In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Role of Psychiatry & "Self-help" in Instituting the New World
do not misunderstand my intentions in writing this chapter.
I do not intend to offend those who have chosen the professions stated in
this article, nor do I mean to imply that such individuals are evil or
consciously bringing evil about. My
intention is to call all of us, myself included, to a critical eye.
In this day and age, things are most often not what they seem.
And it is for this reason that I am one to analyze and critique much of
what I see, hear, and experience. This
is not to say that I advocate judging people with a "holier than thou"
attitude (a charge most often brought against any spiritual or religious
position on matters). But rather to
judge actions, situations, choices, experiences, and trends to their degree of
rightness, wrongness, and appropriateness.
that said, what is to follow represents some of my own personal observations and
thoughts. I am a Muslim, a
physician, a male, a husband, a father, a son, a white American, and I have a BA
in Africana Studies; However, my opinions stated below reflect my own personal
biases. My views are not meant to
represent the views of anyone of the above groups to which I belong.
Though I seek only the pleasure of our Creator, Allah, I do not speak for
Muslims or Islam. I am male, but I do not speak for men. And I am a physician, but I do not speak for doctors.
a long time, I considered entering the field of psychiatry after completing my
medical school training. I was
quite interested and felt that I had a lot to offer the profession and the
people it set out to serve. However,
I came to realize that the professions of psychiatry and its many ancillary
disciplines (which include psychology, social work, case management, addiction counseling, advertising, and many others) are but subsets of a much larger force
attempting to direct human society and human history.
may call this force the New World Order, some may call it materialism, others
may call it globalization, and still others may call it progress.
Whatever it is, it serves as a trend toward separating out truth and
falsehood, spiritual and material, good and evil, and, ultimately, Christ and
AntiChrist. The world is being
wrenched apart into two camps, and our everyday lives are the battleground.
is not an attempt to paint some elaborate, fantastic, other worldly, apocalyptic
picture of these times. It is
merely to call us all to examine what is happening around us, <b>in
context</b>. Our world, as we
live it today, is disjointed to such a degree that we do not see the common
threads uniting our entertainment, world events, history, our own personal
emotions, our interpersonal relationships, our careers, our preferences for soft
drinks, etc. These things are not
separate. It is only presented that
self-help groups, and the like are but cogs in a much larger machine set out to
bring about the New World Order and to, thus, pave the way for the Masih ad-Dajjal,
or AntiChrist. These professions
serve to further disjoint our world through the multi-leveled destruction of
the family, through marginalizing religion, through manipulating language to
direct opinion (and "fact"), through normalizing that which is not
normal, and via instilling false hope and trust in a system set out to destroy
forgive the reference to "priesthood" in the title, but it is the way
in which psychiatrists and their colleagues (physicians included) normalize
deviancy that makes the analogy appropriate.
People are leaving the world's religions in herds.
And whenever something is removed from an individual's life, it is most
often replaced with something else. As
a Muslim, when I do something wrong, I simply ask God for forgiveness after
confessing my wrong to Him through prayer.
Then I set out to do my best to change my ways.
Similarly (to some degree), Catholics seek forgiveness of God through
confession. Openly, they admit
their sins to a priest who then gives them the regimen to obtain God's
forgiveness, and then they set out to change their ways as best as they know
and self help groups serve a similar function, however on a more worldly
level and with worldly criteria and values, nearly entirely divorced from
any religious or prophetic traditions. And
while the religious approach is based (at least remotely) on revealed literature
and guidance, the disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, and self help are based
solely on self and worldliness. And
just as the self and the world are subject to change, so too are the worldly
criteria of separating what is right from what is wrong, what is normal from
what is abnormal, and what is appropriate from what is not appropriate.
psychologists, and group counselors have replaced the confession boxes with
group sessions, psychoanalysis, self help books, and medications.
And they, themselves, have become the "priests" to which we
confess our sins. They are Dajjalic priests because they do not call to
guidance or truth. Their regimen
for forgiveness is for you to forgive only yourself, and thus allow you to seek
fulfillment of your desires (good and bad) uninhibited.
Their regimen is to teach the one confessing to turn his or her natural
feelings of guilt and remorse into affirmation and adoration of the very sin he
or she set out to confess and correct.
is perhaps the most blatantly obvious example of such a phenomenon.
A few short decades ago, homosexuality was listed in psychiatric and
medical texts as a disease and was treated as such.
Psychiatry, medicine, religion, and society were all in agreement.
Such people needed help. Over
the past thirty years, the tables have turned...The predominant view presented
by physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, group counselors, and the media is
that religion and society have been wrong for the past 3000 years or so.
Obviously, indirectly implying that religion is wrong has far deeper
implications than allowing a deviant practice to flourish and become
"normal" and "okay". It
also calls the entire spiritual order and prophetic tradition into
question...precisely the goal of a Dajjalic order.
it comes to other sexual deviancies such as transvestitism, beastiality,
pedophilia, etc, these disorders are still held as such.
