Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Disputed Connection between Terrorism and Islam

Probably the sanest and most balanced short discussion of the subject I have seen so far is the article: THE MYTH OF MODERATE ISLAM by Patrick Sookhdeo

"The funeral of British suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer was held in absentia in his family’s ancestral village, near Lahore, Pakistan. Thousands of people attended, as they did again the following day when a qul ceremony was held for Tanweer. During qul, the Koran is recited to speed the deceased’s journey to paradise, though in Tanweer’s case this was hardly necessary. Being a shahid (martyr), he is deemed to have gone straight to paradise. The 22-year-old from Leeds, whose bomb at Aldgate station killed seven people, was hailed by the crowd as ‘a hero of Islam’. "

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