Muslims react to news of Osama Bin Laden’s death
Goatmilk will be collecting responses from Muslims all around the world reacting to the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. See President Obama’s address here.
This page will be updated throughout the day.
“As an American, a Muslim and a Republican, of states right’s and original polity, I give this:
How is it that we as Muslims have come so far from the aristocracy of yore, yet find ourselves consummately subservient to the political aims and whims of Muslim elders who nod wisely and speak stupidly. The ferment of ire that is the baseline of the “Osamas” is a a sad state of affairs where modern Muslims will not question their leadership but will find their deen questioned by people of unscrupulous nature.
Every living thing that Al-Qaeda stood for is an affront and idolatry to both Allah (SWT) and Islam as a construct. OBL is hopefully the last bastion of folk who seek to pervert Islam in the name of militarism. May we now be at a turning point where conversation and humility can overshadow the sadness of yore that allowed OBL’s ilk to pervert religion and bend it to suit his wholly un-Islamic aims.” - Oz Sultan, Former Director of PR at Park 51
“Well, I was multitasking by being on Twitter and writing a final paper when I heard there would be a be an announcement from Obama. Everyone on twitter was trying to guess what it was, and then there were rumors about Osama. Everyone was going crazy on Twitter and FB. I finished my paper 5 hours later, which should have taken less than two hours. Definitely worth it though. I’m Egyptian American and when Mubarak fell, it was one of the happiest days of my life, and today is too.” – Aya A. Khalil.
“Though I am not Muslim, I was happy to hear President Obama reiterate in his global statement that it WAS NOT a war against Islam. Very happy to hear the promotion of racial, religious, and ethnic tolerance in a critical moment.” – Art Balaoro.
“Bravo Obama! Now while you’re at it, why not get Bush and Blair as well… I am sure they’ve outscored Bin Laden.” – Amina Lebab.
“Like all Americans, I am elated that Osama bin Laden is dead. It is impossible to heal a wound as massive as 9/11 but I hope bin Laden’s death gives those who suffered on that tragic day some solace that the man behind 9/11 will no longer wreck havoc on another human being. This is indeed a day to celebrate and Americans deserve this day. But I am also reflective on all that occurred in the name of 9/11. I am thinking about watching my friends line up in humiliation for “special registration” at a US government office in 2003 because they were born in Iran. I am thinking about greeting my cousins from Pakistan at the LAX airport in 2002 who were in tears because of the questions they were subjected to by the DHS staff. And I am reflective of the tragedies the Bush administration created in the name of 9/11: the prison at Guantanamo and the Afghanistan war. The pain of 9/11 will endure, just as the pain of what was created in response to 9/11 will also endure.” – Zahir Janmohamed.
“One Osama means nothing, when there is no concerted movement to stop the spread of hate-mongering in the land. The Taliban mindset is firmly rooted in the traditional tribal structure of Pakistan. It is why a case like Mukhtar Mai’s rape can go unpunished, with 5 out of 6 alleged rapists walking away free. This means that there is a general soft spot towards those who are more religious, and the Taliban, being fundamentalists, are the most “religious”. So there is a general public tendency to see them as more pious, or pure, than others. This has to change. I believe that unless a fundamental change is brought about in the underlying educational, (and media,) message in Pakistan, this one death will make no difference.” - Abbas Zaidi, AbbasZaidi.com
“I cannot bring myself to celebrate for the death of any person, even one as hateful as OBL. The celebrations of his death at Ground Zero and the White House etc. strike me as macabre. I think OBL was largely irrelevant at this point. I fear for the reactions of the terrorist groups he inspired, especially how they will effect the people of Pakistan.” – Maleeha Haq.
“We join our fellow citizens in welcoming the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been eliminated as a threat to our nation and the world through the actions of American military personnel. As we have stated repeatedly since the 9/11 terror attacks, bin Laden never represented Muslims or Islam. In fact, in addition to the killing of thousands of Americans, he and Al Qaeda caused the deaths of countless Muslims worldwide. We also reiterate President Obama’s clear statement tonight that the United States is not at war with Islam.” – CAIR, Council on American Islamic Relations.
