I am sure that by now you have heard about the terrorist attack at Ohio State University. It was carried out by a single Muslim terrorist, Abdul Razak Ali Artan. He was a refugee from Somalia, and he tried to kill students and teachers at OSU. He left behind 11 victims and it looks like all of them will recover from their injuries.
He followed the example of what we have seen Muslims do in other countries. He drove his car up on the sidewalk into a crowd of students. After his car came to a stop, he jumped out and started stabbing people with a butcher knife or a meat cleaver, depending on the report.
Apparently a fire alarm was triggered in one of the buildings, and as the people came out of the building, Artan drove his car into them. I suspect he triggered the fire alarm himself. Fortunately, because of the fire alarm, the police came and quickly jumped into action. They shot and killed this jihadi before he could do more damage.
Death is exactly what the jihadi wants. When we kill them we give them the status of a martyr. Dying as a martyr is the only way a Muslim can have a guarantee of salvation.
I remember a few years ago when a couple of Muslims tried to behead an off duty military cadet in broad daylight in London. They first ran him over with their car, and then proceeded to behead him. After he was dead, they stayed around, waiting for the police. They were talking to the crowd about why they were doing this. In England, it took about 15 minutes to get an armed response team to the site because their policemen don’t carry guns. As soon as the police arrived, they attacked the police, knowing they would be shot and killed. Only one was killed, but the other survived.
USA Today did a report on Somalians in Columbus. The report said that 50,000 Somalians live in Columbus, OH. It is the second larges Somalian community in the US, behind the one in Minneapolis. The next largest communities are in Seattle, San Diego, Washington, D.C., New York City, Portland, Maine, San Francisco metro areas, and Nashville TN. The report said there are 800 Somalian business in Columbus.
Hassan is one of the leaders of the Columbus-based Somali Community Association of Ohio, and known as the community’s unofficial mayor said:
“America is not my enemy. America is my friend,” he said. “Anybody who sees my different is wrong. My Somali community loves America. We appreciate our country and the opportunity America gives us. We came here for a better life. We came here for an education. We came here to work. We came here to practice our religion.”
They did not come to assimilate into American culture, they came to take advantage of all of the opportunities and freedoms, but they still want to practice their religion.
Let me explain the Shahid, the martyr, in Islamic thought. Every time we have a terrorist attack, we need to look at this again. It is important that we understand this if we want to understand the terrorists.
The Qur’an is not the only source of Islamic scripture and doctrine. It is the one we know the best, but is not the only one. The Qur’an contains the words of their god, Allah. Another source of Islamic scripture is the teaching of Muhammad. This comes from the Hadith or the Sunnah. The Sunnah is a collection of the Hadith and the Sira. These contain the teachings of the Prophet. They are just as important to the Muslim as the Qur’an.
The Qur’an is the words of Allah, but to understand how to apply its teachings you have to look at the Prophet, and how he applied them. He is the model Muslims are to follow. This is why it is so important to look at what he did and said.
There are two major collections of the Hadith, Bukhari, and Muslim. Both of these men compiled their collections about 150 to 200 years after the death of Muhammad. Everything they wrote is hearsay, and is not from direct witnesses or companions of Muhammad. Scribes in Arabia at the time of Muhammad were very rare. Muhammad had one because he was wealthy enough to afford one. Muhammad’s scribe was involved in the writing of the Qur’an, but there was very little written to prove the accuracy of this. We can presume that there is some exaggeration found in the Hadith.
There are over 600,000 Hadith. Bukhari and Muslim rejected about 90% of them. These are the approved text, similar to the Textus Receptus for our New Testament.
It is in the Hadith that we find the blessings of the Shahid. There are 7 blessings given. There is not much teaching on jihad in the Qur’an, it is there, but the bulk of the teaching in it is found in the Sunnah. Here are the 7 blessings taught by Muhammad on at least 4 of 5 different occasions.
- He is forgiven 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 judgment
- He will receive a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it
- He will be married to 72 virgins, and he will be able to ravage them throughout all eternity
- He will be able to intercede for 70 of his family members and friends
Notice to whom these blessing, especially the 6th, will appeal. The appeal is to young men who are able to carry the sword and fight for Islam.
Not only does he get his own salvation, he alse gets salvation for 70 other people. There is a very strong draw upon young Muslim men because of the reward that is promised them. They not only gain Heaven, they gain heaven for 70 others.
It is very common for a Palestinian mother to pick one of her children and begin to call him our little Shahid. Every day she will remind that little child that he is being raised for a cause. She will tell him that he is the one who will bring salvation to the family. He will be the one who will have the great reward of Allah in Heaven. He is raised with the idea that when he dies in jihad, he will be the one that brings salvation to his family. This explains why, when a Palestinian dies in jihad, his mother will be dancing in the street, and the community will be rejoicing with her because they believe this.
Some ask why women are also becoming martyrs in jihad. There is no teaching of them getting men virgins or anything like that, but dying as a martyr is the only hope for salvation. There is very little hope for women in Islam. Muhammad said that Hell is largely filled with women. He said that this was because women are “deficient in mind.”
We need to understand that, in things like jihad, Islam is the cause. Muslims do what they do because of the teachings of Islam. The Muslim who committed the attack in Ohio yesterday, didn’t do it as much out of hate, as out of selfishness. He did it to earn himself the rewards he thinks he will get by dying as a martyr. The sad reality is that he is now in an eternity without God, and with God’s wrath upon him.
Let’s pray for the victims in this terrorist attack and thank God that none of them were killed. Let’s also pray for Muslims, that they might get saved out of this religion of death.
Let us work to make America Christian again!
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