Holy Warriors in the Making

The Anthropological Impact of the Hajj

In response to criticism, by believers, of the Catholic Church for such things as The Inquisition and The Crusades, a writer in Le Figaro defined the problem for those who would deny the cause-and-effect of the terrible violence done in Allah’s Name. The following is my translation of pertinent parts of his article. Any misunderstandings or misinterpretations are of course my responsibility.

The Catholic Church is not without its faults. Its history is filled with dark pages it regrets … However, what differentiates Christianity from Islam is that Christians can always return to the values in the Gospels and to the gentle person of Jesus and ignore a Church which has lost its way.

... Jesus is nonviolent. A return [to the teachings] of Jesus is the remedy for the excesses of religious institutions. Looking to the Prophet[/Koran] for guidance, on the other hand, only reinforces the hate and the violence.

Islam is a religion which in both its sacred text (Koran and Book of Hadiths) and in banal rituals promotes hatred and violence.

The ritual stoning of Satan every year at Mecca is not simply a re-enactment of a superstition… Its impact is anthropological. It is a ceremony to which every Muslim is encourage to participate, and which sanctifies and encourages violence…

The Hajj may also have an "anthropological" impact in fermenting a pitiless blood lust in young people.

22:36 And the camels We have made for you as parts of the sacred rites of Allah. You have some good therein; so mention Allah’s Name over them as they stand in line. When their sides fall to the ground, eat of them and feed the contented and the beggar. That is how We subjected them to you, that perchance you may be thankful.

It would not be a successful Hajj without dead animals. In 2014, an estimated 770,000 sheep, which have largely replaced the camel as Allah's preferred Hajj sacrificial offering, were butchered during the pilgrimage. To process the slaughter, the Saudi have set up massive slaughterhouses which butcher and distribute the meat from the animals who have slowly bled to death from slit throats as demanded by holy writs pertaining to their slaughter.

Like many rituals of Islam, the Hajj is an adaptation of a pre-Islamic festival. Before Islam, all Faiths were welcomed to perform the Hajj in honour of their gods and goddesses.

The Hajj, before Islam, was all about peace and love and togetherness and poetry that elevated the human spirit. People could circumambulate the Ka'ba naked and many did, and there was no stoking of a bloodlust. Most of the gods and goddesses worshipped during the pre-Islamic Hajj were kind benevolent figures, not the sadistic, vengeful kind invented by the Jews and adopted and adapted by the self-proclaimed Prophet of Islam.

At the Hajj, before Islam, animals were spared. The man which tradition identified as starting the custom of being merciful to both men and beasts was vilified by the Prophet.

Narrated Said bin Al-Musaiyab:

Al-Bahira was an animal whose milk was spared for the idols and other deities, and so nobody was allowed to milk it. As-Saiba was an animal which they (i.e. infidels) used to set free in the name of their gods so that it would not be used for carrying anything.

Abu Huraira said, "The Prophet said, 'I saw Amr bin 'Amir bin Luhai Al-Khuzai dragging his intestines in the (Hell) Fire, for he was the first man who started the custom of releasing animals (for the sake of false gods).'"

Bukhari 76.723

The Hajj ritual, as modified by God's Messenger on instructions from his Mentor, was significant in changing the Arabs from what French historian Ernest Renan (1823–92) described as "a gracious, loving, and vibrant people" into the remorseless, pitiless holy warriors fighting with Islamic State and other terrorists organization dedicated to making the world that of Allah exclusively.

Children Learning How To Slice a Throat

The mass slaughter of animals at the Hajj and all over the Muslim world that occurs during the one day Feast of Sacrifice as to have a conditioning effect on young witnesses to the slaughter, making many of them immune to the pain and suffering experienced by living things cruelly put to death, perhaps even kindling a love of killing which is a real asset in a holy warrior.

Children at prayer

Two children putting what they have learned about killing animals into practice.

Children killing a goat

An easily transferable skill. Do not look for more gruesome photos on this site, even blurred ones like the following. This is not what this site is about; but words could not convey the horrible consequences of training and conditioning children to kill without remorse.


It is difficult to get a normal person to kill another human being in cold blood and even more difficult, to do it on command. The American military has overcome this reluctance through time-consuming operant conditioning.

Islam has a real advantage in that their scriptures and rituals have largely achieve what regular armies have to spend a lot of time and effort to accomplish and even then, are not always successful, the reluctance to kill often re-asserting itself.

The young believers and converts who flock to the banners of the likes of Islamic State can be thrown into battle within days of joining the ranks of holy warriors, and be counted upon to kill and be killed without giving it a second thought.

Bernard Payeur