Thank God He Was Caught

In the Name of God, the Subtle, the Loving

As the news reports indicate, a 30-year-old naturalized American citizen of Pakistani origin has been arrested for allegedly trying to set off a car bomb in Times Square last Saturday evening. Apparently, Faisal Shahzad of Connecticut allegedly bought the SUV he rigged with incendiary materials, and he was arrested on the plane that was headed to Dubai. According to a report by Reuters:

The Pakistani-American suspect arrested on suspicion of trying to detonate a car bomb in New York’s Times Square told investigators he acted alone and denied any ties to radical groups in his native Pakistan, a U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said on Tuesday.

“He’s admitted to buying the truck, putting the devices together, putting them in the truck, leaving the truck there and leaving the scene,” the source told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“He’s claimed to have acted alone. He did admit to all the charges, so to speak,” the source said, adding that investigators were still looking into his activities during a recent trip to Pakistan.

Thank God he was caught.

Of course, we must remind everyone that this man is innocent until he is proven guilty in a court of law. We must remind everyone that this man’s actions are not reflective of the majority of Muslims in both America and the world, who abhor violence against the innocent. We must remind everyone that this man has betrayed not only his faith, but his community, and his country. If what is alleged against him is true, he deserves to rot in jail for a very long time.

If what is alleged against him is true, how can he have done this? How can he have the gall the set up a car bomb in Times Square, where so many innocent people were located? This is not “jihad.” This is not “defending the honor of Islam.” This is not “defending the Prophet.” It is murder. It is treachery. It is evil.

I can’t put it around my head: how can he do this to his adopted country? I saw a picture of him with his wife and child. Why does he want to make other parents like him mourn over their children? What kind of hatred could he have in his heart? This is not Islam. He is not acting in the example of the Prophet, contrary to the lies of the Islamophobes about him.

Thank God he was caught. Thank God the bomb did not go off. I thank God that He intervened to prevent the slaughter of innocent people. That shows you that this idiot, if what is alleged against him is true, is not acting upon God’s will. God has rejected him. He was doing the will of Satan.


One thought on “Thank God He Was Caught

  1. Firstly, a large percentage of Islamic scholars, outside of Western liberal democracies, teach openly that jihad is required of Muslims against ‘infidels’. Because the US supports Israel, it is deemed to be attacking the Ummah and is therefore a legitimate target. Such an interpretation is, I believe, by far the majority not the minority view among Muslims outside the US and Europe. I only ever hear the opposite view from Muslims who have lived the bulk of their lives in liberal democracies. Acts like this man’s are happening over and over again and every time ‘liberal’ Muslims say ‘it’s not Islam’ but the perpretators are seen as jihadis by most Muslims in the world and themsleves say ‘Islam teaches us we must do this’. I have haedr support fro jihadism from Muslim friends and colleagues here in London – and they were mostly born here. The common factor seems to be Pakistani origin in so many cases; maybe Pakistani Islam is different from all other Islam because it does seem to generate a larger amount of jihadis than most other nations.

    On another point,from a Christian perspective, I’d disagree with you: God has not rejected the bomber. He may well have been doing the will of Shaitan, but we all are every time we sin. God is slow to anger and quick to forgive – and his love for us is no less even when we choose evil. Perhaps that’s a uniquely Christian perspective.

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