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Caplets
03-30-2020, 12:32 AM
السلام عليكم

By Tarek Mehanna

"MK-Ultra"

Recently, I marked the milestone of having spent a decade in prison. Most of that time has been spent at the federal penitentiary from which I write these words. Since arriving years ago, I haven't once left this building.

Throughout my time here, I've seen how focusing on the same surroundings for years on end can strengthen your perception of the changes around you. As the years pass, I'm forced to notice how much rust has slowly crept across which metal cages, millimeter by millimeter, and how much paint has chipped off which concrete walls.

More to the point, I'm also forced to notice the gradual changes in identity that occur in other prisoners.

In 1960, the psychiatrist Ewen Cameron wrote that two factors allow us to maintain what he called a "time and space image" (i.e., our identity). The two factors are "(a) our continued sensory input, and (b) our memory." By that time, Cameron had already been employed by the CIA to help develop its mind control program, MK-Ultra. His was a two-step process: 1) "de-patterning," in which he erased your identity; he accomplished this by overwhelming your body with an extended period of electroshocks, total isolation, and forced use of drugs (uppers, downers, and hallucinogens such as chlorpromazine, barbiturates, sodium amytal, nitrous oxide, desoxyn, Thorazine, Nembutal, LSD, PCP, and insulin).

The effect of all this, as Cameron proudly wrote, was that "there is not only a loss of space-time feeling, but loss of all feeling that it should be present. During this stage, the patient may show a variety of other phenomena, such as loss of a second language or all knowledge of marital status. In more advanced forms, he may be unable to walk without support, to feed himself, and he may show double incontinence... All aspects of his memorial function are severely disturbed."

In other words, de-patterning is meant to blast you back to infancy.

After stripping you of your identity by shocking & drugging you into a vegetative state, Cameron would proceed to 2) "psychic driving," in which he replaced your old identity with a new one; he accomplished this by forcing you to listen to tape recorded messages on loop, all day and everyday, for nearly three months on end. By the end of the process, Cameron had both erased your past and re-created your present.

In prison, the process is more subtle. Nonetheless, the first thing they do to you when you're brought in is to strip you of your clothes and replace them with prison garb, beginning the long journey which for many people ends in burnout. But this process was invented by neither a psychiatrist nor jailer. It appears that the two-step mind control program was concocted by the Devil himself:

1) He overpowers you and erases your identity: {"Shaytān has overpowered them and caused them to forget the dhikr of Allāh."} (58:19)

2) He then refashions you as he pleases using his own voice: {"'And befool whoever you can of them with your voice,'"} (17:64) as he's {"the one who whispers into people's hearts."} (114:5)

Indeed, people's identities tend to collapse when they're overpowered by others - whether by a person, prison, or culture. Long ago, Ibn Khaldūn wrote in his 'Muqaddimah' that "being degraded & subjugated breaks the sense of 'asabiyyah (common cause)." He then gave an example, asking us to "consider that Banī Isrā'īl, when Musa called them to rule over Shām and told them that Allāh had promised it for them, just wouldn't do it... This is because they were afflicted with subjugation, even feeling nostalgia for the degradation they'd experienced for so long in Egypt, to the point that their 'asabiyyah was totally erased."

When Banu Isrā'īl wandered from their own sense of honor, Allāh struck them with a punishment that fit the crime: "So Allāh punished them with the Wandering - they were forced into a desolate land between Shām & Egypt to wander in circles for forty years, with nowhere to reside, settle, or meet other people."

And just as they'd replaced one identity for another, Allāh used the Wandering to replace them. Ibn Khaldūn explained that "the purpose of the Wandering was to annihilate the generation that had just emerged from the grip of degradation only to adopt it as a permanent trait, thereby corrupting their 'asabiyyah. They were annihilated in order to make room for a new, dignified generation to emerge during the Wandering that was untainted by the feeling of subjugation to others. So a new 'asabiyyah, one through which they could seek & defeat their enemies, was born."
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Caplets
03-30-2020, 12:51 AM

Today, as we're stuck in our own state of psychological wandering/physical annihilation, you can't help but wonder: Are past years' wars of annihilation decreed by Allāh to make room for a hardened generation that will be fit to stand alongside the Mahdī? Or will we voluntarily stop wandering by rediscovering our identity and adjusting ourselves to it?

When Europe emerged from the Dark Ages, its power steadily rose until, in the nineteenth Gregorian century, we found ourselves subjugated by colonial powers like Britain, France, Holland, and Italy. By the time of colonialism's decline, we'd wandered from our identity to an extent unprecedented in our history. Describing the Wandering of this time, Sayyid Qutb proclaimed that "the need for a fixed standard and unchangeable norms has never been more apparent than it is today, as people have abandoned fixed principles and mankind is cut loose from its axis. Our situation resembles a planet that has broken loose from its orbit and threatens to collide with others, destroying itself and everything in its path."

He continued, writing that "only one who isn't overpowered by the madness gripping people today is enlightened & wise. He looks at this miserable humanity, with its false concepts & systems, and realizes that people's manners, morals, customs, and habits have all come unhinged. He realizes that people are wandering aimlessly like madmen, pulling at their clothes, tearing them to shreds, and moving feverishly from one hallucination to another. He observes people replacing their outlooks & beliefs like they change clothes. He sees mankind screaming in pain, laughing like a lunatic, running like hunted prey, staggering about like a drunkard, and throwing away precious gems to instead grab at dirt & stones."

