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Suicide bombers. (warning images may distress readers)

Updated on October 30, 2011

One of the more disturbing factors in the ongoing conflict between the United States and Iraq is the spectacle of suicide bombers. Many including mums and children have been used or have volunteered to be used as sacrifice for the so called greated good. Some claim that it is a message from god that calls them to sacrifice themselves. Of course it is not just Iraq and Al quaeda it also has occurred in Palestine and Israel on the West Bank and in Sri Lanka.

I for one have been both aghast and curious as to what makes someone commit suicide in such adeliberate and calculated way. I an allegiance to a cause. I figure some of my fellow hubber's have thought the same way so I have endeavoured to answer a few of the questions and better inform myself and you in the best way I can.

In the conflict in on the West Bank for instance the Palestinian Red brigade has sought to use suicide mission in order to get there plight recognised across the world.

In other words, religious rhetoric may help persuade attackers that their cause is either necessary or noble, and that glorifies or renames suicide as martyrdom, but it does not explain why suicide attackers choose that particular tactic.

In October, 2005, Dr. Pape was interviewed at a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life about his research conclusions on whether Islamic extremism motivates terrorism. Pape discussed his findings with is interviewer:

The conventional wisdom is that suicide terrorism is motivated by religious fanaticism - religious hatred combined with the promise of a martyr's paradise in the hereafter. What does your own research suggest? The conventional wisdom is mostly wrong. Suicide terrorism is not mainly the product of Islamic fundamentalism or any other evil ideology independent of circumstance. I have studied 462 suicide terrorists; over half are secular. The world leader in suicide terrorism is the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka - they're a Marxist group, a secular group, a Hindu group. The Tamil Tigers have committed more suicide terrorist attacks than Hamas or Islamic Jihad. Instead, what more than 95 percent of all suicide terrorist attacks since 1980 have in common are not religion, but a specific secular goal: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory the terrorists view as their homeland. From Lebanon to Chechnya to Kashmir to Sri Lanka to the West Bank


Many western readers may think that the Act is justified in islamic law but this is not so...

Suicide is forbidden. "O ye who believe!... [do not] kill yourselves, for truly Allah has been to you Most Merciful. If any do that in rancour and injustice, soon shall We cast him into the Fire..." (Qur'an 4:29-30).


The Qur'an admonishes those who oppress others and transgress beyond the bounds of what is right and just. "The blame is only against those who oppress men with wrongdoing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice. For such there will be a chastisement grievous (in the Hereafter)" (42:42).

Harming innocent bystanders, even in times of war, was forbidden by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). This includes women, children, noncombatant bystanders, and even trees and crops. Nothing is to be harmed unless the person or thing is actively engaged in an assault against Muslims.

The predominant theme in the Qur'an is forgiveness and peace. Allah (God) is Merciful and Forgiving, and seeks that in His followers. Indeed, most people who spend time on a personal level with ordinary Muslims have found them to be peaceful, honest, hard-working, civic-minded people.



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      Max 5 years ago

      Are suicide bombings justified or condemned under Islam? Suicide is against Islam.  Martyrdom is not."Suicide bomber" is a derogatory term invented in the West to try and describe what in Islam is known as a Fedayeen or Shahid... a martyr.  The point of the bomber isn't suicide - it is to kill infidels in battle.  This is not just permitted by Muhammad, but encouraged with liberal promises of earthy rewards in heaven, including food and sex.

      Qur'an (4:74) - "Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward."

      Qur'an (2:207) - "And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah..."

      Qur'an (17:33) "And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right" An important verse that is used by Shahid to not only justify their own deaths, but that of other bystanders who might be believers as well.  The end justifies the means, with the goal being the defeat of the kafir and the establishment of Islamic rule.

      Although Muslims are to face the Last Day, where their time in hell is to be determined (with sins weighed against good deeds) Muhammad laid down an exception for martyrs - those who are slain in the cause of Allah - at a time when he conveniently needed them. They get the fast track to Paradise where they wait on the rest (Qur'an (3:169-170)). A martyr doesn't necessarily have to have killed anyone, but a Muslim is required to join the battle (if able) and at least make an attempt to kill (Qur'an (9:39)).Additional Notes: 

      A suicide bombing is really an act of homicide.  When Muslim apologists in the West say that Islam is against such practices by pointing to the hadith that oppose killing oneself, such as Bukhari (23:446), they are being disingenuous.  Muslims in the Arab world, who are less concerned about public relations, celebrate and revere suicide bombers, knowing that martyrdom in battle is glorified by their religion.  As the Ayatollah Khomeini once put it, "The purest joy in Islam is to kill and be killed for Allah."

      According to Muhammad, the only sure path to paradise is through Jihad.More than 95 percent of all suicide bombing attacks conducted worldwide are carried out by Muslim extremists.  

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      Max 5 years ago

      According to the Taliban statement, there are three Shari’a-based preconditions for recruits willing to carry out martyrdom operations:

      · The volunteer’s intention “should be for the sake of Allah”

      · The volunteer should have the capability of inflicting heavy losses on the enemy

      · The volunteer should be armed with full military training and capacity.

      The Taliban use the statement to reject the concept of using children as mujahideen or as martyrdom-seekers, pointing out that such use would only inhibit the success of martyrdom operations as an effective military tactic as they lack the “physical and mental capacities” and “deep Islamic knowledge and motive” necessary to bring the task to completion.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Shahid. This is what I said here !

      Many western readers may think that the Act is justified in islamic law but this is not so...

      Suicide is forbidden. "O ye who believe!... [do not] kill yourselves, for truly Allah has been to you Most Merciful. If any do that in rancour and injustice, soon shall We cast him into the Fire..." (Qur'an 4:29-30).

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      Shahid Bukhari 7 years ago from My Awareness in Being.

      This hub presentation, is not, What Islam teaches us, and what we are supposed to follow as Muslims, towards a Peaceful Life.

      Please do not equate these misguided ones, with 99.9% others, the peace loving, and peacefully living Muslims.

      In fact, 99.9% of Muslims are also suffering at the hands of these mercenaries ... God knows, who hires.

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      Barry Rutherford 8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      They are very disturbing i stillhavent figured out whether the goals are their own whether thyey are collective goals or whether they are just fed up with conflict and are looking for a way to try and stop it !

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      bingskee 8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      i am truly distressed by the pic especially about the pic of that little child..

      it's brainwashing... all for their ultimate and selfish goals.