Saturday, May 03, 2008

Sacralizing Slaughter

We make frequent reference in this space to the fact that Islam is not just a religion, but also a totalitarian political ideology. The Koran, the hadith, and the sunna contain a complete template for the construction of tyranny, from the actions required of the ruler (khalifah) through Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) to the proper behavior of Allah’s subjects in the ummah. All forms of behavior are prescribed by Islamic doctrine — or proscribed, since “everything not explicitly forbidden is mandatory”*.

Beheading the ostrichFrom where you place your feet when you answer a call of nature to the proper method of making cheese — the Koran, the hadith, and the sunna have all the answers. And those answers include the circumstances under which people must be slaughtered, as well as the correct way for a believer to go about the task.

The grotesque and barbaric practices mandated by Islamic scripture remind us that there is no separation of the religious and the political within Islam. All the violent, cynical, and devious practices necessary for conquest and tyrannical rule are sanctioned and encouraged by Allah.

When Westerners think about religion, it is the peaceful and reverent hush of a church or synagogue that comes to mind. But for a devout Muslim, the sacred encompasses slavery, oppression, indiscriminate slaughter, and standing astride a bloody heap of corpses. The sacred practices of Islam — since their inception 1400 years ago and continuing uninterrupted into the 21st century — are drenched in gore.

With this in mind, consider the following excerpt from Global Jihad: The Future in the Face of Militant Islam by Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo (pp. 158-160).

Global JihadSlitting the throat of enemies was also perceived as a ritual slaughter, a sacrifice offered up to Allah to propitiate him. When 8,000 Armenian Christians were killed by Ottoman Muslims in Urfa in December 1895 the young men were killed by the traditional ritual Islamic method for slaughtering animals. They were thrown on their backs, held by their hands and feet, and then their throats were slit while a prayer was recited.

Sometimes perpetrators and victims undergo ritual slaughter ceremonies to underline the religious motivation — perpetrators often participate in videoed ceremonies of dedication before going out on their missions. A recent example is the four-page Arabic document found in the luggage and cars of the perpetrators of the September 11th 2001 plane hijackings. Among other things it states:
- - - - - - - - -
If God grants you a slaughter, you should perform it as an offering on behalf of your father and mother, for they are owed by you.

Passengers killed in the hijackings and plane crashes are viewed as ritual sacrifices provided by God to the hijackers.

Throat-slitting was widespread during the civil war in Algeria in the 1990s, hundreds of innocent civilians — men, women and children — had their throats ritually slit by radicals of the GIA (Armed Islamic Group) and other groups. journalists, teachers and schoolgirls were an especial target of such murders. Here is an example:

At 8.15 in the morning, six men holding hatchets, sawn-off shotguns and knives burst into the classroom at Oued Djer, a small village 50km south-west of Algiers. They seized fourteen-year-old Fatima Ghodbane and tore from her head the Islamic scarf she had only recently started wearing. As Fatima’s classmates watched, the men dragged her outside and bound her hands with wire. One of the guerrillas pulled her head back by the hair and stabbed her several times in the face. Then he slit her throat.

‘This is what happens to girls who go to university,’ the murderer then told Fatima’s classmates and teachers, shaking the knife, which was still covered in Fatima’s blood. ‘This is what happens to girls who talk to policemen. This is what happens to girls who don’t wear the hidjab [Islamic head-covering for women].

Before dumping Fatima’s body in front of the school gates, the killers carved the symbol of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) on her hand. Fatima’s death, in March 1995, is not an isolated case. According to the last recorded government figures, 101 teachers and 41 students of both sexes were killed in 1994 by Islamic extremists who attack schools because they are a symbol of the government.

The murder of Theo Van GoghThe Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh had his throat slit on the streets of Amsterdam by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch-born dual Moroccan-Dutch citizen, on 11 November 2004. Van Gogh had produced a film, Submission, which criticised the way Islam treated women. Following the release of the film he received many death threats from Muslims. In his trial, Bouyeri declared that “the law compels me to chop off the head of anyone who insults Allah and the prophet”.

* T.H. White, from The Once and Future King.


Joanne said...

I'm thinking that perhaps iron covers for one's neck may be an appropriate and prosperous business perspective......iron neck brace anyone?

Profitsbeard said...


Bullets are cheaper.

Prevention trumps reaction.

Papa Whiskey said...

For more on ritual butchery see:

And bear in mind that kind words have been spoken about this holiday by our president.

Debbie said...

Great info on proscribed methods employed by enemy of us all.

I think carrying a jar of real bacon bits is a good way to thwart a would-be jihadist jonesing for a sacrifice or a potential shahid. They may try to slit my throat or blow me up with them, but I will damn well make sure they're covered in bacon before they I go.

Debbie said...

well, as long as they eat the lambs...

the doctor said...

I have had a vision , I see every Islamic country converted to a bubbling sea of radioactive slag . Standing astride is the Angel of Death proclaiming " You wanted a nuclear capability , now you've got it ."

Joanne said...

profitsbeard - hey, I'm trying to drum up a little business here. LOL

IgnorantInfidel said...

I followed the Greens Piece link. I reviewed the texts and pictures and did not see any real problem(s). Yes the pools of blood may be repulsive to some. The methods of restraint used for the larger animals such as the bulls may have been less than ideal. However, when you slaughter animals you use what you have on hand.

The last few photos showed numerous dressed carcasses that had been hung for butchering or aging. This implied the animals were being prepared for consumption. These animals become part of the feast of Eid al-Adha to celebrate the end of Ramadan. If, however, these animals were left to rot or simply thrown of the refuse heap then it would be pointless. Why is this ritual more repugnant than our 'ritual killing' of turkeys for Thanksgiving, except we don't see the pictures. NO! NO! NO! I am not a vegetarian. I personally think PETA is for loons.

In my youth I spent several years on the family farm. We and our neighbors routinely slaughtered and butchered our animals for food. If photos had been taken they might appear to be as barbaric as the ones at Greens Piece.

Please do not think I am being an apologist for Islam or Muslims. They are a greater threat to man kind than Al Gore's worst global warming nightmare. I have absolutely no compassion for Islam or Muslims. They are nothing more than contemporary Bedouins and Arabs who have spread their tribal warfare world wide. Each 'tribe' has their own Medina from which they reign terror upon their neighbors around the world. Their use of these ritual methods of slaughter against other human beings cannot be justified anyway shape or form.

Mr. Smarterthanyou said...

Where does the pix of the muslim killing the ostrich come from? That needs to be a bumper sticker. Not joking, is summarizes what is happening and due to happen.

turn said...

The question arises, "Have we made and allowed too many bad decisions?"

Debbie said...

Ignorant infidel,

I agree that these pictures aren't the best example since they will be eating the food. Most proponents of hunting in the US have the same claim. Dressing a deer is not a pretty picture either.

Pictures of the ritual slaughter of people is actually more appropriate - since that's what we oppose.

Though, it is ironic that the PETA people haven't marched on Abdul's Goat and Sheep Packing Plant in Queens yet.

Baron Bodissey said...

Mr. Smart --

It's a cartoon from the Danish press. Someone sent it to me months ago. More than that I can't remember.

Consul-At-Arms said...

I've quoted you and linked to you here: