Islamic Martyrdom and Talibani ‘Martyrs’
By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
November 20, 2013
The ongoing Islamic month of Muharram marks a turning point in the history of Islam. It is the auspicious month when the saviour of Islam from the clutches of evil, Imam Hussain ibn Ali (r.a) attained martyrdom in its truest and fullest sense. But today, with the Islamist terrorists rearing their ugly head in the disguise of Mujahideen (jihadists), randomly killing and beheading innocent civilians, launching suicide attacks on both Muslims and non-Muslims, and yet loudly claiming to be “martyrs”, the very noble Islamic doctrine of martyrdom faces a plethora of questions. One is aghast at the wanton killing of innocent children, women and old citizens, most of them being Muslims, in almost all the Muslim countries in a crazy bid to earn martyrdom and get free entry to paradise.