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Monday, May 02, 2011

Who's upset that Osama's dead?

Who's upset over Osama Bin Laden's death and burial at sea? Hamas is upset over his death, and at least one Islamic cleric in Egypt has spoken out against his burial at sea. This is a tweet from Reuters (linked above):
Hamas condemns U.S. killing of bin Laden, calls it "assassination" of "Arab holy warrior"
And here's our upset Egyptian cleric.
The head of Egypt's prestigious seat of Sunni Muslim learning, al-Azhar, condemned U.S. troops' disposal of the body of Osama bin Laden at sea Monday as an affront to religious and human values.

Muslims set great store by interment in permanent graves on land and accept burial at sea only in cases where the body cannot be preserved intact aboard ship until it reaches shore.

"The Grand Imam, Dr Ahmed El-Tayeb, the sheikh of Al-Azhar condemned the reports, if true, of the throwing of the body of Osama bin Laden into the sea," according to a statement released by al-Azhar, which is respected around the world by many Sunni Muslims as a seat of religious learning.

The procedure "contradicts all the religious values and human norms," it said: "The Grand Imam asserted that it is forbidden in Islam to deform the dead, regardless of their beliefs. One honors the dead by burying them."

U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said bin Laden's body was dropped into the sea from the deck of an aircraft carrier after troops killed the al Qaeda leader in Pakistan. One said this was done to prevent his grave becoming a shrine. Another said Islamic customs had been respected.
There's a story I've seen online from the US that says that video of the burial is to be released tonight by the Department of Defense. If I see it, you'll see it.
A prominent Egyptian Islamist lawyer also condemned the U.S. move and said bin Laden should have been buried in his native Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally and home to Islam's holiest sites.

"Isn't it enough that they killed him and displayed their joy to the world?" Montasser al-Zayat told Al Jazeera television. "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a moral obligation to demand that it bury Osama on its land."
Something tells me that the Saudi royals aren't going to spend a lot of money trying to find Bin Laden's body in the middle of the ocean. Heh.

By the way, the authenticity of the picture at the top of this post has been called into question.

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At 4:12 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

I also read that Musharraf is upset that the U.S. did an op inside Pakistan... If India is right that the "mansion" was an ISI safehouse (ref: your later post), then that would explain why Musharraf didn't say a fond "Thank You" to President Obama. For peaceful old marxist hippies who were against any and all U.S. operations during the unilateralist cowboy Bush's term, they sure are A-OK with the way the real unilateralist President Obama goes around the world with his flamethrower...


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