Martyr or Murderer? [Guest blog by Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan]

The question for Muslim observers around the world regarding the successful targeted killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is how should we view this individual (according to Qur’an and Sunnah) — as a revered martyr or a reviled murderer? In this brief commentary I will share my own humble view.

Any informed and objective analysis of the Iraq crisis will show, al-Zarqawi was never THE DOMINANT FIGURE in the so-called “insurgency,” that the American/British led occupation made him out to be. He was, however, a convenient tool (and symbol) that the warmongers needed in order to sell the “insurgency” as “foreign driven.” The truth is, the occupation’s resistance has always been primarily led and dominated by Iraqi nationals!

Since the death of al-Zarqawi the “insurgency” – and unofficial CIVIL WAR – has not missed a step. Reports suggest that there were approximately 40 killings, in Baghdad alone, in the 24 hour period immediately following al-Zarqawi’s death – and thus, it behooves westerners to resist the temptation to buy into the politically-driven wishful thinking that’s going on right now (in the wake of this one man’s death). The dance of death and destruction in Iraq will continue unabated, because the circumstance that produced it continues unabated.

As for my own personal view of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: He is no hero of mine – but far, far from it. He is but one of the many deeply disturbed and disobedient “Muslims” who have turned the time honored and divinely-mandated principle of jihad fisabililah (struggle, at all levels, in the way of Allah) on its head – introducing both confusion and dishonor in the process! While there will be some Muslims – both here and abroad – who will publicly sing his praises, I will not be among them.

I base my opinion on the following declarations from Al-Qur’an and Sunnah:

“If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is hell to abide therein forever; the wrath and curse of God are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him.” (Surah 4:93)

“He who is killed under the banner of a man who is blind (to the cause for which he is fighting), who gets flared up with family pride and fights for his tribe – is not from my Ummah. And whosoever attacks my followers (indiscriminately), killing the righteous and the wicked among them, sparing not even those who are staunch in faith, and fulfilling not his promise made with those who have been given a pledge of security – he has nothing to do with me, and I have nothing to do with him.” (Sahih Muslim Vol 3. Kitab al-Jihad #4555)

To the non-Muslim warmongers (on the ground, and in high places), who are celebrating the demise of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi right now – be assured that your day will also come, when you too will have to answer, to THE MOST JUST of judges, for the innocent blood on your hands.

El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan
Director of Operations
The Peace And Justice Foundation






2 responses to “Martyr or Murderer? [Guest blog by Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan]”

  1. Barry S. Roffman Avatar


    The Holy Qur’an Declares Religious Differences to be a Test – Believe and Pass It.

    The Holy Qur’an declares the following of the
    Christian concept of the Trinity:

    They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them. Why turn they not to God, and seek forgiveness? For God is Often forgiving, Most Merciful. Christ the Son of Mary was no more than an Apostle; many were the apostles that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They both had to eat their (daily) food. See how God does make His Signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth! (Qur’an, Ali translation, the Table 5:76-78)

    On first glance at the above, Islam and Judaism seem united in their belief in the Unity of the G-dhead, and in their opposition Christianity. The subtle, but important difference between Islam and Judaism is that the Qur’an portrays Jesus and a prophet and Messiah, while Jews can not agree.

    The question is often asked by Christians and Jews as to why it is that Jews do not accept Jesus as a prophet. Likewise it is asked by Muslims as to why Jews and Christians have not accepted Mohamed as a prophet. The answer to this question, found in Torah, is extremely important for all religions to understand. It is also echoed in the Muslim Koran. With regard to the Jewish view of Jesus, rabbis point to the Torah where we read:

    If there should stand up in your midst a prophet or dreamer of a dream, and he will produce a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes about, of which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us follow gods that you did not know and we shall worship them!” – do not hearken to the words of that prophet or dreamer of a dream, for HaShem, your G-d, is testing you to know whether you love HaShem, your G-d, with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 2-6)

    HaShem means “The Name” of G-d. Who was Moses (Musa) speaking to when he uttered these words? The Jewish people. Did the Jewish people have any experience worshiping a man as G-d? No. Therefore, the rabbis point to these verses and assert that this is where the Torah predicts Jesus. After all, the Nazarene did say “I and my Father are One” (John 10:30). There is room for argument as to whether Jesus meant to declare unity of purpose with G-d (no problem) or unity of identity (blasphemy in both Jewish and Muslim understanding). But putting this issue aside, what are we really being told above? We are being told that a man like Jesus is sent to the Jewish people as a test. To pass the test, Jews, based on G-d given Torah rules, must reject him. Even if Jesus did not mean to claim unity of identity with G-d in John 10:30, his words were interpreted that way by so many that six hundred years later the Qur’an required the specific denial of the Trinity given above.

    Although the denial of the Trinity is worded quite strongly in the Qur’an, it also declares:

    “To each among you G-d prescribed a Law and an Open Way. If G-d had so willed He would have made you a single People, but (His plan is) to test you in what He has given you: So strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to G-d; It is He that will show you the truth of all things that you now dispute.” (Qur’an, Ali translation, the Table 5:51)
    So again we read about a test! But this time to pass it we are asked to overlook religious differences, and instead compete as in a race in all virtues. What a beautiful concept! I fail to understand how suicide bombers could ever hope to fulfill such an idea through extreme carnage. The point made by Mohammed should be at the very core of any legitimate religion. It makes clear that it was NOT the will of Allah (G-d) to make us all one religion. Indeed, any attempt to do so is in direct opposition to the Will of G-d.

    At strong evidence is presented to show that encoding exists in the Torah. Software is currently lacking to check the Qur’an, however it is more than possible that the the truth of all things that you (we) now dispute will not occur until we have a fuller understanding of the encoding phenomenon. To this end, exploration of the suspect Ark site indicated by the ELS maps on my web site is essential.
    Muslims and Jews both see Finding the Ark as a Key to Peace.

    The Qur’an (2:248) states the following: “Their prophet said to them, “The sign of his kingship is that the Ark (of the Covenant) will come to you, containing serenity from your Lord and certain relics left by the families of Musa (Moses) and Harun (Aaron). It will be borne by angels. There is a sign for you in that if you believe.”

    Who Takes Possession if Found in Egypt? Egypt guards its antiquities with great zeal. Legally, if the Ark of the Covenant is found in Egypt, it is Egyptian Government property unless they choose to relinquish or relocate it. Moving it to Mecca would be extremely divisive. Consideration should be given to Biblical stories (as in 1 Samuel 5:6) about what happened when the Ark was moved away from its intended home. I would recommend that it be transferred in accordance with Jewish Law to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem. Leave it to G-d (Allah) to then determine how that structure is to be used.”
    The Emphasis Must be On Shared Values
    Muslims expect the Ark of the Covenant to be found and that this will herald a new age of Muslim values. These values are in fact very similar to Orthodox Jewish values and many Christian values. Finding the Ark through this Code (or any that might exist in the Qur’an) would lead to a new religious understanding and peace between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. If I am right about where Allah has lead the prophet Jeremiah to place the Ark, it is in Egypt – in the area where Musa with help from Allah split the Sea. That story is in your Holy Qur’an. You too honor Musa as one of your prophets. Allah allows mankind the opportunity to repent for past misdeeds. Help me to recover the Ark from the site of Pharaoh’s rebellion against Allah, and you will help lead the world to the truest understanding of Allah and His plan to finally reconcile the children of Abraham – the common father of all Muslims and Jews. As-Salaamu alaikum to you all; and through you to the entire world! (Barry S. Roffman)

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