After the death of Mohammed, the future of Islam was uncertain. A group of elders decided a caliph (successor) ought to be appointed who would be responsible for guiding Islam’s fate in the future. They chose Abu Bakr who had been Mohammed’s friend and neighbor and was the first to believe Mohammed was a prophet and became the first convert to Islam. He was also Mohammed’s father-in-law as his daughter, Aisha, became Mohammed’s third wife when she was six years old. So he was chosen as the first caliph, much to the chagrin of Ali ibn Abu Talib, Mohammed’s cousin, who had lived with him since he was six, had fought in his wars and was chosen to marry his daughter, Fatima, thereby providing Mohammed with two grandsons, Hasan and Husayn. He thought he was obviously the most eligible and righteous person for this honor.
Abu Bakr did not live long, and Umar bin Khattab, who was also a father-in-law of Mohammed’s, was chosen as the second caliph. He was murdered by a Persian Christian named Piruz Nahavandi who had been enslaved. The third caliph was Uthman ibn Affan who was not of Mohammed’s Hashemite clan as the first two had been but was a Umayyad. He moved the headquarters from Mecca to Damascus and placed all the members of his tribe in the positions of power, ignoring the Hashemites. He was stoned and stabbed to death in a mosque.
Then finally Ali was named the fourth caliph. Muawiya, the Umayyad governor of Damascus, refused to accept Ali as caliph and there was a battle between the two sides. Ali’s troops were winning when his enemies resorted to a trick. They impaled pages of the Koran onto their bayonets and swords, and Ali’s soldiers hesitated to attack them. Chaos reigned, and the elders decided that neither of the contenders would be caliph and sent everybody home to cool off. Some thought Ali had acted cowardly by hesitating to fight, and somebody, no one knows who, ran Ali through with a sword. Many people agreed that Ali was the rightful successor and formed the Shiiat Ali, the Party of Ali, known as Shiites, causing the first great scism in Islam. They settled mainly in Persia and called their leaders imams, which Shiites thought were far greater and spiritually higher in rank than caliphs. The infallibility of the imams teachings comes directly from Allah to Mohammed and through Fatima to Ali and Huseyn, establishing a bloodline of succession that provided nine of the first twelve imams, most of whom met violent deaths through murder, death in battle or execution for treason. The twelfth imam, also named Mohammed, disappeared in a cave. Shiites believe he will return before the end of the world and he is awaited as the Mahdi, the Expected One.
The Shiites branched off into over 70 different divisions or sects. One of these was based on the belief it was not the twelfth imam, but the seventh named Ismail who would be the Mahdi. They became known as the Ismailis. At first the Ismaili imams languished in concealment, heads of an underground movement which attracted the extreme mystics and revolutionaries of Schiism. Eventually they emerged at the head of a powerful army, conquered Egypt and established the Fatimid dynasty, the so-called anti-caliphate of Cairo. The early Fatimids ruled in an enlightened manner, and Cairo became the most cultured and open city in Islam.
In 1074 a brilliant young Persian convert named Hassan bin Sabbah arrived in Cairo to study at the illustrious Abode of Learning. Here students were taught to question Islamic dogma and to believe their only source of truth lay in the teachings of their all-powerful instructors. They had to ascend through nine degrees, until they were taught the Ultimate Truth: that the world is created through actions, and beliefs are powerless distractions used to enslave the masses. As a child, Hassan, the man who would one day claim to be the incarnation of god on earth was a diligent student of theology. As a youth he was schoolmates with Nizamul Mulk (the future vizier to the Sultan of Persia and the most powerful man of his era) and Omar Khayyam (the great poet/astronomer/mathematician). These three future luminaries made a pact whereas if one of them reached a position of power and influence, he would assist the other two.
Hassan, however, ran into trouble in Egypt because of a controversy that arose over who should succeed the Fatimid caliph. Before the caliph died, he had appointed his elder son to take over the dynasty, but this son died before the caliph, who then appointed his younger son. This infuriated Hassan, who believed the elder son’s son, Nizar, was the rightful heir to the throne. Hassan was imprisoned for supporting Nizar, but as luck would have it, the prison wall collapsed and he was able to flee back to Persia.
He began searching for a permanent residence for his new sect of Nazari Ismailites, who would soon be known as the Hashishins as well as the Assassins. He found a secluded impregnable fortress high in the mountains called Alamut (Eagles’ Nest) which he got possession of through a trick, and, being positioned in a central location, it was an excellent hub from which to spread Ismaili propaganda. When Nizamul Mulk learned that Hassan had scured Alamut, he grew so inflamed with jealousy and rage that he dispatched an army to besiege the stronghold, but this attempt failed miserably and Hassan sent an assassin to stab Mulk in the heart.
Within Alamut Hassan created the legendary “Garden of Earthly Delights”. He filled it with exotic plants, birds and animals he imported from all over the world. Surrounding the garden were luxurious palaces of marble and gold, decorated with beautiful paintings and furnished with fine silk furniture. Streams of milk, wine and honey flowed through this paradise, and fountains gushed with pure spring water.
An initiate had to live at first in a small windowless cubicle under ground at Alamut, intent on studying his many lessons. Then one day he would be given hashish, and after he passed out and he was carried into the garden. When he awoke he would be greeted by the smiles of some beautiful and sexually accomplished young girls who would dance and sing for him, play lovely musical instruments and feed him morsels of the most delicious foods. As the initiate drifted into an ecstatic daze, the girls would go to work on him, giving him a full-body tongue massage while one girl performed oral sex on him. Eventually the bedazzled young man would climax into the girl’s mouth “as softly and slowly and blissfully as a single snowflake falling,” (Robert Anton Wilson, from Prometheus Rising) Then he would be given hashish until he passed out, and when he awoke the next morning to his usual surroundings, he was encouraged to recount his drug-induced adventure. Hassan would tell him that he had been favored by Allah and given a tiny glimpse of the highest level of heaven reserved for those martyrs who die for their faith. For such loyalty and devotion, the delights he had experienced so briefly were available for all eternity. Now he longed for nothing more in this world than the chance to die in the service of Allah.
