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al-Mahdi is "the rightly-guided one" who, according to Islamic Hadiths (traditions),
will come before the end of time to make the entire world Muslim. Over the last 1400 years numerous claimants to the
mantle of the Mahdi have arisen in both Shi`i and Sunni circles. Modern belief in the coming of the Mahdi has
manifested most famously in the 1979 al-`Utaybi uprising of Sa`udi Arabia, and more recently in the ongoing
Mahdist movements (some violent) in Iraq, as well as in the frequently-expressed public prayers of former Iranian
President Ahmadinezhad bidding the Mahdi to return and, in the larger Sunni Islamic world, by claims that Usamah bin Ladin
might be the (occulted) Mahdi. Now in 2014 Mahdism is active in Syria, as the jihadist opposition group Jabhat al-Nusra
claims to be fighting to prepare the way for his coming; and in the new "Islamic State/caliphate" spanning
Syrian and Iraqi territory, as its leadership promotes the upcoming apocalyptic battle with the West at Dabiq, Syria. This site will track such Mahdi-related movements, aspirations, propaganda and beliefs in both Sunni and Shi`i
milieus, as well as other Muslim eschatological yearnings.
For a primer
on Mahdism, see my 2005 article, "What's Worse than Violent Jihadists?," at the History News Network: http://hnn.us/articles/13146.html; for more in-depth info, see the links here to my other writings, including my book on Mahdism.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Number 3 with a...Blade: My Islamic Beheading Article
12:39 pm est
The area studies journal Middle East Quarterly recently quantified their most-read articles over the publication's 22-year history, going back to 1994. My 2005 piece "Beheading in the Name of Islam" came in at a quite respectable number 3!
"That's it, Ja`far--step INTO the swing of the blade. The spine severs so much easier that way.
If you're interested in learning more about Muslim decapitation, both
theological theory and praxis, consult my new books Ten Years Captivation with the Mahdi's Camps (which deals with, for example, ISIS's apocalyptic beheadings)
and Sects, Lies, and the Caliphate (wherein the more mundane, albeit Muslim, aspects of the phenomenon are examined).
Friday, February 5, 2016
The Islamic End Game
11:29 am est
Yesterday I was interviewed for an hour by Dr. Michael Lake on his Christian radio show "Kingdom Intelligence Briefing." The topics
were Islam in general, its eschatology, and the clash of civilizations between Islamdom and the rest of the world--primarily
Christendom. Dr. Lake was a knowledgeable, polite and articulate interviewer, and let me say some things that probably
did not endear me to his audience. One of my major points was that we Christians--Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Orthodox,
non-denominational, whatever--must work together, at least politically (and, indeed, militarily), over against Islam if we
hope to survive (as per pp. 118-126 of my newest book Sects, Lies, and the Caliphate).
Speaking of "Kings and Queens"--if if you've never done so, check out Aerosmith's song of that title, which in my opinion is their best.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Leadership Lessons from ISIS Caliph al-Baghdadi
9:49 am est
Don’t play second fiddle (well, actually don’t play music at all); when the CEO is
given his golden houris, by the Board or infidel Special Forces, grab his ring of power without hesitation.
Set up a brick-and-mortars (or whatever artillery you can lay your hands on)
shop; don’t rely only on an online presence, and/or one consigned to the geographical margins like Mali
On the flip-side of#2: don’t be bound
by history, especially that imposed on you by others—be they modern European imperialists, Elders of Zion
or Crusaders. Think outside the box; hell, erase the box if you and Allah so desire.
forward-thinking; in fact, lean so far forward that you can tell people you already know The End of the story—and
it’s all good (except for the infidels).
afraid to make heads roll. Literally.
the nicest watch in the entire caliphate—or at least in important venues like Execution Staff meetings,
slave-pen reviews and, especially, the mosque when you’re delivering the Friday khutbah.
Diversify your revenue streams: the caliph does
not live by oil alone, but by smuggling, antiquities trafficking, ransoming hostages and zakat from supporters.
That Rolex won’t pay for itself.
By all means, allow the
younger workers to engage in (at least the illusion of) reverse mentorship—as long
as they keep the jihad going and the heads rolling. But when push comes to explode, don’t hesitate to let them
know who’s divinely-guided.
Make sure consumers, supporters
and especially victims know your foundational ideology. As we say in every issue of our award-winning
magazine, Dabiq, once the opposition (Zionists, Crusaders, Safavis, fake supporters) is allowed to define you to
the public, you’ve lost the battle—no matter how many Cross-worshippers you crucifiy to get your Islamic bona
fides across. So get out ahead of that curve.
in a beard. This is one time when size does matter. Just make sure no one mistakes you for
a Zionist rabbi, Saruman or, even worse, that Billy Gibbons infidel.
|Jamkaran Mosque near Qom, Iran (during my trip there Aug. 2008)