A cleric for al-Qaida’s terrorists says the Tsarnaev brothers who are suspected of the July Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured dozens more are the type of role model Islamic children need.
“Yes, this should be our model. In the very house of unbelief and misguidedness, in the city of Boston, the city of American universities that spread poison around the world – this is where Dzokhar was raised; in an environment that ridicules and denies faith, Dzokhar and his brother carried out an attack that pleases the believers and makes us content. By his act, he said to us: This is what you should do, oh pearls … of Muhammad, and weep not,” said the cleric, Abu Dhar ‘Azzam.
The comments appear in Issue 13 of Turkestan Al-Islamiyya, the Turkestan Islamic Party’s journal, according to a report from the Middle East Media Research Institute.
The organization monitors media throughout the Middle East, and interprets and analyzes it for trends and developments.
MEMRI reports that Azzam starts his article lamenting the “catastrophic situation” of Muslim children, “who … are targets for killing in Afghanistan, Burma, India and elsewhere.”
They are not being given the “proper Islamic upbringing,” he warns.
“If we neglect the jihadi, ideological and spiritual upbringing of the new youngsters and the new generation, history will not forgive us, and the disgrace of this treason will not be erased from our foreheads.
“The ummah is in dire need of children [who will be] slaughterers and fighters of the infidels and the devils – children who will be ascetics by night and knights by day, children who will fight the infidels and the leaders of polytheism,” he continued.
Assam then introduces the Tsarnaev brothers.
“Two Chechen brothers destroyed the infidels’ fortresses on April 16, 2013. During the search, the elder brother died as a martyr in the field of glory and honor, Allah willing. The younger brother Dzokhar, remained, and told his dear nation: ‘We did this operation as revenge for what America does in Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan.’”
Continued Azzam, “I saw Dzokhar’s photo, the photo of a handsome young man in the prime of his youth. I thought to myself: Years ago, he was a child, and he saw the tragedies and catastrophes befall his beloved ummah, one after another. His older brother raised him on jihad and martyrdom-seeking. So, years later, he grew up to be a lion who demolished the fortresses of the infidels and massacred them, rocking the throne of the greatest tyrant on earth.”
Muslims should follow his footsteps, Azzam wrote.
“This is but one pearl, oh infidels. Our sacrificing nation will offer many more pearls, until glory and honor is restored to their rightful people – the Muslims. Peace on Dzokhar and his brother, and on anyone who follows their example – an example from the pearls of an immortal nation.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a confrontation with police after the brothers were identified as suspects in the terror attack on innocent people at the Boston Marathon finish line that day. Dzokhar, the younger brother, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, and could face the death penalty.
Two of his college friends also have been named in a federal grand jury indictment for allegedly covering up evidence and impeding the bombing investigation.
They were identified as 19-year-olds Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both from Kazakhstan, and they allegedly conspired to obstruct justice and for obstructing justice.