The British journalist Robert Fisk wrote in the "Independent" rising doubts about the truth of documents including the instructions given to the hijackers. He wrote that the documents created a lot more questions than answers.
*The true Muslim does not need somebody to remind him of the dawn prayer
Something terrible and disgusting but it is also very strange. If the five page document the FBI claimed was found in the luggage of the Egyptian suicide attacker, Mohammed Atta, was true then those who killed more than seven thousand innocent people did believe in a different form of Islam or did not understand their religion well, which is amazing.
"The time of fun is gone and it is now time for the right." This is what was written by Atta or one of his partners in the document. "Be optimistic, the suitcase, clothes, knife, tools, the ID, passport and all your papers, pray in the morning with a group."
The document creates a lot more questions than answers, under the title "The final night" which is expected to be the tenth of September. The writer urges his partners to remind themselves that they will face certain situations where they must obey God. He wrote "Obey God and his messenger. Do not fight among yourselves where you become weak and stand fast. God will stand with those who stood fast." The document begins with the words "In the name of God the merciful...in the name of God, in the name of my family and myself."
The problem is that no Muslim even with a low education mentions his name in such a prayer, but he will mention the Prophet Mohammed straight after mentioning God in the first line. There is no mention of the Lebanese and Palestinian suicide attackers saying "the time of fun and the waste of time" because the true Muslim does not waste his time and the time of fun is what he gets in the other life.
What kind of Muslim is it who reminds his friends of the necessity of making the morning prayer then tells them some parts of it? The true Muslim does not need anybody to remind him of the first prayer in his day among five other prays and for sure he does not need to be reminded how to perform it.
The American analysts had some questions about using the expression one hundred percent which has nothing to do with religion. We cannot find it in any religious text that calls for war. Also using the word optimism and relating it to the Prophet is certainly a new word. It is normal to encourage a Muslim not to be afraid of death. It is the moment where Muslims believe that it is a new life. The believer in Islam is the one who knows his way well and does not suffer from problems.
There is no reference in the document to Usama Bin Laden’s demands that have to do with the American withdrawal from the Gulf area, putting an end to the Israeli occupation and putting an end to the Arabic regimes that take the American side. Also there is no mention in the document of any tragedies that are about to happen. If the hijackers had any hopes and the document was above doubt, then they would have sent their message straight to God.
According to the Washington Post, the FBI declared that this document, which contains the way of praying, was given to the other hijackers before the attacks. The FBI added that it found a copy of the document among the plane wreckage that fell in Pennsylvania.
In the past, CIA agents hired Maronite Lebanese translators. Their misunderstanding of Islam caused a lot of dangerous mistakes. Is there a mistake in the translation of the Arabic text of the document that was found in Mohammed Atta’s luggage? Or is there something more mysterious in the background of those who carried out the crime against humanity in New York and Washington two weeks ago.
The gap was found in the beginning in the way of covering the hijackers’ behavior. It was said that Atta was drinking too much alcohol while the Lebanese Ziad Garahi, suspected of hijacking the plane that fell in Pennsylvania, had a Turkish girl friend in Hamburg and enjoyed his time in nightclubs drinking alcohol. Is that why the document that was published points out asking forgiveness for sins? As for referring to the cleanliness of clothes and body, it might be an invitation to clean the victim before death or a reflection of a strange and evil mind.
At the end of the document there was a sentence urging man to ask forgiveness from God for his sins. Was it a way to hide the feelings of mercy towards passengers in the hijacked plane, which contained children, or towards the thousands that were about to die after the plane crashed? Did the nineteen suicide attackers say these words to themselves at the last minute or was there no need for them to say them?
[The translated Arabic text is in itself a translation from an article published in the British Independent by Robert Fisk]