Immediately following the death of the notorious al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, the U.S. had the tough decision of how to handle the burial and avoid controversy. As it turns out, there’s just no pleasing everybody.
By most Muslim leader’s standards, the U.S. took the high road by sticking to Islamic burial traditions and dispatching the terrorist’s body in the sea within 24 hours of death. But some Muslim leaders say the burial is an affront to Muslims everywhere.
Abdul-Sattar al-Janabi, who preaches at Baghdad’s Abu Hanifa mosque, said: “What was done by the Americans is forbidden by Islam and might provoke some Muslims. It is not acceptable and it is almost a crime to throw the body of a Muslim man into the sea. The body of Bin Laden should have been handed over to his family to look for a country to bury him.”
Osama Bin Laden’s burial controversy is a point of contention for Americans. Some say we should have held on to the body to satisfy all parties that the al-Qaeda leader is dead and ignored Muslim tradition, others say we should have handed him over immediately to his family to avoid a retaliation from the terrorist group. To be honest, I think the compromise the administration came up with is the best anyone could ask for. Positive DNA testing, photographic evidence, and a positive ID from those at the scene have confirmed his identity, and the burial at sea within 24 hours was condoned by several Muslim leaders. What’s more, if the body had been buried on land, it would have clearly become a holy site for al-Qaeda followers.
“Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult,” a US official said. “So the US decided to bury him at sea.”
Islamic law only allows for burial at sea when the subject is already at sea and wont reach land within 24 hours. The only other rule concerning this condones burial at sea when there is a real possibility of the subject’s grave being vandalized by enemies. It seems to me that, with all of the enemies the man had, the second rule would dictate that burial at sea was the right way to go. What do you think of the Osama Bin Laden burial controversy? Give me your thoughts in the comment section.