The Most Wanted Terrorist of the Century is dead. Osama Bin Laden was shot dead by American Task Force near Islamabad, the capital of our friendly neighbors Pakistan as per the media reports.
We are not sure of the real story – Whether Osama was killed yesterday or years before or is still alive or ever existed! And there seems no way to find that as well. Osama is said to have been buried in sea immediately after his death and no photographs, video or other evidences of the operation have been released in public. This has given rise to a whole bunch of conspiracy theories ranging from Osama being dead years ago to Barrack Obama being Osama bin Laden in disguise! No I am not joking. Check out yourself – http://www.theworldsprophecy.com/is-obama-osama/
Till we have more details of the operation, it is better to keep the fingers crossed. But whatever may have been the real story, it indeed is a matter of rejoice for all lovers of tolerance and humanity if indeed he has been killed.
Especially for ordinary Muslims this appears to be end of a decade of humiliation. For a whole decade the ordinary Muslim was harassed and perceived as a terrorist despite his claims of Islam meaning Peace and Quran being a book of tolerance. In airports, there was special checking for Muslims. In western countries, people would look with mistrust anyone who had a beard, turban or a cap. Even Sikhs were victimized in USA because to an ordinary westerner, a Sikh and bearded Muslim look similar.
It was an era of gross mistrust and stereotyping of Muslims as potential or actual terrorists. Even when Shahrukh Khan went to USA, he was frisked bit too much simply because he was a Muslim. We cannot blame the security personnel also. After all, the Terrorism-Bollywood nexus is not much hidden. And in times when even engineers, doctors, MBA professionals, lecturers have been found to have terrorist links, how can one spare someone who represents the most questionable industry of modern times in terms of ethics as well as source of funding?
But that is not the focus of this article.
The bottom-line is that the phenomenon called Osama made the whole world suffer. And the ordinary innocent Muslim was the worst sufferer who had to face hatred and ignominy for misdeeds of a few bad apples. Thus when the news of death of this psychopath came, it was a matter of rejoice for the entire human civilization but more so for the ordinary Muslim. It did not matter if the news was true or false. It was still a moment for him to proudly assert that he is as much the integral part of human family as rest of us. It was time for celebrations.
Now festivals are not celebrated because we have concluded that something happened x number of years ago through historical research. We celebrate them to reassert our core beliefs – of victory of goodness and defeat of the evil. This is true for all festivals – Eid, Dassera, Christmas. And this is true for death of the greatest nuisance of this millennium so far.
The normal Muslim on street is now seeing a ray of hope that their days of humiliation are nearing the end. The slur that misdeeds of Osama bin Laden brought to their face would soon be wiped.
And thus, Muslims across the world hailed death of Osama bin Laden as a victory of humanity and vindication of true Islam.
Even the Saudi government, well known for its anti-non Muslim and anti-women stand, acted in mature manner and welcomed the killing of Osama bin Laden. Not only that, Saudis even refused to accept his corpse and denied to offer any land for its funeral.
We are not sure what views does the ex-MBBS student now-Islamic apologetic Zakir Naik hold on this killing. After all he was an ardent supporter of Osama bin Laden ever since the times he was listed in Top 10 most wanted terrorists.
Zakir Naik would refuse to listen to taped confessions of Osama bin Laden released by Al-Jazeera and merely blame the media for branding Osama bin Laden as a terrorist.
To this ex-medical student, Osama bin Laden was doing a great service by terrorizing America. So enamored was our Zakir Naik by Osama that he appealed all Muslims to be terrorists. And a few months before 9/11, when Osama was still a top ten most wanted, even Shahrukh Khan is alleged to have claimed that “Osama is my Hero!” in same spirit. We doubt the veracity of this report but would not be too surprised if someone proves the contrary! After all nothing seems to be too surprising these days especially if the news is regarding Neta or Abhineta! Moreover till then most Muslim preachers were misled and misleading their fellowmen to believe that Osama is fighting for their cause. So even if Shahrukh said so, he must have been an unintentional victim of this propaganda.
But that also is besides the point. We would prefer to know the Shahrukh of ‘My name is Khan’ than this unverified story…if at all. (We have not watched the movie but hear that it is about Hindu-Muslim solidarity.)
The point of concern currently is that even now, after Osama has been reported as dead, there are these so-called representatives of Islam who condemn the killing and continue to hail Osama as a hero!
And nothing could be more damaging to the average Muslims, and especially Indian Muslims. While Saudi Arab welcomes the killing, it is the Indian mullahs, who, to showcase their loyalty to fanatic Islam, are condemning the event.
It is immaterial if the killing is true or the conspiracy theories are true. What is of relevance is the fact that this news gave an opportunity to Muslims to have their image restored in world community.
