Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The Myth of Moderate Islam


[Virtue Online] August 1, 2005--The funeral of British suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer was held in absentia in his family's ancestral village called 477 GB in Sumandri district, near Lahore, Pakistan. Thousands of people attended, as they did again the following day when a qul ceremony was held for Tanweer. During qul the Qur'an is recited, earning merit which is passed on to the deceased to speed their journey to paradise. In Tanweer's case this was hardly necessary for being a shahid (martyr) he is deemed to have gone straight to paradise. The 22-year old from Leeds, whose bomb at Aldgate station killed seven people, was hailed by the crowd as "a hero of Islam".

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