John R. Houk
© July 21, 2015
I’ve been reading and listening to the Mainstream Media (MSM) paint the murderous actions of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez as the work of a mentally ill person breaking down from the affairs of life causing depression followed by a mass murder spree that resulted in death by police officer.
After all Americans understand that people who draw themselves into the desperation of depression can snap and commit suicide or worse homicide/homicides. When a homicidal person is caught the courts must determine if that person is competent to stand trial and if not, sent right to the wacky bin by the white coats until some psychologist/psychiatrist decides they are no longer a harm to themself or society at large.
In the case of incompetence to stand trial the victim or victims and the victim’s loved ones will not see justice served. It is likely this scenario rubs the loved ones the wrong way from disappointment to extreme dissatisfaction depending on the heinousness of the homicide.
In the case of M.Y. Abdulazeez who died in his homicidal actions the American legal system proceeds in an investigation to see what motivated the murderous rampage. Was Abdulazeez a depressed lunatic that snapped or following an ideology that brings terror to a population intended to induce fear leading to the submission of the ideological principles that followers believe is better for society in the long view.
Most of the MSM is promoting the poor fellow who snapped from depression scenario. I’m not so sure the MSM’s analysis is accurate.
I do give the point that Abdulazeez was depressed. AND that depression led him to choices in lifestyle that a good Quranic following Muslim would feel some serious guilt over. Abdulazeez went down the road of alcohol and drugs. Such actions are specifically forbidden in Islam. If Islam has a concept of sin, Abdulazeez committed sin.
If a Christian person succumbs to an addiction and guilt surfaces three things occur:
1) The person may be so oppressed by their feelings of guilt that a false sense that life is no longer worth living – hence suicide.
2) A Christian’s guilt of sinful addiction might lead to the belief that their life is unredeemable and so a dark-side lifestyle become adopted leading to sadness of an unredeemed death. Indeed the forsaken unredeemed lifestyle probably will be an ungodly influence on others or even worse lead to murder.
3) A Christian’s guilt of sinful addiction that reaching a rock bottom situation leads to repentance and a return to God’s Grace via God’s Mercy. The addiction may not end immediately but a determination to live a life of Christ always seeking the strength of brothers and/or sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was a Muslim. What does a Muslim do to recover from acts or lifestyles deemed sinful by Islam? Abdulazeez’s sin that has become public knowledge is drug and alcohol abuse. At QuranForAll.org this question is placed: How much alcohol and drugs does the religion allow?
Here are some excepted answers credited to “Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi”:
“The first declaration made by the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, concerning this matter was that not only is Khamr (wine or alcohol) prohibited but that the definition of Khamr extends to any substance that intoxicates, in whatever form or under whatever name it may appear. Thus, beer and similar drinks are haram.
The Prophet … was once asked about certain drinks made from honey, corn, or barley by the process of fermenting them until they became alcoholic. The Prophet … succinctly replied, “Every intoxicant is Khamr, and every Khamr is haram." Reported by Muslim.)
And `Umar … declared from the pulpit of the Prophet … that "Khamr is that which befogs the mind."(Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.)
Islam takes an uncompromising stand in prohibiting intoxicants, regardless of whether the amount is little or much. If an individual is permitted to take but a single step along this road, other steps follow; he starts walking and then running, and does not stop at any stage. …
Prohibition of Drugs:
"Khamr is what befogs the mind." … from the pulpit of the Prophet … providing us with a decisive criterion for defining what falls under the prohibited category of khamr. There remains then no room for doubts and questions: any substance which has the effect of befogging or clouding the mind, impairing its faculties of thought, perception, and discernment is prohibited by Allah and His Messenger … and will remain so until the Day of Judgment.
Drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, opium, and the like are definitely included in the prohibited category of khamr. …
Muslim jurists are unanimous on the prohibition of those drugs which were found during their respective times and places. Foremost among them was Sheikh al-IslamIbn Taymiyyah, who said: “This solid grass (hashish) is haram, whether or not it produces intoxication. Sinful people smoke it because they imagine it producing rapture and delight, an effect similar to drunkenness. While wine makes the one who drinks it active and quarrelsome, hashish produces dullness and lethargy; furthermore, smoking it disturbs the mind and temperament, excites sexual desire, and leads to shameless promiscuity, and these are greater evils than those caused by drinking. ... The[y] had (prescribed punishment) for smoking hashish, whether a small or large amount of it, is the same as that for drinking wine, that is, eighty or forty lashes.
