“The day after my ayahuasca trip, I went to the mosque and did some regular Muslim prayers, feeling as though I had been cleansed of so much angst and alienation that had fueled my weird and punky shit over the years. I can even go to a Salafi mosque and just look for the good in whatever they have. Say what you want about the Salafis, but it’s one way—not the only one—of loving the Prophet.”
– Michael Muhammad Knight, psychedelic drug user, American Muslim, Salafist sympathizer, idiot extraordinaire? from his interesting and disturbing article, CONFESSION OF A MUSLIM PSYCHEDELIC TEA DRINKER
This reminds me of the stories I have heard from friends in the “Islamic world” of Salafists recruiting illiterate drug addicts to join their ranks, even paying them in cash and drugs to fight for ultraconservative Islamic extremism.
In referring to the above quotation from Michael Muhammed Knight, I had originally written an overly exaggerated statement along the lines of “This paragraph is perhaps the single stupidest thing I have ever read”, which would have been an exaggeration of course. Indeed stupidity seems to be an immensely renewable resource that flows from the most abundant of fountains, haphazardly springing up continuously throughout this beautiful planet, continuously spoiling it for everyone.
But seriously, can you think of anything more absurd than hallucinating drug addicts working with, or even passively sympathizing with, fascist ultra conservative religious fanatics hellbent on taking away the personal freedoms of men, women, and children; liberal and moderate Muslims, Christians, Jews, and the calling of death to atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, Hindus, secularists, repression of women, killing of gays, brainwashing of children, censorship against all free thought, all because some idiots on drugs think some fascist’s delusional speeches sound trippy?
“Michael Muhammad Knight (@MM_Knight) is the author of eight books. His ninth, Tripping with Allah: Islam, Drugs, and Writing, is forthcoming with Soft Skull Press.” Perhaps be should write one called “How Drug Induced Hallucinations Led Me to Sympathize With Fascists” Soft Skull Press should be ashamed of themselves.