Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The book of Sunni shari’ah law Reliance of the Traveller, which is based on the Qur’an and the biographies of Mohammed, deals with every conceivable aspect of life. Nothing escapes it, from the lavatorial (‘not to relieve oneself with one’s front or rear facing the sun, moon, or the Sacred Precinct in Jerusalem’) and the distinctly odd (‘Another reason pictures are unlawful is that they prevent angels from entering the house’) to the medical (‘Circumcision is obligatory for both men and women’).

It also concerns itself with things that are unclean or impure, such as urine, excrement, blood, pus, vomit, dogs and pigs; the book groups them under the heading an-najasaat, filth.

But dogs and pigs are not the only creatures Islam sees as filth. Verse 9:28 of the Qur’an begins with the statement, ‘Believers, know that the idolaters are unclean’. The Arabic text renders ‘unclean’ as najasun and the meaning is clear: non-Muslims are filth. If Reliance omits mention of non-Muslims out of shame or embarrassment, other scholars of Islamic law, notably in Shi’a Islam, are happy to include the infidel in their lists of uncleanliness; see here, for example, under ‘Najis Things’ and kafir.

Further evidence of how outsiders are viewed by the Muslim community comes from Undercover Mosque, the Channel 4 documentary. As The Guardian reported in 2007:

Another DVD on sale features Sheikh Feiz, a Saudi-trained preacher. Feiz says: ‘Kafir is the worst word that can ever be written, a sign of infidelity, disbelief, filth, a sign of dirt.’

When Muslims liken non-Muslims to dirt and filth, they really do mean it. Because Allah really means it.


Cheradenine Zakalwe said...

I think the obsession with cleanliness is one of the keys to understanding the Islamic mindset. Most westerners have no idea about it; they don't understand the extent to which Islamic life is permeated by bizarre notions of cleanliness and the rituals thought necessary to ensure it.

The Islamic contempt for non-Muslims is grounded in this notion of us being unclean. And it's not so much that the Muslims think of themselves as being inherently more pure; they see themselves as being unclean, too, but think the Islamic rituals provide the means of purifying themselves.

The obsession with cleanliness is the most common symptom of Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Most likely the con-man Muhammad suffered from this himself; and, by systematising it in his fraudulent 'religion', he's been able to inflict his bizarre obsessions on hundreds of millions of people down through the ages.

Here is a list of symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

OCD symptoms vary from mild to severe. They include obsessions (thoughts or feelings) that make you feel distressed or anxious, and compulsions (actions) which you feel necessary to perform to cancel out the obsession. It is most common to have both obsessions and compulsions, but you can also have either alone. You may have more than one obsession and/or compulsion.

The most common obsessions are:

thinking or feeling objects are dirty or contaminated
worrying about health and hygiene
fear about safety and security, for example, doors left unlocked or appliances left switched on
pre-occupation with order and symmetry
religious or anti-religious thoughts
disturbing thoughts about aggression or sex
the urge to hoard useless things


Johnny Rottenborough said...

Good points. To the usual diagnoses associated with Mohammed—‘organic hallucinatory affliction with paranoid characteristics’, ‘paranoid hallucinatory schizophrenia’, ‘paranoid personality with an inferiority complex and megalomaniac tendencies’—we can add OCD.

I’d take issue slightly with Muslims not thinking of themselves as being inherently more pure. The Qur’an tells Muslims they are the best people and Pakistan means Land of the Pure, the Urdu word pak being the antonym of najis; a poster on Archbishop Cranmer’s blog called himself najistani. Wish I’d thought of that.

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