How can Muhammad be a Narcissist When…?
Dear Mr. Sina, let’s keep this simple because rhetoric often betrays a man’s intentions. Let’s suppose that Muhammad indeed felt it was justified to give the orders to kill people to achieve his objectives and his vision for society. Let’s suppose that Muhammad believed in a huge sacrifice of human life in order to achieve his vision of Islam, then we need to question WHY he did all this. I say this because to say a man has NPD is a huge and multifaceted claim to make. I know this as a man who studied and practiced Psychiatry.
Jesus had a vision for man-kind. That vision was salvation. He thought that to achieve his vision sacrifice must be made. He offered himself as the sacrificial lamb. He endured beating, torture and a painful death.
Hitler also had a vision. His vision was to be the founder of the Third Reich that would last for a thousand years where he would be deified. He used racial hatred as a means to rally people around him. He offered the Jews, other non-Arian races and also Germans as the sacrifice.
This is the difference between a true leader, and a sociopath narcissist. One sacrifices himself for others and the other sacrifices others for himself.
Muhammad did not sacrifice himself. He launched 87 or 88 raids in the last ten years of his life, never taking part in person to person combat. He never fought in any battle personally. He would wear two coats of mail (chain link armor), one on top of the other, protected by his bodyguards while shouting and encouraging his followers to hasten to their deaths for the rewards that awaited them in the other world.
He massacred thousands of innocent people in his life and after him; his successors killed hundreds of thousands. This number eventually reached to hundreds of millions and counting.
Muhammad resembles Hitler, not Jesus. This is a clear clue to know that he was not a true prophet, but an impostor. If I have a vision to become rich and sacrifice others to achieve my goal I can’t be a good person, let alone a holy person.
Now, let us talk about the vision. The vision of Jesus for man-kind was liberation, freedom, salvation. These are all synonymous words. Freedom from what? Freedom from false beliefs, false religion, rigid rules, arbitrary authority, etc. This is, what is called “liberation discourse.” This freedom is the essence of Jesus’s vision for mankind. You can summarize Christianity in five words: “Truth will set you free.” Jesus sacrificed himself for this vision so others can be free.
Muhammad also had a vision. His vision was slavery of man. He said this slavery is to God. However, the god he was talking about was his own alter-ego, a tool to make people do what he wanted. The slavery was to him. Allah was a fictitious being, without whom he could not achieve his vision of domination and mastery over others. Why would anyone want to fight and sacrifice his life for someone else? But if you can convince them that they are not fighting for you, but for God and that they will be rewarded, in this world and the next, they may do anything for you. They may kill for you, plunder for you and allow you to have sex with their underage daughter.
I am not a Christian. I don’t believe in God. In my opinion Jesus is a composite myth. I am mentioning him only for the sake of comparison. My point is that IF God existed and IF He wanted to send someone to guide mankind, he would send a holy soul like Jesus and not a despicable thug like Muhammad.
Millions of Germans committed unthinkable atrocities. These were ordinary people. They fought a bloody war. Many of them sacrificed themselves heroically, not for Hitler, but for the “cause” that he sold them. The cause was only an excuse. Hitler was not after racial or national superiority, he was after personal superiority. He used these as pretexts.
All cult leaders have a cause. They never promote themselves directly, because it will never be accepted. You will have no one following you if you promote yourself. But if you promote a cause, and convince others that this cause is important and you are pivotal and indispensable for its success, you can have many followers. Hitler chose nationalism and restoring the German pride as his cause. Stalin chose proletariat and class struggle as his cause. Jim Jones chose social justice as his cause. Charles Manson chose preservation of air, trees, water and animals (ATWA) as his cause. Shoko Asahara chose the end of perpetual suffering through rebirth as his cause, and so on and so forth. Muhammad chose the worship of God and monotheism as his cause.
All these causes sound noble. You have to give people a worthy cause, if you want them to sacrifice themselves for you and commit atrocities at your behest. If your cause is worldly, you can’t expect anyone to sacrifice himself for it. Let us say your cause is to make a lot of money. If you have a good plan many people will work with you to achieve your vision, as long as they get a piece of the pie at the end. But no one will be willing to sacrifice his life for it. Whereas, people cheerfully lay their lives for a lofty cause, such as God, country, justice, etc.
The cult leader makes himself inseparable from his cause. The success of the cause depends on him and him alone. Without him there will be no cause and disaster will ensue. He must be perceived as the only person who can bring mankind to his vision of the promised land. That is the key. There are many causes that are important, but they are not cult because their success does not depend on any single person. Let us take the example of fighting Islam. In my opinion this is the most important cause today. The survival of our civilization and millions of lives depend on the success of this cause. But it does not rely on any single person. Millions of enlightened people are fighting against Islam and thousands more are joining every day. A cult is a cause that hinges on one person. Muhammad made himself inseparable from his cause. You cannot believe in Allah without believing in Muhammad. He was the linchpin of his message. Allah and Muhammad are twins, joined in their hips. One is hidden, the other is manifest. They are inseparable partners, promoting each other. All cults share this characteristic. Anytime a cause and a human become inseparable you have a cult.
