Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Betapa Celakanya Nasrani ini...

"Allah's Apostle said, 'The evil eye is a fact,' and he forbade tattooing."  At least that's what it says in the Hadith, or sayings of the Prophet Muhammed, which also contain several other anecdotes suggesting that tattoos are forbidden in Islam.  
Were you to ask Usama bin Laden, this might help explain why Allah allowed Iraqi insurgent Abu al-Zarqawi to be killed.  As noted in this month's Atlantic (HT:  AS) when bin Laden and al-Zarqawi met, UBL did not look too kindly upon al-Zarqawi's indulgence in tinted flesh:
According to several different accounts of the meeting, bin Laden distrusted and disliked al-Zarqawi immediately. . . . [He] disliked al-Zarqawi's swagger and the green tattoos on his left hand, which he reportedly considered un-Islamic.
Why the apparent stricture on tattoos?  One reason is evident from the verse quoted above:  the association of tattoos with paganism.  Another lies more generally in Muhammed's prohibition of any mutilation or maiming of the human body--a precept that al-Zarqawi seemed to interpret rather liberally, at least when it came tobeheading infidels.  
Perhaps, then, it is only appropriate that "tattoos and scars helped U.S. troops identify al-Zarqawi's body."

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