The Theology of Suicide Bombers

Does Islam condone suicide bombings?

Editor's Note:This article was originally published on Beliefnet August 16, 2001.

Q:

Some readers have asked: "What is the religious motivation behind the suicide bombings in Israel?"



A:

The holy book of Islam does not call on young volunteers to strap explosives to their bodies and set them off in crowded public areas in Israel. That much is clear. Suicide bombers are waging a distinctly modern type of warfare not sanctioned in any faith.



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