Is Bin Laden The End of Terrorism: The Dilemma of Islamic Jihad

Source: The Qur’an Dilemma

Osama Bin Laden is no more. The official announcement came on May 1st, 2011 when President Obama revealed to the world that the US has captured and killed the leader of Al-Qaeda via a covert operation conducted by the NAVY Seal and the CIA.

However, as a former Muslim myself, who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia in the same town where Bin Laden lived, who was an acquaintance and a close friend with some of Bin Laden’s family and cousins, who once was radical and at some point, almost joined in with Bin Laden’s effort to fight the soviets in Afghanistan, I asked myself this very important question: DID WE WIN THE WAR ON TERROR?

Osama Bin Laden is dead

UPDATE: An excellent Christian response to the death of Bin Laden at Al Mohler’s blog and an interesting connection between his death and the death and resurrection of Jesus by Barry Arrington here.

So Osama Bin Laden is dead. Well done USA!

Here is Obama’s speech, including the rather arrogant claim that Bin Laden was not a Muslim.  So Obama now determines who is and is not a true follower of the Qu’ran?

I wonder if Bin Laden considered himself a Muslim? I wonder if he would be better qualified to decide than Obama? Let’s see what Wikipedia says:

  • Bin Laden was raised as a devout Wahhabi Muslim.
  • Bin Laden believed that the restoration of Sharia law will set things right in the Muslim world, and that all other ideologies—”pan-Arabism, socialism, communism, democracy”—must be opposed.
  • He believed Afghanistan under the rule of Mullah Omar’s Taliban was “the only Islamic country” in the Muslim world.

Of course, believing these things may not have made him a Muslim. Perhaps he was deluded and believed wrongly and is not now in the presence of 62 virgins.

However, if Bin Laden was not believed to be a Muslim by the 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide, then why was there praise and not worldwide condemnation of him and his actions. If the Pope became an evangelical I doubt Catholics would remain silent.

And another interesting point:

Here’s a telling nugget from an AP story on the death of Osama (thanks to Bryan Preston):

Officials said the U.S. would ensure that bin Laden’s body was handled in accordance with Islamic tradition.

But why? After all, didn’t Barack Obama say this tonight?

“We must also reaffirm that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims.”

So why is the body of a mass murderer of Muslims being handled in accordance with Islamic tradition? Aren’t U.S. officials thereby tacitly acknowledging that bin Laden was a Muslim leader, notwithstanding Barack Obama’s protestations to the contrary?

And if Osama was indeed a Muslim leader, what are the implications of that for U.S. policy?

There’s a question no one in official Washington will dare to answer.

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