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Triangle Muslims support bin Laden's death

Posted May 2, 2011

— Area Muslims said Monday that Osama bin Laden's death is a day of religious freedom in some ways for the Islamic religion.

"Osama bin Laden is not a good Muslim, and he does not represent Islam," said Jihad Shawwa, who works with the Muslim American Public Affairs Council.

Shawwa said bin Laden held Islam and Muslims hostage, using the religion as a shroud to kill both Americans and Muslims.

Jihad Shawwa Triangle Muslims support bin Laden's death

In announcing bin Laden's death late Sunday, President Barack Obama noted that bin Laden "was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims." Obama said the U.S. "is not and never will be at war with Islam."

Moe El-Gamal, president of the Muslim American Public Affairs Council, said the death is an opportunity for Americans and others to understand the true meaning of Islam, which they say is peaceful and loving.

"Our Muslim community here (is) not part of this violent act or criminal acts. This community is a peaceful community, and we are against violence," El-Gamal said. "It is a continuous process of educating each other, reaching out to each other, and we all – all faiths – are against Osama bin Laden and against all killers."

The Pentagon said bin Laden's body was buried in the North Arabian Sea after adhering to traditional Islamic procedures, including washing the corpse and wrapping it in a white sheet.

Both El-Gamal and Shawwa said they would have liked for him to be buried, but they understand the concern that his grave could have become a shrine for his followers.


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  • nesreenkhatib May 4, 2011

    tritonlm6...we are comparing apples to apples. The KKK are extreme Christians as well as it has been said Timothy McVeigh was too. Also, why don't you consider all the murders that happen to doctors and nurses who give abortions, those acts are committed by extremist that claim it is against Christianity. I think it is "cute" that you would put American in quoto marks, truly would like to thank you for helping prove my point on ignorance. The other thing I would like to point out to you is a life is a life. Are you trying to imply because these people MURDERED others because they didn't say God is great while doing it that it makes it any better??? Please do not tink that you are more American than me simply because of your religion. My family migrated here, and surprise surprise yours did too!

    You want to hate on Osama Bin Laden go ahead, but do not act superior to judge and condemn a whole entire religion, is that acceptable behavior in your religion?

  • tritonlm6 May 3, 2011

    nesreenkhatib....how about an apples to apples comparison. You claim to be "American". You should be familiar with that saying.

  • nesreenkhatib May 3, 2011

    I read these comments and feel so disgusted by some. I am a PROUD GOOD muslim American. I think it is absolutely ignorant to blame a religion for the horrible acts of an individual or group. If that is the case we could blame Christians for the KKK or the Oklanhoma City bombing, or Ted Bundy, or any of those other serial killers. I think the 9/11 attacks were extremely tragic and I was angered by it. I am a loyal Muslim who is American born and raised. Do not blame Islam because people used it as a scapegoat for their action. What makes you think that your particuklar religion is so much better that you can judge other people because of what they believe. Anyone who claims its Islam please give me proof in the Quran where it states that is what my religion believes and encourages for us to do.

  • genralwayne May 3, 2011

    "I have a feeling that bin Laden was to Muslims what the Westboro stupid Baptists are to good Christians. - debk59"

    I think that pretty well sums it up. I hope this event can further advance the healing of the suspicion and fear that follows our Islamic neighbors. I respect these gentlemen for coming forward and representing their faith in such a calm, mature manner.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 3, 2011

    If this violence this is truly something that religious folks (e.g. Muslims & Christians) don't want, why don't they remove all of the passages from their books that call for violence (often death) for so many people? What good is served by leaving that "stuff we don't follow anymore" in there?...stuff that was used for centuries to actually harm and kill people?...and this is still used, today, to oppress certain people.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 3, 2011

    Thanks for this. And, I won't get tired of hearing that violence & oppression in the name of their religion is bad. And, I want you to keep working, as we do, to stop this violence. Drown out the bad people with overwhelming good. SHOW us, don't tell us.

    This goes for all other religions as well. Walk the talk. (e.g. do unto others)

  • oldrwizr May 3, 2011

    I hear such pronouncements all the time, apexn94. Would you acknowledge one if you heard it? Would you believe OBL was dead if BHO said so? I doubt both.

  • NC Reader May 3, 2011

    "I have a feeling that bin Laden was to Muslims what the Westboro stupid Baptists are to good Christians."

    Amen -- especially because I'm Baptist! Remember when so-called Christians were blowing each other up in Northern Ireland? The real Christians were the ones who were working toward peace -- and there were many of them.

    anneonymousone -- Thank you for your posts. The Muslims I know ARE American. My children have Muslim friends at school. They are kind, well-adjusted, and have Christian friends. Someone probably would see a conspiracy in that, too, but no matter of convincing is likely to change them. I recommend the Sumbul Ali-Karamali's book: The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and That Veil Thing.

  • umop apisdn May 3, 2011

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

  • anneonymousone May 3, 2011

    I'm not wild about the false dichotomy of the phrase "Americans and Muslims" in the article; it's like saying "Americans and Baptists" or "Americans and truck drivers" or "Americans and people with bad knees." These groups are not mutually exclusive.