Monday, May 23, 2005

Young, insecure and a Muslim

This from today's London Times caught my eye.

Feroz Abbasi's autobiography was written while he was held at Guantanamo Bay.
In the document, the most personal account yet to emerge from the US camp, Mr Abbasi says that he was shy with girls and haunted by loneliness while growing up in London. He describes himself as a restless boy with an “insecurity complex”.
He tried Buddhism while in college, but he was still "restless". Then, while traveling, he met a Muslim man who told him about the Muslims of Kashmir.
On his return to London, Mr Abbasi took a renewed interest in Islam and began reading about jihad. He joined a group at the Finsbury Park mosque called SOS, or Supporters of Sharia, the strict Islamic law.

Meetings at the North London mosque raised his awareness about the plight of Muslims in the Russian province of Chechnya and the Taleban’s fight in Afghanistan. He believed it was a Muslim’s duty to volunteer for jihad, and travelled to Afghanistan to learn about guerrilla warfare and to volunteer for actions against America.
You have a young boy who's insecure, who can't talk to girls and he turns to his religion for some help. This somehow leads him on the path of jihad.

There is no parallel for this sort of "support" in Judaism, Christianity or any other religion that I can think of. This is the sort of behavior that is more associated with self-destructive cults, like the People's Temple only on a much bigger scale.

Only Muslims can sort this out. Nobody else can do it for them, but until the problem is corrected we've all got a problem.