A psychopathological profile of the prophet Mohammad - Part 5 of 5
EuropeNews 31 October 2012
Mohammad’s schizophrenic disorder
In relation to the above verses, Nöldke writes, "The oaths, too, with which many of them begin, were largely used by the soothsayers. Some of these oaths are very uncouth and hard to understand, some of them perhaps were not meant to be understood for indeed all sorts of strange things are met within these chapters. Here and there Muhammad speaks of visions, and appears even to see angels before him in bodily form. There are some intensely vivid descriptions of the resurrection and the last day, which must have exercised a demonic power over men who were quite unfamiliar with such pictures. Other pieces paint in glowing colors the joys of heaven and the pains of hell.” (0My emphasis)
Unless something is wrong with the Mohammad’s speech producing ability, even he could as illiterate distinguish between the pronouns "I”, "we” or how to recite a third person. There are many errors in the Quran, which confuse the reader about who is talking, Allâh or Mohammad or Jinns or Gabriel etc. we met in the previous pages several examples, her is another one.
We remember in relation to the night journey, Mohammad allegedly obtain the following verse:
Glory be to Him Who made His servant to go on a night from the Sacred Mosque to the remote mosque of which We have blessed the precincts, so that We may show to him some of Our signs; surely He is the Hearing, the Seeing.
In the first part of the verse, it is Mohammad who speaks because Allâh would not glory Himself. In the second part, Allâh speaks by using "We”
The patient repeats the same words or statements over and over. In the quran there are many stories and themes repeated many times. Among them are Allâh’s mercifulness, forgiveness and Allâh’s Oneness as opposed to idolatry, the frequent references to the paradise for believers, in contrast to the numerous references to hell for the unbelievers and those who do not believe in Allâh His Messenger and so on…
Among the many examples, I choose a few to make the point.
1. Suras 2, 3, 29, 30, 31 and 32 starts with ‘alm‘ the (repeated) neologism we talked about earlier.
The repeated verses in the Quran:
Verse Q4: 122 reads:
We will admit the righteously striving believers to Paradise wherein streams flow and they will live therein forever. God's promise is true for no one is more truthful than Him.
Q4: 57 reads the same
We will admit the righteously striving believers into the gardens wherein streams flow. They will live therein forever in a cool shade with their pure spouses.
Example 3: Verse Q3: 71 says:
Why do you mix truth with falsehood and knowingly hide the truth?"
Q2: 42 says the same:
Do not mix truth with falsehood and do not deliberately hide the truth
There are hundreds of such repetitions in the Quran. The following list gives other examples:
(2: 24 and 3: 131); (2: 40 and 2: 47); (2: 35 and 7: 19); (2: 49 and 14: 6); (2: 58 and 7: 161); (2: 62 and 5: 69); (2: 116 and 10 :68); (38: 25 and 38: 40); (2: 5 and 31: 5), (82: 17 and 82: 18), (77: 24 is repeated 8 times in the same chapter), and many more …
Example 4: Apart from sura 9, which is full of exhortation to aggression, death and distraction, every sura in the Quran starts with "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful” or "In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
There are 114 chapters in the Quran; that makes 113 repetitions of the above-mentioned sentence.
Example 5: The word hell, which is one of the most significant parts of Mohammadanism, is repeated 100 times in the Quran, examples:
Q3: 162: …His resort is hell, and ill is that destination
Q4:93: …And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is
hell; he shall abide in it,
Q11:119: … Certainly I will fill hell with the jinn and the men, all
Q48:6: …On them is the evil turn, and Allah is wroth with them and
has cursed them and prepared hell for them, and evil is the
There are at least 166 sentences in the Quran, containing the word fire, which is in turn the significant attribute of the hell. The contents of these sentences are ultimately the same as above-mentioned verses, that is, fire is provided for unbelievers to be burnt in it, examples:
Q2: 24: … – then fear the fire (of hell), the fuel of which is men and
stones; kept ready for the disbelievers.
Q3: 131: And guard yourselves against the fire which has been
prepared for the unbelievers.
