Here’s a follow-up on my post of last night, “Questions to Ask About Osama bin Laden Death.”
Why is the press (see Daily Mail and Telegraph) posting pics of a dead Osama bin Laden which is a fake photoshop that has been circulating on the Internet for years?
How do we know this? Because the same “death” photo had been featured in a story released over a year ago.
Question #2: What happened to his body?
When the news broke yesterday evening that US forces had captured and killed Osama bin Laden, we were told that the 9-11 mastermind “was killed a week ago by a US bomb,” that “he was shot and killed by ground US forces in Pakistan,” and that “a House Intelligence committee aide confirms that the United States has the body.”
Upon awaking this morning, I discovered a radically different version. We are now told that we no longer have bin Laden’s corpse. Instead, the body is already buried at sea! From the AP:
“A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea. After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea. The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters, did not immediately say where that occurred.”
This means those of us who are just a tad skeptical about what the Obama administration tells us will have to just take the nontransparent administration’s word that (a) The body was really Osama bin Laden’s ’cause alleged DNA tests prove it!; and (b) The corpse was a “fresh” one, instead of a long-refrigerated specimen.
Alas, the Wikipedia article on “Islamic Funeral” does not say that Muslim practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours. This is what Wiki says:
“sharia (Islamic religious law) calls for burial of the body, preceded by a simple ritual involving bathing and shrouding the body, followed by salah (prayer). Cremation of the body is forbidden. Burial rituals should normally take place as soon as possible and include:
- Bathing the dead body, except in extraordinary circumstances….
- Enshrouding dead body in a white cotton or linen cloth.
- Funeral prayer.
- Burial of the dead body in a grave.
- Positioning the deceased so that the head is faced towards Mecca.”
In other words, Sharia law does NOT mandate that the dead must be buried within 24 hours. However, Sharia law DOES mandate that the corpse be buried in a grave, that is, in the ground instead of at sea. I can think of at least one reason why Muslims don’t bury their dead at sea. The dead is supposed to be buried with the head facing towards Mecca — something that just can’t be done if the body is dumped into the sea.
In fact, according to al-Islam.org, Sharia law specifically instructs the following:
“620. * It is obligatory to bury a dead body in the ground, so deep that its smell does not come out and the beasts of prey do not dig it out, and, if there is a danger of such beasts digging it out then the grave should be made solid with bricks, etc.
621. If it is not possible to bury a dead body in the ground, it may be kept in a vault or a coffin, instead.“
In other words, what we are told by the Obama administration — that bin Laden’s body was “buried at sea” to abide by Muslim traditions — is bupkus, A LIE.
Lastly, since when does the United States bury the body of an enemy combatant in accordance with the enemy’s religious strictures?
H/t May, Steve, and Joan!