While ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has proclaimed an Islamic State, was telling Muslims they had to obey him, he showed off some of the loot that his followers could expect to pick up along the way.
The Islamic State leader spoke publicly for the first time at Mosul’s Great Mosque of Friday, an intervention in which he called on the world’s Muslims to “obey” him as “the leader who presides over you”.
But the self-anointed ‘Caliph Ibrahim’ also brought a touch of branding into the bloody conflict, with many who have seen the 20-minute sermon commenting on his bulky and expensive wristwatch.
Appearing in black robes and a turban in an attempt to evoke memories of the last Caliphs to rule from Baghdad, the jihadist broke with the tradition to sport an ill-fitting chrome watch with a dark face.
His choice of accessory, which is believed to be either a Rolex, Sekonda or £3,500 Omega seamaster…
Some are calling this a misstep, but looting was the core of Mohammed’s conquests. His followers weren’t all that devout, they were looking for stuff to steal. That is why many of Mohammed’s original targets, including the Jews, were well off.
Like most thieves, Mohammed went where the money was.
“Allah made booty lawful and good. He used it to incite the Muslims to unity of purpose. So enjoy what you have captured.
“Allah saw what was in their hearts [what they coveted] so he rewarded them with victory and with as much spoil as they could take. Allah promised that they would soon capture a great deal of booty.”
Allah taught them how to divide the spoil. He made it lawful and said, ‘A fifth of the booty belongs to the Apostle. (Mohammed)’
On the Badr expedition, the Messenger took the sword of Dhu al-Faqar as booty. It had belonged to Munabbih. On that day he also took Abu Jahl’s camel as booty. It was a Mahri dromedary on which he used to go on raids. It is said that he wrote ‘Ma’aqil’ [Blood-Money] on his sword.”
Religion was a means for Mohammed to rob people. It’s not that different from what Al-Bagdadi is doing. The “spiritual” aspect of martyrdom simply promised those of the Mohammedan bandits who died in the process of robbing people that they would enjoy the spoils of victory, e.g. food, women, wealth, in Islamic paradise.
Islam, as I have said before, is innately a gang religion. Its faith is in its ability to steal from others.
Islam always reverts back to the gang. It comes out of the desert and returns to the desert. It begins with a handful of men raiding civilized towns and cities. And no matter how much time must pass and how the world turns, it always reverts back there. Over a thousand years later, the climactic struggle of Islam is almost indistinguishable from what it was in the time of Mohammed.
The gang can only think of fighting more, killing more and doing the same things it did last week again. It finds meaning in the ethos of the fight and in the comradeship of fellow gang members. That is why Jihad is so central to Islam. It is why women occupy such an inferior position. Jihad is the gang culture of Islam. Its bonding rituals are central to Islam whose original elements derive mainly from the raids of Mohammed and his companions against the more civilized peoples of the region.
Islam finds its meaning from fighting and killing non-Muslims. It is the only meaning that it can ever have.
Now Islam is right back where it started. Where it always comes back to. Warlords looting cities and showing off their booty.
‘Muhammad, divide the spoil and booty of camels and cattle among us.’ They forced the Prophet up against a tree, and his robe was torn from him. Muhammad cried, ‘Give me back my robe. If there had been more sheep I would have given you some. You have not found me to be niggardly, cowardly or false.
Al-Tabari, Vol. 9, p. 31,
This is the real Islam.
Al-Bagdadi and his stolen Rolex are true heirs of Mohammed, the bandit prophet.