8 Reasons why Osama bin Laden was bad for the Ummah

Author: 
Irfan Jalil

8 – Confirmed media stereotypes

As if Muslims with bushy beards weren’t having a bad time already, what with stereotypes of Muslims terrorists in Hollywood films and Western newspapers. Along comes the biggest terrorist attack in America and its Muslims who are responsible. Not only that, but a Muslim in a big beard and turban praised those who carried out 9/11 and labelled them as martyrs. This totally contradicts Quran and Sunnah and can lead to kufr. To make matters worse, every other word in his speeches was Allah, Quran or Jihad. Not only did Muslims become synonymous with terrorism but so did Islam.

7 – Usurped authority

He may have kept a beard and worn a turban but Osama bin Laden was no scholar. He was not a religious leader and had no formal religious qualifications. Bin Laden was a trained accountant. He had no qualifications that allowed him to give fatwa on Islamic issues. Despite the fact that he used Islamic rhetoric in his speeches, what he inspired people to do was un-Islamic. In this way bin Laden took legitimate authority away from genuine scholars.

6 – Convenient bogey man

Arab dictators are currently facing the biggest challenge to their rule. The reason they have managed to hold on for so long is that they have used the supposed threat of Islamic extremism to hold on to power. But as we have seen recently this threat was exaggerated. Some dictators haven’t realized that the game is up. Gaddafi bleated on about how Al Qaeda was poisoning Libyans with drugs right up to the last minute.

5 – Divided Muslims

Muslims have long complained about how there is too much division in the Ummah. But bin Laden added to this division and made it violently real. Any Muslim who did not agree with bin Laden’s interpretation of Islam was considered to be a non-Muslim. In bin Laden’s world non-Muslims deserved death and so Sufi Muslims and Shia Muslims were the victims of al Qaeda attacks throughout the world – most notably in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

4 – Created further gulf between Muslims and non-Muslims

Bin Laden had a core message for Muslims – that they should kill all Jews and Americans. How this was supposed to have solved any problems is anybody’s guess. All this did was to create further hostility and conflict between Muslims and the other religions we share this planet with.

3 – Rubbed salt into would of US intervention

The United States invaded Afghanistan and Iraq but al Qaeda and bin Laden took advantage of the situation and used both countries as venues for their battle against the US. Al Qaeda’s activities in both countries have made the US presence much more bloody and protracted.

2 – Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan

Bin Laden claimed to be defending Muslims against America, but he did not defend Muslims. In fact, most of Al Qaeda’s victims are other Muslims. In Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Pakistan Muslims are being killed by bin Laden-inspired suicide bombings. Al Qaeda killed 60 Muslims in the 9/11 attacks. Four Muslims were killed by the suicide bombers who attacked London on 7/7. But in Pakistan these statistics repeat themselves almost every week. Suicide bombings, almost unthinkable before al Qaeda showed up, have killed thousands of Pakistani civilians. America invaded Iraq but it was al Qaeda that carried out the suicide bombings and stoked a civil war between Sunnis and Shias. In Afghanistan, al Qaeda carried out so many suicide bombings that suicide bombing became a normalised tactic. This would have been unthinkable before bin Laden and al Qaeda showed up.

1 – Suicide bombing

Bin Laden’s biggest contribution to the Ummah has been the normalisation of suicide bombing as a weapon of war. Before 9/11 suicide attacks were rare and mostly restricted to Palestine and Israel. Today, it is common to have a suicide bombing in a Muslim country every other day. The vast majority of the victims of such attacks are Muslims and many attacks are carried out inside mosques - whilst people are praying! That’s bin Laden's legacy to the Ummah – Muslims using themselves to kill other Muslims.

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Was he ever trialed in any court of law?
Was he ever found guilty?

Verdict, Innocent until proven guilty.

Not really.

It is too easy to hide behind a wall of "but we don't know" when talking about people who happen to be Muslims but do bad stuff.

Fact is 9/11 = wrong. Kenya/Tanzania bombings (1998) = wrong. "Fatwa" allowing the murder of innocents = wrong. "inviting" the US into Afghanistan in order to defeat them = wrong, foolish and holding Muslim lives cheap.

Sometimes we have to stand up and acknowledge that what is wrong is wrong.

