Casus Belli: Justification for Jihad or Crusade…. (including some scattered historical notes….)

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by Ibrihim the Infidel ak-Kafir. Harish al-Hamir.
ar-Rasūl – the Apostle; ar-Raqabat – the slave; ar-Rum – the Greek; al-Zanjiyy – the Black; as-Sahir – the Sorcerer
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How does one determine… nay… define… the awesome glory of God…? Rather… how does one demonstrate… for all to see… the power… the majesty… of one’s personal… or racial… or cultural deity…? Is the mere aesthetic practice of deep… heart-felt spirituality enough…? Or must one adhere to a specific ideology… and the attempted imposition of that ideology upon others necessary…? How does one religion prove… without question… that God… their god… the god they worship… is supreme…? What can be considered the ultimate manifestation of might…? Far superior to ALL other gods… and thus… elevating that people’s status… above all other people….
All other nations….
All other cultures….
All other times….
I suppose that’s the ultimate question, isn’t it? And… man… has struggled to answer that question… for century upon century…. For century upon century… the formula… seemed secure…. The god who considered to be the greatest was… or is… he whose worshipers are greatest. Whose people… whose nation… whose culture… is richest. Whose leader… whose king… whose warriors… are most powerful. A god… and a nation… a culture… able to impose their will upon all lesser beings….
All… lesser… gods.
All… lesser… people.
A god…
a nation…
a people…
able to demand…
fated to receive…
strong enough to take…
whatever…
they desire…
from whomever…
they desire.
For centuries… that alone was understood as the true expression of religion: wealth and power. The dogmatic search for religious supremacy often seems to transcend… supersede… or even assiduously avoid such mundane concepts as mercy… humility… and piety… in the ruthless maneuvering to control… and distort… reality…. To create a narrative that more narrowly defines Orthodoxy…. As their own possession….
Theirs.
And theirs alone.
To steal not only the keys to the Kingdom, but more importantly… the Keys to the Treasure House. To usurp the authority of the gods for one’s own indiscriminate use….
And the answer… to the ultimate question… is inevitably… ultimately… an expression of belief… in the existence… of the Legend of the Holy Graal. Or… whatever symbol such a religion chooses to elevate… to revere….
Be that answer… that symbol… objective. Or subject.
Human. Or inhuman.
Sangraal. Or Sang Reál….
Merely mortal. Or… something… more….
Pick your poison….
Belief…. Or… disbelief….
Ultimate TRUTH…. Or… vile deceit….
One in the same… to the Apostate….
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Of course… while we debate… fantasy… why restrict ourselves to Earthy things? Earthly rulers? Earthly realms? Why should we not explore… and discuss… the Celestial Kingdoms? Enter the realm of religious authority. Pose questions regarding the legitimacy of religious rulership…. Moral… or immoral… or even amoral… authority….
What defines legitimacy with regards to rulership…? Religious… or secular authority…? Or… something else…?
Something more… visceral….
For centuries beyond memory mortal man defined the power of our gods based on our own ability to impose our will on our fellow man. And our own ability to acquire… economic… advantage. Our own acquisition of petty power and wealth defined the greatness… the glory… if not the sanctity… of our deities. Sanctified our own callous greed… in the service of our own desires.
Certainly modern Psychology informs us that our greatest religious yearnings… is nothing more than an attempt to control the hearts… the souls… the minds… of other men and women. Our gods are nothing more than the outward expression of our inward desires to control others. An expression of our collective Superegos….
At least… so… some would say. Have us believe.
Still… others hold… that those are the words of the Apostate. The Infidel. The Unbeliever. The Deceiver. The very utterances of the Great Liar himself. The twitching tongue of that pernicious bitch, Babylon. Lucifer. The Light-bringer. Beloved of God. Satan. The Prince of Darkness. Or… Shaytan, if you prefer.
Yet… I suppose… some may argue… that was then… and this… is now….
Now…. Is different….
Now… we believe we live in an enlightened time. When Man… mere mortals… consider ourselves equal… or above… God. Any god. Now….
And why not? We walk about in a word of light. Given to us by the Light-bringer himself.
Lucifer.
At least according to some….
But….
Whether we accept that assessment… or no….
We should know….
We should know….
We… should… know….
From logic… if not from memory….
That… it wasn’t always so….
It. Wasn’t always so.
Whatever “it” is….