The tales of sexual delights in the Islamic heaven intrigued Europeans, whose concept of heaven was totally devoid of even thoughts of sexual contact. Exaggerated stories were brought back by them, culminating in Gibbons’ Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire where he revealed that even on the lowest level of the Islamic paradise the celestial euphoria would include orgasms that lasted for a thousand years. “Seventy Houris, or black-eyed girls of resplendent beauty, blooming youth, virgin purity, and exquisite sensitivity will be created for the use of the meanest believer; a moment of pleasure will be prolonged to a thousand years, and his sexual faculties will be increased a hundred-fold to render him worthy of felicity.”
In answer to his longing, the initiate would be given intense training to kill an enemy of Allah, who would be identified for him by Hassan, known as the Grand Master. In this way he would earn eternal bliss because his would be a suicide mission. His mind and heart must be set on a successful kill and not at all on his own escape. He learned the techniques of the dagger, where and how deep to strike, and how to circumvent armor. He was taught the use of poisons, he became a master of disguise and the dress and manners of merchants, Sufis, monks and soldiers, etc. He was instructed in other religions and was able to pass himself convincingly as a member of the victim’s faith. He had to learn multiple languages and how to walk noiselessly in shadows. With a corps of such young men ready to kill and die, the Grand Master had a weapon as powerful as a whole army. It inspired such fear that even the greatest rulers would not dare to arouse his enmity.
The Hashishin Order was set up much like a traditional bureaucratic organization. At the top sat Hassan, the Old Man of the Mountain, who preached absolute devotion to a transcendental god. Below him were the grand priories (enlightened mystics), then the propagandists, and finally the fidais. They were the self-sacrificers (called “the destroying angels”) who were willing to commit any atrocity their master demanded of them, including suicide. Once while a visitor was there, Hassan gestured to a watchman on a high perch who acknowledged the signal and then without hesitation, jumped 2,000 feet into a gorge to his death. The fidais wore white tunics with red sashes, symbolizing purity and blood. Muslim brides also wear white dresses with a red ribbon around their waist, symbolizing virginity.
The man Hassan was a bit of a mystery. He was a businessman, scholar, modest ego-maniac, murderer, manipulator par excellence, political revolutionary,organizer, mystic, ascetic, alchemist and student of Sufism, so part of the curriculum for his future Hashishins involved mastering occult methods for reaching higher planes of consciousness. The Hashishins combined both the exoteric (communicated, “God’s Law) and esoteric (subjective, mystical) doctrines of Islam. He wanted to apply the system of the nine rising degrees he had learned in Cairo, leading to a spiritual breakthrough. After securing Alamut, Hassan lived the remainder of his life holed up in his room, only leaving his living quarters twice. He wrote a number of important theological treatises. He demanded unwavering attention and devotion. He was so severe that he had his only two sons executed, one for drinking, the other for committing a senseless murder he had not ordered. Hassan died in 1124 at the age of 90. The Hashishins persisted for over 100 years after his death, with Alamut finally being conquered in 1256 by Halaku Khan, son of Ghengis Khan, who ordered his chief minister to write a complete history of the Assassins, based on records in the Alamut library. To this day the Nizari Ismalis still exist, they are led by the Aga Khan, who is the 49th imam after Ali, and whose progressive, globalist rhetoric smacks of New World Order elitist hogwash. Unfortunately Prince Charles and the Aga Khan are good friends and the Khan exerts a strong influence over Charles. I have an article where Charles says “I am fond of Islam”. There was also a rumor that he converted to Islam on a visit to Turkey, but that is only a rumor. But he did say that when he is king, he will not be “The Defender of the Faith”, he will be “The Defender of the Faiths”, which turned my stomach. Anyway, the Ismaelis are still influencing us today, and especially Hassan.
The secret order that Hassan bin Sabbah created had a significant impact on all subsequent cults and secret societies. During the Crusades, the Hashishins fought both for and against the Crusaders, whichever suited their agenda. As a result, the Crusaders brought back to Europe the Assassins’ system which would be passed down and copied by numerous societies in the West. The Templars, the Society of Jesus, Prioy de Sion, the Freemasons, the Rosicrucians, the Skull and Bones, etc. all owe their organizational efficiency to Hassan. In fact, the Illuminati had their origins in the mystical aspect of the Hashishin Order, although most equate the Illuminati with the Bavarian illuminati, which was a revised version of the Hashishin system.
Our modern day “assassination cults” ( the FBI, the CIA, etc) have incorporated many of the Hashishin’s techniques into their methodologies. In a CIA training manuel titled “A Study of Assassination” you find traces of the Assassins’ influence throughout. Hassan Sabbah is even mentioned in the document. William S. Burroughs wrote a brilliant poem called “The Last Words of Hassan Sabbah”, which condemns modern covert terrorist organizations (intelligence agencies and big business) for being dishonorable.
And last but not least, the Garden of Earthly Delights is just a great big sham. Hassan scoured Persia looking for suitable prostitutes to impersonate Houris, and then taught them what they had to do. But he succeeded in convincing a lot of vulnerable idealistic boys into becoming monstrous murderers, not only of others but of themselves, and this is still going on today — Muslims still believe this hogwash, and we suffer because of these lies. Islam is in every respect evil and a hoax. There is no truth in it.
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