Muslim woman who stabbed MP wanted to be a “martyr”: “that’s the best way to die … it’s in the Qur’an”
It sure is in the Qur’an: “Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.” (Qur’an 9:111)
Note also the supersessionism and historical revisionism. Somehow, all those military campaigns Jesus led, and all those people Jesus had whacked (as in Muhammad’s conduct toward Asma bint Marwan and Abu ‘Afak, and Kab bin Ashraf) just didn’t make it into the Gospels as we know them. But this is the Qur’an’s command and promise: Kill for Allah. Be killed for Allah. Be rewarded beyond your imagination for all eternity.
The fact that the verse claims that “bargain” is eternally binding on Allah from time immemorial, and that it appeared in the elusive, “true,” Islamically-correct Torah and Gospel only underscores that this command Muhammad claimed to have received from above was a general prescription not limited by time or place, but a blank check for terror in the cause of Islam. These are the consequences.
This interview was conducted four hours after Choudhry’s arrest for stabbing Stephen Timms. Choudhry was interviewed by Simon Dobinson, a detective sergeant from Newham police, with detective constable Syed Hussain. Choudhry says she was studying English and Communications at King’s College London, but dropped out on 27 April 2010, in her third year.
Simon Dobinson So what made you drop out of that?
Choudhry ‘Cos … because King’s College is involved in things where they work against Muslims.
Q”‰ OK. What sort of things?
A”‰ Last year, or the year before, they gave an award to Shimon Peres [Israeli politician] and they also have a department for tackling radicalisation … So I just didn’t wanna go there anymore … ‘cos it would be against my religion.
Q”‰OK, and when did you sort of make that decision?
A About a month ago. [...]
Q”‰So tell me what thought process you went through before you made that phone call?
A I thought that it’s not right that he voted for the declaration of war in Iraq.
Q”‰When did you start thinking about that?
A Over the last few months.
Q What’s led you to start thinking about that?
A I’ve been learning more about Islam.
Q”‰Where have you been learning that?
Q”‰What websites you been looking at?
A I’ve been listening to lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki. [...]
A I down loaded it off of the internet … Explaining stories from the Qur’an and explaining about jihad.
Q”‰And has that contributed to your decision to leave King’s?
Q”‰And where was the link there then?
A I thought that I should have loyalty to my Muslim brothers and sisters in Palestine and so I should leave King’s and that would show my loyalty to them.
Q”‰ Who have you been watching these lectures with?
A I listen to them on my own.
Q “‰So when did you decide: ‘From what I’ve learnt, I’m now gonna go and stab Stephen Timms?’
A A couple of weeks ago. It’s three weeks ago, four weeks ago.
Q”‰So it’s quite recent?
Q”‰ Before you finished college? After?
Q And that was 27 April, if I remember rightly, was it?
Dobinson How do you feel now about what you’ve done today?
Choudhry I feel like I did what I’d planned to do.
Q OK, do you want to tell me more? Tell me what you’re thinking now? Tell me what your thoughts about what you’ve done today are.
A I feel like I’ve ruined the rest of my life. I feel like it’s worth it because millions of Iraqis are suffering and I should do what I can to help them and not just be inactive and do nothing while they suffer. [...]
Hussain I just want to go over a little bit how your thought has gone from getting to religion to all of a sudden wanting some form of vengeance.
A Because as Muslims we’re all brothers and sisters and we should all look out for each other and we shouldn’t sit back and do nothing while others suffer. We shouldn’t allow the people who oppress us to get away with it and to think that they can do whatever they want to us and we’re just gonna lie down and take it.
Q Where did you learn that from?
A From listening to his lectures.
Q And that’s caused you to do what you’ve done today?
Q OK. Just a couple of other things. You bought the knives, you say, two to three weeks ago … Where did you keep ‘em?
A Underneath the bed in a shoebox.
Q How did you feel about what you was about to do?
A I was a bit nervous about what I was gonna do but I felt like it had to be done and it’s the right thing to do.
Q Having done it, how do you feel now?
A I feel like I did my best to fulfil my duty to the other Muslims.
Dobinson … What did you think was gonna happen once you’d carried out your intentions?
Choudhry I thought that I would either get arrested or maybe I would like get killed or something.
Q How would you get killed?
A Like, if the police came and they had guns.
Q [Inaudible] take me through your thought process about that then?
A Oh no, I was just thinking about the possibilities and I thought it’s either getting arrested or being killed. But either way I knew I wasn’t coming back home again.
Q What, what did you think about getting killed then?
A I wanted to die.
A I wanted to be a martyr.
Q Why’s that then?
A ‘Cos, erm, that’s the best way to die.
Q Who told you that?
A It’s an Islamic teaching.
Q Where did you learn that?
A It’s … it’s in the Koran and I learnt it from listening to lectures as well….