However modern man chooses at this moment to define… it….
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Once upon a time, man lived in world of Darkness. Despair. Dissolution. Fear. Of Death. And… worse….
Spirits walked the Earth. A world defined by contrasts.
A world of darkness. A world of light.
Two realms…. Doomed…. Always to see one another… differently….
One world…. In constant turmoil…. As the warriors from the two realms fought… for control.
Lucifer… the Light-bringer… ruled… or rules… the Air. Ba’alzebul… the Dark Prince… the fetid… fecund… Lord of Flies… ruled… or rules… all that lay… or lies… below. And Satan… the Father of Lies… the Serpent who deceived Eve… and led man into sin… was both…. After Satan… or Shaytan… conspired to get man kicked out of the Garden of Eden… he kicked back…. Relaxed…. And let loose his demons to torment… man. To punish… the godly… amongst us.
And… where was God…? Why did he not act…? Why did he refuse to save his people…?
Did he not care…?
Or… was he… is he… impotent….
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Life was different in Medieval times. Reality was different then.
Today… reality seems to based on what I feel….
Then… man’s perception of reality was based on what one was told… by men in authority….
Men whom you served. Who owned you. Completely. Almost completely. The secular authorities… the king… his minions… owned body… owned mind…. By authority of God himself. By divine right. All lesser mortals were merely… property.
Except for those who were owned by God himself. The Clergy. Who controlled man’s soul….
The Middle Ages were a damnable time… when many a man felt damned. Tormented by Satan and his minions. Chastized by God.
God was real.
Heaven was real.
And… the Devil was real.
And… Hell seemed most real of all…. Because most lived it every day….
Thus… the Middles Ages… were an intensely… spiritual time…. A time when spirits were real. A time when prayer was necessary. Because only God… through his mercy… through his agents… through his angels… and through his saints… and through their relics… could the powers of darkness possibly be defeated. Temporary…. Briefly…. Like a soothing ointment. Relieving the intensity… of the chronic… continuous… pain.
All of Christendom looked on the coming of the First Millennium with profound dread. Surely time was coming to an end. The End Times…. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The Great White-Throned Judgment. The separation of the sheep from the goats.
And then… Destruction.
Utter destruction.
Complete destruction.
Of everything.
And Death.
The Great Unknown.
The Great Unknowable.
And… everyone knew it was coming. All of the portends pointed towards that.
Single.
Singular.
Event.
The entire world was in upheaval….
Of course, some men saw things… differently.
Buried deep in the sands of the Egyptian desert, someone stumbled across an ancient library… filled with books… that tell a different… tale….
A tale of the war between the Darkness… and the Light….
A tale of the war between ignorance… and knowledge…. Or… Gnosis….
And… in those buried jars… within the leather bound papyrus scrolls… were found… the Three Steles of Seth… and other Gnostic works…. Tales of Light…. And Darkness…. And the workings of Demiurge… who stole Light… and Knowledge… from the Garden of Eden…. And… the workings of the Serpent… who returned that knowledge… stolen from man… by a fallible… and false… god… for his own glorification…. Taken through force from that god… and transplanted into the Garden… as the Tree of Knowledge…. And… passed on to man… through woman… at the behest of the Serpent….
That is the basis of Sethian… and Ophitic… Gnosticism…. Ophites… or Ophians… Ὀφιανοί in Greek… from the Greek word ὄφις meaning… snake…. Snake-worshipers…. The Sethians or Ophites believed that Gnosis… or Knowledge… or Salvation… for man… came through Adam’s son Seth… through the Serpent in the Garden…. The Satan. Or Shaytan.
I suppose one may consider the Sethian Gnostics monotheists… similar to the Zoroastrians…. Who believe there is one god… Ahura Mazda… responsible for ALL Creation…. All of the good. All of the bad. Everything….
Perhaps a more inclusive… expanded version of the Greek myth of Pandora. Or… Πανδώρα…. “All gifts”. The All Gifted. The All Giving. The Incredibly Well Endowed. The first woman created by the gods…. Molded out of clay by the the blacksmith of gods Hephaestus on the orders of Zeus… as part of the punishment of humans decreed by the gods… in retribution for the theft of fire by the Titan Prometheus. “Forethought”. Whose brother was Epimetheus. “Afterthought.” Not the one most men would have picked to be the troublemaker in the family….
But… what is my point…?
