Chapter - The Chattanooga Phenomenon
Quran (61:9-12) - "He it is who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to make it victorious over all religions even though the infidels may resist. O You who believe! Shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment. That you believe in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know! He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in Gardens of'Adn,( Heaven) that is indeed the great success."
When Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire on the recruiting center and a Naval operations center in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 17, 2015 and killed 4 Marines, wounded another Marine, a Sailor and a Police Officer, the media immediately begin looking for a motive.
Former classmates, teammates, Coaches and Teachers described him as a good person. Very humble, intelligent, well liked. His neighbors liked him. His classmates liked him. His teachers and coaches liked him. What could have gone wrong?
Bukhari (52:73) - "Allah's Apostle said, 'Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords'."
Reporting was that he had been in some minor legal problems. It was reported he had been sent to Egypt to live and work with an uncle in effort to get him away from a group he had been running with. After living in Egypt for a while he came back home. It was reported not long before his attack in Chattanooga he had been arrested for DUI and possession of a small amount of pot.
I’m not a psychologist, but this is what I think. In Law Enforcement circles we have a term “jailhouse religion.” It refers to the fact that often when someone gets in trouble they turn to God for help. Often someone who has not been very religious will turn to the religion they were raised in looking for help.
It works this way all through society, all through history. Just think back to 9/11/01. Immediately afterwards Church attendance increased. Bible sales increased. Liberals and Conservatives came together. Patriotism soared. Now, 15 years later, not so much. When people are afraid, when it seems like everything or everyone is against them, when they are desperate, they tend to look to God.
In the Christian Faith, this is a good thing. Jesus taught if you turn to Him, if you accept Him, your path to Heaven is secured. He forgives your past sins. In Islam it is different. The Quran and Muhammad both teach the surest way to reach paradise is to die in Jihad. Then and only then is your path to Heaven assured.
Bukhari 1:35 "The person who participates in (Holy Battles) in Allah’s cause and nothing compels him do so except belief in Allah and His Apostle, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward, or booty or will be admitted to Paradise."
The same principle can and does happen with honor killings and other aspects of Sharia. According to Sharia and the Hadith, if a child is born whose father or mother either one is Muslim, that child is Muslim. Should the child decide when they grow up to choose to follow the other parents religion or no religion, they are considered an apostate from Islam.
From the Sharia:
(o8.1) - When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.
(o8.4) - There is no indemnity for killing an apostate (since it is killing someone who deserves to die).
Acts that define "leaving Islam" and being subject to execution are listed in o8.7. They include:
2- to intend to commit unbelief, even if in the future
3- to deny the existence of Allah... or any of his attributes
6- to be sarcastic about Allah's name, his command, his interdiction... or his threat
7- to deny any verse of the Quran
8- to mockingly say, "I don't know what faith is"
17- to believe that things in themselves or by their own nature have any causal influence independent of the will of Allah
Meriam Ibrahim is a Sudanese woman first sentenced to death because of her Christian faith and then released. Meriam Ibrahim was arrested during her second pregnancy and gave birth to a girl in prison in May 2014.
Meriam Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father, who left her Christian mother to raise her from early childhood. She was raised in her mother's faith and married a Christian man. Meriam Ibrahim was reportedly turned in to the authorities by one of her relatives, who claimed Mariam was committing adultery by marrying a Christian. She was sentenced to death in May 2014, for committing apostasy from Islam. Meriam Ibrahim said she has always been a Christian, the prosecution claimed she should have followed the faith of her absent father, and demanded that she abandon her Christian faith, and submit to belief in her father's faith, Islam.
She was given three days to convert, but refused, arguing that she had been a Christian all her life and would never convert.
Because Sharia law does not allow marriages between Muslim women and non-Muslim men, her marriage to a Christian man was considered void by the court, based on its belief that she should not have been raised as a Christian, or chosen that faith. The court stated that, although a lifelong Christian, she should be treated as a Muslim, and the marriage to the Christian man was not valid. That meant she was convicted of adultery.
She was sentenced to receive 100 lashes for adultery, in spite of the sexual relations having been only with her husband, with the flogging to be administered some time in advance of being hanged. Her 20-month-old son was also imprisoned, and denied all contact with his father, who would never have been allowed to raise him because of Sharia law. Three of his four grandparents, both his paternal grandparents, and his maternal grandmother were Christian from birth, so were his parents. The court ruled the maternal grandfather that he never met was a Muslim, he therefore could not legally be raised by his Christian father.
The sentence was not to be carried out until after she finished nursing her daughter. Again that was due to the mandates of Sharia.
There was such an international outcry eventually the government of Sudan released her. After much negotiations with the United States government she and her family were allowed to leave Sudan.
The lesson for ladies in the west to learn? Be very careful who you date. Even though the man you date may not be very religious at the time, according to Sharia law if you marry him and have children, those children will always be considered Muslim. It wasn’t even Miriam’s father who turned her in, it was her half-brother and half-sister. There was a movie made several years back where a Muslim man in the USA married a non-Muslim woman. They divorced and he took the children to Egypt if I remember correctly. He knew the authorities there would never allow the non-Muslim woman to raise the children. The movie was based on a true story.
By now you may be asking what does this have to do with Chattanooga. I think it is really one in the same. You see it is kind of the “jailhouse religion” syndrome too. The Muslim man who married the non-Muslim woman in the USA, when he got under the stress of divorce and having to settle for visitation with his children, turned towards Allah. He took their children and ran to a place where by law the Mother would have no rights to the children.
When Meriam prepared to move to America with her American Christian husband, the Father of her two children her half-brother and half-sister turned her in. They had been ok with her being married to a Christian while she was living in Sudan, but when she decided to move they turned her in knowing it would result in her death.