Sayyid then turns you to "look at people's faces, movements, and clothes. Peer into their thoughts, ideas, and desires. You'll find a people who are frightened, running like hunted prey, never stopping long enough to see things as they are. Indeed, they're running away from their own hungry, anxious, bewildered selves, unable to hold onto anything fixed or move in a permanent orbit around any stable axis."

In a sense, Sayyid was describing a previous version of himself. In early adulthood, he was a secular literary critic. Islām wasn't very important to him in that phase of his life. That changed as he found himself becoming more critical of 'Abd an-Nāsir's rule. He increasingly recognized Islām as the solution to Egypt's social & economic problems, leading him to criticize the Egyptian government for instead importing solutions from the West. As Sayyid's criticism began to focus on the West, the Ministry of Education for which he worked sent him to study in America in hopes that a firsthand view would soften him up. He divided his time between Wilson's Teachers' College in Washington, Greeley College in Colorado, and Stanford University in California. But the trip had the exact opposite effect, as seeing America firsthand only opened Sayyid's eyes to the misery of living in a Godless, materialistic society. He returned to Egypt more convinced than ever that the only antidote to that misery was Islām.

He then left his government job to focus on opening people's eyes through writing. For Sayyid, the most damaging legacy of Western colonialism wasn't that we'd been robbed of our lands, but that we'd been robbed of our identity. Just like Cameron's patients, we'd been de-patterned to the point that what Sayyid described as "the state of guidance that kept the Muslim society strong & cohesive for over a thousand years despite being shaken, beaten, and savagely attacked" had been deliberately erased. And just like those patients, psychic driving replaced that guidance with an artificial identity that bore little resemblance to the real thing. As Sayyid explained, "the weakness & decline in Muslim societies didn't start until they began to lose confidence in the permanence & perfection of Islam's fundamentals, thereby paving the way for the enemy to convince the Muslims to set aside Islamic concepts and replace them with Western ones."

So what replaced what? The main idea that began taking hold at the time was that Islām is a religion in the privatized, Western sense of the word. It's a collection of acceptable spiritual beliefs and rituals, with no binding guidance about dangerous topics like war, governance, or who you must/can't be loyal to. This means that you can pray & fast as much as you want; you can be both a good Muslim and a loyal colonialist subject at the same time!

To make matters worse, the external enemy had plenty of help from within. In the ultimate act of betrayal, some amongst us became complicit in importing alien, jahili ideas into the Muslim conscience. According to Sayyid, these internal traitors were driven by an inferiority complex that manifested in their tendency to measure Islām by the standards of the West rather than the other way around. Now sitting in prison, he wrote that "the real problem with these academics is that they see the jahili society as being the norm to which Allāh's din must adjust. This is totally not the case... Rather, Allāh's din is the norm to which people in their jahili reality must completely adjust."

After diagnosing the problem, he explained that "such a transformation usually occurs in one way... and that is a movement to confront the Jahiliyyah and establish Allāh's rubūbiyyah & ulūhiyyah on Earth for people, and to liberate them from slavery to the Taghūt by exclusively applying the Sharī'ah in their lives."

But he warned that "this movement must experience fitnah, harm, and tests. People will be tested. Some will become apostates... some will remain true to Allāh, fulfill their contract, and attain shahadah, and some will patiently persevere in this movement until Allāh decides between him and his people with the truth, solidly establishing him on Earth. At that point, the Islamic system will manifest, with those who had worked to establish it being branded with its seal and distinguished with its values. At that point, their lives will contain wants & needs whose nature & fulfillment are unlike those of the wants & needs of the jahili societies."

He then said that "I believe it's time for Islām to hold the position of superiority in the hearts of those involved in da'wah to it, rather than the position of merely accommodating the conditions, needs, and societies of Jahiliyyah."

Emphasizing the importance of a pure & clear Islamic identity, he explained that "throughout the history of da'wah to Allāh, Allāh has never separated His awliyā' from His enemies with victory until His awliyā' first separated themselves from His enemies on the basis of 'aqīdah... openly distancing themselves from their people's shirk, declaring their submission to Allāh alone instead of any false gods or tawāghīt forced upon them, declaring their refusal to partake in a life or society invalidly ruled by these tawāghīt in matters of creed, law, or ritual worship."

Finally, he confirmed that "da'wah may take a while before physical separation occurs. But separation at the level of beliefs & outlook must occur from the very first moment. The separation of one people into two groups may be a slow process, and multiple generations may suffer. But Allāh's promise of the separation of victory must, in the hearts of that small band of believers, be more real than the reality some generations see in front of them."

Right when Sayyid was sitting in a prison cell writing the above words, Ewen Cameron was on the other side of the planet, hard at work erasing & replacing his patients' identities on behalf of the US government. Not much time passed before Sayyid Qutb was executed, his neck snapped by a hanging noose simply for inspiring you to ask yourself how de-patterned you might be without even realizing it.

Written by: Tariq Mehanna
Wednesday, the 27th of Jumāda al-Ulā 1441 (22nd of January 2020)
Marion CMU
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Source: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...2As-R&refid=52
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