The man has a lot of - mainly Muslim - blood on his hands.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.

as salaam alaikum,

You know some of us Muslims kill people who falsely claim Islam. So it is amazing that some of the very same people who want to kill Ahmadis and of course rant about how the racist Nation of Islam is not about Islam are stupidly selective about their indignation. You hate people lying on Prophet Muhamad?. Fine. They violate basic principles and we should call them out on it. But have you noticed how those same Muslims are either silent or speak to defend Osama Bin Laden? And then you have Western Muslims following in the dumb stuff. It is the height of brainwashing when a Western Muslim, whose blood Bin Laden declared "halaal" for such a brainwashed person to defend a man who spent his life trying to kill you or ruin your son’s life. It's like you are the goat at the slaughterhouse defending the butcher. The only explanation for such looney behavior is prejudice. You got no problem doing takfeer on the black hate monger. You got no problem doing takfeer on the Indian guy propped up by the British. But when someone tells you an Arab guy with a long beard violates basic principals of Islam, like murdering innocent people, then you start with the "if you say someone is not Muslim then you commit kufr" nonsense. If it's not prejudice then NEVER say someone is not Muslim because you don't know Allah's Judgment. Don't feel free do kick people out one minute and then get quiet when it comes to kicking someone out of Islam who literally has slaughtered innocent MUSLIM men women and children.

I cant believe what rubbish i am reading with this column. Are you guys all soo narrow minded like the rest of the world who fail to see the disgusting things that OUR U.K GOVERNMENT and of course THE EVIL U.S ARE DOING TO US.

They are labelling muslims as terrorists, causing racial hatred by this, they are displaying countries being toppled ON THEIR OWN NEWS CHANNELS and no one seems to care.

DID YOU IGNORANT PEOPLE know that Al-Qaeda was funded 6 billion dollars in 1989 to 1992 by the U.S and also that OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS TOP TEN FOR THE FBI IN 1998, OR MAYBE THAT ISRAELI TROOPS TRAINED THE TALIBAN IN PAKISTAN..

The whole point of 9/11 which was done by the USA was so that they could DECLARE WAR ON THE WESTERN COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE OIL!!!!!!!!! TOPPLE THEIR COUNTRIES WITH THE EXCUSE THAT THEY HAVE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION WHICH WAS NEVER FOUND (WHERES TONY BLAIR DISAPPEARED FROM THE NEWS??) AND DICK CHENEY, VICE PRESIDENT DRILLING PIPELINES THROUGH AGHANISTAN!!

AN ENDLESS WAR ON TERROR!!

PUTTING THE WORLD IN FEAR AND DEBT BY OFFERING THEM LOANS, E.G. STUDENTS AND THEN PUTTING A BURDEN ON THEIR LIFE!!

EXTORTIONATE TAX RATES!!!!

EXTORTIONATE OIL RATES ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE OIL RESERVES TO LAST MORE THAN ANOTHER CENTURY,

ITS ALL LIES THAT ARE FED TO YOU, AND YOU ALL TAKE THE BAIT!!

DO NOT BELIEVE THESE DOGS, DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BLAME A MAN WHO YOU HAVE ONLY SEEN VIDEO TAPES OF AND THE MAN WHO WAS THROWN IN TO THE SEA??? PATHETIC!!

THIS IS NOTHING TO DO WITH DEFENDING OSAMA ITS COMMON SENSE!!!

THE TWIN TOWERS WERE RIGGED WITH EXPLOSIVES WHICH IS WHY THEY FELL DOWN FLAT

FLIGHT 93 WAS BULLSHIT, THERE WASNT ONE!!!

THESE DAYS NO ONE CARES ABOUT ANYTHING BUT MONEY CARS BITCHES AND CLOTHES. AND THIS IS BECAUSE OF YOUR EVIL GOVERNMENTS AND WHAT THEY TELL YOU IS GOOD AND WHAT THEY ADVERTISE EVERYWHERE YOU GO AND ALL THE DUMB ASS CELEBRITIES THAT YOU FOLLOW.

DONT BE A PUPPET, BE YOUR OWN PERSON AND OBEY THE MASTER AND CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE.

THESE AR JUST MEN SEEKING POWER AND THEY WILL ONLY BE ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD WHICH IS NOTHING!!

