U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, named as the shooter in the Fort Hood mass shooting.

U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, named as the shooter in the Fort Hood mass shooting. Photo courtesy of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (a component of the United States Department of Defense's Military Health System) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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(RNS) The man convicted in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009 that left 13 dead is asking to become a “citizen” of the Islamic State in a letter to the militant group’s leader.

Nidal Hasan, 43, the army psychiatrist sentenced to death last year by a military jury, addressed his letter to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who heads the Islamic State, Fox News reported.

“I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State,” Hasan said in the handwritten, two-page document obtained by Fox News. “It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers.”

Hasan’s attorney, John Galligan, confirmed the letter to CNN.

“The letter states that Nadal Hasan wants to become a citizen of the Islamic State caliphate,” Galligan told CNN. “He wrote it in the last few weeks.”

At his trial, the Virginia-born Muslim admitted he was responsible for the Nov. 5, 2009, attack that also wounded 31. He had previously said that he was a “soldier of Allah” and deserved martyrdom, and that his attack was designed to protect Muslim insurgents abroad.

(Katharine Lackey writes for USA Today.)



  1. I rather be an earthly subject or citizen of God’s kingdom or heavenly government, which was the major theme of Jesus’ preaching and teachings (Matthew 4:17; 24:14) when he was on earth.

    God’s kingdom will soon intervene in man’s affairs and put an end to all human governments (Daniel 2:44) as well as all the terrible conditions we now face, including destruction of all wicked ones (Psalm 37:10,11). It will rule with righteousness, love and justice (Isaiah 11:1-9).

    It will also put an end to all sickness and disease, old age and death (Revelation 21:1-4), things which imperfect men and human governments cannot do.

    What a marvelous future meek mankind has to look forward to !! :-D

    • Sadly, your pretensions to know so much, equal to claimed divinity, is the same kind of mental distortion that has caused inhuman horrors in the name of religion throughout its history.

      • Actually, Fran’s beliefs appear to be consistent with Jehovah’s Witness theology, and while I don’t agree with most of their theology, (it’s not Christian), they DO have a pretty good record of NOT having any “inhuman horrors” on their track record.

        So you might as well give them credit for that much, because if you’re an Atheist, then YOUR religion (atheism) has got plenty of “inhuman horrors” — ultimately several millions of ‘em, not counting the ongoing horror-show in China — to account for.

        • Doc,

          Yes, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not get involved in wars or politics because of our stand and support for God’s heavenly government. We still make mistakes but always ask God for forgiveness of our sins through his son, Jesus, based on his ransom sacrifice for all imperfect mankind.

          We also do try to be footstep followers of Jesus, following his example (by preaching the good news of God’s kingdom) and exercising faith in him; however, our whole-souled worship goes to his Father and our Heavenly Father, Jehovah God.

        • JW’s usually save their bad behavior for members of their own group. The exception being when they make dangerously stupid remarks in public about the necessity of blood transfusions for others.

          They are notoriously insular, rigid and prone to ostracizing members for arbitrary and capricious reasons.

          Doc, Christianity’s body count is higher than all communist dictators combined and would require an entire century without Christians present to catch up.

      • Gilhcan,

        I am not trying to be pretentious but am sharing good news that is found in God’s Word, the Bible. That “good news” can give so many people hope in this troubled world.

        The Scriptures I cited can be read by anyone interested in knowing what is said in their own Bible; or they might have never looked into the Bible before and might be moved to look into it! :-D

        The Bible contains the answers to important questions, such as where we came from, why this world is in so much anguish at the present time, and what the future for humans and our planet is, very good news!!

  2. This extremely sad story is proof that religion can be debilitating to psyches and cause unbelievable suffering for others at the hands of sick believers. Even psychiatrists are not immune from severe psychological damage that has so often been expressed in the name of every religious persuasion throughout the history of those beliefs.

  3. Religion – A set of immoral, divisive beliefs
    which cannot be treated as 100% true
    or the result would be mass murder:

    “Slay Them” (Surah) Q’uran
    “Execute them in front of me” – Jesus (Luke 19:27, from the Parable of the Minas)
    “Kill unbelievers” – Yahweh (Torah)

    Religion must be abandoned. Humanity needs to try peace for its own sake.

      • Sister Geraldine Marie, R.N.

        Max, where do you get your ideas from?! Certainly someone has influenced you badly and left deep scars. It isn’t religion, per se, that is wrong, only some of the people who “practice” it.
        Turn to God, my friend, and allow Him to heal you.
        Many blessings!

        • @Sister,

          You ask, “where do you get your ideas from?!”

          The Bible, of course :

          “Save the virgins for RAPE” – (Num 31:18)
          “enslave people who surrender” – (Deut. 20:10)
          “Ok, to whip your slaves severely” – JESUS (Luke 12:47-48)
          “Sell your daughter for sex money” – (Exodus 21:7)
          “Kill your neighbor” – (Jer 48:10)
          “Kill unruly children” – JESUS (Matthew 15:3)
          “Prepare for battle, buy a sword” – JESUS (Luke 22:36-37)
          “I shall NEVER forgive you” – JESUS (Matthew 25:46)
          “Kill your loved ones for me,” – God” (Judges 11:30-1, 34-5)
          “Women should not lust for PENIS” – (Ezekiel 23:20)

          I hope you can see that if I reach out for ‘God’
          I am only asking a serial killer to come and visit me.

          I’m glad there is no reason to believe he is real.

    • @Sister,

      “Allah (who is not God)..”

      How do you know? What is your argument?
      You have no evidence for Jesus – at least, no more than Muslims have for Allah.

      FAITH is your argument.
      It is the same as the Muslim’s.
      You have no argument – and neither do the Muslims.

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