Thursday, July 19, 2007

Definition of a Shaheed: or, the Islamic do's and dont's of killing yourself

I stumbled upon a charming website , Caravan of Martyrs, that clinically defines what a Shaheed aka Jihadi Martyr aka killer of himself along with others who aren't Muslim, is.

Her discourse outlines the difference between just plain old suicide, which is verboten in Islam, and martyrdom, which is praiseworthy. Basically, it boils down to this:

Killing others and yourself in the process, in the name of Allah, is a very good thing, and definitely encouraged. In fact, killing yourself in a 'martyrdom operation' has greater meaning and importance than if you just so happened to be killed in some scuffle with kaafir enemies, because, well, it's far more cost effective and "detrimental to the enemy." Bigger bang for your Dinars, so to speak. One man/woman/child suicide bomber (oh, excuse me, "martyr", they don't like the term "suicide" bomber) can net up to 100s of enemy dead, so that's much better than losing a bunch of mujahideen in one fell swoop.

And, there are actually technical definitions of what a martyr is, per the various schools of Islamic jurisprudence (within Sunni Islam). I've listed the most interesting:

According to the Malikis:

“One who is killed while fighting warring unbelievers only, even if killed on Islamic land such as if the enemy attacked the Muslims, [even if he] did not fight on account of being unaware or asleep, [and even if] killed by a Muslim who mistook him for an unbeliever, or trampled by a horse, or mistakenly smitten by his own sword or arrow, or by having fallen into a well or from a cliff during the fighting.” [Dardeer’s Al-Sharh al-Kabeer, (1/425)]
According to the Shafi`is:

“One who is killed in fighting unbelievers, facing and not running away, for the raising of Allah’s word…and not for any worldly motive.” [Mughni al-Muhtaj (1/350) and see Fath al-Bari (6/129)]
According to the Hanbalis:

“One who dies in a battle with the unbelievers, whether male or female, adult or not, {isn't this just lovely! It's okay to kill women and children!} whether killed by the unbelievers, or by his own weapon in error, or by having fallen off his mount, or having been found dead with no mark, provided he was sincere.” [Kash-shaf al-Qina`, 2/113. See also Al-Mughni (2/206)]
However, killing yourself because, woe is you, you've had enough of life, is a very bad thing.

“Do not kill yourselves. Verily, Allah is merciful to you. And, whoever does that, out of animosity and , We shall burn him in a Fire. And that is easy for Allah.” [Qur’an, 4:29-30; See Tafseer al-Qurtubi, (5/156)]

COM goes on to explain:

"We have already cited the evidences for permitting a Mujahid to plunge into the enemy ranks without armour, and these exempt the Mujahid from the generality of the suicide texts. Can one then say that one who kills himself in order to lift the Word of Allah - to inflict losses on the enemy, to frighten them, and with a sincere intention - can we describe him as one committing suicide? That is a grave slander. We say that the prohibition of suicide is on account of its resulting from weakness or lack of faith, whereas the Mujahid in a martyrdom operation is killing himself on account of the strength of his faith."
All this in the name of religion! There are dozens of similar websites, promoting the same thing. I will be posting more of this, because people need to know.

And for your viewing pleasure: off to blow themselves up with a smile.


Karen said...

I have a favorite truism, one I use regularly: when someone is telling you who they are, you should listen to them. Believe them.

This is exactly like those scholars have been trying to get through to the people living in the West. We have to take these murderers seriously. They don't intend to negiotiate. They won't back down. They see us as weak and they intend to kill us.

Freedomnow said...

This is a war of Islamic fascists vs secular society, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism.

Since the same people attacking those religions also attack other Muslims it also resembles a civil war.

It seems rather elementary to me, but many argue that it is something else. What exactly it is, is not clear. Many times it is labeled as a police action in order not to inflame the wrath of those carrying out suicide attacks (and their supporters). Others rely on accusations of U.S. and Israel aggression. Ironically, they sometimes refer to it as a Christian Crusade.

Why don’t leftwing websites feature videos like this or talk about this subject?

Frasypoo said...

They are crazy!Wont they be suprised when they land in hell!

Strawberry said...

Incog - this should explain to all of us, if we weren't aware of it before - if you are not one of them - THEY WANT YOU DEAD! They are not willing to live peacefully with others - their entire goal is to turn or kill everyone else.

Naysayers may say followers of Christ have the same philosophy but there is a difference. We want all men to be saved but do not (and God's Word commands us to not hate our brother) want to kill anyone who does not accept Christ. Our goal is actually for them to stay on this earth long enough to find a relationship with Him before they have to face judgment!

Thank you for the post. You always have such a great thought and support for your views. I look forward to it!

Pat Jenkins said...

i find it incredible how the "religious" can exonerate themselves from certain activity, in the name of righteousness. unfortunatley this attitude is not exclusive to islam, but prevelant.

WomanHonorThyself said...

hiya Incog!..great work truly doesnt get more inhumane or deranged than this cult!

Incognito said...

KAREN: Or at least see us convert. That is the grand plan of those particular Muslims.

FREEDOMNOW: I think they are trying to get back to re-establishing a Caliphate, with Islam as the dominant world religion and all others paying the taxes levied on non-believers. They truly believe there will be peace if the world is Muslim, under Sharia Law. But as you point out and we all know, they kill each other. So who knows.

FRASY: Indeed, Poo. I think they will be sorely disappointed when their 72 Virgins are not there to greet them and they meet their maker.

STRAWB: Unfortunately, we preach to the choir, with our blogs.
Thank you for your kind words.

PATJ: You're right. It isn't exclusive to Islam, but it's still wrong.

WOMAN: Sadly, no. It's the only religion that, in this day and age, uses wholesale violence as a means to an end.

Blazing Cat Fur said...

Gee just when I was thinking of converting too, think I'll pass;)

Drew said...

I especially like that those killed by other Muslims or by improper use of their own weapons are considered martyrs. Y'know, if they'd just stop with the suicide bombings and start mishandling those explosives, they'd still be okay according to their texts and we'd see fewer casualties.

Debbie said...

Seems pretty clear, doesn't it? As you point out it is Islam vs all other religions. Because Islam is the ONLY religion that believes this way.

Donald Douglas said...

Hi Incognito: Martyrdom - that's what jihadi families send their young out to attain. I swear, there's no respect for human life in this radical variant of Islam (which seems more representative of the Muslim faith overall, as there's no Islamic councils denouncing the slaughter in the name of allah).

Have a great weekend!

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Incognito said...

No, BCF? You'd be joining plenty others....;-)

DREW: Wouldn't that be great Drew! If they're so anxious to leave this world.

DEBBIE: Clear to us. Not so clear to many others, who consider us Islamaphobic. I could care less what someone believes as long as they leave me be.

DONALD: Exactly, and that's the problem. They need to be far more vocal, regardless of the consequences.

LMC: Thanks Dee! Loved the fun Simpson's avatar thingy, as well.

Raaz said...

foolish talks, due to lack of knowledge..