Hey, Allah! Does This Count?

I stumbled across an interesting article this morning. You can read the whole story here, but let me just quote one statement I found interesting.

A WOULD-be suicide bomber fell down a flight of stairs and blew himself up as he headed out for an attack in Afghanistan, police say.

Wow, this guy, with visions of glory, headed out to do Allah’s will and blew himself up because he tripped down the stairs. He didn’t get to his intended target and killed only himself. Three other people were wounded, but no one else died.

Suicide bombers are taught that if they die killing infidels in Jihad, then they will be granted the reward of living in paradise with 70 some odd virgins. I am not one to make light of the death of someone else. Truth be told, I even hesitated to write this entry at all, but I’ve got a few questions with how this situation fits into Islam. What are the repercussions and will this guy be rewarded? With this in mind, here are some of my questions;

1) Is the road to paradise paved with good intentions?
2) Was it the destiny of the terrorist to die a clumsy idiot?
3) Was it the will of Allah for this guy to trip and fail his mission?
and lastly,
4) Does it count?

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