Remember, Shahram is a former Muslim. He was taught the things we are going talk about now. He even had family members who followed these teachings to their end.
When a Muslim asks how he can be sure he will go to Heaven, the answer always goes something like this: Allah is fair, but if you want to know for sure you must become a Shahid. The Shahid is a martyr who dies in the cause of Allah. Muslims are taught that if they are killed in jihad for the cause of Allah they will receive seven blessings from Allah.
Some people think that this is just a few radicals distorting peaceful Islam. It is not, it is the fundamental teaching of Islam. The fundamentals are the basics that make something what it is. For example, the fundamentals of Christianity are that God created man and man chose to sin and disobey God. This obligated a holy God to condemn mankind to eternal punishment. However, God’s love for mankind caused Him to offer His Son to die in our stead so that He would not have to punish us. All those who will receive this receive forgives and become part of God’s family.
The fundamentals of Islam state that the only way to be assured of Paradise is to die as a shahid for Allah. Jihad against all unbelievers is the fundamental way of Islam. This is not just a few radicals, this is Islam. The highest goal of Islam is death, not life.
The Hadith are part of the Islamic scriptures. Listen to this passage from the Hadith:
The shahid has seven blessings from Allah.
- He is forgiven from the moment his blood is first shed.
- He will be shown his place in Paradise.
- He will be spared the trial of the grave.
- He will be secure on the day of the greatest terror, the day of judgment.
- There will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it.
- He will be married to seventy-two virgins and he will be able to ravage them through all eternity.
- He will be permitted to intercede for seventy of his relatives.
Not only does his dying as a shahid guarantee his entry into Paradise, it also allows him to intercede for seventy of his relatives. This is a pretty powerful motivation for dying as a martyr.
This teaching is not a radical idea within Islam. In talking to Muslims we have learned that this is a basic, or fundamental, part of Islam.
You can’t study Islam without coming across the writings of Ibn Kathir. He is like the Matthew Henry of the Islamic commentators. He accepts both this passage and the practices related to it as a fundamental part of Islam. This is not something thought up by a few radicals based upon obscure passages.
Muhammad was not only inventing a religion, he was building an empire. He used the “revelations” he received to motivate young men to join him and fight for the advancement of his goals. His “revelations” conveniently came at those times he needed them to motivate his men to fight. As I have said before, Muhammad used Allah like a sock puppet.
Let’s tie this teachings to these lone wolf attacks. Both of the men who committed these attacks in Canada had tried to go to Syria to join the fight. The Canadian government withheld their visas and passports stopping them from going. What is interesting is that the Canadian government was watching them, but they were not watching them close enough to stop the attacks. Why? In America we know why. It is because the Justice Department has told the FBI and other law enforcement agencies that they can’t consider their Islamic ties and take action to stop this kind of thing.
Since they were prevented from going to Syria, they decided to carry out their jihad in Canada. The call from the Islamic groups like ISIS is that if you can’t join them in the Middle East, then carry out your jihad where you are.
We can see the mentality of these men by the actions of the one who ran over the two soldiers. The police chased him and he ran his car into a ditch. Instead of running from the police, he grabbed a dagger and charged the police knowing full well he would be killed.
The goal of these lone wolf jihadists is to die as a shahid. If they don’t die in the committing of these attacks they don’t get the seven blessings. The man who shot the soldier at the War Memorial in Canada and ran into the Parliament building knew that he would die because there were too many armed police for him to overcome. The hatchet killer in New York knew that he would die because he knew he could not kill all four of the policemen before they could shoot him. All of these attacks were suicide attack sith the goal of of dying as a shahid.
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