“As an American-Muslim, I am glad that justice has finally been served for the victims of Sept. 11th. Osama bin Laden admitted to committing the 9/11 terrorist acts against America. He also condoned the killing of any Muslim who he felt was against his specific ideology of jihad. Bin Laden was not an Islamic scholar nor did he have any authority over Muslims. He preached hate and violence, and that is how his life ended. I hope his death will be a wake-up call to everyone who thinks to commit acts of violence against innocent people, that no matter the reason or political grievance, you will only cause more harm than good, and eventually you will be brought to justice for your crimes.” Irfan Rydhan, San Jose, CA.
“We hope this is a turning point away from the dark period of the last decade, in which bin Laden symbolized the evil face of global terrorism,” said MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati. “His actions and those of Al-Qaeda have violated the sacred Islamic teachings upholding the sanctity of all human life. His acts of senseless terror have been met with moral outrage by Muslims worldwide at every turn in the past decade.” Muslim Public Affairs Council.
“On hearing his name over and over again on the news, I started to think about how many children have been bullied in the playground and called Osama Bin Laden, or asked if they were related to him; too many innocent children have suffered name-calling, harassment, and violence. May this also bring to end the hate and bigotry that has paralyzed the world over. “ - Shazia Kamal.
”We support President Obama’s statement that bin Laden was ‘not a Muslim leader, he was a mass murderer of Muslims. We stand together with all Americans and all peace-loving people around the world in remaining vigilant against any and all threats against our country.” - MPAC Senior Adviser Dr. Maher Hathout
“Never celebrate an execution, no matter how justified. Violent death should never be a cause for joy.” – Jim Sylvester.
“With the passing of a man who came to represent violence and hate overseas, incite ignorance and misunderstanding within our own nation, and become the face of an agonizing war, I pray that our leaders turn this into a turning point in our history, bring our brave troops back home to safety, and allow for the suffering peoples of Afghanistan and Pakistan to establish the peace and security they have been longing for.” -Hammad Moses Khan, Sacramento, CA.
“To echo the sentiments expressed by the Council of American-Islamic Relations, the elimination of Bin Laden as a threat to American and global security is welcome news. And now that the world’s most prolonged game of hide and seek has come to a close – albeit after nearly ten years, billions of dollars and millions of lives lost – many of us tonight might finally dare to hope and dream for some semblance of peace. And as I watch two all American, twenty-something, Caucasian males fist pump and chest bump one another outside the White House lawns in celebration, I hope and pray that we are on the road to changing this past decade’s master narrative of the global war on terror. In his address tonight President Obama reminded us of the grief and horror brought upon by 9/11. He echoed the need for unity and resilience as a nation. Yet even though we find relief in the taking down of a murderer today let us not forget that much remains to be said and done in the name of peace and stability the world over. Our thoughts, dua’as and solidarity continue with our brothers and sisters fighting for their universal human rights in Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and Syria.” – Maria Kari.
“I am a Muslim, and I’m so happy they finally nailed this creep. He’s killed thousands of Americans, including many Muslims in my community who worked in lower Manhattan. 9/11 even destroyed the local mosque at the Towers. Bin Laden was never a Muslim leader, back in the 1990s Muslim leaders spoke out against him and called for his capture, after his involvement in bombing of US embassies. Even his “spiritual leader” told the press that Bin Laden is not qualified to speak for Islam and he had no training to make rulings or give fatwas. God’s gonna judge him, and I hope He gives Bin Laden what he deserves, for the misery he’s put Muslims worldwide through, and for disgracing Islam and the millions of peaceful patriotic law-abiding American Muslims.” – Sulayman Ferguson.