The cause per se is irrelevant. Narcissists are not committed to any cause. They pick a cause that they think can attract followers and will abandon it and champion another one if the latter proves to be more effective. When Muhammad started his prophetic career, he had no cause other than the claim that he was a prophet and that people had to believe in him, love him and follow him. That was his message and his cause. But that was a very shallow cause with little appeal. He then adopted monotheism as his cause and started insulting the religion of the Quraish. This strategy proved more successful as it generated controversy and raffled some feathers. As advertisers say today there is no such thing as negative advertising. Any advertising attracts interest. It dose not matter what you preach; there will be always someone who will follow you. But Muhammad wanted more. When he faced resistance and saw that his religion is not growing, he conceded that Lat, Uzza and Manat, the three daughters of allah Hubaal are also worthy of worship. This made people happy and the animosity ended. But it did not gain him new followers. In fact it made his religion indistinguishable from the paganism of the Quraish. After a few months he realized his miscalculation and retracted his words saying Gabriel came to him and admonished him for saying something he (Gabriel) had not said. He said those verses were Satanic verses that the Devil had put them in his tongue without him noticing it. The narcissist, needs enemies. He needs to stir disunity and discord. It’s by dividing that he can rule. So Muhammad switched back to monotheism and resumed insulting the religion of the Quriash. There is more of this kind of flip flopping in the life of Muhammad. His message kept changing according to the response he was getting.
Narcissist cult leaders want total control over the lives of others. This can be attained only by selling them a noble cause – a cause so lofty and so inspiring for which they may want to sacrifice themselves. The cause does not have to be true. It just has to be perceived as the ultimate truth. In fact, as Hitler used to say, a bigger lie is more believable than smaller lies. We should believe him. He was an expert in lies.
Do you really believe that Muhammad designed Islam as a timeless religion for billions of people just to fulfill narcissistic ambitions in his short 22 year career?
Yes! That is how narcissist cult leaders devise their causes. Their causes are always transcendental, cosmic, encompassing, unrivaled and divine. The cause is the source of their power. The loftier and the more awe inspiring it is the more powerful they become. Will you kill your father, your mother or children for money or for any trivial cause? No sane person will commit such crime for any mundane gain. However, if I elevate the cause. make it sound more important than your life and the lives of everyone, you will do it. There are many stories like that in early Islam. You can find them in my book and you will see them in my movie. Even today, Muslims kill their children because they violate some Islamic rule or apostatize. That is because for them Islam is more important that the lives of all mankind. When you become this brainwashed, you become very dangerous.
Does a narcissist obligate people to feed the poor, give charity, look after orphans?
Yes, 0f course! The narcissist will have to first convince you of his legitimacy and for that he will tell you things that you can readily recognize as good. Will anyone follow someone who spews only evil teachings? The narcissist’s only tool is deception. He also uses fear, but that too is administered through deception. He can control you as long as you believe in him. Therefore, he must portray a holy image of himself. It is that image that hooks you. If the mask is removed he will lose all his credibility and power. For the narcissist, the image is everything. Therefore his words are always lofty and deceiving.
So how can you distinguish a true leader from an impostor charlatan? You can recognize them by their fruits. Don’t pay attention to what they say. Words are used to deceive. Pay attention to how they live. Compare their words with their deeds. They often don’t match. If someone does not walk his own talk it is a clear sign that he is an impostor and not true spiritual leader. Muslims only quote Muhammad’s words to show that he was a holy man. Words are misleading. Look at his life instead, if you want to learn the truth about him.
It’s worth repeating: for the narcissist the image is everything. He feeds off other people who hurl back at him an image that he projects. That is the main difference between a narcissist and a sociopath. The sociopath does not care about his image. He wants to control his victims physically through fear. Both sociopath and narcissist use fear as the a tool of domination. The former uses fear physically, such as threatening his victims with maiming them or killing them. The latter uses it psychologically, such as threatening them with Hellfire. The narcissist resorts to violence through his followers, when he comes to power. He doesn’t generally soil his hands with blood. His minions will do all his dirty work for him. The aura of holiness for a narcissist is a sine qua non. All cult leaders, without exception, are “holy people.” They want to be admired as holy men and they brag about their holiness while feigning modesty.
At-Tirmidhi quotes a hadith that is typical narcissistic talk. “The Prophet said, I myself am the Beloved of Allâh (habibullah) and I say this without pride, and I carry the flag of glory (liwa ul-hamd) on the Day of Judgment, and am the first intercessor and the first whose intercession is accepted, and the first to stir the circles of Paradise so that Allâh will open it for me and I shall enter it together with the poor among my Community, and I say this without pride. I am the most honored of the First and the Last, and I say this without pride.”
