The Mohammed Coefficient

mohammeds in waiting

Q: What do the eight men depicted above have in common?

A: They all bear the name “Mohammed”, or some variant thereof.

Top row, left to right: A classical kitsch painting depicting the prophet Mohammed, Mohamed Atta, John Allen Muhammad, Mohammed Atef.

Bottom row, left to right: Mohammed Bouyeri, Mohammad Sidique Khan, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, “Turban Bomb” Mohammed by Kurt Westergaard.

Last night, when posting about the nine men in Rochdale who were convicted on white slavery charges, I happened to coin the phrase “Mohammed Coefficient” to refer to the frequency of the name “Mohammed” among the convicted defendants. In this particular case, since four of the nine men were so named, the Mohammed Coefficient was .444, or 44.4%.

After I posted it, out of curiosity I did a web search and discovered that my usage was the only occurrence of the phrase “Mohammed Coefficient” on the internet. This unusual circumstance — most of the time, anything I invent has already been thought of by thousands of others — gives me the right of definition:

Mohammed Coefficient (abbreviated MC): The statistical measure, given as a decimal or a percentage, of the incidence of the name “Mohammed” among a group of perpetrators of evil deeds. Variant names that contribute to the MC include Mahmoud, Mahmud, Mahomet, Mamadou, Mehmed, Mehmet, Mehmood, Mehmud, Mihammad, Mohamed, Mohammad, Muhamed, Muhammad, Muhammed, and Muhammet, and all other cognates of the original Arabic name of Islam’s prophet.

So, for example, the notorious Beltway Snipers have an MC of 50%, which is fairly high. The murderer of Theo Van Gogh, Mohammed Bouyeri, gives that crime an MC of 100%. But the Shoe Bomber, the Lap Bomber, and the Killer Shrink of Fort Hood all have an MC of 0%.

The grand prize, however, goes to the violent assailants of Keighley in Yorkshire, as reported earlier this year. Every single perp in that case was named Mohammed, giving a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%, which is highly unusual — even in Britain — for a heinous crime with multiple perpetrators.

An interesting factoid in all of this is that the name “Mohammed” seems to be more common among male children born to Muslim parents in the West, as opposed to those born in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, etc. Perhaps baby boys born in the West are more likely to be christened dubbed “Mohammed” to assert publicly the family’s affiliation with Islam.

I excavated some names from the archives in order to assign Mohammed Coefficients for various murderous events of recent years. It was difficult to discover the names of all the suspects in the Bali bombing and the Beslan atrocity. 9/11, however, has an MC of 5.3%, the 7/7 Tube bombings 25%, and the 3/11 Madrid bombings 17.9%. For those who are interested, the full list of names for each of these abominations is below:
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September 11th, 2001
New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.

1 / 19 = 5.3%

Mohamed Atta
Fayez Banihammad
Ahmed al-Ghamdi
Hamza al-Ghamdi
Saeed al-Ghamdi
Hani Hanjour
Nawaf al-Hazmi
Salem al-Hazmi
Ahmed al-Haznawi
Ziad Jarrah
Khalid al-Mihdhar
Majed Moqed
Ahmed al-Nami
Abdulaziz al-Omari
Marwan al-Shehhi
Mohand al-Shehri
Wail al-Shehri
Waleed al-Shehri
Satam al-Suqami

March 11, 2004

5 / 28 = 17.9%

Rachid Aglif
Emilio Llano Alvarez
Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed
Hamid Ahmidan
Abdelilah el-Fadual el-Akil
Mahmoud Slimane Aoun
Youssef Belhadj
Abdelmajid Bouchar
Mohamed Bouharrat
Nasreddine Bousbaa
Antonio Toro Castro
Carmen Maria Toro Castro
Mouhannad Almallah Dabas
Basel Ghalyoun
Othman el-Gnaoui
Saed el-Harrak
Hassan el-Haski
Fouad el-Morabit
Mohamed Moussaten
Antonio Iván Reis Palacio
Rául González Peláez
Iván Granados Peña
Javier González Peña
Sergio Alvarez Sánchez
Mohamed Larbi Ben Sellam
José Emilio Suárez Trashorras
Jamal Zougam
Rafa Zouhier

July 7th, 2005

1 / 4 = 25%

Mohammad Sidique Khan
Hasib Hussain
Germaine Lindsay
Shehzad Tanweer

Readers may want to dig into some of the other murders, bombings, arsons, gang rapes, and all the various gifts of Islam, to see what additional Mohammed Coefficients they can come up with.

And what would be the overall MC for all Mohammedan violence inflicted upon the world during the past decade?

My guess is that it might be about 20% or 25%. But who knows?

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3 thoughts on “The Mohammed Coefficient

  1. cire

    you don’t have a significant p value when taking single terrorist attacks. statistically it would have most meaning if you got an independent person who didn’t even know the whole MC conjecture to just generate up a list of names associated with say sex assaults or terrorist acts with in certain time and geographic boundaries. Then compare the percentage occurrence of M names to the say the occurrence of the same name among cum laude graduations in the same time frame and area.
    Another indirect and possibly much easier way to collect data. Have someone select a low and high rape rate country and then compare the general name popularity of M names to both groups.

  2. Cunamarra

    I don’t think it is much of a stretch to include Ahmed as a variation on Muhammad. I have always understood it to be one. One who is praised being Muhammad and Praised or “Highly praised” being Ahmad or Ahmed.

    Allah’s Messenger … enumerated a number of his names when he said: “I have many names: I am Muhammad. I am Ahmad. I am al-Mâhî (the Obliterator) by whom Allah obliterates disbelief. I am al-Hâshir (the Gatherer) who gathers the people at my feet. I am al-`Aqib (the Successor) whom none comes after.”[Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]


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