Following on from the dominance of Nigel Farage and a hapless trinity of incompetent ‘leaders’; Diane James, Paul Nuttall and (probably) Viagra fuelled Henry Bolton; Gerard Batten stepped in as a caretaker leader in April 2018 to bring clarity, growth and hope to a diminished UKIP.
Having made his views on radical Islam clear from the start it is perhaps inevitable that Mr Batten’s journey with politicians and the media would present its challenges. However, despite a number of prominent UKIP members resigning (virtue signaling their progressive liberal credentials or just terrified of being associated with any critical examination of Islam) the party membership continued to grow.
What was it that Mr Batten did that brought him the ire of people who had been his friends and colleagues and the disdain of the mainstream media?
He simply stated that Islam is a ‘death cult’ and expressed his view that Muslims living in the UK should be asked sign a code of conduct rejecting violence; the violence ordered against non-Muslims in the Qur’an. Yep, that’s it. That was his ‘crime’
So who is correct? Is it the extraordinary Theresa May (Prime Minister at the time of writing) who declares ‘Islam is a religion of peace’ or is it Gerard Batten who describes Islam as a ‘death cult’?
Beyond the twenty-first century example set by some followers of Islam who brutalise and kill in the name of their religion, screaming “Allāhu akbar” and sometimes detonating themselves, it is instructive to look at some incidents from the lifetime of Muhammad.
To begin examining the ‘death cult’ observation it is important to understand that the life and example set by Muhammad is the most important example for all Muslims to follow. In fact, Allāh (Islam’s god) told Muhammad and Muhammad told anyone who was willing to listen that he was an “excellent example for people to follow”, “of great moral character” and clearly had Allāh on his side from the very beginning.
Perhaps it is no wonder that a number of polytheists living in Arabia – in a seventh century world of paganism, darkness, idols, nude circumambulating, sacrifices, superstitions, soothsayers, diviners, astrologers, jinn (demons), prostitution, live burial of female infants, sexual slavery, disunity and continual greed-driven bloody conflict with each other – embraced Muhammad’s seductive narrative that told them they had drifted from the religion of Ibrahīm (Abraham) and needed to follow Muhammad if they were going to prosper in this life and spend eternity in Paradise.
A few examples from the original and definitive biography of Muhammad give us a remarkable insight into the power Islam had over its followers in the seventh century and perhaps explain the behavior of some of its followers today:
- In the 2nd ‘Aqabah Pledge Muhammad gave the terms of the pledge to him including: to listen and obey Muhammad even when it was difficult; to aid Muhammad whenever he asked for help and to protect Muhammad ‘…as you protect your own families and children and Paradise will be yours.’
Muhammad linked obeying him with a promise of spending eternity in Paradise; a compelling reason to follow Muhammad with total sacrifice and devotion.
- Around the time of the Treaty of Hudaibiyah, it was reported by ‘Urwah bin Mas’ud Ath-Thaqafi of the Quraish – who was sent to negotiate with Muhammad – “I have been to Chosroes, Caesar and Negus in their kingdoms, but never have I seen a king among a people like Muhammad among his Companions. If he performs ablutions, they would not let the water from it fall to the ground; if he spits, they compete for the mucus which they would rub on their faces;…”
Muhammad had achieved such a status amongst his followers that they would compete to catch or collect his spit and rub the mucus on their faces; a level of extreme devotion not common in the followers of modern politicians and perhaps suggesting cult-like bewitching was taking place.
- Fearing treachery from the Quraish tribe, a number of Muslims ‘pledged death’ three times – the Pledge of Ridwan – as a solemn pledge to die in the ‘cause of Truth’, promising Muhammad that they would not flee in the face of the enemy. Rather conveniently, Muhammad received an immediate ‘revelation’ from Allāh to reassure his devoted followers:
“Indeed, Allāh was pleased with the believers when they gave their Bai’ah (pledge) to you (O Muhammad) under the tree.”
Muhammad spoke to his followers with messages he had received directly from Allāh, with similarities to cult leaders of the twentieth century like Jim Jones, David Koresh and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
- It is told that when Abū Bakr, one of Muhammad’s closest companions discovered that he was going to leave Mecca with Muhammad and travel to Medina he wept for joy and promptly left with all his money leaving his daughter Asmā’ and her blind grandfather Abū Quhāfa behind penniless and in great difficulty facing hostility from the foes of Muhammad like Abū Jahl.
In their devotion to Muhammad his followers were willing to leave their families penniless and in peril, abandoning their own children and disabled elderly relatives; Muhammad’s followers were willing to sacrifice everything, whatever the human cost, to follow him.
- It is told that Muhammad was staying with Abū Ayyūb and Umm Ayyūb at the time of the Hijra and they would prepare his meals. When Muhammad’s plates were returned to them they would touch the plates where they believed his hand to have rested in the hope of getting a blessing.
Muhammad’s followers believed they would be blessed by touching things that Muhammad had touched.
These incidents from the lifetime of Muhammad paint a clear picture of a superstitious, irrational and sacrificial devotion that had a hold over Islam’s followers that was more powerful than any other human relations and that made them willing to die for Muhammad in the hope of spending eternity in Paradise.
Theresa May calls Islam a ‘religion of peace’. Gerard Batten describes it as a ‘death cult’. History and present day facts suggest it is Mr Batten who has the truth.
 Qur’an, Al-Ahzâb – Sûrah 33:21
 Qur’an, Al-Qalam – Sûrah 68:4
 The Sealed Nectar, Biography of the Noble Prophet, Safiur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri
 Sīrat Rasūl Allāh by Ibn Ishaq
 Al-Imam Ahmad recorded that Jabir narrated that:
 Al-Baihaqi in As-Sunan Al-Kubra 9/9; Al-Hakim and Ibn Hibban graded it as authentic and Ibn Ishaq reported something similar from ‘Ubadah bin As-Samit.
 King of Persia
 King of Abyssinia (modern day Ethiopia)
 Qur’an, Al-Fath – Sûrah 48:18
 Yahya b. ‘Abbād b. Abdullah b. al-Zubayr told me (II) that his father told him that his gramdmother Asmā’ said:
 Sīrat Rasūl Allāh, a translation of Ibn Ishaq’s by A Guillaume, ref.331
 Yazīd b, Abū Habīb from Marthad b, ‘Abdullah al-Yazanī from Abū Ruhm al-Samā’ī told me (II) that Abū Ayyūb told him:
 Sīrat Rasūl Allāh, a translation of Ibn Ishaq’s by A Guillaume, ref.324
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