‘Allah Made Me Do It’: Divinely Inspired Murder

A strong belief in fatalism  Islam can become a very convenient means of escaping personal responsibility for one’s own actions. It cleverly attributes the ultimate blame for evil to some-one who is beyond the grasp of the law.

Bernie Power, Quadrant

Every human action, positive or negative, can ultimately be attributed to Allah, with the faithful believing a person’s eternal destiny is decreed forty days before that person is born. When a jihadi rampages, he sees himself having no more agency nor free will than the bloody knife in his hand

FEW days before Christmas in 2017, Saeed Noori, an Afghani refugee who came to Australia on a humanitarian visa in 2004, ploughed his mother’s car into a crowd on Flinders Street in Melbourne. As a result, sixteen pedestrians were injured and 83-year-old grandfather Antonio Crocaris later died in hospital. As he drove, Noori was shouting “Allah akbar” (Allah is great), according to the off-duty policeman who arrested him. In an interview with the police, he explained his action by saying “Allah made me do it.”

This same exclamation was used by Adel Amastaibou, a French-Moroccan, who stabbed Jewish disc jockey Sebastien Selam to death in Paris in 2003.[1] It was also the justification given by Gulchekhra Bobokulova, an Uzbek nanny, who decapitated a four-year-old girl left in her care in Moscow in 2016.[2]

As Quadrant reported in its December, 2018, edition, foreign student Momena Shoma also invoked Allah’s alleged greatness as she repeatedly plunged a carving knife into the man who had taken her into his family home. As he recalled the incident,

All she [kept] saying was “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,” while my daughter was screaming here, and I told my daughter, “Run, Shayla, run.”

Why do some Muslim people blame their criminal actions on Allah? Such a conclusion can arise out of the Islamic doctrine of qadr or predestination. It is one of the six key doctrines of Islam: the others are belief in Allah, his books, his angels, his prophets, and the day of judgement.

Historically, Islam has taken a strong view of predestination. Certainly there are some verses in the Koran which suggest humans have free will and agency. For example, its readers are told: “Whosoever wills, let him seek a place with his Lord.” (78:39)

However other verses seem to present this freedom of choice as an illusion.

Let him who will, take the right path to his Lord.  Yet you cannot will, except by the will of Allah. Allah is wise and all knowing. He is merciful to whom He will. (Q.76.30)

And

Your Lord creates whatsoever He wills and chooses, no choice have they [in any matter]. (Q.28:68)

The overall thrust of the Koran is that Allah holds all the power.

O Allah! Possessor of the kingdom, You give the kingdom to whom You will, and You take the kingdom from whom You will, and You endue with honour whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will. In Your Hand is the good. Verily, You are Able to do all things. … You bring the living out of the dead, and You bring the dead out of the living. And You give wealth and sustenance to whom You will, without limit [measure or account]. (Q.3:26,27).

But it is not just the good things of life that are granted by Allah. Bad aspects also come from him.

No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in a decree before We ([i.e. Allah] bring it into existence: that is truly easy for Allah. (Q.57:22)

Another verse states it more baldly:

No calamity falls but by the leave of Allah (Q.64:11)

Allah sends astray whom He wills and He guides on the Straight Path whom He wills. (Q.6:39; 7:155; 13:27; 14:4; 16:93; 28:56; 35:8; 74:31)

So every human action, positive or negative, can ultimately be attributed to Allah. The hadith, or traditions, which record the sayings of Muhammad are even more prescriptive. A person’s eternal destiny is decreed by Allah forty days before that person is born. Muhammad said:

There is none among you, and no created soul but has his place written for him either in Paradise or in the Hell-Fire, and also has his happy or miserable fate (in the Hereafter) written for him. (Sahih al-Bukhari 6:473)

And it is more than simply the outcome of a person’s life. Another saying of Muhammad states that Allah sends an angel who is ordered to write four things. He is ordered to write down his (i.e. the new creature’s) deeds, his livelihood, his (date of) death, and whether he will be blessed or wretched (in the Hereafter). Then the soul is breathed into him. … So all that is written while the child is still in the mother’s womb.   (alBukhari 4:430,549; 8:593; 9:546).