That ALL events may be interpreted from many different perspectives… depending on religious persuasion…. Belief. Faith. Passion.
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Well…. Perhaps all of Christendom….
Or… at least all of Latin Christendom….
But certainly not all of the World….
Some nations…. Some cultures…. Were completely…. Blissfully…. Ignorant.
And… others… were better informed. More highly educated. Better prepared. Less superstitious.
Or… at least… superstitious… in a more Scientific sense.
For some… superstition… and Science… were more skillfully integrated. Interwoven. Better disguised.
For some… numerology… and astrology… and alchemy… and divination… were considered Science… not merely Mysticism….
And… many of those… lived by another calendar. A different calendar. So… the year 1000 Anno Domini… carried no fear. Because Jesus Christ was not their Lord. Because their calendar was not coming to an end of its cycle. Because they had other means to predict the future…. Other powers. Other beliefs.
The Orthodox Christians centered in New Rome….
The Persian and Arab Muslims centered in Baghdad and Cairo….
The Jews living in Baghdad and al-Andalus, but wandering the entire known Earth from Africa to Scandinavia to China and India….
The Samaritans living in Syria….
The Coptic Christians of Egypt…. The Syriac Christians of Syria…. The Armenian Christians of Cilicia…. Even the Christians of the Axumite Kingdom in Ethiopia…. Were all much more highly educated. Much more highly advanced. Much more sophisticated. Much more tolerant. And much richer…. Than the barbaric Warriors of Christ… crawling out of their dark centuries in Western Europe… led with such religious… pragmatic… fervor by the Patriarch of the Holy See in Rome… who had just recently began to style himself first amongst equals….
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On April 7th 1000 A.D., at around 9 A.M., darkness descended upon three holiest sites in Islam. A shadow crawled across the face of the Sun… blotting out all light… for over three minutes.
Certainly, the period of darkness seemed much longer.
The portend… the coming catastrophe… much more dire….
But… what did it mean…?
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What defines legitimacy of religious authority? For centuries beyond memory man defined power in their god based on their ability to impose their own will and acquire economic advantage: power and wealth defined the glory of their deity.
For the vast majority of its reign, the Fatimid Caliphate was defined as an island of tolerance in an intolerant… even turbulent… ocean of religion: belonging to what many consider an intolerant religion. Wrestle control of Levant and Jerusalem from rival Sunni Baghdad Caliphate. Fatimid dynasty claimed legitimacy based on blood ties: descent from the Prophet. The Abbasid dynasty based their legitimacy on Sunnah: religious orthodoxy tied to unbroken line of leaders of the faithful from Abu Bakr. Most Shi’a believe the true leader is occulted. Some believe the Imams are always present. Sunni believe Islam is defined by submission to the Law, not a particular religious leader.
Persian and Arab Muslims and Orthodox Christians generally much better educated and progressive in their views than Latins, who were only recently climbing out of barbarism.
The majority of the population was of a different religion than those who controlled the land, either indigenous Christians (Syriac in Syria, Coptic in Egypt and Marionite further south) with significant populations of Jews and particularly Samaritans. Believers of different branches of the same religion tended to be more oppressed than those of other religions: the Isma’ili and Nizari Shi’ites in Persia and Syria stand out in particular. The same disdain was similarly demonstrated by the Latins.
Like Prophet before him, his life was defined by his journeys.
He was different. His skin, for one thing, was lighter. Smoother. More lustrous. More beautiful. And his voice had a different quality. Softer. Shrilled. More feminine. That was it: he was more feminine! And his face…. Was beautiful! Beardless. Even… angelic. Soft shining pink light olive skin. Like his mother’s. The very picture of feminine beauty. Except for his nose. Which was… disfigured. Mutilated…. Cut…. Like his mother’s.
The other children didn’t tease al-Hakim… didn’t torment him… didn’t whisper about him behind his back because his mother was a slave…. No. No one dared. His father was al-Aziz. The Caliph. The Shi’ite Guardian of the Faithful. No one questioned the legitimacy of his birth: his father the Caliph accepted him – and that was enough. The question of his legitimacy had nothing to do with the legal standing of his father and mother. Both questions hinged on something beyond his control: his mother’s Faith. Her religious beliefs. And… she was a Christian. Such a revelation… rendered her slave status was irrelevant.
