God of War!
by Amir Arsalan
The human mind always wants answers. It searches as best it can
and when it cannot find complete answers, it fills in the gaps with
its own answers. Much of those gaps have been filled with made up
concepts. The further we go back in history, the larger the gaps,
and the more prevalent are the imaginary substitutions.
Not having an
answer is not satisfying, and the mind will not rest until that
need is satisfied. In ancient times as well as the present, much
of that need is met by inventing supernatural entities, multiple
Gods, or a single God.
No culture has
been without its God or Gods. Many of those Gods are similar, as
the world of the various humans is similar, while many of those
Gods are different, as the various experiences and obstacles of
certain humans are unique.
see that each culture has its own deities, while sharing certain
deities with other cultures. What are the common experiences of
most humans? The sun, rain and crops, fertility, festivity, death,
and of course
Yes, the God
of War is one of the most prominent and repeated motifs across various
cultures. The Norse called him Odin, the Hindu called him Indra,
the Iranian Kassites called him Burijas, the Romans called him Mars,
and the Greeks called him Ares. All of those Gods are a part of
ancient mythology, and no longer taken seriously. All except one:
Allah, the Bedouin God of War.
Arabo-Islamic portrayal of Allah
In truth, he
was never known to the Arabs as the God of War. This is only a logical
conclusion after closer examination of Allah. The then contemporary
connotation that Allah carried with him around the time of Mohammad
was that of the Moon God. He was one of almost 360 Gods that the
Arabs worshiped at the time. This Moon God is the reason why the
Taazi calendar is based on the lunar calendar, and the reason behind
the moon crescent's symbolism of Islam.
out as one of a multitude of pagan Arabic Gods. As Mohammad developed
Islam, Allah needed to out-compete his rivals. The alternative Gods
were suppressed as pagan, and the worship of idols was similarly
suppressed. This is another reason why idolatry and polytheism were
so forcefully censored by Islam's early days: to demolish the competition.
The Moon God
grew more powerful in the hands of his main advocate, Mohammad.
Ideological power is often followed by physical and military power.
To spread the word of God requires at times powerful methods of
persuasion. Of course, the God of War wields the most powerful of
all persuasive methods.
the Moon God slowly developed into the Taazi God of War within the
framework of the Quran and at the hands of Mohammad. That he is
the God of War is evident within the Quran as well as the works
of Tabari, Bukhari, and other historical documents. That he is the
God of War is evident within the historical background of the spread
of early Islam. That he is the God of War is evident within the
context of modern day Jihad, Islamic terrorism, and the Mujahedin
-warriors of God.
The zeal with
which Allah calls for violence, punishment, holy war, and the goal
to overwhelm the world until no other religion exists but Islam
makes him unmistakably the God of War.
Real portrayal of Allah:
Moon God spreading Islam by the Sword
(True Islamic Tolerance)
So call him
what you will; it matters not. He is the same entity; the same God.
He spoke Greek to the Greeks, carried a Hoplon, and was named Ares
once. He now speaks Arabic to the Taazis, carries a curved blade,
and is named Allah.
As one walks
through the valley of the shadow of darkness, one may feel the eerie
feeling of being accompanied by an unwelcome presence. That presence
is that of Mars, Odin, Ares, Allah, or whatever else one may wish
to call him