WHEN ANYONE OPPOSES THESE PEOPLE THEY ARE LABELLED AS CRAZY BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH ANYMORE, WE ARE RULES BY BEASTS WHO COULDNT CARE LESS ABOUT US!!

I COULD GO ON BUT I THINK IT IS BETTER TO DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.

THIS IS NOT COMING FROM A SPECIFIC RELIGION, IT IS FOR EVERYONE AND IT IS GOOD ADVICE BELIEVE ME,

Shouting does not give your post credibility.

By buying into all these conspiracies, you make yourself weak.

Look at the arab spring for inspiration - when they stopped blaming the US or Israel or the Illuminati or the dajjaal but actually got up and stood for their rights, suddenly the repressive regimes tuttered, wobbled and fell down.

Instead they could have done what your post suggests and blamed someone else for the problem and those regimes would still be around.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.

I dont know how to explain to you.. People like you are the reason why no one searches for the truth.. That is why I am wanting from everyone.. No need to blab on about the arab spring and how they apparently stopped the regimes.. Was saddam hussain defeated in this way also? What has libya gained from (toppling) their government? A country made of rubble and america helping them to achieve that? Why are we paying 1.37 a litre when venezuela pay 2p a litre? Why is living being made more and more difficult with the introduction of new laws? Why dont you read your holy book whatever it may be and you may learn more about the truth.. You obviously think I am a conspirator.. Do you believe that this world is made up off only good people?.. What I believe is that this world is a test and a test is never made to be easy is it? People should be warned of the truth.. If your plan is to just cover that up and speak up for your rights, truth is you DONT have any.. Do your damn research and then tell me why I shouldn't be shouting when their are ignorant people out their.. hiroshima And nagasaki.. WHY?? Israel using banned weapons and committing war crimes and then never getting mentioned.. How?? Genetic engineered sickness, war and inflation, debt, fear, lack of religious belief.. Wake up!

I dont see the illuminati mentioned in the qur'an.

You are banding together randon things and pretending that they are linked. They are not.

Gaddafi was killing his own people. Saddam also killed many of his own people (though I did not support and do not support the iraq war not the afghanistan war).

Pretending that there are not Muslims in the world who have done bad things makes us weaker - if they had been confronted earlier, they would not be killing other Muslims in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and other places like they are currently.

Or do you think that all that is done by some secret shadowy organistions and people who get caught before they have managed to blow themselves up are just decoys?

Please wake up and realise that your conspiracies are maaking you weaker. Our challenges these days are the number of people taking drugs, drinking alcohol, not obeying Islam, not some made up shadowy world organisations that are controlling the world - because if you focus too much on such things, you are questioning the power of God.

Remember - God is the best planner and any planning anyone else can do, God can do better, so why are you falling for these conspiracies? To me they show a doubt in the will and power of God.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.

You wrote:

Please wake up and realise that your conspiracies are maaking you weaker. Our challenges these days are the number of people taking drugs, drinking alcohol, not obeying Islam, not some made up shadowy world organisations that are controlling the world - because if you focus too much on such things, you are questioning the power of God.

Remember - God is the best planner and any planning anyone else can do, God can do better, so why are you falling for these conspiracies? To me they show a doubt in the will and power of God.


Admin is basically right. I must admit when I first watched Zeitgeist I was convinced. It's well put together.. But do u realise that the people who make it have their own agenda (just like I admit that Sky News and the BBC have strong bias too), but the cultish nuts who put these documentaries 2getha omit & bend facts just as much as Wolfowitz et al.

There are things which are out of our control. The devil walks down more corridors than the West wing. There are forces out of control, and yes, as Muslims it's our duty to try to make the world around us better, & encourage each other to Islam. But can I ask you how painting the world as a black&white, good&evil, east vs west fantasy land does this?

We aren't responsible for the actions of others. We have to focus on our life first, then our families & close companions. Then to the local community & if you've got all that down on lock, then u can start worrying about stuff like that. & IF u do get that far, then u have to educate urself from all angles. Im pretty sure from what u've been saying u must have a narrow group of sources of information.

