Considering the opinions I have seen online from the majority of everyday Muslims is one of relief that Bin Laden is dead and can't bastardize their faith any more, I am a little confused as to why we'd afford him any special religious treatment in death.
Oh well. At least the ****er is gone. He and Saddam can take turns porking Satan in Hell.
Last edited by Whovian; 05-03-11 at 10:43 AM.
US officials say Osama Bin Laden's body was treated with respect and buried at sea, but some Muslims argue there was no good reason for not burying it on land.
Islamic tradition requires the dead to be buried as soon as possible, unless an autopsy is required.
The US military took this requirement very seriously, burying the body within hours.
Personally, I think the US did the right thing (including not bothering with taking him alive) and within the circumstances. It appears other countries did not want him and the US did not have the time or luxury of contacting all countries of the world to find a free island space as suggested by Dubai's Mohammed al-Qubaisi.Why at sea?
According to UK-based Imam Dr Abduljalil Sajid,
There is no necessity for an imam to be present, he says, but the procedures should be carried out by Muslims at least one of whom "knows the minimum basic Muslim law of burial".
Whether any such person was present is impossible to know, he says, based on the limited information provided. But he also questions whether sea burial was appropriate in this case.
It is correct to carry out a burial at sea when someone dies on a sea journey, he says, but in this case there was no sound reason for it.
Mohammed Qudah, a professor of Islamic law at the University of Jordan, who told the Associated Press news agency that burying Bin Laden at sea was not forbidden if there was nobody to receive the body and provide a Muslim burial.
But he went on: "It's neither true nor correct to claim that there was nobody in the Muslim world ready to receive Bin Laden's body."
The agency also quoted Dubai's grand mufti Mohammed al-Qubaisi, saying that sea burials were permissible only in extraordinary circumstances, adding: "This is not one of them."
"If the family does not want him, it's really simple in Islam: You dig up a grave anywhere, even on a remote island, you say the prayers and that's it," he said.
What also bothers me is that many of these imams now speaking out on how a muslim should be buried are suggesting that Bin Laden deserved a proper religious burial.
Originally also, Muhammed wanted muslim ritual to be different from jewish and christian ritual - so I suppose the US has accidentally come across a novel way of differentiation from the jewish and christian practice of burying people in the ground....
I totally agree. From certain reports I've heard, our operatives went out of their way NOT to inform the Pakistani's of the mission because they didn't want bin Laden tipped off. The Pakistani's didn't know about the operation until the helicopter was taking off from the compound after killing bin Laden. The Pakistani's were going to scramble jets to take out the helicopters and had asked us if we had any aircraft in the area, and it was only then that we disclosed what had happened. This tells me that our government knows the kind of 'ally' we have in Pakistan.And the mere fact that Pakistan harbored and protected this man for a decade makes this country an enemy in my mind.
"Action expresses priorities."
Even the most heinous serial killer is given a "decent" funeral after his execution.
You can't reason somebody out of something they were never reasoned into in the first place.