All for those 72 virgins?
Let me make it clear – I am a Muslim and I’m proud of it. I pray. I whisper in my childs ear that Allah keep him safe from harms way. I pray that one day we find peace in this messed up world. where we have fairer foreign policies and that the value of a human being is not less than a barrel of oil or a lump of gold. That the people of Palestine can return to their homeland and live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. I also pray to Allah for the people of Iraq to rise once acain and be a powerful nation which is based on a democratic and fairer society.
I’m disturbed by the way suicide bombers are being inticed into commiting acts of terror. They are told of the prospects of having 72 virgins in paradise if they blow themselves up (of course many are also offered financial compensation for years to come for their families in Iraq, Palestine etc too).
Omar Khadr’s little brother mentioned in an interview with 60 Minutes that he wished he had died so he could enjoy the scent of the 72 virgins waiting for him in paradise. He wanted to die for Allah.
I do not know which God he is talking of. It is not the Allah I have learnt about since childhood which I have cupped my hands in duahs to, to ask for mercy for the soul of my father and all our forefathers. He is not the Allah I have worshipped since a child, and neither the Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate which I teach my child about. As a parent, as an adult we have the responsibilty to avoid poisoning the mind of innocent children to fight our wars.