|Open the gates of itjihad
||[Nov. 6th, 2005|04:23 pm]
The Beast from the Middle East
I was reading an article by Irshad Manjii in Friday's National Post, and found the following part to be really funny:
She landed an on-camera interview with the political leader of Islamic Jihad, Dr. Mohammed al-Hindi.
Yet his interpretation of the Koran betrayed something else. "Where," I asked, "does it say that you can kill yourself for a higher cause? As far as I know, the Koran tells us that suicide is wrong."
Through his translator, the physician assured me that the verses endorsing suicide bombings could be found "everywhere" in the Koran. I challenged him to show me only one passage.
After several minutes of scouring the Koran, then calling for help on his mobile phone, then perusing companion booklets, he told me he was too busy and must go.
"Are you sure you're not pulling a fast one on me?" I probed. He smirked, clearly understanding my North American English. "I want to know that you're telling me the truth."
Al-Hindi summoned two assistants to the office and made another phone call. His translator shifted uncomfortably, hanging his head as my camera swung to the aides. With their backs to me, they flipped feverishly through the Koran. Minutes later, a verse glorifying war was presented.
What it had to do with suicide, I could not say.