He explained the imposition of hadd for smoking hashish in the following manner: It is the rule of the Islamic Shari'ah that any prohibited thing which is desired by people, such as wine and illicit sexual relations, is to be punished by imposing hadd... Now hashish is something desired and craved for, and it is hard for the addict to renounce it. Accordingly, the application of the texts of the Qur'an and Sunnah to hashish is similar to that of wine. (Fatawa Ibn Taymiyyah, vol. 4, p. 262 f. Also see his book, As-Siyasah Ash-Shar'iyyah.) (Islam Prohibits Alcohol and Drugs; Attributed to Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi; QuranForAll.org)
Blog Note: I am placing explanatory links to some of Arab/Islamic terms. Those links are not by QuranForAll.org.
Here is a question to ask in relation to Abdulazeez’s homicidal rampage and death by policeman: Might Abdulazeez think his sinful addiction (according to Islam) was so incurable that a way to be right with Allah was to participate in jihad against the infidel and in being killed receive the rewards of a shahid (shaheed, et al), i.e. a martyr for Allah?
What are the six characteristics of the martyrs (shahid) taught to us from our beloved Prophet Muhammad?
“The martyr (shaheed) has seven blessings from Allaah: he is forgiven from the moment his blood is first shed; he will be shown his place in Paradise; he will be spared the trial of the grave; and he will be secure on the Day of the Greatest Terror (the Day of Judgement); there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it; he will be married to seventy-two of al-hoor al-‘iyn [or Houris: HERE and HERE]; and he will be permitted to intercede for seventy of his relatives.”
… (8511: The six blessings of the martyrs; By Shaykh Waleed al-Firyaan; IslamQA.info)
… “And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allaah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision.” (Aal-‘Imraan: 169).’ …
… “A martyr has six bounties: He will be forgiven with the first drop of his blood that is spilt; He will see his place in Paradise (at the time of death); He will be saved from the ‘Great Horror’ (on the Day of Judgment): A Crown of Dignity will be placed on his head, which contains many corundums, each one being more precious than this life and all that it contains; He will have seventy two Women of Paradise; And, he will be allowed to intercede for seventy of his family members (who would have otherwise gone to hell).” (Tirmidhi & Ibn Maajah).
… (Khutbah - The Virtues Of Martyrdom; By Usaamah Khayyaat; trans. by Hazem Ragab; ed. by Nasim Chowdhury; alminbar.com)
Hmm … It is my opinion was less a lunatic and more a depressed Muslim who viewed being a shahid/martyr for Islam a way to end his turmoil and go straight to the Islamic conception of Paradise.
Abdulazeez’s own two-entry blog indicates he was a jihadi-shahid willing to die for Paradise to avoid hell-fire. Freedom Outpost quotes some insights from The Daily Beast pertaining to Abdulazeez’s blog/diary:
"Read Chattanooga Shooter's Blog," The Daily Beast July 15, 2015
The killer of four U.S. Marines in Chattanooga maintained a short-lived blog that hinted at his religious inner life. Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez's blog had only two posts, both published July 13 and written in a popular style of Islamic religious reasoning. The first post was entitled "A Prison Called Dunya," referring to the temporal world. In it, Abdulazeez uses the hypothetical example of a prisoner who is told he would be given a test that would either take him out of his earthly prison—or send him into a more restrictive environment." I would imagine that any sane person would devote their time to mastering the information on the study guide and stay patient with their studies, only giving time for the other things around to keep themselves focused on passing the exam," Abdulazeez wrote. "They would do this because they know and have been told that they will be rewarded with pleasures that they have never seen." This life is that test, he wrote, "designed to separate the inhabitants of Paradise from the inhabitants of Hellfire."
The second post is called "Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men." It suggests Abdulazeez felt his fellow Muslims had a "certain understanding of Islam and keep a tunnel vision of what we think Islam is." He uses the example of blind men who feel an elephant but can't quite tell what the creature is. He says Muslims have a similar understanding of the earliest companions of the Prophet Muhammad. That they were "like priests living in monasteries is not true," he says; rather they were "towards the end of the lives were either a mayor of a town, governor of a state, or leader of an army at the frontlines." We ask Allah to make us follow their path," Abdulazeez wrote. "To give us a complete understanding of the message of Islam, and the strength the live by this knowledge, and to know what role we need to play to establish Islam in the world."— Katie Zavadski (Chattanooga Jihad Shooter’s Blog: “We Need…to Establish Islam in the World”; By Pamela Geller; Freedom Outpost; July 17, 2015 8:58 am)
If the American media and the American Left solely blame Abdulazeez’s murder rampage on mental illness then they might consider all Muslims who believe the Quran is the uncreated word of Allah as mentally ill. Islam’s Hadith, Sira-Sunnah do not hold the same divine value to Muslims as the Quran; nonetheless those commentaries are extremely revered ESPECIALLY if they rise to the level of authentic by Islamic theologians. The Quran, Hadith and Sira according to the later surahs overrule or abrogate the message of earlier passage. AND keep in mind the order of the Quran is NOT chronological but rather is from largest to smallest in size.