Now compare this pompous bragging with his actions. He lived like a thug. He was the head of a gang of bandits who raided innocent people, ruthlessly massacred unarmed men, took their wives and children as slaves and sold them or raped them. He assassinated his critics, tortured his prisoners to death to make them reveal where they had hidden their money, and had sex with a child. He actually went after two other children but the girls were afraid of him and cried out “I take refuge in Allah from you” and he desisted. One was Jauniyah from Bani Jaun and the other was Fatima bt. Zahhak from the Hawazin tribe.
If I do any of the things Muhammad did, you would not hesitate to call me a criminal and would rejoice in hearing my execution by lethal injection. I confess that I become very happy when a despicable criminal is removed from the society for good. Yet you have no problem believing that Muhammad was a holy man, the best specimen that human race can produce and justify all his crimes. Can you explain that? This is cultic thinking. The fact that Islam is spread widely and now 1.5 billion benighted souls believe in it, doesn’t make it a true religion. It is still a cult.
Jesus lived a holy life. He never committed any of the crimes that Muhammad committed, and yet, when someone called him good master he objected and said the only good is my Father who is in Heaven. Do you see the difference? A man who lived like a monster, claimed to be the most prefect man and the most immaculate man refused to be called good.
Did Muhammad feed the poor and the orphan? No! He raided, looted people and reduced thousands into poverty. He made thousands of children orphan. There is a famous story of a certain Oqba, a man he captured in the battle of Badr and decided to decapitate him because he had spat at him in Mecca, some years earlier. Oqba cried, “And who will take care of my children?” Muhammad responded, “Hell.”
Muhammad did not help the poor. He only helped those who had migrated to Medina with the money that he had stolen in his raids, with their help. Any gangster will show generosity to his gang. This is done to buy their loyalty. Did you see the movie Godfather? Wasn’t Don’t Corleone, the head of the family, generous and helpful to people who came to him for help? They wanted to pay him for his services, but he was offended and refused to get their money. Why? Because he wanted to gain their loyalty so in future they may return the favor. Muhammad did not help any orphan. He only gave lip service to it to feign piety. Up to this day you quote his deceptive words, even though you can’t provide any example of his generosity to the poor and the orphan. That is why he said them. Without these words would you or anyone follow him? You are deceived by these sugary words. To undeceive yourself you have to ignore his words and look at his deeds. Know them by their fruits.
Does a narcissist say that animals live in communities like us and should be respected?
First of all animals don’t live in communities like us. Only chimpanzees and other big apes that are very close to us have societies that barely resemble that of primitive human societies. Even then their “society” is more similar to lion prides than to human societies. So this claim is scientifically wrong.
Furthermore, this verse does not imply that animals should be respected. This is your interpretation. Muslims are fond of interpreting the asinine verses of the Quran to find something meaningful or even miraculous in them. The biggest festivity in Islam is Eid Ul Azha when countless animals are slaughtered. Muslims also sacrifice animals when they go to pilgrimage. Until not long ago the carcasses of these animals were buried. There is no prohibition of cruelty to animals in Islam. Other people consume meet but they do their best to reduce the suffering of the animal. Muslims don’t consume meet unless the animals has been killed cruely. Halal meet means animal torture. I encourage people to boycott stores that sell halal food.
Does a narcissist say that you should never go to sleep full when your neighbour is hungry?
Yes! The narcissist is full of lofty teachings for others. His entire plot is to deceive others that he is a holy person. But in practice, he gives a damn about the poor and the hungry. Read the story of Banu Qainuqa and Banu Nadir. Muhammad invented false excuses to expel them from their ancestral homes and took everything they owned. Many of them died with hunger in the desert, something Muslim historians gloated about. The charges against them were all fabricated, but assuming they were true, were all of them guilty, including the children?
Does a narcissist love his wife as much as Muhammad loved and cried over Khadijah?
You need to read my book. I have explained the symbiotic relationship between the narcissist Muhammad and the co-dependent Khadijah. Both these individuals were sick. They needed each other. He was a child to her to take care of and she was a mother to him, to exploit. They both enjoyed this sadomasochist relationship. As a psychiatrist you know the symbiotic relationship between a narcissist and a co-dependent. It works, but it is not love. Please read my book.
Does a narcissist teach that no race has superiority over the other?
Did Muhammad teach that? Muhammad believed that Arabs are superiors to all other races, the Quraish are superior to other Arabs, the Bani Hashims are superior to other clans and that he is superior to all mankind. There are several hadiths that prove that. You can find them in my book.
Muslims so disdain the black race that Ahmad ibn Abi Sulayman, the companion of Sahnun said, “Anyone who says that the Prophet was black should be killed. [Ibn Musa al-Yahsubi, Qadi ‘Iyad. Ash-Shifa. Tr. Aisha Abdarrahman Bewley. Medina Press, fifth print 2004, p.375]
Please see this short video if you still are under the delusion that Islam is for equality of races.