May 3, 2011

My two cents on the past few days...

Cover of Time magazine's special edition due this week
*** Fact: Time magazine has only done 4 such covers; 3 of those pictured are Muslims. Really, no one else deserved this? How about Slobodan Milosevic, who was responsible for the deaths of 146,000 Muslims during the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia/Herzegovnia? This number is from a CIA memo btw. I am sick of media promoting Islamophobia.

Or... how about showing the US Flag, along with President Bush's photo. The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan since the start of "Operation Enduring Freedom" in 2001 numbers over  20,000 CIVILIANS, woman and children included, were killed by Allied forces.

8 of these were schoolchildren. Inna ilayhi wa inni lillahi rajioon.

How can anyone read this and NOT be sickened by it? Because one man decided to carry out his vendetta against the US for their foreign policies, it gave a right to the US to kills THOUSANDS of innocent civilians??? These numbers are verifiable and easy to find online.

Also easy to find is how much cover-up went on. For example, a pregnant woman (among others) was killed in a botched raid. Only innocent noncombatants were in the house. The soldiers pulled the bullets out of the bodies and stated all were dead when they got there. Later, they admitted to killing them and covering up their crime.***

A'salaamu alaikum ya'll. I've noticed the Muslim blogging world (my little corner of it, anyway) has been pretty quiet on the recent events which have transpired. What, you-who-lives-under-a-rock, asks? I am referring to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Just like my post about islamic_rage_boy's picture, I am over it, finished, stick-a-fork-in-me done. However, just to clarify, here is my stance:

The man responsible for planning the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US is dead. I don't believe most of the hype surrounding this story and let me tell you, I am not a conspiracy theory kinda gal. However, the perfect timing of the event (re-election, the whole "birther" debate, etc) the lack of a body, the media frenzy, all of it... well it just looks awfully convenient. Allahu alim.

I disagree with how they said they treated his body. Contrary to their statement, they did NOT follow proper Islamic protocol. Even child molesters and rapists are buried in a respectable manner, according to their religious beliefs. I cannot imagine no country would have taken his body but I can imagine many reasons why the US didn't try very hard to find a place. Once again, Allah alim.

I am disgusted by the behavior of many of my fellow Americans. Unless you actually lost a loved one on 9/11 why the heck are you looking for revenge? It didn't happen to you personally, get over it.

I believe everyone is entitled to a trial and if the US's intent was to capture him but things went awry, well ok so what. But if their intent was to assassinate him I believe that is wrong. I don't think our democratic ideals should only apply to a select few. That's a slippery slope.

I believe Osama bin Laden was misguided; I believe what he did was wrong. Muslims do NOT take the lives of innocent non-combatants. He has to answer to Allah for his sins. That said, the US and its allies should also observe the Geneva Conventions and uphold UN resolutions and stop thinking they are the police, judge and jury for the entire world.

I hated seeing the demonstrations in the streets, celebrating his death. I hate seeing the demonstrations in the Middle East or Afghanistan or wherever, celebrating the death of an American solider. It isn't civlized and it isn't good Islamic manners.

Are you all aware that in the battle of Badr the Prophet Muhammad saws insisted the Muslimeen bury all of the kaffiroon who died? Who died in hand-to-hand battle with the muslimeen? And yet, they buried them, digging 80+ graves in the burning sun. They buried them respectfully and at great physical cost to themselves; battle-worn and weary.

I think that is the least the US could have done for his body. Now let's see if they will get out of Afghanistan and leave those people alone. Their country cannot take much more American "assistance" that's for sure.


Nikki said...

Amen to everything stated!

♥ααℓiα♥ said...

MashaaAllah -- agreed with everything here said. I'm disappointed in some of the Blogs by other Muslims celebrating and falling for the lies of a government regime who invade Muslim lands and kill our Brothers & Sisters. May Allah ta`ala guide us all and have mercy on us, ameen.

JazakiAllahKhayr :-)

Mona Z said...

No one knows that OBL was what everyone made him out to be but I'm pretty sure he wasn't a nice guy. That said, I suppose he should have had a proper burial. People celebrating and rejoicing in the streets is a bit much but I do understand the feeling of relief or revenge. You can't say "if you weren't affected personally, get over it" One could say the same about a Muslim caring about Muslims being killed in Afghanistan or elsewhere. Right? The whole thing is a mess but no one can take the anyone's right to feel a certain way.

Umm Aaminah said...

Thanks for all the comments! Sr. Mona,perhaps I was too harsh in my comment but after reading about all of the innocent Muslims killed, seeing the cold hard numbers, yeah I got a little warm.

I wasn't Muslim when 9/11 happened. I was saddened and my sense of safety was shaken to the core. But I never hated anyone. I was confused as to how any person could want to kill innocent people but other than that, nothing.

So my standpoint of "get over it" comes from my view pre-Islam. If I weren't a Muslim right now, I still wouldn't be dancing in the streets or calling for his body to be "fed to wild pigs" as someone on fb said.

However you are correct that everyone has a right to how they feel. Thanks for reminding me. :-)

Muslim Convert said...

Honestly I'm glad this is over with, but it won't solve anything, the "war on terror" will still be the same in one will know the meaning of the war on terror, all they know is that they gotta stop all those damn "Moslems", I'm glad I'm not in Canada right now to witness behaviour even my 2.5 year old has grown out of.

