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No lamentation for the "shaheeds" (martyrs); the death of Al Zawahiri

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Aug 2, 2022 at 17:03

Dear Dr Pipes, It will be wrong to say that the chaotic Islamic world that we see every day has no principles. Islam professes to follow many good principles (e.g. killing a man is like killing the whole world). But all good Islamic principles are sacrificed for the one paramount uber alles principle: "Advance Islam at all costs".

A lot of chaos, melancholy, and mayhem in the Islamic world results from this sacrificing of good every-day principles for the paramount principle whose value is not easily determinable: when we help our neighbor we may easily see the value of this act for the good that it brings to the neighbor and to us but when we advance a religion at excessive costs, we do not know what earthly good it does or does not do.

Apparently, Islamic world is desensitized for common human emotions due to the chaos that its creates for itself. I am amazed at the death of Al-Zawahiri. As much as I could search and find out, there was no sadness, anger, or mourning in the Islamic world for Al Zawahiri. And, of course, no non-Muslim has an extra tear to shed on him. The poor guy lived a lousy life and died an unheralded death. What is funny that even the people who donated to his cause, provided him shelter, or financed his cost of living did not cry for him. There was no angry calls for revenge. Islamic capitals --even the Talibani Afghanistan-- maintained silence. Apparently, no one among the 8 Billion of us humans can come forward and say openly that Al Zawahiri did anything good. What a pathetic way to die.

I wrote the above 100-word prescription for Islam. All Muslims of the world should try to adopt it. It is not that bad. Islamic wars may or may not be righteous but Islamic methods can surely be milder. Muslims should do something so at least someone cries openly when a prominent partner is martyred.

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