|20-Year-Old Ali Syed
How is this relevant to clearing up confusion? Consider this. When a terrorist like Nidal Malik Hasan, a self-proclaimed "Solder of Allah," opens fire on unsuspecting victims while shouting "Allahu Akbar," politicians and the media are quick to remind us that all religions have their radicals, that people of all backgrounds can have mental health problems, and so on.
True. But this response leaves out an important difference between Islam and other ideologies. Muhammad commanded his followers to violently subjugate non-Muslims (Qur'an 9:29), and terrorism is a divinely-ordained response to aggression, criticism, etc., in Islam (Qur'an 5:33, 8:12, etc.). Hence, while it's possible for someone who happens to be a Muslim to have a psychological break and to go on a killing spree that has nothing to do with his religion (which would be a possibility for adherents of any ideology), it's also possible for a Muslim to go on a killing spree specifically because his religion advocates killing for the sake of Allah (a possibility that does not exist for Christians and other non-Muslims). Similarly, a Muslim may become extremely angry at his wife and kill her in a fit of rage, a tragedy that could (and does) happen among non-Muslims as well. But a Muslim may also kill his wife because his religion supports honor killings, a practice which is not supported by other religions.
This brings us back to Ali Syed, who sounds to me (based on very little information) like a young man who simply snapped. If police investigations reveal that Syed was mentally unstable prior to his violent rampage, then he falls into a category of people that spreads across all religions and ideologies. But if Syed turns out to be some kind of Jihadist (which, at the moment, I find unlikely), this wouldn't put him in a category that spreads across all religions and ideologies. Instead, this would put him firmly in the camp of Muslims who are willing to obey their prophet in all matters--even in slaughtering unbelievers (Qur'an 9:111).
CALIFORNIA (NBC News)--A 20-year-old college student went on a shooting rampage across Orange County, Calif., on Tuesday, killing three people and injuring several others before killing himself, authorities said.
Police said the man, identified as Ali Syed, 20, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., told one of his victims, whose car he stole: "I killed somebody. This is my last day."
In all, there were three homicide victims and at least five victims of attempted homicide, police said.
Syed, a student at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo with no criminal record, shot and killed a young woman in his home in Ladera Ranch, which he shared with his parents, said Scott Jordan, police chief of the town of Tustin, where several of the incidents occurred Tuesday.
The relationship between Syed and the young woman remained unclear, as was the reason she was in the home, police said.
Syed's parents were home at the time, about 4:45 a.m. (7:45 a.m. ET), and fled, Jordan said. Syed then took their black sport-utility vehicle and set out on a drive along Orange County's highways, stopping at times to change cars and shoot people — apparently at random, according to police.
As state troopers homed in on him, he then killed himself. (Continue Reading.)