Jihadi: Path to Heaven

Jihadi: Path to Heaven

by W. D. Smart


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Jihadi: Path to Heaven is a novel describing the life of Imam Zabiullah Omarkhel who was born in Afghanistan just prior to the Soviet/Afghan War.

The book begins with his birth in the small village of Koh-e Dalan Sang nestled in the Panjshir Valley, and tells the story of his childhood and early schooling in the village's maktab (primary school). It continues with his education at a madrassa (secondary school) in the province's capital city, Bazarak, where he is introduced to the teachings and ideology of an ultra-conservative version of Sunni Islam that will eventually give rise to the Taliban.

The continuing excesses and horrors of the Soviet occupation subsequently drive him into the hands of an even more radical group of mujahideen, the Soldiers of the Levant. Eventually, he ends up at an al-Qaeda training camp in Herat, Afghanistan, and from there is persuaded to engage in Holy Jihad against the infidels who continue to defile his land and threaten Islam itself.

While telling this tale the book explores the teachings of Islam, both traditional and radical, and examines the roots of the current conflict in the Middle East.

In the end, for Imam Zabiullah there is only One Truth: There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God; and there is only One Path: The Path to Heaven.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781519548290
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/26/2015
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

W. D. Smart, "Bill" to his friends, was born and raised in the United States Midwest and later lived in various cities on the West Coast and the Deep South. He has six adult children and twelve grandchildren. His education includes undergraduate degrees in Liberal Arts, Computer Science and Engineering and a Master's in Business Administration. Bill's professional focus has been working as an information technology consultant designing data-based business solutions and building descriptive and predictive analytic models for companies all over the world. His work has allowed him to travel broadly and spend significant time living and working in North and South America, Europe, Africa, India, Australia and Asia. Bill also holds a USCG Master Captain's License, has worked captaining oil rig supply boats in the Gulf of Mexico, sailed extensively and has studied and practiced zen for over forty years.

Bill is now semi-retired and lives in the mountains of Central Thailand where he writes, tends a small farm with his wife on which they grow tamarinds, mangoes, bananas, limes, tapioca, and pepper; and manages their rice fields in a nearby valley.

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