The FBI seems to believe Abdulazeez had zero connection to ISIS as if that merely makes him mentally disturbed or ill. Whether that is true or not is irrelevant. That which is relevant is his interpretation of the Quran, Hadith and Sira. Abdulazeez’s interpretation is to believe what it says. That makes him an American traitor devoted to the validity of Islam over the U.S. Constitution as an institution of the rule of law in America guaranteeing WE THE PEOPLE the enfranchised power over a Federal government. Islam’s Sharia Law cannot coexist with America’s Founding Documents.
Pamela Geller’s post “Chattanooga Jihadi’s Anti-American Diary: Wanted to be a Suicide Martyr for Islam” inspired my thoughts on Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez motivation to kill Americans in uniform. Below is the cross post.
Chattanooga Jihadi’s Anti-American Diary: Wanted to be a Suicide Martyr for Islam
By Pamela Geller
July 20, 2015
He hated America and loved Islam. He wanted to be a suicide martyr. So what does the media focus on? The fact that he smoked marijuana and drank.
Millions of people smoke pot, take prescription pills, drink alcohol — they don’t carry out a premeditated slaughter of Americans in cold-blood.
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez did not gun down US soldiers on American soil because he was high on pot.
He was waging holy war in the cause of Islam against “the great Satan.”
As for his family’s remarks, here’s all you need to know about them.
FBI recovers Chattanooga gunman’s ‘anti-American diary’ which reveals his anger at the war on terror, a growing dependence on drugs and his desire to commit suicide to become a ‘martyr’
Some of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s newly uncovered writings are more than year old Representative of Abdulazeez’s family says he wrote about wanting to commit suicide as far back as 2013
The 24-year-old Kuwaiti national was thousands of dollars in debt and was considering filing or bankruptcy
Abdulazeez was struggling with addiction to prescription pills, illegal drugs and alcohol, and was battling depression, according to family spokesman
Had trouble sleeping after he took on 12-hour overnight shift at a plantBy Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com and Associated Press Reporter
Federal investigators have discovered writings by the Chattanooga gunman in which he talked about his dissatisfaction with the US war on terror and expressed other anti-American sentiments, it was revealed today.
Two sources familiar with the case, including a law enforcement official, said some of Mohammad Abdulazeez’s writings are more than a year old and are consistent with a suicidal mindset, reported CNN.
While Abdulazeez sometimes expressed misgivings about US policy in the Mideast, his feelings didn’t seem extreme and there was no indication he was involved with terrorist groups while in Jordan, a family representative said. There was also no immediate explanation for why he targeted military sites in the attack.
Earlier today, the family of the Chattanooga shooter revealed that in his personal diary, the 24-year-old Kuwait-born man who was gunned down by police after he shot and killed five service members in Tennessee had laid out his struggles with suicidal thoughts, financial woes and legal troubles related to his drug addiction.
The gunman’s journal, according to the Abdulazeez family spokesman speaking exclusively to ABC News, paints a portrait of a troubled youth who wrote about committing suicide and ‘becoming a martyr’ as far back as 2013, around the time when he was fired from his job because of his addiction to prescription pills and illegal narcotics.
The family representative said the electrical engineering student was addicted to sleeping pills, painkillers, opioids, marijuana, as well as alcohol.
In his diary, according to the spokesperson, Abdulazeez wrote about how he struggled to work a 12-hour night shift and had to take pills so he could fall asleep during the day.
Abdulazeez was also considering filing for bankruptcy because he was heavily in debt.
On April 20, the 24-year-old Kuwaiti national was arrested on a DUI charge.
The family representative said Abdulazeez was first treated by a child psychiatrist for depression when he was 12 or 13 years old.
The 24-year-old also fought drug and alcohol abuse, spending several months in Jordan last year to help clean himself up.
The representative said relatives of Abdulazeez believe those personal struggles are at the heart of last week’s killings at a pair of military sites in Chattanooga.
‘They do not know of anything else to explain it,’ said the representative Sunday on condition of anonymity.
The claim fits a pattern of behavior by Abdulazeez that includes a drunken driving arrest earlier this year and the loss of a job over a failed drug test.
Several years ago, relatives tried to have Abdulazeez admitted to an in-patient program for drug and alcohol abuse but a health insurer refused to approve the expense, said the representative.