Q4: 10: … they shall enter burning fire.
Q4: 56: We shall soon put those who disbelieve in Our signs into the
Q8: 16: … Then most surely they shall enter the burning fire…
Q11:106: … So as to those who are unhappy, they shall be in the fire;
Q46:20: And on the day when those who disbelieve shall be brought
before the fire…
Q66:6: O you who believe! save yourselves and your families from a
fire whose fuel is men and stones…
Q82: 14: And most surely the wicked are in burning fire
Q84: 12: And the wicked shall be in burning fire.
Q87: 12: Who will burn in the greatest fire. Then therein he shall
neither live nor die.
Q88: 4: Entering into burning fire, …
And so on and so forth.
Example 6: many verses end with some repeated characteristics Mohammad attributes to Allâh, such as, "Allâh, The mighty (or all-powerful), Wise” or "Allâh is all-hearing, all-knowing”, examples:
Q2:115: …. Allâh is All-embracing, All-knowing.
Q2:158: …. Allâh, is All-grateful, All-knowing.
Q4: 11, …. Allâh is All-knowing, All-wise.
Q2: 181:… Allâh is the All-hearing, the All-knowing.
Q4: 58: … Allâh is All-hearing, all-seeing.
Q4: 64: … Allâh, forgiving, merciful.
In over 100 verses, "All-knowing” is repeated in combination with other attributes, such as, "All-hearing” (about 40 times), "All-wise” (over 45 times). About 100 times, we meet "All-mighty” in combination with "All-wise (about 50 times), and the rest in other combinations. About 70 times, "forgiving” appears in combination, most of the time, with "merciful” (all statistics by Intratext.com).
4. Other forms of thought disorders
Some patients may develop some peculiarly bizarre belief about thinking itself; the bizarre belief can appear in several different manifestations. The most usual are:
• Thought insertion
• Thought broadcasting,
• Thought withdrawal
In thought insertion, the patients experienced the insertion of thoughts into their minds. The thoughts are alien, not their own; they were placed there by some other agencies. In thought broadcasting, patients experience thoughts as being broadcasted from their heads. Patients who experience the symptom of thought withdrawal cease abruptly to talk in the middle of speaking; this happens because they abruptly find themselves with no thoughts to express.
In the case of Mohammad, we know one occasion in which he claimed that what he had expressed was not his own thoughts, and the Muslims and non-Muslims alike, have been pondering to find a rational explanation for that.
The one example
There were 360 idols in the Ka’ba, Mecca, and Al-Lat, al-Uzza and Manat were three of the most important, female idols worshiped there. When Mohammad first began preaching in Mecca his desire was that the people of Mecca would accept him as a prophet and the religion he was teaching. They were not receptive to him and, according to tradition, made life difficult for his followers. Mohammad ordered them moving to Christian Abyssinia for protection (I would get back to this point in Mohammad’s personality disorders). This was until Muhammad recited surah 53 with the following verses:
Have you thought of al-Lat and al-Uzza and Manat, the third ... these are the exalted Gharaniq (a high flying bird) whose intercession is approved. (Ibn Ishaq, pp. 165-166).
"When the Quraysh heard that, they were delighted and greatly pleased at the way in which he spoke of their gods and they listened to him ... Then the people dispersed saying, Mohammad has spoken of our gods in splendid fashion". (Ibn Ishaq, p. 166).
Ebn Sa’d reports that Apostle of Allâh repeated the verses, and he went on reciting the whole of surah (chapter 53) and then fell in prostration, and the people (the Quraysh) fell in prostration with him. (Tabaqat, vol. 1, p. 237 and Bukhari: B19-N177).
Everybody was happy, the Muslims who had fled to Abyssinia heard about this and many of them began to return to Mecca. The Quraysh accepted Mohammad because he had, "spoken of their gods in splendid fashion"(Ibn Ishaq, p. 166).