In a perfect world… social status… Personal religious beliefs… would not matter. But al-Hakim wasn’t born into a perfect world… in a perfect place… in a perfect time…. While the setting of Scheherazade was certainly magical… that was Baghdad… and this was Cairo….
And though the timeframe was very similar… this was the turning of the Christian Millennium… in the land of the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
Al-Hakim believed like many of those around him that Jesus was a good man. Same as the Jews and Samaritans that lived in Jerusalem and in Nablus. Similar to what the majority of the population under his sway – the Coptic Christians surrounding him in Egypt, and the Syriac or Aramaic Christians in the Levant, and even the Melkite or Greek-speaking Christians, like his mother and her brothers, his uncles – who believed that while Jesus Christ was God’s only son, he was certainly something less than God himself. Only those apostate Orthodox Christians and their Emperor hold up his palace behind his immense walls in their New Rome and that pompous Pope and his arrogant Roman Catholics believed anything other than Allah is One. Their appalling ignorance and affrontery – that monotheist can entertain with insult that God could exist as a Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost while remaining a single entity is… asinine… to say the least…. He believed like all his fellow Muslims – even those profligate and apostate Sunni who outnumber his Shi’ite brethren in their own lands – that Jesus was a prophet: like Moses and Abraham, whom Muhammad met face to face when he had ascended to Heaven on the back of that mythical beast the Buraq from the Temple Mound in Jerusalem. In fact, that was why Jerusalem was so important to his father. So important to his family. So important to his people. So important to his rule. So important to his legitimacy: because it was holy…. Because Muhammad ascended to Heaven from their on the Night Flight.
So… al-Hakim accepted… even embraced Jesus as a prophet… along with Moses and Abraham…. However, he could not accept him as God’s son. Al-Hakim believed… as did any sensible… educated… human… that anyone who ascribed to be a True Believer… must admit that Muhammad was the final and ultimate Prophet of Allah… or they must die….
Of course, some of this was confusing to the child. Al-Hakim wasn’t really sure what a Buraq reallywas: some mythical… magical… beast. Something like a Pegasus. Or… a camel with wings. He’d never seen one. He’d seen pictures, of course, but he still wasn’t sure. Just something to think about. To ponder on his own journey. To… and through… Jerusalem.
And… this man…. Jesus….
His mother apparently bought those lies that Jesus was the Son of Man…. The Son of God…. The Savior of mankind…. But even she… and her brothers… could never accept the Jesus was God himself and not some created being. And that one the real issue, wasn’t it? The ax that the Christians ground amongst themselves. The ax that cleaved the Christian Church. The ax that wounded the Body of Christ far more grievously than the Spear of Longinus himself. The Holy Lance. That and whether the bread that manically transformed into the flesh of their Savoir himself whenever they practiced their mystical… cannibalistic rites in order to save themselves… well… it all seemed a lot like idolatry to him. Which was forbidden to ALL true Children of Abraham, no?
The price of progress is sometimes painful: especially for certain aspects of society. Certain people with a society.

Moral relativism. Mutable truth. It seems… the truth could take on the guise of any of many choices…. The Truth was nothing more than the Vision a visionary such as himself could impose upon others.
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Medieval Christian writers call him “The Mad Caliph”, branding him crazed due to his persecution of Christians in within his realm and his desecration and destruction of Christian religious sites and important churches. Contemporary Sunni writers claimed he was not only illegitimate, but also a heretic. To this day, the Shi’a writers, particularly of the Isma’ili and the Nizari sects, consider him a very important religious figure. And… in 1018… Ad-Darazi… founder of the eponymous Druze sect who arose in the Levant… and whom many in all other branches of Islam consider heretics or a different religion altogether… proclaimed Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah… Ruler by God’s Command… the perfection of kingly virtue… the incarnation of God….
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Mad… despotic… tyrant. Irrational psychopathic killer who of those who offend him on the merest whim.
Paragon of his people. Veritable incarnation of the Religious Ideal…. Demigod whose every thought and action defines righteousness…. Proclaims justice…. Supreme leader chosen and divinely ordained by Allah himself…. Leader of the Faithful… or Ruler by God’s Command, as his sobriquet Al-Hakim bi Amr Allah clearly states….
Demon. Angel. One view firmly held by his enemies… and confirmed by those of his flock who rebelled against him…. The other… closed grasped to the hearts of the true believers of his flock… who… while perplex by many of the events of his reign… remained unified… and loyal… to his leadership… until the end…. And… even far… far… into the misty future….
