Have you seen the movie series The Godfather? Ever notice the respect and authority the Godfather receives from his enemies, his patrons, his friends, his families and his loyal henchmen. They all pledge full allegiance to him. He is like the Amir-ul-Mumineen, the Khalifa. Every Muslims gives bai’yah (allegiance) to the Amir. They respect him and obey him.
Well I was recently watching the movie series, The Godfather, and I was observing how all the henchmen would kiss the hand of the Godfather. Then I remembered how the murids (disciples) would kiss the hand of their Shaykh.
Why did the mafia practice this? Was it from Islam? Where did they get such respect and authority in their leadership? Well I don’t really know. I’m assuming from Islam, of course.
The Mafia originates from the Italian Island, Sicily. In the history of Sicily, you will find out that the Muslims controlled it. Under the Muslim rule, the Italians were persecuted (yes the Muslims weren’t good Muslims), so they created a secret society against the Muslims. This society was called: the Mafia. Eventually in 1060, the Muslims lost control of Sicily and it went to the Normans. Months later it was then controlled by the Byzantines.
So in conclusion, the mafia was developed to defend the Italians against the Muslims, in Italy. Then in the 1900s it was used to make Italians rich from alcohol, drugs and gambling in America.
Maaffeeya in Arabic means “exempted”
Mahiya in Arabic means “flashy”
Mu-afah in Arabic means “security, protection”
Mahajas in Arabic means “excessive boasting”
Guess what, all those are some characteristics of the Mafia. Coincident?