By Rachel Molschky:
It’s no phenomenon. A large number of suicide bombers are women. Though Islamic women have very few rights other than the right to get arrested for adultery after getting raped, the right to receive a beating by their husbands, fathers or brothers, or the right to be murdered in an honor killing for “suspiciously” talking on the phone, becoming “too Westernized,” or getting an education, one right their male counterparts freely grant them is the right to become suicide bombers. Yes, Muslim women are free to blow themselves up along with as many innocent victims as possible. And they do.
In 2001, The High Islamic Council in Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa in order to motivate more women to become suicide bombers. In 2002, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, once the spiritual leader of Hezbollah and responsible for the 1983 Beirut bombing which killed 241 American and 58 French servicemen, gave his blessing not only for suicide bombings in general, but also to the equality of women in this venture. Known to be against honor killings and domestic abuse against women, and therefore applauded for his stance on women’s rights, even in the Western media, his view of women as equals extended to those who contribute to Allah’s cause by blowing themselves up: “It is true that Islam has not asked women to carry out jihad, but it permits them to take part if the necessities dictate that women should carry out regular military operations or suicide operations.” The fact that this man was revered for his support of women just goes to show the media is desperate to find anything to paint Muslims in a good light.
The former Hamas spiritual leader, Sheikh Yassin, and Egypt’s Yusuf al-Qaradawi were also evidently pioneers in the fight for Muslim women’s rights, as both have encouraged women to commit the heinous act of suicide bombing, and doing whatever they have to do in order to get the job done. That includes not wearing a hijab, not getting their husbands’ permission or having a male escort. It is all ok because it is for Allah.
One motivation is the glory they’ll receive in the afterlife. Murdering innocent people, even children, is celebrated in the Muslim culture if they think it will further Islam. And they become immortalized after streets, schools and other things are named after them. In her book Female Suicide Bombers,author Debra D. Zedalis writes, “there are ‘religious, nationalistic, economic, social and personal rewards’ for suicide bombers… religion offers the moral justification for committing seemingly immoral acts. Nationalistic fanatics court suicide bombers and use rhetoric to stir up feelings of patriotism, hatred of the enemy, and a profound sense of victimization.”
Zedalis goes on to explain the financial rewards given to the families of the bombers and the reason why women are now vital to this form of Muslim terrorism: the enhanced media attention it brings. There seems to be a greater shock value when the perpetrator was female, and more women desire this role of Shahida, a female “martyr.” Killing innocent people is their form of martyrdom.
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