My lunch with a jihadi
[ by Charles Cameron — food for thought ]
From the article titled My lunch with a jihadi by Elliot Ackerman yesterday on The Beast:
When I was first in the jihad, I was like a starving man feasting on the action. When I got older, I learned to eat more slowly, to be more patient. Even Al-Qaeda’s best men became too aggressive in Iraq. When they began to kill Christians and Jews who weren’t actively against the jihad, this was a mistake. In the Qu’ran it says not to do this. In the Bukhari, it is even written that the Prophet once left his armor in the possession of a Jew so it would be protected!
Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 45, Number 690:
Allah’s Apostle bought some foodstuff from a Jew and mortgaged his armor to him.
Bewley’s more colloquial translation gives:
It is related that ‘A’isha said, “The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, bought some food from a Jew on credit and left his armour as security.”
That’s it, folks.