Today, a military jury recommended that Nidal Malik Hasan, who murdered 13 American soldiers and wounded 32 others at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009, be sentenced to death.
In his 2012 book, A Battle for the Soul of Islam, Dr. Jasser – an American Muslim veteran of the United States Navy – volunteers to be first in line to administer justice to Hasan upon his receipt of the death penalty. He believes it would be no greater symbol of how wrong Hasan was in his theology than to find himself dead at the hand of loyal, patriotic American Muslims enacting the will of the American military court.
An excerpt from A Battle for the Soul of Islam:
“My hope is that once we extract any information we need from Hasan about his radicalization and contacts, and once he is found guilty, he receive the death penalty. If I may set aside my Hippocratic oath for just a few seconds, let me be the first to sign up to be one of those who carry out the ultimate punishment for this man. While I know that is not how we carry out capital punishment in the United States, this is part of how I feel in the aftermath of this massacre. There would be no greater symbol of how wrong Dr. Hasan was in his ‘theology,’ that he could not go to war against Muslims, than for him to find himself dead at the hands of loyal, patriotic American Muslims enacting the will of the American military court.” – Chapter 7, pg. 159
We pray that today’s decision will begin to bring some closure to the families of those who were mercilessly slaughtered and injured on that horrible day in 2009.