Death of a Murderer

baitullah-mehsudAccording to all accounts of the Pakistani media, Baitullah Mehsud, the chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, has finally gone on to meet his maker. Thus, a man who orchestrated deaths, mutilations, and torture of countless fellow Muslims has finally met a violent end.

It is strange that he and his followers, so intent on creating the world in their own harsh image, never really understood that there is probably something wrong with a vision that needs guns, death, and torture to be implemented. These so called Taliban–for they insult the true meaning of the word Talib (a seeker of knowledge)–claim to understand the mind of God, and yet they have forgotten that God is also ‘love’ and ‘kindness.’ Afteral, all but one Surah of the Qur’an start with Bismillah, an invocation that emphasizes a God who is Al-Rahman and Al-Raheem.

I am pretty sure there will be quite a few other hate-filled fanatics ready to take his place. We are not done with these pygmies who are afraid of women and children. But for right now, let us hope that the man named after the ‘House of God’ learns in that other life that a religion void of love has no redemptive power and that God might be God of justice, but He is surely the God of love. And one hundred and thirteen Surahs of the Qur’an start with a testimony to this God of love.

Masood Raja

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory at the University of North Texas and the author of "The Religious Right and the Talibanization of America" (Palgrave, 2016).