Religiously Motivated Violence Caught on Camera

This kind of video (any religiously motivated violence, frankly) angers me. Religiously motivated violence is never okay, and I say that wearing both my hat as the founder of Active Self Protection and my hat as the pastor of a Christian church.

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Original video of this religiously motivated beating:

News story with details of the victim’s injuries:


What does this religiously motivated violence teach self-defenders?


  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from religiously motivated violence or predatorial violence of any kind. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown.


  1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. Nissar Hussain (the victim here) knew he was a target for religiously motivated violence because he had been targeted before. Being aware and alert is only wise.


  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. Here we can see the elements all come together. The car is a place of transition where attention gets diverted, giving attackers an element of surprise as well as an easy escape.


  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This religiously motivated violence showcases the same point that countless armed robberies and muggings show in this vein.


  1. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! And when there are multiple attackers who present unequal threats, as here, we must be prepared to handle the most dangerous threat first.


Attitude. Skills. Plan.


(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at

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