There was an Islamist soldier dressed in explosives and armed with a machine gun. He prowled the streets of the city looking for someone to kill. Having a quiet drink in downtown pub sat a man named Dave. He was watching extra time in a football match on the large screen. He was thinking about going around the corner to the chippie for a fish supper. He had a heart of gold and wouldn’t harm a soul.
The Islamist soldier detonated the explosives and the pub went up in flames.
There wasn’t enough of Dave left to bury and nothing of the soldier remained to identify him. He could have been any man’s disenchanted, radicalised son. Angels carried Dave to Abraham’s side. The Islamic soldier found himself In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Dave by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, what is this atrocity? Where are the virgins I was promised? Why am I not in paradise? Did I not fight for Allah and bring honour to his name? I am in agony in this fire.’
But Abraham replied, ‘Son, you chose an evil path. Knowing the difference between right and wrong you allowed yourself to be seduced. You suffocated all compassion to live a dream of death and destruction. You have stained your soul so deeply that the blood of those you killed cries out to God. They are all comforted here in heaven. And you are in agony.
“There is no place for you here. Hate does that to a person. It separates them from the one person who truly loves them.”
The soldier answered, “Then I beg you, father, send Dave to my family in Syria for there are many Jihadi soldiers and their wives. Let him tell them the truth, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.”
Abraham replied, “They have minds that have known reason and hearts that have known compassion - let them listen to them. And they have heard a message of love preached by the men, women and children they have captured and executed.”
“No, father Abraham,’ the soldier said, ‘their minds are corrupted and their hearts are cold stone. They will not listen to the words of infidels.”
Abraham said to him, “Then they silence the hope that would save them.”