â€œAssociates are believed to have told detectives that Al Swealmeen, 32, an Iraqi asylum seeker, had since returned to Islam, although sources said that was â€˜not a motive for an attack.’â€
Come on, man! As I notedÂ here, since Muhammad prescribed death for those who leave Islam (cf. Bukhari 9.84.57), apostasy is a very serious offense that can only be outweighed by an even greater good deed. And there is no deed greater than jihad: a hadith has a man asking Muhammad, â€œInstruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward).â€ Muhammad replied, â€œI do not find such a deed.â€ (Bukhari 56.4.2785) If Swealmeen was going through a time of personal crisis and decided to return to Islam, he would have needed to expiate his great sin of apostasy.
And if his act had nothing to do with Islam, what other reason could there have been for him to have undertaken a suicide mission? â€œIndeed, Allah has bought from the believers their lives and their wealth, because the garden will be theirs, they will fight in the way of Allah and will kill and be killed.â€ (Qurâ€™an 9:111)
The Liverpool hospital bomber had reverted to practising Islam in the months before his attack, investigators believe.
One theory is that Emad Al Swealmeen, who had converted to Christianity after his arrival in Britain, was trying to atone for apostasy which is considered to be punishable by death by some Islamic scholars.
Associates are believed to have told detectives that Al Swealmeen, 32, an Iraqi asylum seeker, had since returned to Islam, although sources said that was â€œnot a motive for an attackâ€. Counterterrorism police are yet to find evidence of an ideology that motivated him.
Al Swealmeen started to attend Liverpoolâ€™s Anglican Cathedral in late 2015, after his first plea for asylum was rejected, and converted in March 2017.
He was regularly attending churchâ€¦
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