I can’t remember how to spell the name of the Al (Awahiri?Waheeeri?) who took the opportunity yesterday to call for another 9/11 style attack. Who cares? They’re “Al” the same to me….but I understand he’s one of the 9/11 “masterminds” with whom we haven’t caught up.
(Not like Khalid sheik Mohammed, whose life we have carefully and respectfully preserved for 18 years now—and he hasn’t even been sentenced to death! If he is, of course, that’ll pretty much guarantee his eventual quietus from old age:”natural causes” is the most common cause of death for denizens of Death Row.)
But I’m just writing to remind you that “Death to the West!”, coming from a Muslim, is a suicide note. Or at least, parricide.
If Judaism and Christianity are “Western” religions, then so is Islam.
The Koran reads like somebody read, or was told, all the stories from the Old and New Testaments and then had a zany, mixed-up dream about ‘em. Which, by all,accounts, is pretty much what happened.
It’s fun, (or it used to be, before the syncretistic stepchild turned murderous), to compare the creation stories, the Satan/Iblis stories , Job, those lusty, crafty patriarchs, as recounted in the OT and the Koran; to pick out the folkloric elements and variations thereon. But the fact remains, the OT Is older, much older, and Mohammed was just recapping and embroidering texts which had been familiar to his audience for generations.
And guess who is the most frequently referenced character in the Koran! Our old Friend: Isa ibn Maryam. (Jesus!)
In the OT, there’s a passage when the Law is given where the people are directed as to how to deal with a son who has turned out to be bad, worthless, shiftless, non-productive: call the High Priest, take the disappointing offspring to the city gates, denounce his transgressions, and:
stone him to death.