“Osama bin Laden was friend to no one and an enemy to everyone. His destructive, twisted and perverse reading of Islam has lead to the killings of innocents around the world; an engineer who waged an indiscriminate global “jihad.” We should all welcome his demise, pray for his countless victims and not falter in the face of a common enemy.” - Aftab A Malik
“The revolutions in the Middle East were the beginning of the end of Al-Qaeda. During the Egyptian revolution protesters searched everyone entering Tahrir square to make sure they would not bring in weapons. Egypt showed that Al-Qaeda’s mayhem and destruction does not bring freedom and justice but a non-violent struggle does. Al-Qaeda’s capabilities have been severely reduced in the past few years due to capture of top operatives and the assassination of others. The killing of Bin Laden leaves the group with no charismatic successor to continue his brutal campaign that targeted innocent civilians worldwide.” – Basim Elkarra
Although the death of Bin Laden is a great thing for us as Americans, I wonder how Muslims and Pakistanis will be treated now. We have been silenced in the war on terror rhetoric for the majority of the time. Obama called for Americans to unite as one; my fear is that we as American-Pakistani Muslims may not be allowed to. I’m also afraid of any backlash that may come of this. One of my first thoughts were of my sister and mom who both wear hijab, of my girlfriend who travels to NYC everyday, of my younger brother who already was taunted by kids in school who greeted him this morning by saying “sorry bout your dad. ” It’s a great day yet it leaves me uncomfortable also.
“MPV applauds the resolve and dedication of President Obama in pursuing Osama Bin Laden. “As Muslims we hope that the death of Osama Bin Laden will forever put out the flame of terrorism”, says Ani Zonneveld, who heads the organization, “and that with the rise of democratic self governance throughout the Middle East we can finally begin to heal the wounds caused by the evil actions committed by him.” - Muslims for Progressive Values.
“Although I am filled with joy that Osama Is killed (he has the blood of many Muslims and non Muslims on his hands) not to mention he did more to blacken the names of Muslims then anyone else in recent times. But sadly, osama bin laden Is an idea. We just killed an old man with a beard. To fight terrorism, to fight this kind of nonsense, we need to infiltrate the schools, and educate the kids, give them a future so that they’re turning isn’t towards these radical mudrassas but rather to a sane line of thinking.Poverty and lack of education has always been the problem. I hope one day we can solve the problem at it’s roots. Our condolences continue to go out to the families of those who perished on September 11, 2001 as well as all the victims of terrorism committed in the name of Al Qaeda throughout the world.” – Elyas Abowath
“Pakistan need to unite in calling for the ouster of Pakistan’s military and intelligence, which are a disgrace to the country and bring only problems for us.” – Imad Ahmed
“Osama who? :P Not taking eyes off Syria, Libya, Yemen, & Bahrain.” – Mohja Kahf.
“DEATH OF BIN LADEN : We live in a world of symbols. Here was an evil mastermind of terror and mischief, brother to the great inhuman monsters, Hitler, Stalin, Saddam, whose face has graced many a T-shirt, for some as enemy, for others as hero.
But Allah early in the Qur’an, in the 7th verse of the second Surah, The Cow, right after proclaiming His Book for the believers, says: “Among the people there are some who say, ‘We have faith in Allah and the Last Day,’ when they are not believers. They think they deceive Allah and those who have faith. They deceive no one but themselves, but they are not aware of it. There is a sickness in their hearts and Allah has increased their sickness. They will have a painful punishment on account of their denial. When they are told, ‘Do not cause corruption on the earth,’ they say, ‘We are only putting things right.’ No indeed! They are the corrupters, but they are not aware of it.”
Symbolically, however, for all those who will persist in thinking they “have faith in Allah and the Last Day,” when they have turned it into a dimensionless ideology of self-aggrandizement against humanity, and persist in thinking that only they are “putting things right,” we can only remain vigilant, turn to solving the huge open wounds that unfortunately engender such sad maggots of the soul’s confusion: all the injustices in the Middle East and the Israelis-Palestinian issue that will, if unresolved, continue to give birth to desperation and fanaticism for some time to come.
One dead Bin Laden does not a true closure make, however victorious and symbolically powerful a finale his death makes, his clones only too ready to continue their mind-and-heart blind battles in his stead. May Allah lead us all to Light and true humility and compassion for all humankind, and His sweet Justice over all.” - Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore, 70 years of age, Philadelphia, Poet.
“My relief is soon displaced by emptiness. I have no desire to set off fireworks, jump into a car and yell out the window while waving fists and flags. If I were in New York City, I would light a candle and keep vigil at the memorial. In San Francisco, I pray in a room lit only by a streetlamp, remembering all those who have died in America, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, and filled with sadness at the terrorism-related deaths to come. Our work as Americans and as Muslims is far from done.” – Ayesha Mattu