‘Allah does not love aggressors.’
What is taken to be a defensive attack?
Considering the consternation the war in Iraq has generated amongst virtually all Muslims, then perhaps any attack, any bomb, any act of violence, in any part of the world, can be construed as defensive. In fact they have been taken in such a way in literally thousands of cases.
What about the ‘attack’ of Salman Rushdie on Islam and the Prophet? Did that inspire ‘defensive’ violence? It did inspire much ‘defensive’ violence and many killings. More to the point, many millions of ‘moderate’ Muslims have simply failed to criticise the ‘fatwa’ against Rushdie. Quite simply because it is acceptable to kill those who commit such crimes against Islam or the Prophet. And millions upon millions of others have also committed such grievous crimes against Islam and are doing so today. All of them deserve to die by a thousand fatwas.
So what about suicidal terrorism? Critics say that the Koran contains only a single line against such a thing:
‘Do not destroy yourself.’ (4:29)
It is strange, then, that much is made of such a line by many ‘moderate’ Muslims, in the West, when their fellow Muslims seem to disagree with them on a massive scale. For example:
i) 43% of Jordanians believe in Islamic terrorism
ii) 82% of Lebanese believe in Islamic terrorism.
iii) 58% of Bangladeshis believe in Islamic terrorism.
iv) 38% of Pakistanis believe in Islamic terrorism.
v) 20% of Turks believe in Islamic terrorism.
What does all this mean in terms of numbers? In the above list alone we would have more than 200 million supporters of Islamic terrorism.
After an act of ‘martyrdom’ a Muslim goes straight to Paradise. That is, Allah will not judge one’s previous misdeeds - no matter how foul and pernicious one’s misdeeds were.
So what happens to 'martyrs' anyway once they have carried out their bombings? They are
*) Stats 2002 -