“Obsession” is a new documentary about “Radical Islam’s War against the West.” The unfortunate title, however, conjures a Calvin Klein fragrance, not a serious examination of the foundations of jihad. To the faithful, jihad is not an obsession; it’s a religious obligation. It’s not a “compulsive preoccupation” with an “unreasonable idea or emotion,” to follow the dictionary’s definition of “obsession”; it’s the sixth pillar of Islam, exhorted to in over a hundred verses in the Quran. Jihad isn’t like a scent, picked up and chased in a pheromonal frenzy; it’s what Muhammad described as the Muslim’s highest duty.
That’s the problem with “Obsession”: Jihadists cite Muhammad and the Quran faithfully; “Obsession” is mum about their muse.
Indeed, one of the pillars of an Islamized media is the “Daily Prayer” – the ritual repetition of expedient disclaimers about Mohammad, whom Muslims regard as the perfect man, and his manual, which they consider equally celestial.
Viewers of “Obsession” are treated to terrifying, flesh-creeping scenes common in the Arab media: death-adulating, Quran-quoting kids and clerics in madrasas and mosques across the Muslim world, all calling for the killing of Jews and gentiles and for the subjugation of the West to Islam. Nevertheless, these spectacles are then punctuated by pieties about Islam being a peaceful religion, hijacked by extremists – a hell of a lot of them.
To be fair, “Obsession” does dispel the fiction that jihad is an inner struggle, but then even an A-list Islam apologist like professor John Esposito has admitted as much: “Jihad means to fight to spread Islam, not just to defend it, and to wage war against [Jews and Christians] who refuse Muslim rule,” Esposito has conceded.
“Radical Islam”: now there’s another redundancy that ought not to have marred the message of this important documentary. If one cares to delve into the Quran, the hadith, and the Sira, or read the scholars who’ve done so for us, then it becomes abundantly clear: Islam is radical.
Consider: When King David sinned horribly, robbing Uriah first of his wife, Batsheva, and then of his life, he was confronted and exposed by a furious prophet, Nathan. King David repented and accepted cruel punishment. There’s a conventional moral code for you.
Conversely, Muhammad sated his basest urges, miring himself and his followers in murder, mutilation, robbery and rape, only to receive “divine revelations” that sanctified rapine and licentiousness for Allah’s Ali Babas. That’s the Islamic moral code for you. It’s certainly unconventional, or radical.
It might even be posited that therein lies the appeal of Islam. It’s a license to indulge. It teaches that, provided they’re Muslim, the murderous, not the meek, shall inherit the earth. And it tells the Muslim faithful to claim their inheritance by force: subjugate, enslave, or eliminate their non-Muslim inferiors.
It was thus no coincidence that during the holy month of Ramadan, Iraq experienced a 22 percent spike in attacks. A similar trend was observed in other hot spots around the world. Yom Kippur sees Jews struggle to quell aggression; Ramadan is a time for Muhammadans to amplify it. Again, this is perfectly congruous. Iraqi mujahedeen were heeding, not hijacking, their prophet, who had revved up his raids on the caravans of the Quraysh during the Ramadan.
“Obsession” delves into the “historic links” between Hitler’s Mufti (also Arafat’s idol), the Palestinian Haj Amin al-Husseini, and radical Islamic ideology. Notwithstanding Husseini’s humble contribution to the Final Solution, the Mufti didn’t invent Muslim anti-Semitism, he merely modernized it. Nor did the hatred Muslims harbor for Jews begin with the establishment of the state of Israel. This hatred boasts a pure Islamic pedigree and can be traced to Muhammad.
When the Jews rejected him, Muhammad set out to exterminate the tribes of the region. The blood-curdling harangues heard on the documentary are a variation on a Quranic theme. Here’s Muhammad’s vision for the end of days, according to “Muslim,” book 41, No. 6985 (in Spencer, 2006):
“The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.”
“Obsession” features the brilliant Daniel Pipes and the heroics Brigitte Gabriel and Walid Shoebat. However, conspicuously absent from the impressive lineup is the indefatigable Robert Spencer, whose detailed exegeses have exploded the myth of a peaceful Islam.
On the other hand, since the directors of “Obsession” appear intent on upholding this Scheherazade-worthy charade, it is perfectly understandable why they would exclude the author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades),” and “The Truth about Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion.”