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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Wanted: Aspiring Martyrs

This is no joke … The turbaned fanatics are seeking morons who yearn to go heaven ... emmm ... to have sex with a team of 72 virgins!

Recruitment of potential suicide bombers, which has generally been shrouded in silence and secrecy, appears to be going more public.

An Iranian publication recently carried an advertisement calling for applications from aspiring "martyrdom seekers".

The advertisement calls for men and women to enlist with the "Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison" and promises those who are picked that they will be given "specific and specialized training". The aim it seems is "to achieve all-round readiness against the enemies of Islam and the sacred Islamic republic and to protect the foundations of Islam". To this end, "a martyrdom-seeking division" would be set up for each province in the country.

All that aspiring candidates to the "Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison" need to submit are two photographs of themselves, a copy of their identity cards, and a filled-in application form. The advertisement even provides an address – PO Box 16535-664, Tehran – where aspiring candidates to the "Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison" should forward their application forms.

The publication in which the advertisement appeared is one that is produced by an institute run by one of Iran's most conservative and radical clerics, Ayatollah Mazbah Yazdi, believed to be a spiritual advisor of Iran's new president, Mahmud Ahmedinejad, who, like its proponents, has described suicide operations or "martyrdom operations" in glowing terms. In a speech delivered some days after his election and broadcast on Iranian television, Ahmedinejad said: "Is there art that is more beautiful, more divine and more eternal than the art of martyrdom? A nation with martyrdom knows no captivity. Those who wish to undermine this principle undermine the foundations of our independence and national security. They undermine the foundation of our eternity."

This is not the first time that recruitment of volunteers for suicide operations has been done publicly and application forms for registration of aspiring bombers distributed openly in Iran. A year ago, tens of thousands of registration forms were distributed at local Islamic universities to aspiring martyrdom seekers. This distribution of registration forms was preceded by speeches in mosques where calls were made to young men and women to register.

The application form for "Preliminary Registration for Martyrdom Operations" requires the applicant to provide name, age, address and contact details. It also requires the applicant to affirm his "preparedness for carrying out martyrdom operations" and gives a choice of three targets: "occupiers of the Islamic holy sites" (referring to the US occupation of Najaf, Karbala and other places in Iraq), "occupiers of Jerusalem" (referring to Israel), and Salman Rushdie, the author of Satanic Verses against whom Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa or legal judgment for death in 1989 ... More at Asia Times

Poor Rushdie ... It looks like the turbaned fanatics will never forget your head!

2 Comments:

Blogger postliberal said...

It's amazing just how much this whole notion of 'martyrdom' as become an institution across frustrated and hard-line communities - not least because it's such a recent innovation, in an Islamic sense. And what an abominable thing it is too, a distortion of the very notion of being a martyr. Where you might otherwise have supreme self sacrifice, here you have people willing to kill others in giving up their own life. There's nothing noble about murder, even if it involves suicide.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the first instances of it's use in a widespread sense were in the 80s, during the Iran-Iraq war, when Iran used to send young people across the front line this way. And now, by some terrible irony, we have Sunni terrorists vowing a war against Shi'ite Muslims in Iraq and Iranians advertising for people to fill the vacancies.

I hope and pray that this whole notion is a mere aberration on the face of Islam.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Baghdad said...

Weirdly, I had a problem getting into this website for a while.

Am back to it again. Well,

To be honest, I couldn't stop laughing at that vacancy advertisement La Bona. They've gone this far...At the same time, Its rather sad to see this is how their reaction has and is going to be.

I try to think how how those Muslims think in terms of martyrdam and human sacrifice for a nation that 'feels' attacked, or over ruled and my result is that, humans in this century and even the last, have shown that over the years going back 2000 to now, we have reduced the level of martyrdom to the wars men used to have. We have progressed in our mind track that now, we do what we could live with and make the most of our lives. By that, it means we make the most of our life to live, to enjoy our lives, to have a good 'quality' of Life. In my opinion, going back a few centuries, their lives and mind track was not as how it is today. Their goal back then, (in my opinion this all is) was to survive and offer yourself for war, defense..etc. And supposedly this is the same style Muslims still have. The Middle East has always been chaotic and today, they still own this sensation of matter where they are attacked in all kinds of ways. Technology, given mostly invented recently by the Western side of the world; from TVs to Computers, modern Music, has transferred and advanced in the Middle East as well which has brought strict or radical followers of God to notice that their life has been distracted and taken over by 'westernisation'. It is rather true as the ME has dramatically changed and continues to. Today, they feel Muslims have a responsibility to look after their whole surrounding/area of the Middle East, thereby calling upon for the acts to defend in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine.

I have talked to dozens of Muslims with that kind of opinion and to my understanding, it's been sensed that they feel it is a duty to safeguard and to blend any wrong Muslims to the assumed right track of Islam. That puts them in resort to the martyrdom of a nation's liberation from an attack by the West. They may have a right to be looking after their fellow Muslims, but the idea of making fatwas against Shiite Muslims or Kurds, well....maybe they're not always caring lol, but they got a sense of isolated unity particularly among the followers of Islam. It sounds nice hoping it could exist for them, but it's just not working out for the time being as nations continue to struggle their way through with the rising diversities of people.

I still call upon a reformation of the Middle East...I just don't think it'll happen if scholars continue to ignore the possibility of it, as many Muslims follow them more than they follow themselves and their brain. Is it possible? Reformation?

Like any outside opinion about that.

Cheers,
Sara

Apologise for the long post.

10:18 PM  

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