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On Bin Laden’s burial 7, May 2011

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Terrorism.
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Clearly, Glenn Beck is a deranged fool who deserved as much sympathy as mockery, but [I can barely believe I’ve inserted a ‘but’ there] I’m not wholly sure if he didn’t have a teensy, tiny point the other day.

Given that OBL clearly, wholly and profoundly does not represent Islam in any way, shape or form, does it matter whether he had a true Islamic burial or not? Surely he was the absolute opposite of practically all that Islam is about? So on what grounds are people complaining about his burial? Granted, I would not go as far as Beck would (you’ll be pleased to hear) which involved wrapping him in bacon and burying under an American football field in New Jersey, but, well, I just don’t care and – more to the point – don’t really see why Muslims would care either. Indeed, surely he apostatized himself many a year ago?

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1. Paul - 7, May 2011

I think this was a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t whatever the US did with the body, and the US erred on the side of caution.
On a related note, I think it would be useful if photos of his burial were released.

thegulfblog.com - 7, May 2011

Indeed. I agree.

2. eurobrat - 8, May 2011

Hey, you know if the tables were turned Bin Laden would totally care about the rules of our burial 😉 I’m guessing it would be a choice of “How would you like your body to be mutilated?”

But I’m glad we have more class than Bin Laden.

3. Ahmed - 8, May 2011

The excuse that the grave would become a shrine is pathetic though. Sunni’s, let alone Salafi’s, don’t have shrines like Shia’s and others do.

4. xoussef - 8, May 2011

Sunni Muslims does have shrines, the Maghreb is riddled with them.

And yes, it does matter to some degree. If it’s enough to make someone like me feel real uneasy upon hearing about it, it’s bound to have much stronger effect on other people. Sure it saved US a lot of trouble, Burying it in US is unacceptable, Saudi is not going to have him back even as a corps and His family (more like a tribe) would probably not accept. There is also the problem of who’s gonna pray on him etc. No country could be bullied to accept the remains, certainly not Pakistan. I can’t think of a solution, but still, a burial in sea without proper rites is still pretty inconsiderate.


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