The Revelation History of Muslim Militarism

Revelation tells the tale of Muslim Militarism and various monsters in its menagerie paint its different faces.[1] Revelation's ancient serpent portrays the primeval sinfulness driving Militarism in general. Its dragon represents Muslim Militarism. Its beast from the sea stands for the Umayyad dynasty and Empire, with its ten horns as Caliph-Names and its seven heads as domains. Its beast from the land hisses as the Ottoman dynasty and Empire, with its two horns as the titles Sultan and Caliph. Its scarlet beast is Middle East Militarism with its seven heads as domains and its ten horns as prior Qajar Shahs and also as the modern terrorist organizations and rogue regimes of Muslim Militarism.
Rashidun (“Righteous”) Caliphs (CE 632–659). Muslim Militarism dates back to the first three Rashidun Caliphs. They successed Muhammad before his true successor Ali, whom Muhammad publicly named “Leader” (“Imam”) a few months before his death.[2] Ali was Muhammad’s cousin, stepson, and son-in-law and true successor. Muhammad also publicly bestowed a successorship turban called the Cloud on Ali, being desirous to see Ali’s coronation celebrations being commemorated in the Islamic Society.[3]But others thwarted Ali’s succession:
As Muhammad lay dying...he said ‘fetch me hither ink and paper, that I may record for you a writing which shall hinder you from going astray forever.’ But ‘Umar said, ‘Pain is deluding Him. We have God’s Book, which is enough.’ So the companions wrangled at the deathbed, whether to bring the materials and write the words, and Muhammad sent them away.[4]
This and other trickery led to Abu-Bakr, ‘Umar, and ‘Uthman succeeding Muhammad ahead of Ali. They took Righteous Successors as their blasphemous title. Free from the restraining hand of Muhammad, they unleashed the Locust cavalries and Scorpion archers of Muslim Militarism, which swarm out of Arabia and drove back the Christian Byzantine Empire and Persia’s Zoroastrian Sassanid Empire in short order (v. 9.5 & 10).
Finally Ali succeeded Muhammad in AD 756 as the fourth and truly Righteous Caliph. But he better known as the First Imam of Shi'i Islam. Ali might have reversed Muslim Militarism and set Islam back on its true course, but his assassination in AD 661 squelched this hope.
The Umayyad Caliphate of Muawiya (CE 666–749). Evil Umayyad Caliph Muawiya descended directly from the tribal chief Umayya, via Harb (War) and Abu-Sufyan (Father of a Sword). His father Abu-Sufyan was the mayor of Mecca who oversaw Muhammad’s iconoclastic teachings wreck the lucrative idol-trade of the city. He and his tribe became arch-enemies of Muhammad. Third Rashidun Caliph ‘Uthman was another Umayyad. ‘Uthman and Abu Sufyan had thwarted Ali’s succession as Imam. ‘Uthman also set up Abu-Sufyan’s son Muawiya as the governor of Syria[5] in Damascus. After the assassination of Ali in AD 661, Muawiya seized power over the expanding Muslim world, proclaiming himself the first Caliph of the Umayyad dynasty and Empire in the notorious year of AD 666 (vv. 9.11, 13.1–2, 5–6 & 13.18). Muawiya’s destructive edicts crippled Islam spiritually. He made the Muslim capital unholy Damascus instead of holy Mecca, and for good measure desecrated the Mecca birthplace and the Medina tomb of Muhammad. His Umayyad Caliphate carved out the world’s then biggest Empire.
The Imamate of Ali, Hasan, and Husayn (CE 656–873) ran from First Imam Ali through his son Second Imam Hasan (AD 661–668), his other son Third Imam Husayn (AD 668–680), and eight more Imams descended from them (v. 12.1). The Imams made Kufa in Iraq their capital. The Imamate ended in CE 873 after the death of the Eleventh Imam. Baha’is say he was childless and that the Bab became the Twelfth Imam.[6] Shi’i Muslims say that he had a four-year old son—an erstwhile Twelfth Imam—who vanished at his father’s funeral and whose Return they await. If so, then the Bab is the Return of this erstwhile Twelvth Imam.
Shi’i-Islam and Sunni Islam:Muawiya fought the Imams as his father AbuSufyan had fought Muhammad. His Umayyad Caliphate stole their mantle of Muslim successorship, just as the first three Rashidun Caliphs had usurped the Cloud as Ali’s successorship turban.[7] The Caliphate beheaded Third Imam Husayn and poisoned the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Imams, hereby killing one third of the stars in the sky (v. 12.4). The martyrdom of Husayn—venerated every year on the Shi'i street by displays of self-flagellation—was a point of no return that irreversibly split Islam into Shi'i and Sunni branches.
Muawiya, his Caliphs, and their puppet clergies propagated false doctrines that distorted the teachings of Muhammad, and they invented traditions that twisted early Muslim history. Stealing the mantle of Islam, they made it their cloak of power, and Successor (Caliph) and Way (Sunna) for themselves as blasphemous titles (v. 13.1). The resulting Sunni Islam joined mosque with state, promoted armed doctrines, justified war with Faith, justified Faith with war, and made the military doctrine of jihad its modus operandi. Sunni Islam prevailed materially and today most Muslims (80–85%) are Sunni.
In contrast, over many centuries, Shi'i Islam won through spiritually. The Imams who led it followed the true teachings of Muhammad and Ali. Their Shi’i Islam kept mosque and state separate, waged war only defensively, and practiced true jihad as “spiritual striving in the way of God”. Today the Shi’i minority of Muslims live mostly in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Bahrain.
The Abbasid Caliphate and the Spanish Umayyad Caliphate were the parallel enlightened dynasties that succeeded the Umayyad Caliphate. But violence still launched them. In AD 749, Abbasid rebels lured their Umayyad overlords to a death dealing dynastic dinner, killed all but one, and seized the Muslim Empire—except for Spain. Abd Al-Rahman, the one Umayyad escaping that deadly dinner, fled to Spain and kept it Umayyad as one of the beast’s heads as if fatally wounded. But its mortal wound healed up (vv. 13.3, 12 & 14). The days of Damascus were done. Abd Al-Rahman made Cordoba the capital of his Umayyad Spain and the Abbasids built and made Baghdad the new capital of their Empire.
Both the Abbasid Empire and Umayyad Spain flourished famously. What a great civilization was established in Spain by the Muslims!...What a powerful caliphate…was set up in Baghdad! Umayyad Spain became an Ornament of the World where Jews, Christians, and Muslims prospered in mutual respect for centuries. But Spanish Christians ended all this. By 1492 their Reyes Catolicos had ethnically cleansed Spain of both Jews and Muslims, to make 1492 the year of Spain’s greatest shame, not just its greatest glory (Columbus).[8]
The Ottoman Sultanate and Empire. In the 1100–1200s, tribes from Turkistan converting to Islam had migrated to Turkey. Here they founded the Ottoman Sultanate in AD 1299 (v. 13.11). As brutal as the Umayyad Caliphate, the Ottoman Sultanate cloned its cruel system, revived its corrupt doctrines, waged its aggressive jihad, and used Muawiya’s jizyaand kharaj tattoos to enforce taxation and religious discrimination (vv. 13.12–18). In particular, the Ottomans militarized the doctrineof Abodes. The pure Abodes doctrine told Muslims from Abodes-of Submission to spiritually convert non-Muslims in Abodes-of-War. But the Ottomans made the doctrine military, conquering non-Muslims in Abodes-of-War and forcibly converting them to Islam. To this today’s Balkans bear painful witness. In 1453 the Ottomans conquered Christian Constantinople and made it their capital Istanbul (vv. 9.14–15). Over it the Christian world still pines, saying that the name ‘Constantinople’ should never be abandoned.[9] By the 1800s the Ottoman Empire was in decline, its Tanzimat reforms came too late to save it, and it was history by 1918 (v. 17.11).
Shi'i Persia (Iran) and the Qajar Dynasty (1796–1924). Militaristic Qajar Persia modeled itself on the prior brutal systems of the Sultanate and Caliphate. The clergy controlled Persia, whose Shi’i sect, which regarded itself as the most learned, the most righteous, and the most pious of all the peoples of the world…hath shown a cruelty such as hath never been experienced.[10] The first set of the scarlet beast’s ten horns (v. 17.12) interprets as Persia’s ten Qajar Shahs. Shah Nasir-i-Din and the clergy oversaw the execution of the Bab and the massacre of 20,000 Babis in the 1840s and 1860s (vv. 6.9–11 & 7.13–17). By 1924, Qajar Persia was also history (vv. 17.12–14).
Modern Muslim Militarism now waxes with a vengeance, driven by a combination of Sunni orthodoxy, Shi’i extremism, and a general Muslim revival.[11] Terrorist organizations and rogue regimes have lit its fire and are fanning its flames as surely as the Locust and Scorpion forces did in Umayyad days. The jihad waged by Muslim Militarism has plumbed new depths of horrendous brutality. Further, Muslim Militarism sees Israel as a Jewish Abode-of-War island in its Muslim Abode-of-Submission sea,[12] and as a wing of the Christian West.