However, even this is changing. The
more these things are presented on talk shows and in movies, the more normal
they are becoming. But the realms
of psychiatry and self help have yet to call such practices "lifestyle
choices" or normal.
of the Tongue:
far worse and more subtle meddling of psychiatry and its subsidiary disciplines
revolves around the sins of the tongue. Because
of the intense focus on the self and one's feelings, much of the treatment for
psychiatric and addictive disorders involves talking about emotions,
interpersonal relationships, impulses, childhood upbringing etc.
This opens the door to say things about people when they are not present.
In Islam, to say something about someone which they would not want you to
say, is a major sin, regardless of whether or not what you are saying is true.
This is called backbiting. It
does not heal any wounds, it just makes new ones.
It is divisiveness and only serves to tear people apart.
Again, precisely the goal of a Dajjalic system.
psychology, self help groups, and addiction counseling are not alone in their
sanctioning and normalizing of backbiting.
It's on the news, it is in comedy shows and movies, and now it is used
for treatment by the above said groups. This
"talk it out" approach to personal problems deepens the rift between
generations, between family members and loved ones, and of course between groups
the dead are not spared. This is
especially the case in addiction counseling where recovering addicts are
encouraged to dredge up early family experiences of abuse or neglect on the part
of their parents or other caregivers. Again
"talking it out" is portrayed as a purging of the feelings, that
somehow these things will up and go away after talking about them.
But they do not. I have seen
it with my own eyes. I have seen
one member of a family go through the early phases of recovery and then feel it
necessary to discuss their new-found revelations regarding their childhood with
their other brothers and sisters. It
did nothing but stir up old bones and destroy the nostalgia of "Mom and
Dad". Perhaps this is why the
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) instructed us not to speak ill of the dead,
saying that it has no effect on the dead and only hurts the living.
and its underlings manipulate language. Definitions are changed, and with them,
public opinion. In a sense, it becomes
the move away from "judgmental" language and a move away from
religious terminology, the Dajjalic priesthood prefers
itself has changed. Thanks to the logical conclusion of a Dajjalic priesthood
operating in a capitalist global economy. Rebellion has become an expression of
fashion and tastes now rather than a true resistance to a system or government.
Dressing differently, in-your-face attitude equipped with the appropriate
tattoos and earrings, and listening to the latest in "alternative" or
"underground" music what we are taught rebellion means.
psychiatrists, psychologists, and sociologists who serve the advertising wing of
the Dajjalic priesthood, have effectively marketed rebellion. It has become
fashionable and trendy. And as such, easily manipulated. The primary goal is
profit, and this is obvious. However, a little less obvious is the secondary
goal...namely, preventing true rebellion. The framework is set. There will be no
discussion of alternatives to capitalism or globalization or the two-party
self-proclaimed bastion of family entertainment (or should I say family
programming), Disney, has produced numerous cartoon feature films with rebellion
against the family as a dominant underlying theme. As I sit here typing this
paragraph I cannot recall even one Disney film devoid of a
rebel-against-your-family theme. Most, if not all, show a hero or heroine who
disobeys their parents or societal norms, things go bad, and then everything
turns out fine in the end. Think about it...In Aladdin, Princess Jasmine leaves
the palace, finds a "street rat", falls in love, he saves the day, and
in the end the father changes the law. In Mulan, she breaks tradition and takes
her father's place in the military, saves the kingdom, and in the end dad is
proud. The same holds true for the Lion King and the Little Mermaid. This
underlying message exerts far more impact than those alleged sexual allusions in
Disney films. In fact, I wonder if those things are only distracters from the
real problems with Disney programming the family (I mean Disney family
the language, change the people, change society. This is social engineering.
It is narrated on the
authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him)
said: Islam started as something strange, and it will revert to its (old
position) of being strange. So give good tidings to the stranger. (Sahih Muslim
Book 1, # 0270)
my third year of medical school I was amazed to find out that "religious
preoccupation" was deemed by the psychiatric world to be a sign of mental
illness, often related to psychosis. This
term is often applied to the religious practice of Muslims, and in fact, anyone
who practices their religion as a way of life rather than services to be
attended on the weekends. Quite
ironically, this element of the Dajjalic priesthood has actually switched some
age-old definitions...homosexuality has become a lifestyle choice and religious
practice has become a deviant thought pattern, or at the very least, a mere
component of culture.
excerpt below comes from a monthly, sometimes bimonthly, class of medical
literature called Clinics. These
books often serve as valuable updates for practicing physicians in their
respective fields. The quotes
regarding Muslims and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are quite telling...
teaches that a person may be tortured in his or her grave and after death if his
or her wrongdoings outnumber his or her good deeds.
Obsessional fears concern inability to control one's own harmful
impulses. These were 'invariably attributed to the devil (Shaitin), who is
thought to force them on individuals whose faith is not strong enough to counter
the evil.' Similarly, in studies of
OCD patients seen in outpatient psychiatry clinics in Saudi Arabia and Egypt,
the most common themes of obsessions and compulsions were religious.
