a stage where it allowed the
nurturing of science and, with some reluctance, accepting it. Orthodox Islam, today, still
refuses to accept natural science as a reality to be dealt with.
While comparing Christianity with Islam, it should be mentioned that Islam has no musical
tradition (Answer 580 from "www.ask-imam.com") "Music is expressly prohibited in many
Ahaadith. Among the dominant purposes of our beloved prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wasallam) was to destroy musical instruments. (Mushkat vol. 2). and Allah Ta'ala Knows
Best." The composition of music is generally regarded as the second great achievement
of European Civilization.

Christianity took its rules of morality from the Ten Commandments as revealed to Moses,
which, on the whole, appear to be rather admirable. All rules of Christian behavior flow
from these few precepts and from Christ's purported behavior.
Islam tried a wholly different approach. In order to prevent the escape of its converts,
Islam instituted a system of social constraints as described in Section 12. These, in turn,
required detailed instructions for behavior in every possible action-demanding situation.
However, the Koran and its interpreters could not foresee the future, and Moslem priests
have been kept busy offering advice ever since. See below under Section 18 "Selected
Questions From Today's Muslims."

***


The Promotion of Islam Today

There are many persons and organizations promoting Islam today in the USA. Some are
interacting with Muslim believers on a commercial basis by selling prayers and personal
services. Others, such as the Institute of Islamic Information and Education
(www.islam.org), provide information about Islamic belief in the hope of making converts.

On that web site we are led to think that Islam is simply more sincere and more intense
than other religions, and that it will therefore bring peace and happiness. The mentally
capturing character of Islam is not hinted at, nor is the distasteful personal behavior of
Mohammed. Popular promoters of Islam have nothing to say about the important ways in
which modern Christianity excels over modern Islam, and they mention the fact that
Christians believe in the Trinity, while Muslims do not, as though that difference were
favorable to Islam. Islamic promoters make it sound unpatriotic and bigoted to be
opposed to Islam. They ignore the events of September 11 as though they never
happened.

***


[One Last Shot--Which I Couldn't Resist to Share With You]

[This, the author R.A. McConnell has taken from the URL "www.ask-imam.com
"]
Ask the Imam



[The "imam" is speaking. Listen:]

Masturbation:

The person involved in [self-]masturbation is almost certainly a victim of evil gazes. It is
thus imperative to strictly guard the gaze. Where it is practical, avoid all such situations
where ones gaze may fall on Ghayr Mahram females (women not prohibited in Nikah).
TV, books, magazines, internet, newspapers, should be shunned.

Should one's gaze accidentally fall on some woman, immediately lower the gaze. This is
not difficult. It only requires some courage and training….

By maintaining the gaze, one is in fact moving to the depths of Jahannum (hell). And by
lowering the gaze, one is ascending to the highest ranks of Jannah [heaven]….

Consider the reality of the woman at whom one is gazing. If she does not groom herself
or apply perfume for one day, she will look dreadful and stink. For a number of days
every month she has impurity pouring out of her. If one had to just go near such impurity,
one will wish to flee. Imagine if she went to the toilet and forgot to flush and, if you had to
enter the toilet, will you still have the desire to gaze on her? If this woman does not have
Deen, then by raising her arms and exposing her unsightly arm pits, she will give out the
smell of a skunk. These are some thoughts (although undignified) which will assist one in
taming the evil desire to look at women….

Try as far as possible to remain in the state of Wudhu. In the Hadith we are informed that
Wudhu is the weapon of Mu'min. With this weapon it is much easier for him to thwart the
onslaughts of Shaytaan….

Try to remain in the company of the true friends of Allah Ta'ala. The true friends are
those that, when you sit with them they remind you of Allah Ta'ala and their company
produces a desire for the Aakhirah (hereafter). The company of such people is extremely
effacious in imbuing the obedience of Allah Ta'ala, and in cultivating an abhorrence of
sin….

May Allah Ta'ala save you and every Ummati from this evil, Aameen.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.
[This last utterance is from the imam--not from me. lw]

--from

Can We Win This War?
by
R.A. McConnell

Read the whole thing:

The entire essay
Can We win this War? can be found in pdf form--you need Adobe Acrobat Reader (downloadable for free) to read it:

http://www.ramcconnell.com/win_war.pdf



You can access the whole book in html via

http://www.ramcconnell.com/win_war.htm




Why was this book written?

"
This book was written in response to the events of 11 September 2001. The author suspended other creative activities to learn for himself and to present to a general readership his findings regarding Islam."

From R. A. McConnell's website http://www.ramcconnell.com/


Can We Win This War?: ISLAM
©2002, 128 pages, 4.5" x 6", ISBN: 0-9610232-9-5


Who was Robert A. McConnell? (1914 - 2006)
Robert A. McConnell First president of the Parapsychological Association.
Doctor of Philosophy in engineering physics.
Radar development group leader in World War II.
Life Senior Member of the IEEE.
Fellow of the America Psychological Society.
Research Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.
Fellow of the AAAS.

from
http://www.parapsych.org/members/r_a_mcconnell.html



NOTE

The title of this post is not to be confused with the excellent site called
The Naked Islam
Go and take a look at it.

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