Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Muslim accused of plotting jihad attack in Sweden wants to be a martyr, “greatest thing one can achieve in Islam”

Foremost expert on Islam, Robert Spencer comments at the Jihad Watch site:

Probably most people who read this story from The Local will understand the term “martyr” in the Christian sense, whether they are Christians or post-Christians or something else. But that is not what this man means. The word شهيد‎, shahid, martyr, means “witness” in Arabic, just as μάρτυς, the word from which the English word “martyr” is derived, means “witness” in Greek. But in Islam, in contrast to Christianity, a martyr is not just one who dies defending the faith and whose death thus bears witness to its truth, but someone who kills also: “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) So this man is saying that he wants to kill for Allah. 


Swedish terror suspect: I want to be a martyr

Published: 25 Apr 2016 

A 20-year-old former teaching student accused of plotting to attack Sweden told a court on the last day of his trial that he wanted to be a martyr.