Sexual Starvation and Jihad Fantasies


[This article is reprinted from The Sydney Morning Herald.]

The 23-year-old Nigerian charged with trying to detonate a bomb on a Northwest Airlines flight over Detroit on Christmas Day was lonely and sexually repressed, according to messages left on an Islamic website.

As a US Senate Homeland Security committee continued to argue this week about how to handle Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the emotional anguish in his web posts provides an insight into fanatical Islam and what drives often hapless young men to become suicide bombers. Much as we would like them to be, they are not monsters.

Being the son of a wealthy banker, and living in London, Abdulmutallab had no real beef with Western life, did not complain about racism or express concern for downtrodden Muslim brothers.

But, like the September 11 bombers, who visited strip clubs before their date with destiny, when his devout religious beliefs conflicted with his corporeal desires, he found that blowing himself up along with a whole lot of infidels was preferable to being sexually frustrated.

As the New York Post put it: “The bomb wasn’t the only thing burning in his pants.”

On the Islamic Forum of the Gawaher website in 2005 and 2006 were more than 300 posts by Farouk1986 – Abdulmutallab’s middle name and birth year.

Under the heading: “I think I feel lonely,” Farouk1986 complains he has never found “a true Muslim friend”.

“As I get lonely, the natural sexual drive awakens and I struggle to control it, sometimes leading to minor sinful activities like not lowering the gaze.

“And this problem makes me want to get married to avoid getting aroused … but I am only 18.” In another post, he writes ”the hair of a woman can easily arouse a man”.

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  • Maria Hrafn

    I was scanning something else about this on another blog. Interesting. Your linear perspective on it is diametrically contradicted to what I read originally. I am still reflecting over the diverse points of view, but I’m tipped to a great extent toward yours. And irrespective, that’s what is so good about contemporary democracy and the marketplace of ideas on-line.

  • Irene Faulkes

    That sexual deprivation could be at the base of terrorist acts by Moslems is an interesting and probably true proposition. One sees Asian men, who do not marry until perhaps their late twenties, walking the streets hand in hand in what could be the same reason. Their women are covered well and interest in acquiring brides is left to the desires of the parents who determine the time, place and person for the wedding of their sons. Moslem men obviously consider it a sin to even gaze many times on the face of a woman. Their sexual desires would be all the more titillated at the harsh measures dictated by their religion. "See no evil, think no evil" is not only an impossibility in adherence but an impelling basis for adding unbidden lusts and frantic fantasies to their already sexually geared thinking. Let us not follow political correctness but rather understand and declare the obvious reasons for many who do Jihad. They are enclosed by a religion and a society that exposes their weaknesses but rather than give answers, adds weights of guilt around their necks. This is not a reason to sympathize or to consider their actions have extenuating reasons. It should make us in the West, all the more aware of the dangers of including massive migration of Moslems in our intake of foreignors. It should help us realise the danger and the need to protect our own men, women and society.

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