Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Finally Sentenced!
Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Finally Sentenced!
In 2013 a horrendous terrorist attack was carried out in Boston which shook the entire world. At that time, a lot of speculation was around the suspected bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, because it was probably the first time when the media and the rest of the world was allowed to have an insight in the life of the accused and see him out of the shell of a ‘terrorist’. Hence it led to a lot of opposed views and for a brief moment of time, it was discussed if he really was the guilty party or not. Later it was confirmed that he carried out the attack with his brother and now, in 2015, he is finally sentenced to death by the court.
Tsarnaev’s last statement was made official a few days ago in which he acknowledges his action and asks for forgiveness. But the survivors of the attack refused to provide him with the compassion and understanding he wanted to gain. Throughout his speech he refers to his religion and begs forgiveness, especially from Allah for himself, his brother and his family. He also apologized to the victims and the survivors.
“I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done. Irreparable damage,” he said in his statement.
His apology was not praised by the survivors as they witnessed his crime and also his insincerity and the lack of guilt during the trail. “Whenever your name is mentioned, what will be remembered is the evil you have done,” Judge George O’Toole said when he delivered the final sentence. “No one will remember that your teachers were fond of you. No one will mention that your friends found you funny and fun to be with. No one will say you were a talented athlete or that you displayed compassion in being a Best Buddy or that you showed more respect to your women friends than your male peers did. What will be remembered is that you murdered and maimed innocent people and that you did it willfully and intentionally. You did it on purpose.” The judge even compared him to the evil character of Iago from Othello who tries to justify his malice by saying he believes in a cruel God. “Surely someone who believes that God smiles on and rewards the deliberate killing and maiming of innocents believes in a cruel God,” the judge said. “That is not, it cannot be, the God of Islam. Anyone who has been led to believe otherwise has been maliciously and willfully deceived.”
Tsarnaev’s exact statement :
“Thank you, your Honor, for giving me an opportunity to speak. I would like to begin in the name of Allah, the exalted and glorious, the most gracious, the most merciful, “Allah” among the most beautiful names. Any act that not begin in the name of God is separate from goodness. This is the blessed month of Ramadan, and it is the month of mercy from Allah to his creation, a month to ask forgiveness of Allah and of his creation, a month to express gratitude to Allah and to his creation. It’s the month of reconciliation, a month of patience, a month during which hearts change. Indeed, a month of many blessings. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said if you have not thanked the people, you have not thanked God. So I would like to first thank my attorneys, those who sit at this table, the table behind me, and many more behind the scenes. They have done much good for me, for my family. They made my life the last two years very easy. I cherish their company. They’re lovely companions. I thank you. I would like to thank those who took time out of their daily lives to come and testify on my behalf despite the pressure. I’d like to thank the jury for their service, and the Court. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said that if you do not — if you are not merciful to Allah’s creation, Allah will not be merciful to you, so I’d like to now apologize to the victims, to the survivors. Immediately after the bombing, which I am guilty of — if there’s any lingering doubt about that, let there be no more. I did do it along with my brother — I learned of some of the victims. I learned their names, their faces, their age. And throughout this trial more of those victims were given names, more of those victims had faces, and they had burdened souls. Now, all those who got up on that witness stand and that podium related to us — to me — I was listening — the suffering that was and the hardship that still is, with strength and with patience and with dignity. Now, Allah says in the Qur’an that no soul is burdened with more than it can bear, and you told us just how unbearable it was, how horrendous it was, this thing I put you through. And I know that you kept that much. I know that there isn’t enough time in the day for you to have related to us everything. I also wish that far more people had a chance to get up there, but I took them from you. Now, I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done. Irreparable damage. Now, I am a Muslim. My religion is Islam. The God I worship, besides whom there is no other God, is Allah. And I prayed for Allah to bestow his mercy upon the deceased, those affected in the bombing and their families. Allah says in the Qur’an that with every hardship there is relief. I pray for your relief, for your healing, for your well-being, for your strength. I ask Allah to have mercy upon me and my brother and my family. I ask Allah to bestow his mercy upon those present here today. And Allah knows best those deserving of his mercy. And I ask Allah to have mercy upon the ummah of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Amin. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.
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AUTHOR: MRINAL VERMA