Muslim upbringing puts
an emphasis on religious rituals, including ritual cleansing before prayer five
times a day as well as warding off blasphemous thoughts through repetition of
phrases such as 'I seek refuge with the Lord from the accursed satan.'
The symptomatology of OCD, here as elsewhere, then involves repetition
and internal struggle with forbidden thoughts, as these engender the greatest
anxiety for the individual and are most liable to become part of vicious cycles
of effort and failure to control. The
congruence between religious belief and practice and OC symptoms also probably
contributes to relatively low rates of insight into the irrationality of the
symptoms: in the context of orthodox Muslim religion moderate repetitions of
protective thoughts and actions appear normal, at least to the afflicted person,
although others may well recognize that the levels of religious preoccupation,
scrupulosity, and anxiety are abnormal. (from
<i>The Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Cultural
Psychiatry</i>, Vol 18, #3, September 1995, emphasis is my own)
is important to remember that this is taken from medical literature, from which
your psychiatrists and physicians are learning. What is problematic is not so much the label of OCD being
associated with religious ritual, but more so our inability to refute it based
on the very definition of the disorder. Our objections to the above concepts will undoubtedly be
attributed to the "low rates of insight into the irrationality of the
symptoms". Our "actions
appear normal", at least to us, "the afflicted".
better way to implement a worldly order, than to disqualify the religious order.
Role of Social Work and the Case Manager:
have seen it time and time again. A
young, energetic, idealistic college student fresh with new ideas and
unparalleled drive starts off on a career directed at social change and
impact...social work. They study
hard in college, they debate their friends and colleagues in late night dorm
room discussions on social issues, and bring a few under their sway of idealism.
They graduate, enter the workforce, and become a frustrated, demotivated,
have intense respect and admiration for all I have met who have taken this
course. Social work is a demanding
profession that requires a special soul to pursue it. But I have seen the light die.
Over and over again. I have
seen it die. And it is certainly
not the fault of the social worker. It
is the fault of the parameters already in place.
It is the fault of a systemic plague that is not remediable with a new
committee or a new governmental department.
The problem is multi-leveled. One,
the system, with all of its laws, issues of funding, and mounds of paperwork.
Two, the workload of the social worker, being forced to spread his
or herself too thin to make the impact on any one life that they had hoped to
make on the world upon entering the profession.
And three, the very people it sets out to serve are being directed
by media, materialism, and mental colonization that shapes the lens with which
they view the world. Furthermore,
the relentless paperwork and the long lines make for a frustrated client.
point? Social workers and case
managers are a special group of people, allies in our fight against the Dajjalic
influences of the New World Order. However,
their nine-to-five shifts as they exist today make them the altar boys of the
Dajjalic priesthood, ringing the bell when they are told to ring the bell, and
opening the book when their priests command them to open the book.
The ones who will help will be the ones who struggle to maintain the
family unit and to foster its growth. Those
who simply call around to find the nursing home nearest the family are not doing
what they set out to do in the first place by entering such a noble profession.
finally learned how to live":
the advent of the Industrial Revolution, the world has begun to witness a
phenomenon in which we rely on (and in many ways worship) technology.
Proven, age-old methods have been replaced with newer, faster, and
technology-dependent means. Child birth now takes place almost solely in hospitals while
that was rarely the case just a few short decades ago. Infants are drinking powder-mixed-with-water formula, rather
than mother's breast milk, or if breast milk, often milk expressed via a pump
rather than an intimate connection between baby and mom. Nowadays, people wait until their early 30s to marry, 2
decades after they reach a natural adulthood...sexual maturity or puberty.
in this technologically-dependent global society is a sense that we have finally
learned how to live. That somehow a
mother giving birth in her mother's home is primitive and unsafe.
That reaching puberty in the early teens is some sort of freak of nature,
a mistake in the biological process.
the effects are many, perhaps the one with the most deleterious impact is the
tendency to look toward the past and its associated traditions, norms, values,
and wisdom with disdain.
having finally learned how to live, we have appropriated everyone to their
respective compartments. We send
our smallest children away to daycare, our older children to school, our elderly
to the nursing home or adult daycare, and we, ourselves, go off to work.
We divide ourselves by our age. And
when the subject of the "generation gap" arises, our Dajjalic priests
point the finger at inadequate school funding, a paucity of after-school
activities, attention deficit disorder, adolescence, the music industry,
television, and lack of parental responsibility.
So we set up committees and departments and we prescribe drugs to deal
with these issues, and we miss the point. Our
Dajjalic priests have misdirected our energies.
And when our energy expenditure bears no fruit, what happens? We become cynical and apathetic.
is not to make light of issues such as school funding and television.
These are very important. But
something that is ignored is that we have separated the young from the old, the
experienced from the inexperienced. There's
a lot to be gained in insight, wisdom, and interpersonal interactions when a
grandparent tells their grandchild about something that happened in the past, or
that child tells the grandparent about something they learned in school.
Everyone benefits in such interactions.
But these interactions are no more.
And for this reason, I am no longer surprised by the lack of respect I
see on the part of today's youth for our elderly.
I am not surprised at all.