I mused about the idea that AQ had lowered its threshold for success in order to accommodate failure in my inaugural “Brachman’s Take” section yesterday. Joas Wagemakers has a great comment in response that I encourage you to read, btw.
This afternoon, I was trolling through the forums and found that we’re not the only ones wrestling with this idea of AQ’s trying to find success amongst the failure. I found what couldn’t have been a more timely or fascinating thread where various participants are discussing Umar Faruk Abdulmutallab’s failure as a success. Read through these excerpts and tell me that this isn’t a brilliant window into the internal debate of the global jihadist movement:
I feel a need to mildly admonish some of my brothers and sisters. I’ve read too many jihadist web sites that say that brother Abdulmutallab failed in his mission. Some sites at least praise him for trying. From my prospective living in the Unites States brother Abdulmutallab succeeded. Maybe he didn’t achieve his full objective but you do not necessarily need to achieve a grade of 100% to pass the class.
What Abdulmutallab did was instill a fear in Americans. This is a very significant accomplishment. An increased fear of flying, for example, can cripple the airlines and cause economic problems. Fear, in itself, causes people to not trust each other and to blame each other as well as blame the police, government and related agencies in authoriity.
Let’s not look at what brother Abdulmutallab did not do; rather look at what he did bring about!
POST 2: He had the intention of Shuhada, and those with the intention will get it even if they don’t die in the way of Jihaad, so as far as my limited senses can see, he’s one of the few best out there out of 6 billion.
What did he accomplish? How many billions do you think they will spend to boost security that wont work anyway? He humiliated the Americans, afterwards Newark Airport was on lock down for 6 hours because someone walked the wrong way. Success comes in many ways, and I can’t agree more with sister Faizah.
POST 3: Assalaamu alaykum, Our brother Umar Al Farooq is a hero. He threw away this dunya striving for Jannah. And pardon my language, but he has done a hell of a lot more than anyone of those who criticize him. May God keep him steadfast, and may He ease his suffering, and may He hasten his release. Ameen.
POST 4: Amen; my point exactly. Brother Abdulmutallab did more than the brothers and sisters who write blogs pointing out what did not happen or what should have happened. It is much easier and safer to find holes in the seemingly incomplete work of others than it is to go out and do some work yourself.
POST 5: We must be grateful for his sacrifice and make dua’a for him also. As has been said, even if his ultimate aim did not succeed he has done much positive work as a result of his action. May Allaah protect and reward him.
POST 6: I thought i was the only one with the same view as faizah. It was never a failed mission matter of fact it was more effective as the bomb failed, thanks to the the foolish media for spreading the fear!!! we are proud of our brother may Allah shower on him with blessings. This is a perfect example of using the media to spread fear that cripples their economy. allahhu akbar!!
POST 7: aslamoalikum………………..how can a person criticise any one who is writing islamic histroy with his blood………………….?brother succeed in his mission to gave his life for the sake of Allah……………………..if bomb not explode then it is from Allah………….there is some thing better in this……………our obligation is to try something for islam……………..the success is from Allah………………………when He wants give us victroy………..
POST 8: I agree with brothers 100%. The Success is from Allah. All we have to do is act (NIYA) AL HADITH NAWAWI.
Actions are but intention and every man shall have but that which he intended. Thus he whose migration was for Allah and His Messenger, his migration was for Allah and His messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some wordly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that for which he migrated Rawaho Bukhari and Muslim. Fa hosno Dan in our brother is must. Yes he is a Hero.
POST 9: Victory for a muslim is not limited to the outcome of a battle. Prophet Nooh had a few followers but that still makes him victourious in the path of allah azawajal, because he carried out his mission and message. Ya Allah pour sabr & iman on your servant Umar Al FAROUK.
POST10: If any brother or sister reading this is not yet convinced that brother Abdulmutallab is a hero and has accomplished the mission I talked about in starting this thread please view this video by no less than a US congresswoman. This video and future videos she promises to post should insh’Allah drive Amers to mistrust and fear each other. Islam will inshAllah win in due time:
Brother Hassan is also a hero. Watch her related video as well :
I’ll let everyone chew on these posts for a bit and then I’ll post some analysis in a bit…