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The boy’s name was Abu Ali Mansur, and he was born in Egypt — the first of his line to be born with that distinction — on the third day of Rabi’ al-awwal… the third month of the Muslim calendar… 375 anno Hegirae… according to the Muslim method of calculation… which begins counting when Muhammad left Mecca for Medina… the beginning of the great pilgrimage that defined the trek to submission to God. Rabi’ al-awwal is considered an auspicious month amongst Muslims. A very blessed month. The name means “the first month of the beginning of spring”, though that refers to the lunar-solar arrangement of the calendar that was used before the Faithful converted to the more straightforward strict lunar calculation. Rabi’ al-awwal is the birth-month of the Prophet Muhammad himself…. The season of the celebration of the Mawlid. The blessed birth of the Prophet Muhammad. At dawn… on the seventeenth day of the month…. Or… perhaps… the twelfth…. Or… at least one of those days is considered to be the true day of the Prophet’s birth amongst the followers of Shi’a….
And the Fatimid Caliphs were the leaders of that branch of Islam: descended from the daughter of the Prophet himself. The authority… the legitimacy… of the leadership of the Faithful of the Fatimid Caliphate rested on their claims of descent from the
At the tender age of eight, he was proclaimed wali al-‘ahd… or heir-apparent… to his father Abu Mansur al-Aziz – the Fatimid Caliph of Cairo. On 14 October 996, Abu ‘Ali Mansur was vested with his caliphal title: al-Hakim Bi-Amr Allah – “Ruler by God’s Command”.

Total Solar Eclipse Russia France 11 August 1124
Great Schism 1054
Pisa 120 ship & Daibert to Jerusalem. Colonies Antiochia, Acre, Jaffa, Tripoli, Tyre, Latakia, Accone, Jerusalem, Ceasarea, Cairo, Alexandria, New Rome. Archbishopric.
Genoa slave trade. 50,000

Lapis philosophorum turned base metal into gold or silver (Chysopoeia), and useful for rejuvenation… elixir of life… immortality…. Knowledge acquired from God (?) directly by Adam and passed down, similar to Temple of Solomon and rejected cornerstone Psalm 118. Prima material four elements used to create Philosopher’s stone. Jabir ibn Hayyan (Geber) analyzed four elements: Fire – hot & dry; Earth – cold & dry; Water – cold & wet; Air – hot & moist. Change mediated by substance; process known as al-iksir (elixir). Dry red powder red sulphur derived from Philosopher’s Stone. Metals like gold and silver can be hidden in alloys and ores. Aqua regia (mixture muriatic (hydrochloric) and nitric acids) one of few reagents capable of dissolving gold, allowing purification. Avicenna (ibn Sina – Xth Century Persian) discredited transmutation. Symbolized perfection, enlightenment and heavenly bliss. Effort to discover known as Magnum Opus. Associated with Ouboros οὐροβόρος ὄφις tail-devouring snake. The eternal return. Eternity. Infinite wholeness. The Soul of the World or Amina Mundi or ψυχὴ κόσμου. The disc of the sun represents 12-part dragon with tail in mouth. A sigil or sigillum or seal. Symbol used in magic associated representing the pictorial signature of a demon. In context of chaos magic, symbolic representation of magician’s desired outcome. Lesser Key of Solomon lists sigils of 72 princes of Hell demonstrating hierarchy for magician’s use. Grimoires used in magic training for summoning angels and demons. Hermetic wisdom associated with Hermes Trismegistus “Thrice Great”. Prisca theologia – all religions descend from one doctrine given by God to man in antiquity. The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trimegistus describes wisdom of entire world descending from three parts: alchemy, astrology and theurgy (rituals performed with goal to unite with divine, attaining henosis ἕνωσις or Oneness/Unity with divinity, thus perfecting oneself. Kabbalah sephirot arranged in three column pattern called Tree of Knowledge: Kether (Crown); Chokmah (Wisdom); Binah (Understanding); Chesed ( Loving Kindness); Geburah (Strength); Tiphareth (Beauty); Netzach (Endurance); Hod (Glory); Yesod (Foundation); Malkuth (Kingdom/Sovereignty). Left hand path. Qabalah.
Lapis Exillis fell from sky. Guarded by Knights Templar. Associated with Holy Grail. Neutral angels who refused to side with God or Satan.

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