Islam: A Demonic Religion
By Reed Benson
We are constantly living in the aftermath of a new Islamic act of terror and violence. This is the new normal—so routine that we hardly raise an eyebrow anymore. The unceasing violence of the Middle East is geographically creeping closer, to nations like France and Belgium, and even here in our more culturally diverse states like Florida and California. Debate continues about why these atrocities occur. What is it that motivates an individual to an act of suicidal murder of innocent people on a massive scale? How can we interpret these acts? Why are these people doing these deeds?
The Explanations of the Secular-Progressives
One of the predominant themes of the Secular Progressive agenda in America since the 1960s is guilt—specifically White guilt. Caucasian Americans are guilty, Secular Progressives insist, of the historic crime of slavery of Negroes. Thus, White people are to blame for the troubles that Black communities suffer today, despite the fact that it was White people who abolished slavery one hundred fifty years ago. It is the fault of White Americans, according to the Secular Progressive’s mind, that American Indians (oops, Native Americans!) suffer from endemic alcoholism, unemployment, and social decay. After all, we took their land without a by-your-leave.
In only a slightly different twist, it is White people who are the root of the problem regarding terrorism, at least according to Secular Progressives. We have a long history of invading Muslim countries, starting with the Crusades a thousand years ago right up until the recent involvement of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. If only we would stay out of their countries, they would be nice to us! This has been President Obama’s guiding theme in foreign policy since the inception of his two terms in office. None of the violence, according to the White guilt theory, has anything to do with Islam; it is all because they are justifiably angry about White colonialism and our aggressive policies in the past. However, many people are growing weary of the White guilt drumbeat. It simply does not fit the facts of history well; thus, a second Secular Progressive explanation has begun emerging.
More and more, Secular Progressives are arguing that the perpetrators of these horrific crimes are mentally disturbed people who latch on to Islam as an excuse to lash out and vent their personal frustrations. Again, this really has nothing to do with Islam, according to their worldview: it is simply that these are crazy people who need an excuse to act violent on a massive scale.
But the single unchanging Secular Progressive axiom to which they are bonded is this: Islam is a religion of peace and cannot possibly be a valid motivating factor for acts of terror and violence.
Dealing with Reality Rather Than Secular Progressive Myths
The passage of time will drive the truth of the matter to the surface. As a nation, the United States must collectively embrace certain facts that are blindingly obvious. First, upon investigation, the perpetrators are proving to be truly Islamic in their belief, practice, and general worldview. Some are recently "radicalized," while others are long-time proponents of strict Sharia law; but all are products of Islamic communities and an Islamic cultural background. They are all of Middle Eastern racial origins, with family roots that go back to Islamic nations. Some, but not all, have records of petty crime or marriage trouble. For emphasis, let it be stated again that what they all have in common are these two features: Middle East racial origins and cultural roots in Islam. They are living testimonies of their ancient ancestor, Ishmael, who was prophesied to be "a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him" (Genesis 16:12). And, as will be shown, they are tapping into the evil, demonic aspects of the founder of their faith, Muhammad.
Second, all of them claim to be acting in the name of Muhammad, for the benefit of the Islamic State, or for the general advancement of Islam. These are not casual believers in Islam, but Muslims who serious about their faith. They believe they are Jihadist warriors. They claim to be such and are pleased to give their lives in this cause.
Third, acts of extreme cruelty, barbarity, and savagery are often part of their murderous ways. They do not just kill, but often want to torment their victims before death. In Afghanistan, the Taliban have taken young women, buried them up to their necks, and used horses to kick their heads until they are dead for the crime of pre-marital sex. You guessed it: the men go unpunished. Remember, these barbarous acts are toward their own people! ISIS has burned some Christians to death and crucified others. In November 13, 2015, in the Bataclan Theatre attack in Paris, France, we now know that many victims were castrated, disemboweled, and had their eyes gouged out prior to being murdered. The liberal government and media in France suppressed this as long as they could to prevent "backlash" and "over-reaction." And in the most recent attack at the time of this writing, the single Jihadist in Nice, France used a large truck to crush to death scores of victims, including children. This requires a mindset stripped of moral restraints.
What is the explanation for such barbarous acts from the Secular Progressive mindset? They are completely ill-prepared to explain these atrocities, but are woefully naive and inadequate at best.
Muhammad: A Man of Demons
Going to the heart of Islam takes you to Muhammad, their founder and prophet. The basic outlines of his life are well documented. What is consistently buried are the episodes in his life that can be sensibly understood only as being consistent with demonic influence or possession.
Episode #1: The beginning of demonic influence in Muhammad's life was early. An account from his childhood dealt with Muhammad possibly suffering from a heatstroke. However, his wet nurse thought it was demonic possession, not overheating from the sun. The Islamic historian Ibn Ishaq recorded her tale: "His [Muhammad's friend's] father said to me, 'I am afraid this child has had a stroke, so take him back to his family before the results appear . . .' She [Muhammad's mother] asked me what happened and gave me no peace until I told her. When she asked if I feared a demon had possessed him, I replied that I did."
Episode #2: Throughout Muhammad's life, there were times when Muhammad was suicidal. On more than one occasion, he nearly threw himself from a mountain crag, only to be stopped by what he later decided was the angel Gabriel. Ibn Ishaq recorded one such event like this: "I will go to the top of mountain and throw myself down that I may kill myself and gain rest. So I went forth to do so and then when I was midway on the mountain, I heard a voice from heaven saying, 'O Muhammad, thou art the apostle of God and I am Gabriel." It is unlikely that this was Gabriel, but rather a demon posing as such. Repeated suicidal impulses and last minute reprieves are indicative of demonic influence.
