Dead Children

On December 16, 2014, six Taliban entered a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and massacred 141 people, including 132 children between eight and eighteen years of age.

Following is how one scholar justified the killing of the children, while praising their “pure heart” murderers and the death-cult scriptures that were their inspiration, in an online conversation with a critic.

Human life only has value among you worldly materialistic thinkers. For us, this human life is only a tiny, meaningless fragment of our existence. Our real destination is the Hereafter. We don’t just believe it exists, we know it does.

Death is not the end of life. It is the beginning of existence in a world much more beautiful than this. As you know, the [Urdu] word for death is “intiqall.” It means transfer, not end.

Paradise is for those of pure hearts. All children have pure hearts. They have not sinned yet … They have not yet been corrupted by [their kafir parents]. We did not end their lives. We gave them new ones in Paradise, where they will be loved more than you can imagine.

They will be rewarded for their martyrdom. After all, we also martyr ourselves with them. The last words they heard were the slogan of Takbeer [Allah U Akbar].

Allah Almighty says himself in Surhah Al-Imran [3:169-170] that they are not dead.

You will never understand this. If your faith is pure, you will not mourn them, but celebrate their birth into Paradise.

Sam Harris, Islam and the Future of Tolerance, Harvard University Press, 2015, p. 86

This justification would not have been alien to Canadian schoolchildren raised on the Koran who, in an opinion piece by Globe and Mail contributor Sheema Khan, had their own reason for condoning the murder of 186 Russian boys and girls by holy warriors.

The Koran sanctions the killing of children by their parents if they fear they will abandon Islam later in life. I am of the opinion that holy warriors, in this instance, may have exceeded their license to kill. Other scholars of Islamic scriptures obviously disagree.

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Bernard Payeur