Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Thoughts on Osama

Asalamu Alaikum,

I first heard what had happened around 10 in the morning. When we got up Tariq turned on one of the Urdu news channels and after a minute I asked him to switch over to BBC so that I could understand what was going on better.

I was a bit stunned, slightly skeptical, I guess I just wasn't expecting something like this. When ever I thought about Osama bin Laden in the past, I kind of expected it to be different, maybe a bomb would get him, or something like that. Something distant.

I don't really take joy in his death, because I think that it would be wrong for me to do so, but I am not really unhappy either, he did some really terrible things. I didn't lose family on 9/11, so I will never be able to truly understand how those who did feel. Maybe some feel like celebrating, maybe some just get a bit of relief, closure.

I am kind of upset that people feel the need to gather in the streets waving flags and singing the national anthem. How they react is none of my business really, but it cannot help the situation over here. In a place where some people already hate Americans this will only make us look bad, and may incite some people to retaliate.

I think, regarding the man himself, at the most I can feel a sort of grim satisfaction that he is gone and can't do any more harm.


Roshni said...

I agree with you sis. The sceptic lives on in me and until more proof emerges that they really did get the man in question, I shall take all the hype filled news with a few healthy pinches of salt!
The scenes from the US are extremely disturbing; I don’t see why any one would take pleasure in death, no matter how necessary it is deemed to be. Its in extremely poor taste and I think if I had lost a dear one in 9/11 I’d be even more enraged by it, after all, the death of Osama won’t bring that soul back to me, so what is there to celebrate? I worry for Pakistan, and for all the dear souls there who’s lives are about to become allot harder because of the actions of a scarce few, from far away, to destroy a man who was not even a Pakistani national! May Allah (SWT) protect you and make it easy for you all aameen.
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Rene´s Bare Essentials said...

Asalaam Alaikum!

I find it disturbing that muslims have no problem celebrating his death. This was never practiced in the time of our prophet (pbuh) when someone died. Allah knows best what his intentions were and his sins. All we know is what the media shares with us. I personally believe that he died years and years ago. I dont trust the U.S.government and the fact that they lied about him being armed and have no body to prove it was him makes me very skeptical. They claim they put him at sea but to me thats just a coverup. Only Allah knows the truth but I still feel that the U.S. is covering something up!