The more a group or a doctrine has these characteristics the more it must follow that it should be defined and labeled as cult
. The following characteristics make up that list, and I have compared Islam to them, point by point.
The group displays exessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.
Muslims are extremeley zealous about their faith and have an unquestioning commitment to their prophet, whose book, the Qur'an, is Truth and Law [5:48 '… For EACH We have appointed a DIVINE law'
] for them.
Questioning, doubts, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.
Muslims are prohibited to question[5:101
, hadith 555
] or doubt the basic tenets of their faith, and dissent is punishable by death.
Q.4:89 Death for Apostasy
Mind-altering practices (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, and debilitating work routines) are used in excess and (...)
Five times during the day Muslims stop whatever they are doing and stand for a repetitive and ritualistic prayer [ahadith 45
] and (...)