Imagine all the people…
Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too
Imagine all the people Living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one… (John Lennon, 1971)
And now, Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Something to kill and die for And one religion too
Imagine all the people Living under our peace…
You may say we’re dreamers But we’re not the only ones… (Jihadi Joe, 2000)
Welcome to the 21st century. The Jihadi Apocalyptic Narrative: World Conquest and the Great and Little Satan Despite the spectacular attacks on the West, most Westerners have little familiarity with the Jihadi narrative, a narrative first revealed in Khoumeini’s Iran. It varies significantly in some ways from traditional Muslim apocalyptic thought, which focused on a Last Judgment at the end of the world. Instead, this apocalyptic scenario focuses on a this-wordly messianic era, envisioned as the global victory of Islam: when all of Dar al Harb becomes Dar al Islam. Those who join this movement fight in an apocalyptic battle in which the Jews will be slaughtered, and the rest of the harbi, would convert, accept the dhimma contract of submission (religions of the book), or become slaves (pagans), or being put to death: a “Second Global Islamic Kingdom,” only this time, really encompassing the whole world. In the battle, no mercy should be shown to those who resist Islam’s dominion. Everything to kill and die for: suicide martyrs goes straight to heaven; their victims, straight to hell.
Muslim apocalyptic believers hold that all traditional great and small “signs of the end” have been fulfilled in our day. The ever-growing power of the godless “modern” West has grown so great, that it threatens Islam with annihilation. With its progressive values of tolerance and equality for all, including women, the West incarnates the rebellion against Allah’s will, the triumph of diabolic forces, including that of women misbehaving? And who is their apocalyptic enemy in this final war of extermination? The overwhelming, indeed monotonous answer is some combination of the US and Israel: “the Great and Little Satan.” And it is the sacred task of the Jihadis to destroy that enemy in order to redeem the world by the global imposition of Sharia.
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