Another “Islamic Extremist” Who Didn’t Practice Islam

I wrote about how one of the Paris terrorists was a nonobservant Muslim and a stoner. A commenter noted that another of the attackers had a similar story. I searched around and found this story at the Daily Mail again: “Extraordinary selfie of terror mastermind’s cousin shows girl blown up in Saint-Denis siege who never read the Koran, liked to drink and smoke and had a reputation for having lots of boyfriends.”

The woman killed in the Saint-Denis siege was a party animal with a string of boyfriends who had shown no interest in religion, it emerged today.

Hasna Ait Boulahcen, 26, was blown to bits when a second unnamed terrorist detonated a bomb after anti-terror police closed in on the safehouse where she was hiding with her cousin, the mastermind of the Paris attacks.

Just a day after her death, family and acquaintances gave extraordinary accounts of a young woman with a ‘bad reputation’ who was known for her love of alcohol and cigarettes rather than devotion to Islam.

Her brother Youssouf Ait Boulahcen said that she had had no interest in religion, never read the Koran and had only started wearing a Muslim veil a month ago.

Ait Boulahcen was blown up on Wednesday after anti-terror police tracked her cousin Abdelhamid Abaaoud to a rundown apartment in Saint Denis.

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Abaaoud was a committed jihadist who had been in Syria and was well-known to the European authorities. 

However, his cousin appears to have only become radicalised in the last month after abandoning her former lifestyle to join ISIS.

In a statement, her brother Youssouf, said that he had never even see her open the Koran. 

‘She was living in her own world. She was not interested in studying her religion’, he said. ‘She was permanently on her phone, looking at Facebook or WhatsApp.

‘I told her to stop all of this but she would not listen, she ignored my numerous attempts to give her advice telling me I was not her dad, or her husband, and so I should leave her alone.’

From what is said in this story, maybe a dissolute life creates a risk that someone with a Muslim upbringing might get radicalized. I don’t know how common it is, but it seems to happen.

It’s a shame that guilt drives them to take such action. It means that Western debauchery has serious consequences. It seduces some Muslims but eventually causes them to react in the opposite direction.

It would be much better for everyone if Christians would share the Gospel with these people and tell them that forgiveness is a free gift, not something won by violent deeds.