God of Destruction

God of Destruction

Publishing House: Tuwa

Publication Year: 2009

Genre: Criticism

Number of Pages: 367

“Hamed bin Aqeel’s ‘God of Destruction’ is a critical study of Abdullah Thabit’s novel ‘Terrorist 20′, published in 2009 by Taw Media and Publishing in London. This study explores the social mentality and prolonged indoctrination by extremist groups and their members’ psychological state. The fundamental idea is that a person is not born a terrorist but undergoes a complex mechanism that psychically molds him into succumbing to the ‘madness’ of the group. As Nietzsche observed, ‘Insanity in individuals is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.’

Urgent reassessment of family, educational, and social values is crucial to protect children from distorted religious discourse. We shouldn’t expose our children to a one-dimensional religious discourse crafted for a specific purpose but deviate from its path.

It’s crucial not to merely criminalize and chase ‘victims’—our victims, in fact—and label them as the misguided sect without realizing that we are the primary reason for their astray, if not the sole reason.

The Riveting Journey of ‘Terrorist 20’: Unmasking Extremist Mentality and the Power of Questioning in Society

‘Terrorist 20’ narrates the experience of a young man captured by radical Salafist groups, who are fed ready-made answers to become loyal followers, executing orders without question, until questioning liberates him from the madness of the group. The study delves into the social mentality fostering extremist groups, members’ psychological condition, and intentional shaping processes.

The novel’s protagonist could have been, as the narrator presents, ‘a definite probability among the 19 killers of September in America, thus the 20th terrorist, and even more likely the 27th terrorist in Saudi Arabia.’ The study delves into the transformations that made the protagonist begin his narrative by using the term ‘killers’ for his former companions, once described as ‘brothers, devout, seekers of martyrdom.’

Therefore, ‘Terrorist 20’ is a tale of a society unaccustomed to questioning, and avoiding unpleasant revelations: ‘O you who believe, ask not about things which, if made plain to you, may cause you trouble.’ This lack of understanding of the verse’s implications and ignorance of the reason for its revelation led them to be led by those who possessed answers, catering to appeasement rather than understanding. It is also the story of an individual whose heart was touched by doubt, leading him to commit to questioning in the manner of Prophet Abraham, and thereafter Prophet Muhammad: ‘We have more right to doubt than Abraham when he said, “My Lord, show me how You give life to the dead.” He asked, “Do you not believe?” Abraham replied, “Yes, but [I ask] so that my heart may be satisfied.

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