I am a bit late in blogging about the London bomb blasts, but I didn’t have anything original to say (and my computer wasn’t working either).
The three bombs on London underground trains on Thursday exploded almost simultaneously, police have said.
Scotland Yard said the attacks took place within 50 seconds of each other. It was previously thought they had taken place over a longer time period.
Police have also warned the recovery of victims could take “days more”.
There have been 49 confirmed fatalities in the bomb attacks, while concerns remain for a further 25 missing people. At least 700 were injured.
However, Thabet, a British Muslim, has some thoughts that echo mine.
Certainly there is a disease, a cancer, which is eating at Muslims in various parts of the world, but moreso amongst some younger Muslims in some Western societies: the need to satiate a lust for immediate ‘glory’ and ‘victory’, where all that is Transcendent can be sacrificed for an instant quick-fix; the modern Muslim version of the one-pill-for-all solution. Who needs to work at life, and struggle through its twists and turns, who needs sabr and tawakul, when you can much more easily blow up your ‘enemy’ and book that multi-bedroom villa in paradise? But this, in reality, is a sickness. It is sick when a car bomb drives itself into Iraqis, cueing for a job to feed their families, by people believe they are doing God’s work; it is sick when a bomb is driven into a mosque in Pakistan where people gather to worship, by people believe they are doing God’s work; it is sick when someone on their way to work on a double-decker bus, and who probably couldn’t tell you where Chechnya or Kashmir is on a map, is killed by people believe they are doing God’s work. No doubt, some people try, and will continue to try, to justify these acts of psycopathic egoism as a struggle for God. This is most depraved and is a ‘spiritual’ disease. The heart does not simply have layers of rust on it, but the whole damn organ appears to be riddled with pot holes from a corroding condition. But there is still hope and mercy for God says He is All-Forgiving.
We must avoid, at all costs, arguments of moral equivalence. Thse are easy arguments to slip into. I do it frequently. If X is bombing Iraqis, Y is murdering Chechens, and Z is causing countless injustices to Palestinians, ought our response be to kill indiscriminately — believing as we do that we will be accounted for each action — without any sense, rhyme or reason? There is nothing “Islamic” about this.