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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Carolyn said...

Hi Mr. Caruba. Some people would call me a fanatic nut job because I am raising my son to know Jesus. This makes me just sad to see pictures like this and others I've seen over the years about this "peaceful" religion. Yes, it's a war alright, and although I do hope for people to wake up to the fact, I have to keep praying for these people. Just sad.
Thank you for posting it though. It needs to be seen. God Bless~

Sir Shrek said...

Good article, however Christianity cannot predate the founder Jesus Christ. Doing the arithmetic puts Islam about 700 years after Christiany, not thousands of years.

Alan Caruba said...

Christianity predates Islam by over a thousand years and Judaism by more than two thousand. Perhaps I phrased it awkwardly?

ytba said...

Where are all the rapidly-transmitted nearly-always-fatal blood-born diseases when you need them?

Peacemaker said...

What people do, does not represent the religion itself.

Ashoorah is not a Shia holiday, but a Muslim Holiday commemmorating the EXODUS.

Alan Caruba said...

Peacemaker: I respectfully disagree. What people of a particular religion defines what that religion believes and the way it expects its faithful to behave.

Islam is generating murder and bloodshed everywhere it can these days. It is sanctioned by the Koran.