Roshaniya Militants

Osama bin LadenThe Roshaniya’s doctrine was a rich blend of earlier Zoroastrian and Manichean doctrine, interspersed with Bayezid Ansari’s own doctrine. It was both a spiritual and a militant cult – parallels can be detected here with both the Knights Templar and the ‘cult’, which has grown up around Osama bin Laden among young Islamic militants. Is it coincidence that bin Laden’s main base has been the hidden fastnesses of Afghanistan?

Disciples of the Roshaniya were urged to travel out into the wider world and, at the point of a dagger, spread their doctrine. In effect, it was a revolutionary force – comparisons can be drawn with charges later laid against the Bavarian Illuminati.

Anyone who was not privy to the secret sign of the Roshaniya was acceptable prey, disciples were taught. This sign was to pass a palm over the forehead, the palm inwards, while the counter-sign was to hold an ear with the fingers and support the elbow in the cupped, other, hand.

Candidates to the cult had firstly to undergo a period of withdrawal, or meditation – a requirement which has parallels with the practices of much earlier rites de passage for those seeking ‘illumination’. This period was known as ‘khilwat’, or ‘silence’.

One authority on the Roshaniya states: “In the first three degrees, the candidate perfected himself by repetitions of certain phrases which were believed to carry power …

As The Sage of Illumination developed his doctrine he preached that after death there was no conventional after-life – but a spirit life. An authority on the Roshaniya states:

“The spirits, if they belonged to the Order, could continue to enjoy themselves and be earthly powers, acting through living members. But that was all. The preaching of this spiritual vampirism seemed to delight his followers as much as it infuriated his enemies, because Bayezid now gave out more and more of the new doctrine based upon his no-after-life creed. Eat, drink and be merry. Gain power, look after yourself. You have no allegiance except to the Order… “

Bayezid was to die from wounds received in battle in India, but his Roshnayi tradition was perpetuated by a number of successors until the last recognised one died in 1736. By this time the cult had spread far and wide – including Egypt – where it is certain that Kolmer, one of the main influences on Weishaupt, absorbed it and brought it West.

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