Thursday, 29 October 2015

Budding Islamic State Recruit Was Just Emulating Muhammad

The set-up is disturbingly familiar: A teenager tried to travel to Syria to join the blood-thirsty Islamic State, after becoming fascinated by online videos of the beheadings of British aid workers, a court has heard.

Ednane Mahmood, 19, searched "British man beheaded" on his laptop before downloading the video showing the execution of David Haines, alongside fellow captive Alan Henning kneeling on the ground. He then began looking up cheap flights to Bulgaria and Turkey. His family tipped off police before he could flee to Syria, though, and the teenager is now on trial charged with attempting to commit acts of terrorism abroad.

All very worrying, of course, but hang on - towards the end of this Express article, we get the following additional nugget of information:

He also posted an image on Facebook on August 31, last year, writing: "I wish I could fight in the cause of Allah and then be killed, and then fight, and then be killed, and then fight, and then be killed."

If, as we constantly hear from the media nowadays, Ednane Mahmood was "radicalised on the Internet", then I know exactly what he must have been reading: the hadith, or traditions of Muhammad.

For this online posting is simply a word-for-word quote from the Prophet of Islam himself, as depicted in the canonical traditions: “The Prophet said, 'By Him in Whose Hands my life is!...I would love to be martyred in Allah's Cause and then get resurrected and then get martyred, and then get resurrected again and then get martyred and then get resurrected again and then get martyred.'” (Sahih Bukhari v.4, b.52, no.54)

But don't you dare get the idea that this has something to do with Islam, you horrible far-right extremist.

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