Written by Kenneth Roberts
Why do some American journalists have trouble discerning the motives behind the Boston bombings? The Tsarnaev brothers killed Bostonians for the honor of Islam. Westerners do not understand the Islamic concept of honor. ‘Honor’ to a Muslim is something as concrete and tangible as the Washington Monument, the Colorado River or the Rocky Mountains.
To a Muslim, ‘honor’ is as real as money in the bank or gold coins hidden in a box in the drawer. Honor brings prestige to Islam, to Mohammed and to Allah. Because ‘honor’ is so important in Islam, the main goal of jihad is to acquire more ‘honor’ for Islam. How this acquisition is done is simple. It is done through by humiliating kafirs. For Muslims, honor is real and concrete, and not merely an abstract concept.
Honor always flows towards Islam. Kafirs should not have ‘honor’ because it keeps them from becoming Muslims.
If a man has honor and he is a kafir, Muslims must conduct jihad to take away some or all of his ‘honor’. When this happens, Muslim ‘honor’ increases just like money increasing in a bank account or like the heavier side of balances that drops down when it outweighs the lighter side. Plundering the honor of kafirs encourages them to convert to Islam. Every Muslim understands this concept and accepts it as normal, natural and good. Allah said so in his pre-existent Koran. That settles it.
Islamic ‘honor’ resembles the reputation of sports teams. If the Boston Bruins have won 4 games against the Montreal Canadiens while losing 5 games to them, the Bruins must win the next match to recover their honor by disgracing the Canadiens.
Muslims count Islamic honor in terms of shaming the kafirs. When Boston’s kafirs require 1,000 police officers to find and arrest a 19-year-old Muslim jihadist, it is a thousand points for Islam. When two Muslims outwit kafirs and plant bombs that kill women and children at a sporting event, it is great victory for Islam, because the kafirs with all their resources were outsmarted by only two Muslims. In addition, all Muslims are aware that when Muslims suffer anywhere in the world, kafirs must undergo retaliation to bring back honor to Islam.
The Tsarnaevs knew that Allah commands Muslims to steal the honor of kafirs. Shaming the kafirs means defeating them in jihad:
Koran 9:14 - "Fight them. May God punish them by your hands, humiliate them, give you victory over them, and delight the hearts of the believers." (Muhammad Sarwar version)
The Tsarnaev brothers brought pride to all true Muslims by their victory. Tamerlan (named after the genocidal murderer of 20 million kafirs) is now an Islamic martyr. Tamerlan died after shooting a policemen several times in the neck and while throwing home-made grenades at police. He humiliated American police, and then became a martyr. Islamic martyrdom is the greatest honor in Islam. Martyrs prove Islam is true by giving their lives. Islamic martyrs score the greatest number of points for Islam.
It’s like a sports match. Muslims notch up points on the honor scoreboard when kafirs bleed. The shame of Muslims is washed away by blood flowing from the bodies of American kafirs. The successful assassination of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda commanders must be avenged. Allah approves of such revenge in his eternally valid words. Retaliation is a non-optional Divine Command for Muslims. There are thousands of possible humiliations of Muslims by America to justify revenge against the kafirs. The first and foremost reason is that kafirs do not recognize that Mohammed is a prophet and even mock and distract from his honor by calling him names like genocide, warlord, plagiarist or pedophile. These disgraceful blasphemies against Allah’s perfect role model demand blood vengeance. Even worse, kafirs blaspheme Islam by sending their national armies to fight Allah’s legitimate warriors in Islamic countries, thereby requiring all Muslim males to fight them until they are forced to submit to Islam and pay Allah’s head tax.
Koran 9.29 “Fight those who ... acknowledge not the religion of Truth (Islam) from the People of the Book, until they pay the jizya tax with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Mohammed emphasized that unsubmitting kafirs should be humiliated:
Bukhari 61.2756 "My provision has been placed under the shadow of my spear, and abasement and humility have been placed on the one who disobeys my command."
Kafirs should be forced to submit to Islam through violence and then humiliated. The Tsarnaev brothers were motivated by such thoughts.
Americans have not yet submitted to Islam; they fight against jihad in Muslim countries; innocent non-combatants are often killed accidently while Americans pursue the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Therefore, Americans deserve retaliation just as the Montreal Canadiens should be beaten by the Boston Bruins. It’s as obvious as that to a Muslim. Humiliating America increases the honor of Islam.
When Muslims are slain ‘without right’, retaliation is obligatory. This can take the form of jihad when kafirs are targeted and self-directed jihad is allowed in the absence of a global caliphate.
Koran 2:178 - “O you who believe, retaliation is prescribed for you regarding the slain...”
(Sharia law text) Reliance of the Traveller o1.1 - “Retaliation is obligatory (A: if the person entitled wishes to take it against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.)”
No kafir ever has a right to kill a Muslim, but it is not a sin in Sharia to kill a kafir; it is at most a misdemeanor for which a fine is sufficient:
Reliance of the Traveller o1.2 - “The following are not subject to retaliation: ...a Muslim for killing a non-Muslim”
When Muslims die due to kafirs, kafirs may be selected for death to balance the honor of Islam, but the reverse does not apply. Honor must only flow in the direction of Islam. All Muslims understand this.
Islamic retaliatory violence restores the honor of the family, clan or tribe. This is sanctioned by the
Koran 11.173 - "Believers, retaliation is decreed for you in bloodshed."
This is well expressed by Abu Tammam, a ninth-century poet. "With the sword will I wash my shame away. Let God's doom bring on me what it may!"
The Tsarnaev brothers knew all this instinctively and were willing to wash away the shame of global Islam by slaying American spectators and police at a sports event.
Al Qaeda has been unable to carry off a major terrorist action in America since 9-11. Islam’s honor is in a severe deficit. Al Qaeda needed to find American Muslim youth to carry out martyrdom operations to retaliate against America’s many successful military operations in the Near East and elsewhere.
Around the world, Muslims believe that the generous-hearted Americans will retaliate against Muslims in general, but this is merely attributing to Americans the Islamic motives of the Tsarnaev brothers.
The Boston Bombings are retaliatory killings in the name of honor in the tradition of Mohammed.