Chapter 24 : Judas, the apostate

Jesus accepting the head of Judas (based on Salome with the Head of John the Baptist by Caravaggio, National Gallery, London, c. 1607–10).

(Matthew 26:51-54)

Then one of those with Jesus reached for his sword and pulled it out, and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his ear.

And Jesus said to him,

Put your sword away. Everyone who picks up a sword will die by the sword.

“Lift your sword once more, my disciple. Everyone who picks up a sword for our faith will please the Lord of the Heavens7,8. Don’t you think I can’t ask my Father, and he’d send right now more than twelve legions of angels? But it is not necessary:  our enemies will be vanquished through the efforts of the believers, and in this way will the scriptures be fulfilled. Now strike them all, and leave none of the infidels alive.”

And after Jesus spoke these words, his disciples jumped to his defense and killed the unbelievers, and their heads were severed from their bodies. The tide of the battle turned quickly, and the enemies of the true faith became afraid, but it was too late for them. And then Peter went to Judas who tried to escape, and he said:

“You fool, our spies are everywhere. Why did you think you could betray us, you apostate. You have left the true religion.” And he cut off the head of Iscariot and he threw it at the feet of Jesus, and the Lord blessed him for it.111


In the original Bible, Jesus is meekly captured and led to the slaughter. From all the previous chapters we have by now learned that this would never happen to Muhammad. There are numerous verses in the Quran and Hadiths that call for war against the infidels. Muhammad himself led military expeditions in the later years of his life. The idea that Islam is in its origins peaceful seems truly absurd if you have but elementary knowledge about its early history and about the Quran and Hadiths.

As for apostasy: Islam is probably the only religion in the world where apostates are to be beheaded. Anno 2017 there were still eight countries that consider apostasy a capital offense punishable by death (Afghanistan, Brunei, Mauritania, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen). All Islamic, of course. In reliable Hadiths, Muhammad himself gave thanks to Allah when his soldiers brought him the head of an apostate. 45