Blade, “Familiars,” and Islam


The sci-fi Blade movie trilogy, starring Wesley Snipes, depicts a world inhabited by four types of creatures: vampires, vampire hunters, ordinary humans (cattle), and familiars. Vampires of course need human blood to survive and so they view the human race as their food supply, treating them principally as livestock. Vampire hunters are those who understand the evils of vampirism and are thus on a quest to bring an end to this blight on humanity. Most human beings are oblivious to the threat of vampirism and so go about their daily lives in blissful ignorance unless and until they meet a vampire. Familiars are human beings who “know the score” and have willingly become servants of vampires in exchange for the promise of protection from the predations of other vampires.Blade_Trilogy

With necessary changes being made, I’m fascinated by the parallel this fictional series provides to the real world threat of Islam. As a political and military religion, orthodox Islam makes no pretense about its intention to conquer the world. The non-Muslim world when subdued will either swell the ranks of Muslims or surrender its resources for the enrichment of the Caliphate. Non-Muslims who are aware of this and who commit themselves to the fight against Islamic imperialism are like the vampire hunters – of course they are not out to kill Muslims, as vampire hunters seek to kill vampires (the only way to stop them), but nonetheless intend to render them harmless, either by exposing their ways to the rest of humanity, or even better to seek their transformation by persuading Muslims to embrace a better path through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The last group, paralleling “familiars,” is the group I want to spend a bit of time on.

Under the direction of Shari’a law, the Islamic State rules all conquered peoples who do not wish to convert to Islam (this applies only to monotheists – all others must convert to Islam or be executed). Such people (Jews and Christians principally) are accorded “dhimmi” status, once they agree to the terms of their subjection. The term “dhimmi” literally means “protected,” and this group is protected in the sense that as long as they pay their annual “head tax” and abide by shari’a law, they will not be executed by the Islamic State. Such “protection” seems oddly like the protection offered shopkeepers in neighborhoods controlled by the Mafia.  As long as the merchants pay “protection money” to the Mafia, they are protected from visits by the Mafia strongmen threatening to break their arms or kneecap them. In the case of dhimmis, as long as they pay their exorbitant tax known as jizya and show their willing submission to their Muslim masters, they are a “protected class.” This demands  as well their singing the praises of their oppressors, declaring how well they are being treated, rehearsing the lines that “Islam is a religion of peace” and “We love our Muslim leaders,” and so on, all the while living as second or third class “citizens” of the nation with restricted personal, religious, social and legal rights. Much like the familiars of vampires, dhimmis surrender to their masters so as to avoid outright death and to curry whatever favor they can without being forced to become Muslims.

But there is another group of people who qualify as familiars in the world of Islam. They cannot be classed as dhimmis, for they are ostensibly within the Muslim fold. In the Western world they are most often referred to as “moderate” Muslims, those who remain quiet about the worldwide imposition of shari’a law as the goal of Islam, and the legitimacy of violent jihad, and the supremacist attitude of Islam toward all non-Muslim religions and people, and the sometimes horrific examples and teachings of their prophet. This they do either out of ignorance, embarrassment, fear or silent approbation, but whatever the motivation, their behaviors advance the cause of orthodox Islam. Such individuals and organizations promote the fantasy that Islam is a “religion of peace,” that the actions of Muslim terrorists “have nothing to do with Islam,” that “Islam and democracy can exist harmoniously,” that “Islamic civilization is the envy of the world,” that “Islam upholds freedom of religion for all.” No doubt some of these “moderates” believe these statements that they parrot to credulous Westerners. Most moderates, as well as their more orthodox cousins, know better. But in support of the worldwide cause of Islam, they pump their soporific propaganda into the minds of the cattle so as to keep them calm and unaware of the dangers posed by encroaching Islam.

It behooves each and every person in the unconverted West, even moderate Muslims, to learn the real teachings and history of Islam so as to be prepared for the inevitable challenge that an invading Muslim civilization will bring to the way of life we have taken for granted for so long. Otherwise, you might want to start rehearsing the appropriate behaviors of a familiar.

Even better, if you are a Christian, equip yourself to know how to share the gospel winsomely with Muslims. The only lasting remedy for the compulsion of Islam is the freedom of grace which Jesus offers. While governments must turn to diplomacy and force in order to stem the tides of aggression, the Church offers a new kind of life that extinguishes the fires of oppressive evil. Please join Christ’s ambassadors of love to reach Muslims with the gospel, and so bring them into his fold of eternal life. In this way, Islam will be undone as a religion (rather than merely caged by international coalitions) and many precious humans brought into the Kingdom of light, in the same way as we ourselves were (see Col 1:12-13). As Christians throughout the Muslim world know, God is already at work to this end in astounding ways!

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7 Responses to Blade, “Familiars,” and Islam

  1. Cay Wright says:

    Once again, you have “nailed” it !!!! Thanks 🙂


  2. Ross Gubser says:

    Thanks Mateen, You are 100% correct, and I believe that many secular Muslims are ready to hear the Truth about Jesus Christ.


  3. Pat Dickinson says:

    And so the question is how to WINSOMELY share the gospel…and I admit lack of exposure to Muslims is a problem for me. What then do you recommend? I have always believed in “friendship evangelism” here in the US, but we are on the East Coast right now and I am not aware of Muslims in our community.


    • mateenelass says:

      Pat, this is a great question. I would check out where the mosques are, find the halal stores in the area and then look for cafes/coffee shops nearby. No doubt you’ll find Muslims gathering there. Alternatively, go to nearby community colleges or universities, observe if there is an international student association (as you well know) and look for the social gathering places on campus. A third possibility is to contact evangelical congregations in the area to see if they have any outreach programs to internationals — if so, there will be Muslims among those “target groups,” no doubt. And lastly, most importantly, pray that God will direct your steps to lead you to those for whom you can be an ambassador for Christ.


  4. Jodie Gallo says:

    I wonder…
    I think you are right that the only way to “defeat” Islam would be to make them into followers of Jesus instead of followers of Mohamed. Not by the sword, but by the power of the Word.
    It’s a battle that only the Holy Spirit can fight and win, because only the Holy Spirit really knows the way to the heart. We as evangelists must eavesdrop on the Holy Spirit, and be ready to act and speak as ambassadors when called upon. It requires love, patience, and agility.
    But imagine: If Muslims were to convert to Christianity and follow the teachings of Jesus with the same fervor and devotion they follow the teachings of Mohamed, they would put us all to shame. I think they would give the rest of us a serious run for the money.


    • mateenelass says:

      Jodie, I agree with you wholeheartedly. But remember the difference between the motivation caused by a works-based soteriology and one caused by a grace-based soteriology. If heaven depends on what you do to earn it, there is strong motivation to give your all. If on the other hand it is a gift, and you don’t deeply appreciate the love and sacrifice behind the gift, it’s very easy to sit back and take it for granted.


  5. Julia Leeth says:

    Great article again.


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