“Suicide or Martyrdom”?

via H.Balakrishnan published on February 21, 2007

In the Article “Is the peace process now terror-proof”– (TNIE-21 FEB),the writer stated:


 “Notwithstanding the strict Islamic against suicide per se,a distortion of religious tenets by extremist clerics has accorded the suicide bomber a halo- – -“.


Franz. Rosenthal’s “On Suicide in Islam.” Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1946, Vol. 66, (pp. 243, 256) states:


“While the Qur’anic attitude toward suicide remains uncertain, the great authorities of the hadith leave no doubt as to the official attitude of Islam. In their opinion suicide is an unlawful act….On the other hand, death as the result of “suicidal” missions and of the desire of martyrdom occurs not infrequently, since death is considered highly commendable according to Muslim religious concepts. However, such cases are not suicides in the proper sense of the term”.


For the past decade, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi has served as Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious center of Muslim learning in Sunni Islam. Sheikh Tantawi, who is the nearest equivalent to a Muslim Pope, has also confirmed the legitimacy of homicide bombing of Jews, characterizing these grisly attacks as:


“…the highest form of Jihad operations…the young people executing them have sold Allah the most precious thing of all…every martyrdom operation against any Israeli, including children, women, and teenagers, is a legitimate act according to [Islamic] religious law, and an Islamic commandment, until the people of Palestine regain their land”.


The same equally applies against all ‘Kafirs’.


Wonder ‘who is distorting’!!! Until this country starts understanding the true nature of Islam,I’m afraid the ‘WAR ON TERROR’ is a ‘LOST CAUSE’.


We can expect some more ‘big bangs’ in future and the same stale and clichéd statements from our ‘Netas’. 



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