Yet another jihadist — another “marytrdom seeking brother” — finds his ticket to Islamic paradise. This is an altogether traditionally Islamic practice, going all the way back to Muhammad himself, who encouraged his men with promises of Paradise:
The polytheists (now) advanced (towards us), and the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said. Get up to enter Paradise which is equal in width to the heavens and the earth. ‘Umair b. al- Humam al-Ansari said: Messenger of Allah, is Paradise equal in extent to the heavens and the earth? He said: Yes. ‘Umair said: My goodness! The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) asked him: What prompted you to utter these words (i. e. my goodness! ‘)? He said: Messenger of Allah, nothing but the desire that I be among its residents. He said: Thou art (surely) among its residents. He took out dates from his bag and began to eat them. Then he said: If I were to live until I have eaten all these dates of mine, it would be a long life. (The narrator said): He threw away all the dates he had with him. Then he fought the enemies until he was killed. (Sahih Muslim 20:4680)
And from the Qur’an: –Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain…” (9:111)
And fourteen centuries later, another pious Muslim seeks to slay and be slain in order to enter Paradise: from AP, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A video posted by an Iraqi insurgent group Sunday purported to show last week’s suicide attack at a U.S. base in Mosul, with a fireball rising from a white tent. The group claimed that the bomber slipped into the base through a hole in the fence during a guard change.
The footage showed a black-garbed gunman wearing an explosives belt around his body “” apparently the suicide bomber, identified in the tape as Abu Omar al-Mosuli “” bidding farewell to his comrades. The video gives no further details about the bomber beyond his name….
“One of the lions from our martyrdom-seeking brothers will infiltrate the defenses of the enemy at the Morez base in Mosul. He will slip through a hole in the camp’s wire, exploiting the changing of the guard,” the gunman said. “We have been observing their schedule for a long time.”
“This lion will then proceed to his target, and he will take advantage of lunch time, when the dining hall is crowded with the crusaders and their (Iraqi) allies,” he said. “The operation will then be carried out.”
“Let Bush, Blair and Allawi know that we are coming and that we will chase them all away, God willing,” he said, referring to President Bush and prime ministers Tony Blair of Britain and Ayad Allawi of Iraq.