Good News for Muktar
Yes I have some good news for him. This is not ironic, I am not about to call for the death-penalty or advocate hate, torture and other things which debase us all. I have good news for Muktar.
Some will simply say he is a bad man. Perhaps, but I think he is more accurately described as a desperate man. If my line of thinking is correct, I have good news for Muktar.
Muktar Said Ibrahim, 29, along with his associates, Yassin Omar, 26, Ramzi Mohammed, 25, and Hussein Osman, 28, were found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to murder by detonating rucksack bombs on Tube trains at Oval, Warren Street and Shepherds Bush and on the top deck of a No 26 bus at Shoreditch.
The court was told their suicide mission, which came a fortnight after the 7/7 attacks that killed 52-passengers on the London transport network, failed only because of a single error by Ibrahim when he made the explosives.
Muktar’s real disappointment
As the guilty verdicts were read out, Ibrahim, closed his eyes and bent his head. Omar and Mohammed both stared straight ahead at the judge. Osman shut his eyes.
Ibraham may have dropped his head at the thought of spending the rest of his life in prison, of being caught and disgracing those who know him. I think it was something else.
I think Muktar’s real heart-break may have been over missing the short-cut to paradise he had expected. This was the delusion of Ibraham and his friends, that by “martyrdom” they would be forgiven for all their human failures and imperfections and gain paradise.
Muktar’s real problem
Was Ibraham’s real problem a guilt and sense of failure since he turned to Islam? He certainly had things in his background that he would have regretted as he attempted to be a good Muslem. If only he could have encountered the forgiveness of Jesus I mentioned in a previous post when I quoted the gospel incident (Mark 2:1-12) of the men lowering their friend through a house roof. Jesus, speaking of himself, said,
“The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”
The court heard how Ibrahim had arrived in Britain with his parents and siblings in November of 1990 as refugees from the civil war in Eritrea. After leaving school he went to college in Harrow to study leisure and tourism but dropped out after less than a year.
Having fallen out with his family, he was smoking cannabis heavily, sleeping on friendsâ€™ floors and in trouble with the police.
In June 1993 he pleaded guilty to an indecent assault on a 15-year-old girl he lured into an alleyway.
Less than a year later Ibrahim and an accomplice robbed a 77-year-old woman late at night outside an Underground station. The old lady was pushed to the ground as they snatched her bag.
If that were not low enough, Ibrahim was part of a gang who travelled to Hertfordshire to carry out a series of muggings. In May 1995 he was one of five youths who threatened two men with a knife and a broken bottle and robbed them. In January 1996 he pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court to robbing of the old woman while trying to blame his accomplice for instigating the crime and using the violence. He got three years in custody.
The following month he was sentenced to a further two years in jail for his part in the street robberies.
He did his time. In legal terms his convictions are “spent”. Ah, but guilt feelings don’t fade so easily, and not before a holy God.
Muktar tried to deal with his guilty past by maintaining that it was all before he became a strict Muslim in 2003. Good try Muktar, but guilt sticks. No I am not making fun of you, I am sure you were dedicated in your training and in your attempt at suicide. But sin can not be swept under the carpet, it can only be punished.
The message of the Holy Bible is that the Lord Jesus Christ was punished in your place, instead of you. Yes, he took your punishment so that you could be forgiven. The Holy Bible in Ephesians Chap 2, verses 4 & 5 says this,
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”
There is hope for Muktar, as the Apostle John says in the beginning of his first letter,
“that which we have seen and heard we declare to you…” “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you..” “..if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
You didn’t need to attempt “martyrdom” to reach paradise Muktar, Jesus offers paradise freely to those who receive Him and are then called Sons of God. See the Apostle John’s book, chapter 1
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
I am glad we do not have the death penalty. I do not want to see people swept into a lost eternity. I pray that in during their prison years, their years of opportunity, Muktar and his accomplices will find for themselves the forgiveness of Jesus the Son of God, and the way to paradise.