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Sex obsessed Muslim assassins.
Maybe you've heard of the mysterious assassins. Possibly from Hollywood movies and popular video game series. Where they're portrayed as a cool secretive order fighting the evil Templar.
But forget what you've seen and heard. The reality is far more interesting and relevant to our times. I'll tell you why. There are a few sources on the topic. Many stories are legends. But based on the account of Marco Polo and the Quran's description of Paradise can we understand what was going on in the order of assassins. Jihadi warriors have been ruthless and fearless in their territorial expansion. This can be attributed to the command of Allah to subdue infidels with violence or conversion. And the promise of Jannah. Islamic heaven where 72 virgins await them for an eternal orgy. Women with big eyes and pear-shaped breasts. Rarely would a Muslim deny that opportunity.
Grooming the would-be assassin.
Now, the assassin's leader took this to a whole other level. He'd drug would-be assassins into a euphoric state to do his bidding. But first, let me tell you a quick background story of the fearsome Shiite Muslim assassins. The real assassin's creed was a sect that split off from the Shiites. One of the two main sects of Islam. The assassins were called the Nizari Ismailites. The Ismaili people still exist with around 15 million Muslims today. The Nizaris fled to Persia because their prince was executed in Egypt. The leader, Hassan-i-Sabbah settled his small tribe in the mountains of Syria and Persia. They were surrounded by enemies, and so they created impregnable strongholds.
A successor of Hassan, known as the Old Man of the Mountain recreated the Islamic version of Paradise in one of these strongholds. He drugged young men with hashish as a part of the assassin recruitment. They'd wake up in ''Paradise'' where the Old Man erected elegant pavilions where milk and honey flowed through the runnels. Beautiful women played instruments. They were somewhere between 12 and 20 years old. But only the boys who wished to be assassins could enter that place and 'play' with the women.
Anyone else was forbidden to behold the beauty of this paradise. Only a small part of the Ismailite sect was part of the fedayeen (assassins). Usually, the boys who'd be groomed by the Old Man were 6 to 10 years old. The assassin leader knew exactly what he was doing. Grooming boys at such young ages would make them vicious assassins, willing to do his bidding and kill whoever needed to be killed. Even if escape was impossible and death was inevitable.
The Old Man recreated Muhammad's paradise exactly as described in the Quran 37:38-49:
You will certainly taste the painful torment, and will only be rewarded for what you used to do. But not the chosen servants of Allah. They will have a known provision: fruits of every type. And they will be honored in the Gardens of Bliss, facing each other on thrones. A drink of pure wine will be passed around to them from a flowing stream: crystal-white, delicious to drink. It will neither harm them nor will they be intoxicated by it. And with them will be maidens of modest gaze and gorgeous eyes, as if they were pristine pearls.
The promise of 72 houris (heavenly virgins) was nothing new in Islam. It's a pillar teaching in the Quran. One of the great motivators of jihadis and any Muslim who takes his religion seriously lusts for those women with swelling breasts.
The horny assassin would have no impotence in heaven!
Each time we sleep with a Houri we find her virgin. Besides, the penis of the Elected never softens. The erection is eternal. - Al-Suyuti, Al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Qur'an, p. 351
Contemporary Westerners think that the assassins fought with such zeal because of the hashish which is far from the truth. Yes, they were exceptionally trained murderers, but their core inspiration was their undying devotion to the Old Man and his promise of Paradise as described in the Quran (9:111):
Allah has indeed purchased from the believers their lives and wealth in exchange for Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah and kill or are killed. This is a true promise binding on Him in the Torah, the Gospel, and the Quran. And whose promise is truer than Allah’s? So rejoice in the exchange you have made with Him. That is truly the ultimate triumph.
This is still the mindset of any serious Muslim today.
Sex and drugs as identity-killing weapons.
Fast-forward to 1969's Sexual Revolution. Young baby boomers are enthralled by novel drugs like cannabis and psychedelics. Free sex was abundant without the constraint of the Church. Here we see the same process of grooming young people to do the bidding of a master but for different purposes. In our times it's meant to subvert Christians and turn them into sex-obsessed atheists rather than zealous Muslim assassins.
You might think the real assassin's creed was made up of a bunch of crazy Arabs, but that's too simplistic. The assassins employed sophisticated psychological warfare. And that type of war still rages on today. The promise of sex is the most powerful tool for any ruler to gain zealous followers without the use of force.