It seems, however, that this compromise with the Qurayshites caused him some kind of distress. He has after all, been fighting for his ideas for the last several years and suddenly "without any reason” he put himself in the same initial situation without gaining any advantages. Eventually, this put him in a stressful situation, which induced a psychosis. It did not take much time before Mohammad experienced a hallucination in which Gabriel appeared and said to him:
"What have you done, Mohammad? You have read to these people something I did not bring you from Allâh and you have said what He did not say to you." (Ibn Ishaq, p. 166).
Tabari and ebn Sa’d report that Mohammad admitted he fabricated things against Allâh and have imputed to Him words which He had not spoken. (Tabari, vol. 6, p. 111, Tabaqat, p. 191-192). After meeting with Gabriel in his psychosis, he got back to the people and announced that those verses were inserted in his head by Satan – they were, therefore, called satanic verses. He, then, came with new verses, that should invalidate the above compromising ones. What we see in the Quran now is the following verses:
Q: 53: 19-23
(19) Have you really considered al-Lat and al-"Uzza,
(20) and the third one, Manat?
(21) "What! For you the males and for Him the females?"
(22) That indeed is an unfair division
(23) these are nothing but names which you yourselves have devised, you and your forefathers. God has sent down no authority for them. They follow nothing but conjecture and what their own selves desire, even thou guidance has already come to them from their Lord!
The explanation, that Satan had placed these words on Muhammad’s tongue and God had cancelled it, now had to be justified to both his followers and to the Quraysh. The answer came by referring to another part of the Qur'an:
Never did We send a Messenger or a Prophet before you, but; when he did recite the revelation or narrated or spoke, Shaitan (Satan) threw (some falsehood) in it. But Allah abolishes that which Shaitan (Satan) throws in. Then Allah establishes His Revelations. And Allah is All-Knower, All-Wise:
The question is, how many other verses were 'revealed' to Mohammad by Satan or how many times did Mohammad get ideas or thoughts inserted in his head, that we do not know about? We know this incident just because he put himself in a contradictory and embarrassing situation.
What is also remarkable, is the way Allah protests – like a child! "What! For you the mails and for Him the females? That indeed is an unfair division. We notice again that Mohammad confuses Allâh with himself. The All-Wise Allâh should actually say, "O! Mohammad! You have been misguided by Satan, those verses are not mine, do not pay attention to them.” Another point is, if the Quran is Allâh’s words, so He should say not "He females” but "Me females?”.
This child-like reaction of Allâh remind us to what Charles Manson admitted: "I'm still a little five-year-old kid." This is psychologically accurate: Manson [like Mohammad], and most other messianic cult leaders, is basically an abandoned, damaged, deeply hurt, angry, resentful, fearful little boy who feels unloved and unlovable. By becoming cult leaders, they receive the unconditional love, attention and acceptance from their followers they always craved. And they can act out their infantile fantasies of omnipotence and control (psychology today).
We encounter another of Allâh’s (Mohammad’s) child-like reactions in relation to the people in Mecca saying that Mohammad himself forged these verses; He then answers:
If you are in doubt of what We have sent down to Our worshiper (Prophet Muhammad), produce a chapter comparable to it. Call upon your helpers, other than Allah, to assist you, if you are true.
Schizophrenic patients become untidy and may neglect to bathe or wash their clothes; the fingernails may become very long. Dress and grooming may become bizarre. Several layers of clothing are often worn, even during the summer. Bits of string or cloth may festoon the patient’s hair or gar. Not uncommonly, paranoid patients shave their head. As we know, when Muslims go to Mecca for pilgrimage, beside many other rituals, they have to shave their heads (only men) at a given time as one of Islamic rituals. This is one of the schizophrenic symptoms Mohammad imposed to his followers, and later on, it became one of the unquestionable pilgrimage rituals in the Hajj
We have already mentioned two verses when he heard that he has to stand up and warn the people.
Q: 74: 4-5
(4)and purify your robes,
(5)and shun uncleanness
It seems that in all those months and even years he withdrew from the family and society and took refuge in the cave, he never tried washing himself even when he came home to get food for the next days. These two verses reflect neglecting of his personal hygiene.