In the wake of the recent statement made by the five detainees at Guantanamo Bay, there have been numerous blogs posted on the subject. Most of them have expressed outrage and revulsion at the monstrous remarks of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind behind the September 11th attack. Among other things, Mohammed says things like “Our religion is a religion of fear and terror to the enemies of God: the Jews, Christians and pagans. With God’s willing, we are terrorists to the bone.” In other words, these individuals actually think they are in direct contact with God and know exactly what God wants. It is an overtly insane logic for killing thousands of innocent people. But don’t think for a minute that these five don’t have some cheering fans. Today, CNN.com provided a link to a blog which is titled “Islamic Revolution Now!“ This particular blogger, clearly suffering the symptoms of Sheikh Mohammed’s poisonous words, has this to say about Islam:
“I am a Muslim and a revolutionary. My last words on Earth, inshallah, will be, “I am a revolutionary and a martyr, thanks be to God. La ilaha illallah.” They can kill me, but not the Revolution.
Those who believe that Islam can flourish and be victorious without jihaad, fighting, and blood indeed are illusioned and do not understand the nature of this religion. The Prestige of preachers, the influence of Islam, the dignity of Muslims, cannot be attained without Jihaad.
It is reported in the Hadith:
‘And Allah will take away the fear of you from the hearts of your enemy and put the WAHN in your hearts and he was asked Oh apostle of Allah what is the WAHN? he answered, the love of this life and the hatred of death.’
And it was also narrated “the love of this life and the hatred of Qitaal (fighting)”.
“Then fight in Allah’s cause thou art held responsible only for thyself and rouse the believers.” Surah An-Nisa, Verse 84
Without Jihaad, Shirk (joining gods with Allah) will spread and become dominant for Allah says:
“And fight them until there is no more (fitna) associating gods with Allah” (Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 193).
Fitna means shirk means joining gods with Allah. Indeed Jihaad is the only guarantee for the well being of humanity on earth, for Allah says:
“And were it not for god ’s repelling some people by means of another, the earth would have been filled with corruption, but Allaah is bounteous to the worlds.” Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 251
Jihaad is the only guarantee for the preservation of the houses of worship, and the performing of worship to Allah for Allah says:
“Did not Allah Check one set of people by means of another they would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure.” Surah Al-Hajj, Verse 40
Oh you Preachers of Islam! Seek death and you will be granted life, Never be deceived by Satan, or, with false wishes, never deceive yourselves with books you read, or extra good deeds you do. Never busy yourself with easy tasks rather than confronting the great ones, Allah has Said:
“And you wish that the one that is unarmed be yours . . .” Surah Al-Anfal , Verse 7
Never obey anyone in abandoning Jihaad, no permission is required when Jihaad is compulsory, indeed Jihaad is the main foundation and the essence of your Dawah and the protection of your religion.”
LIke all Islamic extremists, this blogger quotes freely from the Qur’an, exploiting its ambiguities about the use of violence as a problem-solving tool. How do people who think like this get up in the morning and go to work? If the state of the world is that dreadful, why not just kill themselves now and move on? More to the point, what angel from Heaven appeared in their living room and delivered God’s plan directly to them? Human history is littered with delusional people who feel it is their God-given duty to bring their distorted form of justice to the world. When they look out their windows, they don’t see individuals struggling with the universal dilemmas of everyday life. They see opposing tribes, religions and governments, all of whom are their enemies and who must be destroyed. It never occurs to people like this blogger that there might be a wiser, more compassionate path to follow. Peaceful solutions and the hard work they require are not as satisfying as violent revenge. There is an almost pathological need for blood, which brings the metaphor of the vampire legends to mind.
I’m not saying that this one blogger is representative of all Muslims, but his distorted interpretation of the Qur’an and admitted attraction to violence has infected Islam, and that religion will probably have to go through its own ‘Reformation’ in order to deal with him and those who think like him. The West can’t change his mind, no matter how much we compromise or understand or engage. All we can do is defend ourselves against him. There is no point in negotiating with an individual like this, who has this kind of deluded metaphysical certainty about his point of view. He is what is usually referred to as a “lost soul”, beyond redemption and on a path to self-destruction for a cause which benefits no one, including himself. Like most fanatics, he claims to know what is in God’s mind and, in his own words, “the dignity of Muslims cannot be attained without Jihaad”… i.e. without killing people.
Understanding that mindset, it is difficult to completely embrace the closing of Guantanamo Bay, even though I know it was the right thing to do.