Massacres and dates
Celso Alvarez Cáccamo
lxalvarz at UDC.ES
Fri Mar 12 03:39:44 UTC 2004
Today's Madrid massacre (11 March 2004 AD) occured on day 20 Muharram 1425
H (after Mohammed's hegira) in the Islamic religious calendar. Muharram is
the sacred month for Islam after Ramadan, and one where fasting is also
purifying, am I right? Although the Spanish government still presents ETA
as the main suspect (why don't they call it "atheist ETA"?), a violent
"islamic" group (apparently responsible of the recent attacks in Turkey)
has reivindicated the Madrid attacks in a London Arab-language newspaper.
Does any one know whether the 20 Muharram date has any special significance
in the history of Islam, particularly against Christianity?
This made me think about September 11, 2001 AD, which corresponded to 23
Jumaada al-Thaany 1422 H in the Islamic calendar, and about the state of
high alert that the world lived one Christian year later, Sept. 11, 2002
AD. Well, naively enough, this is the first time I thought that, if the
9/11 massacre was carried out by Islamic fundamentalist suicide killers,
they would not follow the Gregorian Christian calendar for any actions
"celebrating" the anniversary, but the Hijri calendar. The aniversary would
be about 11 days earlier, on Sept. 1 2002 AD, if I'm not mistaken. That is,
by the time people where on alert, flights were cancelled, police were
deployed everywhere, etc., the "anniversary" had already taken place.
Didn't the US' and other western secret services know this very simple fact
in order to deactivate the paranoid discourse around the "anniversary"? Or
am I going too far?
The US-UK-Spain-etc. coalition invaded Iraq during a holy Muslim month.
Going back to the Madrid attacks, a Hijri year ago (20 Muharram 1424 H) it
was March 23, 2003, Sunday. US troops had already invaded Iraq, and they
were 60 miles from Bagdad. Ten milion people all around the world were
demonstrating against the war. Two years ago (20 Muharram 1423 H) the
Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
approved the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on International Terrorism, where
they emphasized their defense of Palestine's rights. Probably these are
just coincidences, as unfortunately anything noticeable in terms of massive
violence happens practically every day of the year. But I keep wondering.
Please correct me as much as you can. I know nothing about Islam, but
unfortunately a lot about the current Spanish government.
Celso Alvarez Cáccamo
lxalvarz at udc.es
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