Soon after news of Bin Laden’s death has reached us, Muslims all over the world have reacted in many different ways. Some are rejoicing over his death. Some are hailing Osama bin Laden as Shaikhul Mujahid. Others have opted to remain silent.
I have personally opted to refrain from joining Muslims who are celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden.
While many Muslims find it hard to admit, especially those who are residing in the West, I would like to say it clearly that the Deen (religion) of Islam indeed calls for the establishment of a world order where the law of Allah will reign supreme. Being Muslims, who have submitted to the will of Allah, we believe that both the law and the morality should be absolute, and thus we take Allah as the only source of law giver.
Because of the abandonment of the caliphate, we do not have a theocratic state anymore, which consequently puts us in a dilemma about how we should approach towards our goal of establishing the Islamic world order. It is an undeniable fact that the theocratic state under the rightly guided caliphs expanded through Jihad. However, the jihads at those times were valid, since Muslims used to do it solely for the sake of Allah, and they would do it too under the commandership of a righteous leader.
While the Muslims scholars are yet to resolve the issue of whether there can actually be jihad in our time when there are no Islamic state and central Islamic leadership, some Muslims, including Osama bin Laden, themselves deduced a religious edict that sudden terror attack was the way of achieving the goal of establishing Islamic world order and renouncing Western political policies that are aggressive towards Palestine and other Muslim countries. However, the Messenger of Allah has strongly warned us against killing innocent civilian people, and thus the approach of unexpected terror attack cannot be valid from an Islamic viewpoint as it requires killing of civilian people.
Having said this, I prefer to remain silent about the death of bin Laden, and even ready to pray for him because of the following two reasons:
- Whatever I have written above about Osama Bin Laden’s conviction of his own strategy of establishing the Islamic world order is my speculation only. I never met him in person, never talked with him, and I do not know what was there in his heart. My knowledge about him and his ideology only came from the media. Media never ever give you the correct information. Without having the full and correct knowledge, I do not think it is befitting for me to be negatively judgmental about him. More importantly, he has now already met Allah, who is the best and most just of all judges, and He is fully cognizant of everything of Osama’s heart. It is thus better to let the Judge to do His duty.
- Even if it is correct that Osama was indeed an accomplice of many wrongdoings, my understanding of al-wala wal bara (allowance and disavowal) still prevents me from celebrating his death. Because Bin Laden at the end of day believed in Allah, His Messenger, and the Last Day, and thus he remains our brother in faith.
Although I was never associated with, for the sake of Allah and al-wala wal bara, I would like to make it clear that I wash off my hands from Islamic organizations like ISNA, MPCA, Muslim (don’t) matters and the likes, and the Muslims who think in parallel with the leaders of such organizations and websites, who not only rejoiced the death of a believer on the hands of taghut, but went as far as to feel proud about it. A brother has summed up the miserable mentality of these Muslims, when he remarked, “If in the violation of the sanctity of a Muslim’s death you find no jealousy for your faith, what is left for you to find solace in?”
Our Lord! Forgive us our sins as well as those of our brethren who proceeded us in faith and let not our hearts entertain any unworthy thoughts or feelings against [any of] those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness and Most Merciful (The Noble Quran 59:10)
I ask Allah to forgive Osama bin Laden, and may He make things easy for bin Laden in the next world!
PS. Sheikh Haddad has produced a much more polished and scholarly statement regarding the death of Osama bin Laden. I urge my readers to read his article from the link below: