The Last English Prince has been in the process of revisiting some of the AQ messaging and it is bringing back a few memories.
“Back in the day” when I spent a substantial time investment (or is it better stated, a waste of time?) viewing jihad portals, a video by Adam Gadahn caught my attention because of the messaging within the text. Titled, “A Believer Isn’t Stung from the Same Hole Twice” there was much speculation regarding what the phrase meant.
I just revisited the text from a Bryn Mawr College document archive. Their work is appreciated.
“On 4 October a jihadist website posts many links with different download qualities to a new 30 minute video by Adam Yahiye Gadahn (American-born Al-Qa’ida convert Adam Gadahn aka Azzam al-Amriki), “The Believer isn’t Stung from the Same Hole Twice” (once bitten, twice shy).
“Once bitten, twice shy” does not come near describing how Islamic text deals with those who are considered Munafiqun, or hypocrites. Vast amount of Ahadith, Seerah literature, and yes, the Qur’an – deal with the topic of hypocrisy and attempts to derail Islam. Portions of the Qur’an are dedicated to a rebuke against a man known as the “Chief of the Hypocrites”.
The title of the Adam Gadahn video comes straight from a “last words” scenario between Muhammad and a man named Abu ‘Uzza Jumahi. Taken prisoner after the battle of Badr, he was set free and told to be a good little boy. The man obviously didn’t give a rat’s ass, because he then took up arms against the Muslims at the battle of Uhud.
Taken prisoner a second time, he requested clemency. Muhammad pronounced his fate telling him the Believer does not let himself be stung from the same hole twice, and ordered him put to death.
The root Arabic word for hypocrite has an accepted mirror in the animal kingdom: the lowly mole – who is fond of making a home with two openings so that he may scurry down one and exit out the other in time of danger.
My journalism craft has placed me across the table from Islamic men with distinct political talents and global agendas. I learned to extend my hand and firmly announce that I was in the camp of the Christians – because in the past I have been mistaken for a Muslim. If it were found that I were in the camp of the Hypocrites the results could be disastrous. My statements clearly note both my political positions and the purpose of establishing a colleague-based relationship.
In our culture, we just blow people off who we consider two-faced. Islam punishes.
This Christian understands Whiskey-Islam – the distilled product. smile
Munafiq: Hypocrite Munafiqun: Hypocrites
The “un” provides plural form, especially when considering Sunni literature.
Here is another example:
Muhaddith: a collector of Ahadith
Muhaddithun: The collectors of Ahadith, such as the Sunni scholars included in the Kutub al-Sittah (or what are known as “The Sound Six”).