But these Mullahs are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the opposite happens. With friends like these who needs enemies?
We leave it upon the readers to decide what is motivating these minds.
Is it because they have a source of funding that originates from same source that finances or financed Osama bin Ladens of the world?
Is it because they are actually hand-in-hand with such terrorists?
Is it because they being scholars of Islam know that what Osama was doing was as per their version of Islam?
(After all the published English, Hindi and Urdu versions of Quran and Hadiths seem to indicate so and have not been refuted by any scholar (except those who are called Kafirs by other scholars))
Is it because they believe that it is prohibited in Islam to condemn a fellow Muslim, howsomuch wretched?
(The Darul Uloom Deoband site lists this clearly as Number 1 Rights of Muslims. The others in Top 5 are: conceal his shortcomings, accept his excuses, remove his obstacles.
Interestingly Rights of Human Beings are different from Rights of Muslims as if Muslims are not human beings!)
We don’t know what is the reality.
We pray none of what we listed above is true.
But all we know is that the organizations and people who condemned killing of Osama include:
1. Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt that plans to install Islamic Shariat in Egypt.
2. Hamas – the militant group joining Palestinian government and partners of Muslim Brotherhood.
The Hamas prime minister of the Gaza strip, Ismail Haniya, said: “We condemn the assassination of a Muslim and Arab warrior and we pray to God that his soul rests in peace.
3. Tehreek-e-Taliban – the banned militant outfit of Pakistan
“We will avenge Osama killing”
4. Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi
“When did any court of law in the world convict Bin Laden of terrorist activities? …… The killing (of Osama) is a continuation of US interference in Libya, Iraq and Palestine.”
5. Maulana Arshad Madani, President of one faction of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind
“I do not believe he indulged in terrorism.”
6. Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi Salafi, General Secretary of the Markaze Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind – one of the oldest Muslim organisations in the country and believed to have Wahabi roots —
“This is a conspiracy of the enemies of Asia and of Islam to paint Muslims in a bad light.”
7. Jamaat Islam-i-Hind president Jalaluddin Umri
“It is only America’s contention that Osama was a terrorist. There is no reason for us to take their words at face value. As for his having been killed inside Pakistan by American forces, that is something Pakistan should get worried about”
8. Syed Geelani, Hurriyat Conference, Jammu & Kashmir
“He was a symbol of resistance against the US and he was martyred while defending the Muslims.”
We deplore the views of these myopics who do not want to provide any opportunity to the ordinary Muslim to come out of the terrorist stereotype.
And even bigger shock comes from interview of the Kashmiri Muslims whose minds seem to be poisoned with hatred by such fanatic leaders. Refer the interviews of local Kashmiris who regarded Osama as their fatherly figure!
To all those Muslim brothers and sisters:
– who indeed believe in tolerance, peace and humanity
– who do not believe that Allah forbids them to condemn misdeeds of other Muslims
– who do not believe that all non-Muslims will go to Hell
– who do not believe that the benevolent Allah supports racism, polygamy, slavery, hatred, terrorism, violence in any manner
– who do not believe in spurious religious texts that tend to justify racism, polygamy, slavery, hatred, terrorism, violence in any manner,
we would like to urge that:
– openly condemn all those mullahs and false representatives who are defending Osama bin Laden and harming the interests of the ordinary Muslim.
– openly refuse to have anything to do with these Imams, representatives and their mosques. Allah is everywhere but not with supporters of terrorists.
– come out strongly in condemnation of terrorists like Osama and all those who directly or indirectly support them.
– assert publicly that Allah does not differentiate between Muslims and non-Muslims, men and women, Arabs and non-Arabs when deciding whom to reward and whom to punish – either in this life or after life.
– openly condemn all those translations of scriptures that indicate to the contrary of above and are referred by these false representatives to differentiate between Muslims and non-Muslims.
And then embrace your non-Muslim brothers and sisters as part of one single family of humanity.
All humanity has one religion – humanity. All other divisions are man-made.
Let us all together celebrate the defeat of a terrorist regardless of who we are – Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Atheist, Communist or whatever.
Let us all join hands together to defeat all other terrorists and legacy of Osama bin Laden as well as all those who attempt to nurture terrorists through their poisoned teachings.
Let us join hands together to demolish the evil designs of those fanatics who differentiate among human beings on basis of believers and non-believers instead of peace-loving and violent.
And let us all pray that all those who justify acts of such terrorists or hesitate to condemn such terrorists openly better go to Hell!
We urge us all -especially the Muslims – to use this site, social network, media, print, video etc to showcase our condemnation of Osama and thwart the intentions of the fanatics.
May all noble human beings be united and all those who hate and kill be destroyed!