April 6, 2004

The Psychosis of Islamic Fundamentalism, Exhibit # 4,123,346 In An Unending Series


Memri has posted a translation of one of the bizarre Sheikh Atiyyah Saqr’s screeds concerning the Jews. The original translation is here.

I read through it not because I thought I would find anything new, but just to see an Muslim anti-Semite in full flower, uninhibited by thought that non-Muslims were listening. I was not disappointed.

Still, after stripping out the citations to the Koran (since these gentlemen are compelled to staple some scripture to every thought), I was impressed to see that the list Saqr supplied seemed to exemplify the actions and attitudes we see expressed daily not by Jews, but by terrorists and Muslim fundamentalists throughout the world. It seemed to me that Saqr was not describing Jews and Israelis so much as he was unconsciously describing himself and his own people.

In therapy this sort of psychotic break is called ‘transference,’ which is defined as a state “when a person who is receiving treatment transfers the thoughts and emotions they have been having about one person on to someone else.” In therapy, the target is usually the therapist. In radical Islam, it is the Jews. (Spare me the straight lines regarding the roots and founding and practicioners of pyschotherapy, okay?)

If there was ever any doubt that Islam today needs to seek professional therapeutic help, this list erases it. Indeed it seems to me that one of the real long term benefits of settling the Isreal/Palestinian dispute is that Palestinians could at last have access to first-rate Israeli psychotherapy.

Bear in mind that, throughout this ranting catalog of sin and transgression, Saqr is convinced he is describing the Jews even though these traits more clearly describe people much, much closer to him. Probably his kinfolk. More probably himself:

1. "They used to fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah.“
2. "They love to listen to lies.“
3. "Disobeying Almighty Allah and never observing His commands. “
4. "Disputing and quarreling."
5. "Hiding the truth and supporting deception."
6. "Rebelling against the Prophets and rejecting their guidance."
7. "Hypocrisy."
8. "Giving preference to their own interests over the rulings of religion and the dictates of truth."
9. "Wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them."
10. "They feel pain to see others in happiness and are gleeful when others are afflicted with a calamity."
11. "They are known for their arrogance and haughtiness.”
12. "Utilitarianism and opportunism are among their innate traits."
13. "Their rudeness and vulgarity is beyond description."
14. "It is easy for them to slay people and kill innocents."
15. "They are merciless and heartless.”
16. "They never keep their promises or fulfill their words.”
17. "They rush hurriedly to sin and compete in transgression.”
18. "Cowardice and love for this worldly life are undisputable traits.”
19. "Miserliness runs deep in their hearts.”
20. "Distorting Divine Revelation and Allah's Sacred Books.”

That last item is especially revealing since, if you read the original translation, you’ll note that Saqr adds Koranic notes to every item on his list that distort his religion's "Divine Revelation and Allah’s Sacred Books at every turn.

Pointer via Allah Himself.

Posted by Vanderleun at April 6, 2004 1:28 PM | TrackBack
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