JULY 13 — Last April, Zakir Naik’s presence in Malaysia caused a stir. He is a preacher known for his abrasive style which tends to offend people of other religious persuasions.
The Malaysian government, with its dire need to win support from Muslims, feted Zakir and even offered him an island! So much for their powers of discernment.
Then on June 28th, Bangladesh suffered another terrorist attack. It had been the victim of microterrorism several times already with attacks on liberals, secularist and atheist figures but the June 28th attack was by far the most violent.
Twenty people died and reportedly in the most brutal way. I am also saddened because the terrorists used Quran recitations as a means of verifying who was Muslim.
However, two Muslims who could have escaped refused to do so and died. I do not believe in martyrdom but if I did, these two are the real martyrs while the Jihadists were the cowardly fools who attacked innocent civilians.
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