Two days before the deadly shootings in Chattanooga, Abdulazeez rented a silver Mustang convertible, arrived at a local mosque and took a friend on a joy ride that lasted until 3am.
‘He bragged about [the car], and was showing it off to friends about how fast it would go,’ the Abdulazeez family spokesperson said Sunday.
Teresa Jennings (2nd L) and Miranda Jennings (3rd R) hold candles as they joins others at the East Ridge United Methodist Church for a Sunday prayer service to honor the four slain Marines and one Navy sailor
Five American flags in honor of the five killed are seen lain out in the memorial near the Armed Forces Career Center/National Guard Recruitment Office
Sophia Ensley, right, and Barbie Branum embrace in front of a makeshift memorial at the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center Saturday
Chattanooga shooting ‘being treated as act of terrorism’
FBI are now trying to shed light on the gunman’s movements and actions from the time he dropped off his friend until he pulled up to a strip mall in Chattanooga and started shooting through the glass windows of a military recruitment office at 11am Thursday.
The rampage left four Marines and one US Navy sailor dead. Two days later, a lawyer representing the family of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez released a statement apologizing to the relatives of the victims.
‘There are no words to describe our shock, horror, and grief,’ read the statement. ‘The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved. For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence.’
Several years earlier, relatives tried to have Abdulazeez admitted to an in-patient program for drug and alcohol abuse but a health insurer refused to approve the expense, said the family spokesperson.
‘He was medicated like many children are. Through high school and college he did a better job sometimes than others staying with it,’ the representative said.
Evangelist Andrew Green from the Highways and Hedges Ministry preaches near the Armed Forces Career Center/National Guard Recruitment Office which had been shot up on July 16 in Chattanooga
Keari Anderson walks through the memorial near the Armed Forces Career Center/National Guard Recruitment Office
Abdulazeez had spent several months in Jordan last year under a mutual agreement with his parents to help him get away from drugs, alcohol and a group of friends who relatives considered a bad influence, the representative said.
Counterterrorism investigators continued to interview Abdulazeez’s acquaintances and delve into his visit to Jordan, looking for clues to whom or what might have influenced him and set off the bloodshed.
FBI spokesman Jason Pack declined comment on whether investigators were pursuing mental health records for Abdulazeez. But FBI Special Agent Ed Reinhold told reporters at a recent news conference about the case that agents were looking into all aspects of his life and had not yet turned up any connections to Islamic terrorist groups.
The representative said Abdulazeez had owned guns for years, going back to when he was a child shooting at squirrels and targets, and called himself an ‘Arab redneck’ or ‘Muslim redneck.’
A year after graduating from college with an engineering degree, Abdulazeez lost a job at a nuclear power plant in Ohio in May 2013 because of what a federal official described as a failed drug test.
Recently, Abdulazeez had begun working the night shift at a manufacturing plant and was taking medication to help with problems sleeping in the daytime, the representative said, and he also had a prescription for muscle relaxants because of a back problem.
Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team continue to investigate the shooting at the Armed Forces Career Center/National Guard Recruitment Office July 18
FBI are now trying to shed light on the gunman’s movements and actions leading up to the moment he pulled up outside the recruitment center in Chattanooga and opened fire
It’s unknown what substances were in the man’s system at the time of the killings, but toxicology tests should provide an answer.
After returning from his time overseas, Abdulazeez was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence in the pre-dawn hours on April 20.
A police report said he told a Chattanooga officer he also was with friends who had been smoking marijuana. The report said Abdulazeez, who had white powder on his nose when he was stopped, told the officer he also had sniffed powdered caffeine.
Truism: Abdulazeez the Islamic Jihadi Terrorist
John R. Houk
© July 21, 2015
Chattanooga Jihadi’s Anti-American Diary: Wanted to be a Suicide Martyr for Islam
About Pamela Geller
Pamela Geller is the founder, editor and publisher of Atlas Shrugs.com and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is the author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, with Robert Spencer (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton) (Simon & Schuster) and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance (WND Books). She is also a regular columnist for World Net Daily, the American Thinker, Breitbart.com and other publications.
Geller’s activism on behalf of human rights has won international notice. She is a foremost defender of the freedom of speech against attempts to force the West to accept Sharia blasphemy laws, and against Sharia self-censorship by Western media outlets. Her First Amendment lawsuits filed nationwide have rolled back attempts to limit Americans’ free speech rights and limit speech to only one political perspective, and exposed attempts to make an end-run around the First Amendment by illegitimately restricting access to public fora. Her free speech event in Garland, Texas led to the capture or killing of several murderous jihadists, smoking out terror cells, leading to an increase in the threat level to BRAVO and … READ THE REST