I hope I didn't sound condescending, it was meant as nasiyyah. Salaam wr wb

Don't just do something! Stand there.

yeap...

when you say the US knocked down the towers and Bin Laden didn't do it, we think you are quite looney. Bin Laden is on tape bragging about the towers and how their destruction exceeded his expectations. Suicide bombs are going off in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I guess when that man walked into a mosque, said "Alalhu Akbar" and blew up himself and 50 Muslims while they were praying, he must have been a US spy too? This thing were you can't imagine Muslims doing stupid things so you spend all your time inventing elaborate things non Muslims do is quite looney and more importantly a total waste of time. We Muslims need to clean house and people like you and the hiders, who want to pull off the hijab and kufi in the masjid parking lot are the real problem. Stand up! But stand up for what is right. Defend the right wherever you find it. Don't engage in irrational hate. Don't defend people just because they say they are Muslim. Stand with what is right. This is Ma'ruf and Munkar. If you do not prohibit the evil that Muslims do, you are failing in your most basic duty as a Muslim. Our prejudice is to be for what is right. When Muslims do what is right, that makes us brothers, not Shahada's where you go out and declare war on Muslims and declare Muslims who live and support Western governments are okay for you to kill, because that is what you are really defending....and it seems quite daffy!

you brothers really do need some psychological help. Exactly as i knew you would, (osama was caught on tape so he did it). It is written in the quran that dajjal is going to come and islam will be at its weakest when that happens, so many signs of qayyamat are being displayed yet you guys are the ones hiding the facts! I am by no means saying that muslims are not out there doing dirty on their people but if you look into it then you will realise that this is all funded by money and power and resources. the way you guys are going i would rather speak to my english brothers and they would understand more than you ignorant people. what about the facts that i stated about the funding of al qaeda and that osama was top ten for the fbi and that the twin towers was rigged. I TAKE IT YOU ALL RESEARCHED THAT THEN??? if you havent done the research then why come with nothing???? i suggest you all do research on islam, the coming of qayyamat and the signs.. you lot just think that people read these conspiracy theories and are all bought in by it but the truth is that if you do your RESEARCH then its all black and white!!! you think theres some third dimensions. ALL OF YOU HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED BY MODERN SOCIETY AND YOU WISH TO LIVE YOUR LIVES OBEYING AND NOT SPEAKING UP. WELL I DONT WISH TO DO THAT!! MAY YOU COME TO UNDERSTANDING SOON!!

@Hamayoon.
I know about all the stuff you've mentioned. I've met so many brothers who believe like u, I wish it was that simple.
But you are not dealing with any of these issues, are u? Ur just sitting & complaining.
& in fact, u are badmouthing other Muslims, calling them ignorant, saying they dot know about their religion, woah its as if u don want the Ummah to be united!

Why be harsh and namecall? dont u want to bring peace between Muslims?

The only logical explanation is u are a Mossad spy, sent here to bring disunity among young Muslims.

I converted to Islam because of the logical sense it made and the calm explanations of Muslims around me who didn't think I was evil just cos I am from a western background.
IMAGINE YOU WERE THE FIRST MUSLIM I HAD TALKED TO?? Spouting bollocks that the dajjal is google or something?!
I doubt I would ever have found out about Islam, let alone converted.
Alhamdulillah I met Muslims who knew what they were talking about first

Don't just do something! Stand there.

i have read in a few sources that the americans have funded the Israelis nuclear weapons programme during the cold war and have also funded their military and in turn the Israelis and americans have funded and trained the taliban but i don't think it was for the intention of destroying Islam but instead driven by greed to have people on their side and gain oil supplies. I do not believe for a second that anything is as monochrome as some are making out everything has more than one angle you can look at it from. Osama Bin Laden was not a Muslim in my eyes nor are his followers, he a was a evil and cruel man who I hope never sees Jannah for what he did. But I don't think he did it alone, high end people must have helped him - whether that was the western governments I do not know and that is only for Allah to know. the best thing that we can do instead of sitting at our desks conspiring and making up wild guesses is just to improve our own lives and like someone prior said to improve the lives of those around us and hope that inshallah on the Day of Judgement Allah gratis us forgiveness and mercy and lets into Jannah and that our graves do not crush us but instead expand for us. We need to work together to improve Islam's reputation as we are becoming the new scapegoats and Islamaphobia is becoming a plague which is proving difficult to shake. The sigs of the day of judgement have been prophesied about for centuries. WE DO NOT TRULEY KNOW so why torture yourself with the idea of its coming - as long as you are a good muslim then you have nothing to fear.

Just my personal opinions and thoughts.

 

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