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The Neurotic-Visionary As Prophet of Allah

The story is told that when Mohammad first began having his visionary experiences, he was deeply worried and concerned that he might be under the influence of evil spirits ("djinn").
He confided in the one who would be his first convert, his "mother-wife" khadija, the rich merchant-lady he had married after having been under her employment for some years.
His solicitously caring mother-wife contrived a test of dubious value.
When next Mohammad had a visitation of the "angel" in mid-air, he ran like a child to his wife to report the vision.
She had him sit by her left lap and asked him whether the vision persisted.
Yes it did.
Then she asked him to sit by her right lap.
The vision persisted still.
The she asked him to sit on her lap and then she exposed a "feminine part" of her body (her breasts or genitals), and then she asked him: "Do you still see the angel?" This time Mohammad said, "No.
" In Khadija's folk theory of djinns (spirits) only a lecherous "devil" would remain while a woman's "feminine part" was exposed.
The failure of Mohammad's vision when she exposed herself was, therefore, proof that the vision was of an angel and not a devil.
Oral tradition records that Mohammad gained confidence in his prophetic status from the moral support of his wife in the early part of his career, before his public mission began.
Whenever he had an angelic visitation, he would run to Khadija, trembling in a cold sweat, and she would hold him and wrap him up warmly while the vatic episode lasted.
One of his earliest suras (verses) the "sura muddathir" (Sura of the Enwrapped) was revealed to him while he thus lay enwrapped in his wife's arms (Khadija also was his cousin).
The Oedipal attachment of Mohammad to Khadija as mother-substitute is evident.
His case is reminiscent of the classic case of Sigmund Freud's little Hans who wanted to run home to mummy to "coax" at the sight of a horse (father symbol) which aroused anxiety in him.
Mohammad as the "Enwrapped," in psychoanalytic terms, reflects unconscious memories of the warm security of the fetus in the intrauterine environment.
The prophet's notion of heaven as a place of sensual delights (wide-eyed virgins ministering unto the faithful) is a reflection of his primal pleasure fixation.
And Mohammad had made serious efforts at fulfilling his dreams of heavenly ("Al Jannah") primal pleasure return-to-womb yearnings in his life time.
The significance of his indefatigable preoccupation with acquiring a harem is obscured by the fact of toleration of polygamy in Arabic-Islamic culture.
But the Prophet's sex life went beyond mere "cultural activity" for he seemed to have been a sex addict.
His detractors are quick to point out (correctly too!) that Mohammad was not one to let a comely wench pass him by without consequences.
His harem of young nubile women grew till his death.
Mohammad was never a warrior and reports of his conduct at battle ground passed down to us by his followers reveal plainly all that we need know about his lack of a soldierly disposition in spite of his promotion of Holy War (Jihad).
His Royal Infantile Highness would typically deploy at a safe distance from combat (with the women) shouting orders and prophetic words of encouragement to the warriors, and curses to the enemy (that being a role typically reserved for the women in Arab tradition).
In eyewitness accounts of the infamous Battle of Uhud Mohammad stood like a football coach at a safe distance shouting instructions: "You take that one.
Yes, take him down...
There goes another...
Yes, you Ali, engage him...
don't let him go...
the dark one is getting too close...
hack him down will you!...
In the name of Allah...
" He would scurry away to safety with the women when an attacker got too close.
A company of enemy soldiers observing an opportunity broke through the ranks of his guards and attacked the prophet inflicting mild injuries.
The prophet was carried out of the battle arena shrieking curses hysterically at his men for letting down their guard.
Mohammad had the special fortune of having attracted to his service exceptionally able warriors like the battle-hardened Ali through whom (by the grace of Allah) the Muslim mujaheddin prospered.
Mohammad's marriage to Khadija afforded him the leisure to turn his mind to "spiritual" matters (thus the metaphor of the "Enwrapped," that is, as a fetus in leisurely repose in intrauterine state).
Mohammad was a prime example of the neurotic-visionary who scorns the limited potency of masculine "arete" for divine hubris.
He enjoyed, in his life, the omnipotence of a man considered by his followers plugged into a direct source of divine power.
He was effectively a drop-out from the male military order but made his way to the top by other means: he succeeded, like Hitler, in cowing the military order into submission to his will by convincing them of his direct access to the omnipotent source of cosmic power and knowledge.

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