These deeds include a husband’s unfaithfulness to his spouse. Muhammad said:

Allah has fixed the very portion of adultery which a man will indulge in, and which he of necessity must commit.(Sahih Muslim bk 33 no 6421, 6422).

From here it is a relatively small step to attribute all of one’s actions, good and evil, to Allah. So the statement “Allah made me do it” may be a plausible conclusion based on some readings of Islamic theology.

A strong belief in fatalism can become a very convenient means of escaping personal responsibility for one’s own actions. It cleverly attributes the ultimate blame for evil to some-one who is beyond the grasp of the law.

Dr Bernie Power is the Missiologist at the Melbourne School of Theology, and a lecturer with the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths

2 thoughts on “‘Allah Made Me Do It’: Divinely Inspired Murder”

  1. Hm. Somehow, the learned professor seems to have forgotten one of the main and most obvious ones:

    Sura 4:77: Those who whined “Hold back your hands (from attacking)” were corrected: “War is compulsory for us – the good and bad both come from allah!”

    But thanks for the rest of the list anyway!

    😉

  2. The first lie all selfish, greedy and self-promoting hypocrites have to tell is (of course) that it isn’t all about or for them after all – no, their obvious greed is really only altruism and so it’s for some other group of victims. And thus was the group-might-makes-right identity-politics and social “justice” victimology (extortion and slavery) industry born.

    It’s how all totalitarian (total control) collectivists begin to enslave individuals in the name of group rights at the direct expense of all truly equal universal human rights.

    Victimology denies free-will choice exists. Even religions, while being contradictory, accepted free will choice: even islam induced guilt by way of free-will choice, taking it to an extreme where when one Submitted to other peoples’ violent extortion attempts (even under threat of immanent bodily harm and death) it was still one’s conscious choice to accept it.

    Christianity avers that when things go right, it’s all praise to God, but when wrong, it’s due to the humans’ free will.

    Lying is an attack on other people – it is the most basic form of theft: it’s the (at least attempted) theft of the Truth.

    One can lie defensively, of course, but most lies are told by liars to offensively attack thereby innocent others first.

    Hypocrisy is HOW such criminal people lie – always for them selves, and against all others who won’t support their lies.

    Before the recent rise of the “mental illness” victimology industries, “Psychopaths” used to be known as “Hypocrites.”

    The mental illness/victimology industry posits cowardice as a holy virtue to which everyone is rightfully entitled.

    It also asserts that choosing to pretend to be afraid of everything and every one all the time is a basic human right.

    Like the government politicians who endorse this same Submission, they also imply it’s a right to accuse everyone else of being objectively responsible for one’s chosen subjective feelings of oppression, and to extort reparations accordingly.

    In short, it always endorses and encourages ALL of the so-called “mental illness” symptoms in all people: the literally divided-brain, “cognitive dissonance” of “schizophrenic” and “pathological” (objectively thought-killing) double standards of hypocrisy and the self-inflicted “masochism” of “paranoia,” giving people the “inevitable force” excuse of a model of diseased victimhood for those choices, in stead of offering them the only real ‘cure:’ the admonishment to take self-reliant personal responsibility for their own free-will choices – to learn from their mistakes, in stead of embracing them as externally-inflicted attacks made on them by others, be they individuals, “society,” the universe, or even any god/s.

    In short, they encourage people to make endless lists of self-serving lying alibis to excuse the symptoms of their own choices, in stead of to take responsibility, simply because of their own chosen “criminally negligent” (fraudulent choice) motto: “There’s No Money In Solutions, so Please Give Generously – AGAIN!” Whee. Ditto the media and “education” systems.

    Naturally, this holy cowardice (“Submission”) is also used to justify and condone any and all us-vs-them, might-makes-right, gang and group rights scenarios, too. In the face of such threats, individuals are helpless victims who instantly need other gangs or groups to defend and support them. This alone is the justification for “government” and “Authority.”

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