In Islam, a martyr is one who “kills and is killed” for Allah (Qur’an 9:111). Mahmoud al-Khila is trying to make more people think that killing and being killed for Allah, and encouraging others to do so, is a great virtue.
The early conquests that created the Islamic world gained their impetus from an ideology of jihad that created a fearless warrior class: the jihadi was promised the earthly goods and women of the people he defeated, and if he himself was defeated, then the eternal pleasures of the virgins of Paradise.
It was a win/win situation. And as I show in my forthcoming book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, which you can preorder here now, this ideology created a war machine the likes of which the world had never seen before. This is the first book to give you a comprehensive history of jihad activity. Relying primarily on eyewitness accounts and those of contemporary chroniclers, I detail the shocking history of how this war machine easily defeated two superpowers and captured and subjugated a massive expanse of territory stretching to Spain and India. Even then the jihadis didn’t stop, menacing Europe for hundreds of years from both east and west, and moving into Central Asia, obliterating historical strongholds of Hinduism and Buddhism. The renowned jihad warrior Tamerlane not only menaced the Christian Byzantine Empire, but even marched toward China to bring jihad to the Middle Kingdom.
It’s an extraordinary story, rendered all the more remarkable for how completely the Western world has forgotten that it ever happened. There is today a prevailing fog of misinformation and disinformation that claims that jihad terror is a relatively recent phenomenon and that the Islamic empires of the past were beacons of tolerance. These historical myths are cooked up not primarily to inform us about history, but to influence our political perspectives today regarding jihad terror, mass Muslim migration, and more. Arm yourself against these falsehoods, and get the truth: preorder The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS today: click here to do so.
“Hamas Culture of Martyrdom – Preacher Mahmoud Al-Khila: Those Next to the Martyr Receive Divine Reward Too, of a Lesser Degree,” MEMRI, April 8, 2018:
Hamas Culture of Martyrdom – Preacher Mahmoud Al-Khila: Those Next to the Martyr Receive Divine Reward Too, of a Lesser Degree
Gaza preacher Mahmoud Al-Khila said that the martyr is not the only one to receive divine reward. “Someone could be standing right next to his brother – one gets martyred, another gets wounded, and a third returns unharmed. … the reward is one and the same, but it is a matter of degree.” He cited a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad, saying that a martyr feels no more pain upon his martyrdom than the sting of a mosquito or an ant. His statements aired on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV on April 8.
Mahmoud Al-Khila: “The people who are setting out on the Return marches, and who are stationed out at the borders – borders that, Allah willing are bound to be eliminated…These are people who follow the orders of their factions…If they end up returning to their families – are they really empty-handed? Is the martyr the only one to receive divine reward? Or do the people who were right next to him also receive divine reward? Someone could be standing right next to his brother – one gets martyred, another gets wounded, and a third returns unharmed. Do they receive different divine rewards? We say that the reward is one and the same, but it is a matter of degree. The martyr differs from the other two by ascending to the level of martyrs.”
Interviewer: “Does the martyr feel pain? Does he feel the pain of his death throes?”
Mahmoud Al-Khila: “The Prophet Muhammed answered this. He said that when a martyr is killed, he does not feel any more pain than he would feel from a sore or from the sting of a mosquito or an ant.”