Friday, January 1, 2010
Loving Death More Than Life
While you were recovering from celebrating Christmas, the Muslim holiday of Ashura fell on December 27 on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. It is commemorated by Shia Muslims.
It is a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala in the year 680 AD. (That's right, both Judaism and Christianity pre-date Islam by a few thousand years. Buddhism and Hindism are quite old as well.)
In some predominately Shia countries and regions such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Bahrain, it is a national holiday. Even in the Sunni dominated Muslim community of India, Ashura is a public holiday.
Self-flagulation and cutting the heads of boys to make them bleed is their idea of "celebrating."
Other ways of being a good Muslim include flying commercial airlines into buildings or to blow them up as they prepare to land in Detroit. Sometimes it is nothing more elaborate than killing unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood.
If you're trying to "understand" this, forget it. We are engaged in a war with Islamists who believe they are fighting because Allah has commanded them to fight. The best we can do is send them to paradise as swiftly as possible and as frequently as required.
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