This is what you are promised by your religious leaders:
This is what you will really get:
(you are the guy being eaten in the middle …). Don’t believe me? Read on…
The fear of Heaven and Hell
For thousands of years, people have feared ‘hell’ and striven to reach ‘heaven’ after life on this earth. Most religions (certainly Christianity, Judaism and Islam) promise a life in paradise after living a ‘good’ life.
They also tell believers that they will end up rather badly (thou shalt burn in hell forever) if they do NOT live a ‘good’ life.
Hieronymus Bosch – how Sin, Heaven and Hell might look like
The dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch has created, at least in my opinion, the most creative, “fantastic” and also frightening images of hell. One of his most famous paintings is The Garden of Earthly Delights (the following image is mid-res and from Wikipedia, see end of this post for highres image):
Left to right it shows Adam and Eve in Paradis, sin on earth and Last Judgement.
I find it hard to understand Islamism, but probably they seen the Western World as rather decadent and sinful (as depicted in the middle of the aforementioned picture). Here is a “close-up” of how Bosch depicted sin:
The guy certainly had fantasy … Here is what hell looks like (from The Last Judgement):
So what does this have to do with Islamism?
Unfortunate souls who do atrocious deeds such as the 2016 Berlin Attack (happening just a few days ago), 9/11, the Madrid Bombing of 2004 (… the list can be prolonged easily, or you look at the list of Islamist terrorist attacks Wikipedia is maintaining) often claim Jihad ( جهاد) as motivation. They sincerely believe that:
- the victims are unbelievers and sinners who need to be killed (because the USA is bad and evil, so is Germany etc. etc.)
- the perpetrators of the crime (themselves) will die in the attack, but it will be a ‘holy death’ and they will go to paradise
What is in for the Attackers
Most of the attackers these days are, in my opinion, not exactly the sharpest folks. They are brain-washed (rather effectively) into the belief above (Holy war! Kill the bad guys! Become famous and have a great after-life!) by folks much more intelligent (and much less willing to risk their lives) than themselves.
Using Bosch paintings and also modern images, in summary, the attacker expects this:
or that (from 72 virgins):
or that (just more of ’em sexy ladies):
… and will get this:
Really? The Quran (/kɔːrˈɑːn/[a] kor-ahn; Arabic: القرآن al-Qurʾān) does not want me to slaughter the innocent and die along with it?
YES YOU DUMB xxxx! Put your thinking cap on and start reading:
- The holy book itself. In full. Not the single line your ‘handler’ has been telling you. Here are two quotes you probably have not been shown:
Nor take life — which Allah has made sacred — except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand retaliation or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life, for he is helped (by the Law).
…So We decreed for the tribe of Israel that if someone kills another person – unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth – it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind. Our Messengers came to them with Clear Signs but even after that many of them committed outrages in the earth. (Qur’an 5: 32)
- What other religious leaders say. Try the president of Iran speaking at the UN in 2013. It is rather lengthy – so here are a few quotes to ask your handler about:
Terrorism is a harsh nuisance that is all-encompassing and knows no borders. But meanwhile aggressions and extremism under the title of campaign against terrorism, including taking advantage of drones against innocent people, too, is condemned
In these years a dominant voice has been heard repeatedly: “military option is on the table. But allow me today to say that instead peace is within reach. Therefore, in the name of the Islamic Republic of Iran and as a first step I propose the UN to put on its agenda the plan for ‘world against aggression and extremism,” President Rouhani said.
President Rouhani encouraged the entire countries, international organizations, and civil foundations to organize new efforts aimed at leading the world towards peace and security.
Today the Islamic Republic of Iran is calling on you and on the entire international community to take a step forward; inviting the mankind against aggression and extremism. We must accept (responsibility) and open a horizon here today in which peace would replace war, understanding would replace aggression, advancement would replace bloodshed, justice would replace discrimination, welfare would replace poverty, and freedom would prevail all over the world instead of despotism
Addendum Highres image “The Garden of Earthly Delights”