Forward To Alamut
Hassan’s takeover of the fort was one of silent surrender in the face of defeated odds. To effect this takeover Hassan employed an ingenious strategy, one which took the better part of two years to effect.
First Hassan sent his Daiyyīn and Rafīks (Ed. Greater and Lesser Propagandists. We'll get to it ) to win over the villages in the valley, and their inhabitants. Next, key people amongst this populace were converted, and finally, in 1090, Hassan took over the fort. It is said that Hassan offered 3000 gold dinars to the fort's owner for the amount of land that would fit a buffalo’s hide. The terms having been agreed upon,
Hassan cut the hide into strips and linked them into a large ring around the perimeter of the fort, whose owner was thus undone by his own greed. (This story bears a striking resemblance to Virgil's account of Dido's founding of Carthage). Hassan gave the owner a draft drawn on the name of a wealthy landlord and told him to obtain the promised money from this man; legend has it further that when the landlord saw the draft with Hassan’s signature, he immediately paid the amount to the fort's owner, astonishing him.
Order in The Fort!
Group A: Descended from Ali and Nizar
Group B: Fully initiated. Also known as "Propagandists"
2: Da'i 'd-Du'at (Chief Da'i)
3: Du'i 'l-Kabir (Superior Da'i)
4: Du'i (Ordinary Da'i)
Group C: Partly initiated
5: Rafiq (Comrade)
Group D: Uninitiated
6: Lasiq (Adherent)
7: Fida'i (Self-Sacrificer, the Destroying Angels)
In the Shi'a context, imams have a meaning more central to belief, referring to leaders of the community. Twelver and Ismaili Shi'a believe that these imams are chosen by God to be perfect examples for the faithful and to lead all humanity in all aspects of life. They also believe that all the imams chosen are free from committing any sin, impeccability which is called ismah. These leaders must be followed since they are appointed by God.
Rashid came to Alamut, the centre of the Hashshashins, as a youth and received the typical Hashshashin training. In 1162, the sect's leader Hassan II sent him to Syria, where he proclaimed Qiyamah (Ed. The Day of Judgment), which in Nizari terminology meant the time of the Qa'im (Ed. The Mahdi, a messianic figue) and the removal of Islamic law.
"In the first, the teachers threw their pupils into a state of doubt about all conventional ideas, religious and political. They used false analogy and every other device of argument to make the aspirant believe that what he had been taught by his previous mentors was prejudiced and capable of being challenged.
The effect of this, according to the Arab historian, Makrizi, was to cause him to lean upon the personality of the teachers, as the only possible source of the proper interpretation of facts. At the same time, the teachers hinted continually that formal knowledge was merely the cloak for hidden, inner and powerful truth, whose secret would be imparted when the youth was ready to receive it.
This 'confusion technique' was carried out until the student reached the stage where he was prepared to swear a vow of blind allegiance to one or other of his teachers."
Edward Burman The Assassins - Holy Killers of Islam
"Much of the well-known mystical symbolism of Sufism, often best known through the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, was taken over by the Isma'ilis. They joined Sufism and Shiism in a peculiar and unique blend, often appearing as a particular group of Sufis with their own Shaykh....It would not..be surprising if the use of hashish and other drugs for achieving mystical ecstasy was also carried over from the Sufis."
- Edward Burman, The Assassins - Holy Killers of Islam
He Knows When You Are Sleeping. And Where. And how long, and in what position.
"Under the direction of Hassan and his successors, the Assassins killed Sultans, Viziers, Caliphs, Patriarchs, and Counts, barely giving their victims enough time to yell, "Holy Shi'ite!" before getting a #ing shiv in the ribcage.
Ben Thompson. badasshistory.com
He had his guards supplied with link lights and had chalk and cinders strewed around his tent outside Masyaf—which he was besieging—to detect any footsteps by the Assassins. According to this version, one night, Saladin's guards noticed a spark glowing down the hill of Masyaf and then vanishing among the Ayyubid tents.
Presently, Saladin awoke from his sleep to find a figure leaving the tent. He then saw that the lamps were displaced and beside his bed laid hot scones of the shape peculiar to the Assassins with a note at the top pinned by a poisoned dagger. The note threatened that he would be killed if he didn't withdraw from his assault. Saladin gave a loud cry, exclaiming that Sinan himself was the figure that left the tent.
"They call him Shaykh-al-Hashishim. He is their Elder, and upon his command all of the men of the mountain come out or go in ... they are believers of the word of their elder and everyone everywhere fears them, because they even kill kings."
—Benjamin of Tudela
Sir Conrad of Montferrat is one of the well known victims of the Hashashin. While strolling in the courtyard of the fortress city of Tyre with an entourage of mailed knights, two Hashashins dressed as Christian monks walked towards the center of the courtyard, and with daggers raised, stabbed Conrad twice, killing him. Although the mystery of who were the Hashahsin's employers, it is much attributed to King Richard the Lionheart and Henry of Champagne.
what kind of low life could murder for the right price? Oh lord take me now.
reply to post by FreeMason
What do you mean by that?
The Assassins were secret order devouted to a certain form of Islamic Mysticism. They, like the neo-Platonists, did not see God as the first cause, but the emanation of The Word of God. Hassan's mission was to spread that Word, and The Word was telling him that the world was ending and that humanity was set to be judged. They also had a great deal in common with the Sufis, which we shall get to soon.
hhaha I doubt they would survive a week in some parts of Detroit or Chicago though!!
the difference between war and a smack head back door thievy parasite is vast.
reply to post by symptomoftheuniverse
Considering the fact they existed and have morphed into present day government or terrorist sponsored entities the world over you got allot of evil to pray for and about. Does not matter if it is for a shekel or some fanatic/patriotic belief there have always been those who will fight for their beliefs. Those who have been unwilling to fight have been conquered or exterminated.. It is what it is.
There was a guy by the name of Moses; not the one in the bible but a self proclaimed messiah who was leading approximately 50,000 (?) to Jerusalem during the crusades. They were only armed by their Bibles and faith. The group was intercepted by some of Saladin's warriors and asked where they thought they were going... After Moses called God's wraith down upon the heretics of Saladin the warriors put to sword every last one of them. There have always been those on their knees praying while the blade falls.. Others wish to be more proactive even if history judges them misguided.