Episode #3: The poetic qualities of the Koran are possible evidences of demonic influence when we note that Muhammad himself claimed to receive these recitations from a spirit. An Islamic scholar of note, Tabari, explains the connection according to the Arabic mindset: "The pre-Islamic Arabs believed in a demon of poetry, and they thought that a great poet was directly inspired by demons…This explains why Muhammad thought he was demon possessed, or influenced by demons; the Koran in many places reads like poetry."
Episode #4: Possibly the most famous circumstance in Muhammad's life that proves demonic influence is what is known as the Satanic Verses. At one point Muhammad was forced to admit that Satan had put words in his mouth which he in turn had recited to his followers and commanded them to obey. He later rescinded these words with fresh instructions that he now claimed were from Allah. The first comments were a compromise allowing the worship of idols popular with the Quraysh tribe. This quotation is from Guillaume, an authoritative biographer of Muhammad: "Then the people dispersed and Quraysh went out, delighted at what had been said about their gods, saying, 'Muhammad has spoken of our gods in splendid fashion.' Later it is alleged that Gabriel came to the apostle and said, 'What have you done Muhammad? You have recited to these people something I did not bring to you from God and you have said what he did not say to you . . . Satan interjected something into his desires as he had on his tongue.'" The central point of the Satanic verses is simply this: Muhammad did not have the ability to discern between the words coming from Satan and from God. How, then, can anything he says be trusted?
Episode #5: A final event from Muhammad's life will be offered as further evidence that demons were a part of his life. This occurred when a spirit visited him. The Arabic word for demons is djinn. In this account, Muhammad and his wife Khadija were trying to decide if the spirit was a djinn or an angel. In the end, they concluded it was an angel, and specifically, the angel Gabriel, known in Arabic as Jibril. However, the basis for this decision was absurd, as you will see. What follows is a true rendering of this event in Muhammad's life taken from the Hadith.
"Tradition holds that after issuing its commands, the creature disappeared. Muhammad went to sleep and awakened in the morning to hear words that seemed to be written on his heart: ‘O Muhammad, you are the Apostle of God and I am Jibril.’
“According to the Al-Sira Al-Nabawiyya, a biography of the Prophet by Ibn Kathir written in the fourteenth century, Muhammad ran from the cave all the way back to Mecca, trembling with fear. He ran into his house and found his wife and implored her, ‘Cover me, cover me.’ His wife asked him what was the matter. He told her of the creature he encountered in the cave and said he had to leave because he feared for his life. It is not clear at this point whether Muhammad thought the creature was a djinni or angel, but it was obvious he was very afraid of the creature that had accosted him.
“From historical accounts of djinn and demons, we know they often make people do things they don’t want to by threatening them or using physical force. In Biblical accounts of angel encounters, people sometimes feared angels, but angels generally identified themselves and did not act in deceitful or confusing ways. This is not the case here.
“Muhammad was able to see the creature from any angle he looked, implying it was multidimensional in nature. However, there is no record of an exact description of the entity. Muhammad was skeptical of the creature's true identity. He saw it on several occasions after the first encounter, but no one else could see it. The creature followed him from the cave and often appeared in his home.
“Muhammad’s wife, Khadija, wanted to discover the true identity of the creature and so told her husband to inform her when the entity was present. When the creature finally appeared, she asked Muhammad to sit on her left thigh and asked him, ‘Can you still see the creature?’
“He replied that he did. She then threw off her veil and asked Muhammad to sit on her right thigh. Khadija then asked him, ‘Can you still see the creature?’ He replied, ‘No, it is gone.’ Khadija then told Muhammad, ‘Be firm, by the name of Allah, he is an angel and not a demon.’”
Islamic scholars interpret the test above as meaning that an angel would not stay to look at the uncovered part of a female body, but a demon would. Also, the creature was visible only when he sat on her left thigh and not her right. The pre-Islamic people believed that the proper sequence of things was from right to left. If the creature was also visible on the right, this meant to them that it would have been moving from left to right and against the balanced movement of the universe and against the will of Allah. Only evil djinn can do this. Angels cannot. This test convinced Khadija that the creature was an angel, and not just any angel, but the Archangel Jibril. As the basis for discerning whether a spirit is an angel or a demon, this is flimsy at best!
Returning to the Present
What does this have to do with understanding why Islamic terrorists act with such apparently unexplainable evil and cruelty? Simply this: if Muhammad, the founder of the faith, was a man infested with demonic influences, does it not stand to reason that some of his devout followers may also be? Indeed, we know from Scripture that demons enjoy cruelty and destruction: "And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us" (Mark 9:17-22). The cruel and destructive inclinations of demons is confirmed plainly outside the Bible in the book of Enoch: "They shall be evil spirits on earth and evil spirits shall they be called… and the spirits of the giants shall afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth and do trouble . . ." (Enoch 15:9-11).
In summation, let this be stated plainly: Islam has been infested with demons since its origin. Muhammad, the founder of the faith, was under their influence. It is a reasonable assumption that some of the devout followers of Muhammad are also afflicted with demons that encourage them to act with senseless cruelty and outrage in terrorist attacks. As a religion, Islam poses enormous dangers to both its adherents and all who come in contact with them.