THE HEADLINE “Sodomy ‘For the Sake of Islam,’” which at this moment is drawing a large measure of attention, reminds English speakers in perhaps the most vivid way possible (by way of analogy?) that Islam is conventionally rendered as “submission.” As one might expect of an ideology which in its extreme forms reduces the human sphere to that which is forbidden and that which is obligatory, the submission must be total, self-effacing, abject.
The article’s author, Raymond Ibrahim, has brought to the world’s attention a 2010 video of a Muslim cleric dispensing his martyrdom tips — in response to the question, “Is it permissible for me to let one of the jihadi brothers sodomize me to widen my anus [for the hiding of explosives] if the intention is good?” So far as the views promulgated are concerned, the year of their issuance could well have been 1610, 1010, or any other along monotheism’s vast trajectory of theological sophistry. Here is an extraction, translated into English and cited in Ibrahim’s July 12 article published by something called the Gatestone Institute:
… jihad comes first, for it is the pinnacle of Islam, and if the pinnacle of Islam can only be achieved through sodomy, then there is no wrong in it. For the overarching rule of [Islamic] jurisprudence asserts that “necessity makes permissible the prohibited.” And if obligatory matters can only be achieved by performing the prohibited, then it becomes obligatory to perform the prohibited, and there is no greater duty than jihad. After he sodomizes you, you must ask Allah for forgiveness and praise him all the more. And know that Allah will reward the jihadis on the Day of Resurrection, according to their intentions—and your intention, Allah willing, is for the victory of Islam, and we ask that Allah accept it of you.
There you have submission in its fullest sense: to illogic, to nonsense, and to self-debasement and moral nullity. The forbidden is obligatory, so do be sure to ask forgiveness for doing what you had no choice but to do. And “praise all the more” the supreme author of this degrading muck of self-negating contradictions, who not only mandates a little Machiavellian sodomy but derives from it personal glory. There is a chance this video is in some respect bogus, or misrepresented, but there are so many other examples of similar nonsense the revelation would make no difference. Laugh at this particular example if you like, but as I type these words the Taliban’s outcast Kabul regime is being reconstituted in Timbuktu, where another obligatory jihadist campaign — replete with its own irrational self-justifications — recalls the destruction in the late 1990s of Central Asia’s Bamiyan relics. The template, which is to attack first the inanimate manifestations of haram and thereafter the human, provides an indication of what is likely coming to Mali’s women, children and men in the near future.
We have other reasons to check the understandable temptation toward low-brow body, and bawdy, humour. At a much lower level of menace, compared to what is happening in much of Africa for instance, I had the experience twice of flying the day after an attempted bombing, one bomb having been concealed in a shoe and the other in liquid. On those two days airport security was quite interested in my shoes and my liquids, respectively, which makes me anticipate the worst in the post-rectal-bomb era. So evidently keen on degrading themselves, the Islamist terror and murder community will not rest until the lives of others worldwide have been ruined just as far as they can manage. The prevention of even the smallest of their victories is the work of our generation, and there’s nothing funny about that.