Now the Ayatollahs of Iran wear the Qajar cloak of Persia, and nurture rockets, uranium, and nuclear dreams, and protégés like Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad. The second set of the scarlet beast’s ten horns (v. 17.16) interprets as the terrorist organizations and rogue regimes of modern Muslim Militarism. From within events today, no one can know exactly which ten regimes and organizations they are. But the Iraq of Saddam Hussein, the Al Qaida of Bin Laden, and the Iran of the Ayatollahs surely top the list. Further possible present or future candidates jump alphabetically to mind, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, a Kurdish entity, Pakistan, a Palestinian entity, Tunisia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen. Soon enough, history will identify who these recent ten horns were.

[1] Rev. 12.3, 4, 7, 9, 13, 16–17, 12.9, 14, 15, 13.1–2, 4, 11, 16.13, 17.3, 7–8, 11–13, 16–17, 19.19–20, 20.2, 4 & 10
[2] Reference needed
[3] Hadith of Gadeer Khum.‌ +Ghadeer+Khum+hadith&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=7 page 24 (last accessed 20070526)
[4]Gail, Six Lessons on Islam 6.29
[5] Back then Syria covered the area of today’s Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel
[6]Balyuzi, H.M.,Muhammad and the Cause of Islam, 24.254–7
[7] Hawting, G.R., The first dynasty of Islam: the Umayyad caliphate, Chap. 24. AD 661–750 (London, 2000), cited by; also Sulh al-Hasan
[8] What a great civilization, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, PUP 346–47
Ornament of the World, Menocal, Ornament of the World
Spain’s greatest shame, Raphael, The Alhambra Decree.
[9] Churchill, Prime Minister’s Personal Minutes, Serial No. M387/5A
[10] Baha’u’llah, ESW 126
[11] Scruton, The West and the Rest 123
[12] As it would also see a notionally Christian Lebanon