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Why would anyone sacrifice their soul and kill for Allah, God, anyone?

US-born preacher Anwar al-Awlaki allegedly told IT expert Rajib Karim: “We need men who are willing to go all the way and not hold back anything from Allah.
‘The religion of Allah cannot be given victory by part-time service. This is not a weekend religion. The contract is to sell our souls to Allah. The compensation is paradise.
“There are minuscule numbers of sincere men and women who are willing to break through the shackles. I pray you are one of them.”
Al-Awlaki is said to have urged the software engineer, 31, to exploit a BA strike to train for a cabin crew job. Jurors were told the cleric asked: “Is it possible to get a package or person with a package on board a flight heading to the US?”
Karim joined the airline in 2007 and worked in a Newcastle call centre. They allegedly began swapping emails last January after being introduced online by Karim’s brother, Woolwich crown court, South East London, was told.

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:50 PM on Feb. 9, 2011 in Religious Debate

Answers (25)
  • People killing in the name of God....not sure why. But I've always thought that anyone willing to kill and be killed is because of mental illness or because they are under the influence of a substance.

    Answer by MMXI at 1:54 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • The same reason people are willing to sacrifice thier lives to protect thier communities/countries/families...insert whatever you want.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 1:54 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • this is their religion, though i dont agree with it or understand it, the same way not everyone agrees with or understands my religion.

    Answer by tnm786 at 1:56 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Not having knowledge on how we are to serve a higher Power has always been a problem along with a case of mental illness and not knowing how to deal with life in general.


    Answer by virginiamama71 at 1:59 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • TMN said it very well - I don't understand how someone could kill for a religious belief - but it's not my belief.

    Answer by Scuba at 1:59 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • sacrifice thier lives to protect thier communities/countries/families...insert whatever you want.

    Are you comparing killing for religion the same as law enforcement and military protecting?

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 2:00 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • because they don't believe they are 'sacrificing their soul'..they believe it determines their eternity, to do so. sacrificing their soul would be to NOT kill for Allah, or whatever.
    its that crazy, peaceful religious-sway of those believers. (BTW, i don't believe God requires anyone to kill for Him.)

    Answer by dullscissors at 2:10 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Yes I am.

    They take it that seriously.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 2:12 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Because they have serious mental issues. They don't believe they are sacrificing their soul. They actually believe that God/Allah wants them to kill people and they will be rewarded for their murderous actions in heaven. To brush it off as simply a misunderstood religious belief is very dangerous.

    Answer by SuperChicken at 2:20 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Because they are sick, narrow minded killers.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:22 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

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