We have seen evidence of this several times before. And there is nothing really surprising about it. Suicide bombers are laying hold of the Qur’an’s guarantee of Paradise to those who “slay and are slain” for Allah (9:111). They take that promise seriously; to the shallow sophisticates of modern Western society, that in itself probably constitutes evidence that they are uneducated. However, that analysis in itself is evidence of Western secularists’ general inability to understand religious motivations.
From Pakistan’s Dawn, with thanks to LA Hutton:
ISLAMABAD, Jan 12: Suicide bombers are not necessarily uneducated, poor and psychopaths but are as much economically well-off as their surrounding population.
These views were expressed by a leading Australia-based Pakistani sociologist, Dr Riaz Hassan, who was delivering a lecture on suicide bombers here on Wednesday.
He said the suicide bombers opted to use their lives as a weapon against a powerful enemy to bring honour and power to their suppressed nation and compel the occupying foreign forces to leave their land.
Dr Hassan described some novel facts and figures he had gathered while conducting his ongoing research on suicide bombers. About 66 per cent of the Palestinian suicide bombers were high school or university graduates.