Halima said...

It's just more propaganda- I think we have a right to be cynical about it all. Obama boosts his flagging popularity, Americans get some "pay-back" to boost their fragile patriotism and chant "U-S-A, U-S-A!", and we can believe we're winning the War on Terror... ho hum.
I think the powers that be didn't want OBL to have an identifiable grave so that it would become the focus of a "shrine". It's also significant that he was killed outright and not taken alive. That avoided alot of bother, didn't it?
Maybe some day, sooner or later, some of the truth will come out about all this, inshallah. Until then, all is not what it seems and politics is a world of shadows, lies and illusions- so treat it with caution!

zanjabil said...

I don't believe there is any truth to anything that has been said on this subject (OBL) in the media. Allah knows best, but I think this is just another lie that the propaganda machine is cranking out.

Anonymous said...

In short,
Israel robed Palestine land forcefully 63 years ago.
Kicked millions of Palestinians out of their land, killed innocent people and children, destroyed most of the houses of poor people, kept killing and destroying till today.

Over “40 UN resolutions” against illegal occupation and to get out of Palestine land by Israel was blocked (veto’) by USA and still blocking.

After watching “live” on a video (before 9/11) of shot to death of an unarmed very weak in health , desperate father and his three year old son on a roadside by Israeli thugs (police?), Muslims all around the world outraged.

Muslims, being held their anger due to weak in their strength of weapons for years and Raged by seeing live of the above incident and nonstop oppression by Israel for years, OBL has called Muslims to save the life of remaining brothers / sisters and children of Palestine, liberate the land and to resist atrocities committed and committing by Israel by the help of USA and teach a lesson to that country.

OBL’s call (as per his definition, fair in war) was nothing different to Israeli and USA policy and atrocities. We all should condemn for this call and cannot be supported in any way.

The question is, is really OBL and his cave men can do that high tech 9/11 attack?.

Highly impossible.

Watch out the following video and decide. After watching this video, sure you won’t believe “he and his men committed that act.


Anonymous said...

Why 9/11 attack occurred? 
A Palestinian prison-state
In peace-making, as in law, business, and other areas of life, the devil is in the details. The crux of the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is not over a Palestinian state. The Quartet of the Middle East road map -- Europe, Russia, the United Nations, and the United States -- all agree that a Palestinian state must emerge. Even Ariel Sharon himself, the father of the settlements and a fervent proponent of the Greater Land of Israel ideology, has come to understand the need for a Palestinian state in order to relieve Israel of the 4 million Palestinians living in the occupied territories. No, the problem is not a Palestinian state, but a viable Palestinian state.
Viability, a term found in the road map, is not a secondary issue. After almost four decades of deliberate Israeli de-development of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, the Palestinians are left today with scorched earth. No functioning economy (the Palestinians, 70 percent of whom live on less than $2 a day, are being kept alive by international relief agencies); no agriculture (since 1967 Israel has uprooted or cut down a million olive and fruit trees); no homes for the young generation (Israel has demolished 12,000 Palestinian homes since the occupation began, and refuses to issue permits to build new ones).
Two generations of Palestinians have never known freedom, only military occupation. They have been brutalized, traumatized, undereducated, and left with few skills and little hope of employment. A full 60 percent of the Palestinian population is under the age of 18.
Add to this equation the fact that the small, truncated Palestinian state that emerges will be required also to provide an infrastructure, services, employment, and a future to the thousands of refugees that will return -- Israel, with American backing, refuses to take in any refugees even though it expelled them in 1948 -- and President Bush's recent call in Brussels for a "truly viable" Palestinian state sounds hollow. While he declared emphatically that "A state of scattered territories will not work," his agreement to Israel's annexation of its major settlement blocs leaves one to wonder just where that viable Palestinian state will be………..
Full story :

Zain Christopher said...

Sadly, this is the outcome of a society that has worn itself down by its inability to live up to the values it claims to represent. It is written throughout the Bible, e.g., Romans 12:19: 'Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord' yet, many Christians (certainly not all) have taken it upon themselves to scream for revenge. When it comes to an assault on nationalist pride, the west holds any perpetrators up to an entirely different set of standards; out of convenience, really. No evidence or jury to pass judgment is required when the other stands accused−history bears witness. Sadly, formalities are gladly exchanged for hollow triumph, and that is America at its worst.

Umm Aaminah said...

Thanks for all of the comments guys! I appreciate them and all of you for taking the time to leave them.

To anon, thank you for your passionate comment as well. I have not went to the link you provided; I would like my readers to know I cannot endorse it, not knowing what it says.

Jazakum Allahu khair...

Anonymous said...

The following video I mentioned above, which you don’t like to endorse, created by a "TECHNICALLY SOUND AND HIGHLY QUALIFIED NON MUSLIM AMERICAN” with solid (chilling)military evidences and technical details.
Please watch it out:

Um Zakarya said...

Assalamu Aleykum sis,

of course I'm late on this one.I agree with 100%.It seems a muslim life worths less than any western life in this world.What about the "innocent until proven guilty" (after a fair trial) law?
Unfairness seems to be the common rule nowadays, and what would be unacceptable in western countries, has become the norm if done overseas.
But I do believe that there's a lot we don't know about and that's why they've been so prompt in getting rid of the body.Allah walim.
May ALLAH SWT give all the muslims in this world to get decent life and death.Ameen.