Suicide Bombers- الانتحاريين

“Suicide is haram in Islam. It’s prohibited, like a mortal sin. And murder is haram. And to kill civilians is murder.” -Awesome Library

When the topic of terrorism is broached, generally it is followed with thoughts of September 11th, Muslims or Islam, suicide bombers or men with head shrouds.

The well-known Islamic terrorist group, Al Queda, was formed by Osama bin Laden in the late 80s. In Arabic, Al Queda means “The Base” according to Encyclopedia Britannica and the group was formed “as a logistical network to support Muslims fighting against the Soviet Union during the Afghan War; members were recruited throughout the Islamic world. “

The organization broke up when the Soviets no longer occupiedAfghanistan in 1989. Still they continued to oppose “corrupt Islamic regimes and foreign (U.S.) presence in Islamic lands.” Moving their head quarters from Sudan to Afghanistan in 1996, they soon melded with the Taliban militia (Encyclopedia Britannica ).

Measures taken by Muslim extremists have reached suicide bombings of other societies. They are told they will be awarded 72 virgins in the after life and honor from Allah. Of course, no one on earth can truly confirm nor dispute what actually happens to individual suicide bombers, but still killings others is an act of terrorism.

Not all Muslims think that suicide bombings are permissible. The Islamic teachings on this subject can be summed up in the following verses (Qur’an 60:7-8) (About.com):

“It may be that God will grant love (and friendship) between you and those whom ye (now) hold as enemies. For God has power (over all things), and God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

God does not forbid you, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for God loves those who are just.”

RACISM ISSUES IN U.S.
• Cartoon Analysis Worksheet: Include with each cartoon.
Team Member Name: _Rachel Hudson_
Publication_CartoonStock__
Date:_2004___
Cartoonist:__Chris Grosz___
U.S./
International (circle)
Title of cartoon:_Oh, I think we found their weapons of mass destruction_____
Cartoon#__N/A__
What action is taking place in the cartoon?
American troops are reporting back to HQ that they found the weapons of mass destruction: a group of soldiers labeled “Martyr Brigade.”

Tone of the cartoon: 
1) positive or negative framing of people of color and/or diversity issues (circle answer)
2) challenges or reinforces racist attitudes (Circle answer)
What “reality” is constructed/framed about racial minorities and/or diversity issues?

The reality that is constructed in this cartoon is that when the U.S. went to war shortly after Sept. 11th, we really had no hard facts about ‘weapons’ were out there. This comic shows that the best weapons they had were themselves with bombs attached to their chests. In addition, it says that extremist Muslims blindly follow their leaders and march to their own deaths.

RACISM ISSUES IN U.S.
• Cartoon Analysis Worksheet: Include with each cartoon.
Team Member Name: _____Rachel Hudson____
Publication___Akron Beacon Journal_____  Date:_2008______
Cartoonist:______Chip Bok _____ U.S./International (circle)
Title of cartoon:__Al Qaida works with the disabled. ____Cartoon#_21656___
What action is taking place in the cartoon?

An Al Queda leader is making a video saying they work with the disabled as another member is leading someone labeled as Down Syndrome and strapped with bombs away.

Tone of the cartoon: 
1) positive or negative framing of people of color and/or diversity issues (circle answer)
2) challenges or reinforces racist attitudes (Circle answer)
What “reality” is constructed/framed about racial minorities and/or diversity issues?

The reality that is being framed in this cartoon is that Al Queda says things to the world that can be misinterpreted or just not true. It also says that they take their weakest members and convince them to bomb other people as well as kill themselves. It does show that this is an act of Al Queda rather than framing the entire population of Muslims as terrorists.

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