Who says Osama is a terrorist:Muslim religious leaders of India
Posted by The Mindset on May 3, 2011
In India there are 160 million (16 crore) Muslims .
Here are few of our ‘peaceful minorities’ who are making a real effort that Osama bin Laden was ‘not-a-terrorist’. Continuing their age-old rant about America and the ‘War on Terror’ and as always siding with Islamic Jihad. Here are the statements:
NEW DELHI: From incredulity to hostility towards the US — reactions of Indian Muslim organisations changed rapidly as it became clear that the news of Osama bin Laden’s death in a CIA operation in Abbottabad in Pakistan was not American propaganda.
Muslim religious leaders, cutting across sectarian divisions, questioned the “America-propounded” description of the al-Qaida leader as a terrorist, asking what judicial procedures had been followed to pronounce him as one. There was, however, obvious unease at the fact that he had been found to be living in Pakistan and had been killed in an US operation on Pakistani soil.
Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Imam of Jama Masjid, objected to Osama being called a terrorist, “When did any court of law in the world convict Bin Laden of terrorist activities? It is only America’s assertion and that of Nato that he was one. Why should we believe them. As for the government of India’s reactions, I would want to know their views on what is happening in Palestine even now when thousands of Muslims are being killed by Israel with US help. The killing (of Osama) in a continuation of US interference in Libya, Iraq and Palestine.”
Maulana Arshad Madani, president of one faction of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, also disagreed that Osama was a terrorist. “I do not believe he indulged in terrorism. The question to be asked is why did US come into Afghanistan in the first place? Who created Osama? Americans did to exterminate the Russians. Now that their need has been fulfilled, they term Osama, who was at one point their best friend, a terrorist. It is symptomatic of the American way of functioning of their constant use and throw policy with countries and people.”
Muslims – you can never judge them. They were making Facebook fan pages and made Mumtaz Qadri a national hero when he killed Salmaan Taseer, but they will now talk about justice and judiciary.
Initially these mullahs rejected the claim that Osama is dead but later they have to accept that their hero has really departed to hell.
The Indian Muslim establishment initially reacted with incredulity to the news of Osama’s death, citing US operations in Tora Bora as a precedent where claims of his killing had later been proved false. It took statements from home minister P Chidambaram and Pakistani MP Sherry Rehman to convince them of the veracity of these reports, after which prominent Muslim leaders said Osama was a one-time American ally with whom relations had soured because he had lost his utility which was to tackle the Russians in Afghanistan.
There was, however, some resentment about the fact that he was in Pakistan. Imam Bukhari said it proved the contention that ISI gave shelter to terrorists. “I am not saying Osama was a terrorist but the fact that outfits like JeM and LeT have bank accounts in the US show that US and ISI jointly sponsor the acts of terrorism in India.”
Cutting across the Muslim sectarian divide, the reactions remained similar. Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi Salafi, general secretary of the Markaze Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind – one of the oldest Muslim organisations in the country and believed to have Wahabi roots — said, “Osama was a puppet of a superpower, in fact the kind of power he wielded and the widespread consequences of his alleged acts could not have been possible if he did not have powerful backers. Now that he has outlived their necessity, they took him out. This is a conspiracy of the enemies of Asia and of Islam to paint Muslims in a bad light.”
The overwhelming consensus seemed to be that the US would do well to steer clear of internal matters of sovereign states in which it has no business. “It is only America’s contention that Osama was a terrorist. There is no reason for us to take their words at face value. As for his having been killed inside Pakistan by American forces, that is something Pakistan should get worried about,” said Jamaat Islam-i-Hind president Jalaluddin Umri.