The Crucified Ones in
History is a book full of stories about revenge-seekers who inflicted harsh
punishments on their enemies. What one realizes as one reads this book (which
is probably what the author wants us to realize) is that killing their enemies
was not enough to quench their thirst for revenge. The irony that the author conveys
is that the crucified person, for instance, ceases to feel pain after his soul
departs from his body. Meanwhile, the revenge-seeking killer will never find
peace or happiness because the fire of revenge has engrossed, or rather taken
over, his entire being.
The book relates the lives
of some of the leaders of Banu ‘Abbaas; they missed the opportunity of killing
their rivals from Banu ‘Umayya simply because the latter group died before the former
group took hold of office. Still enraged, one of them would remove the corpse
of his enemy from the grave and whip it or crucify it and then burn it. So
understand this: the seeker of revenge will always feel more pain and misery
than the object of his revenge because he has lost both peace and serenity.
"Enemies do not afflict
the ignorant person near as much as the ignorant person afflicts himself."
(And when they meet you,
they say, ‘We believe.’But when they are alone, they bite the tips of their fingers
at you in rage. Say: ‘Perish in your rages it (Qur’an 3: 119)