A viewpoint from a Lebanese writer …
I have been reading about the murdered [sic!] Chechen Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger detained brother Dzhokhar, his partner in the bloody Boston twin bombings last Monday. I think what I have read so far is equal to more than a huge book. But I haven’t read anything stating that Tamerlan held a stable job to support himself, his wife and his younger daughter, Zahra, who is almost three years old.
He enrolled in a graduate institute where he later met his wife, who comes from a wealthy background. She finished her studies and achieved her dream in 2007 and graduated. She stayed with him, married him, converted to Islam and wore the veil, exactly like he wanted her to do. However, he withdrew from the graduate institute as he did not bear staying there for more than two years. He did not finish his education and he left defeated.
I surfed a YouTube channel registered in his full name for hours. I did not find a single video that has anything to do with a cultural or educational topic or at least any topic that can help a 26-year-old man like him develop his capabilities and move on with his life. I also did not come across any comment by him on any other video that may have interested him. It is as if he lacks curiosity; as if he is a corpse that has nothing to do with life’s affairs.
On his YouTube channel, I found other users’ religiously inciting videos. They included interpretations of Islam. But the videos confirmed that he deviated away from an understanding of the Qur’an, including the verse: “And we have not sent you except as a mercy for mankind.”
These videos reflected his deviation from the religion; a religion that boasts tolerance and permanent motivation to produce, build, develop, and make efforts to support families and the poor.
The Chechen is the complete opposite of that. He is a model of those who do nothing and above all kill innocent people and betray a country that received them as refugees and that welcomed them. He is a model of those who betrayed a country that provided job opportunities. And instead of working hard to show gratitude, they terrorized and treacherously killed people, thinking that paradise has only one bridge paved with innocent corpses. And thinking that only murderers of innocent people cross that bridge in the name of a tolerant religion that they deviated from, believing they are on the right path.
And so, a verse from the Quran applies to them: “… Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life, while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds” (Verse 104 of Surah al-Kahef (The Cave).
The Chechen planned on killing and dying without thinking of a daughter left behind, alone without him. With his daughter, he left behind an American wife who comes from a respectable family and who converted to Islam for him. He abandoned all his strong ties. He left them to confront their fates because he selfishly thought that immortality cannot be achieved for Muslims unless by taking a shortcut; a quick act of murder and terror.
About the author:
Kamal Kobeissi, a Lebanese writer based in London, is a reporter and news producer at Al Arabiya.
In 2008 he wrote an article – The Causes of the Lebanese Civil War.
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