What fitter way could there be to celebrate the birthday of Muhammad? After all, Islam holds that it was to him that Allah gave the momentous guarantee: “Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed.” (Qur’an 9:111)
“Yemen suicide bomber kills 33 celebrating Prophet Mohammed’s birthday,” Reuters, December 31, 2014 (thanks to John):
A suicide bomber killed at least 33 people in central Yemen on Wednesday when he blew himself up at a cultural centre where students were celebrating Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, medical sources and a resident said.
Dozens of people were also wounded in the attack in the mainly Sunni but Huthi militia-held city of Ibb, the medics said, warning that the death toll was likely to rise.
Among the wounded was Ibb governor Yahya al-Aryani, who was attending the Huthis’ commemoration of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, a medic said.
Security sources said another bomb was discovered at the entrance to the event’s venue.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen branch of the jihadist organisation, had pledged to fight the Huthis, who overran the capital Sanaa unopposed in September and have since advanced into other, mainly Sunni districts, including Ibb….
AQAP leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi has accused the Huthis of collaborating with the United States and Iran to destroy Sunni Muslims.