by Ayman S. Ibrahim
It is jihad, again. “This is for Allah,” shouted the attackers, before they “stabbed a girl 10–15 times,” according to a video of an eyewitness.
Responding to June 3rd’s London Attacks, British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was “far too much tolerance” of Islamist extremism in the U.K.
Many Muslims worldwide were ready to sincerely condemn the horrifying attacks in London, affirming Islam does not support such atrocities against civilians.
This is a new wave of terrorism in London.
Three “Islamist militants” drove a van across the London Bridge at 50mph, killing at least seven and injuring more than 48, before they continued driving to Borough Market, where they began “randomly stabbing” victims.
This terrorist attack took place less than two weeks after “an Islamist suicide bomber killed 22 people including children at a concert” in Manchester in northern England, and almost two months ago, “a man killed five people after driving into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in central London.”
But, what on earth could drive these attackers to commit such horrible deeds?
It is their conception of jihad, especially if you consider this is Ramadan, the holiest Muslim month.
Whether you consider these attackers evil lunatics or genuine believers is not the issue. We cannot underestimate the call to “jihad against the unbelievers,” which is found in the ancient sacred texts.
SOURCE: Religion News Service
Ayman S. Ibrahim is an assistant professor of Islamic studies and director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary