Even a monster such as Osama Bin Laden deserved a better burial, say city Muslims
The NY Daily News interviewed Muslims in the City and some of them are shocked that the US dumped OBL’s body into the ocean. No matter how evil – and even though Bin Laden didn’t afford his victims a decent burial – many Muslims interviewed by the Daily News said sending his remains to a watery grave was wrong.
“All Muslims as good believers are against terrorists but the way they got rid of his body … is not the way,” said Hamed Nabawy, owner of The Fertile Crescent grocery in Brooklyn’s Arab hub along Atlantic Ave. “We do not burn it. We do not throw it in the water. We bury it in the ground,” said Nabawy, 52.
Mohamed Zohny, 69, owner of Islamic Fashion on Atlantic Ave., agreed. “[Bin Laden] was a very bad man. I do not like the things he did. I do not believe in the things he said. It is better that he is gone,” he said, but he added, “The body belongs to God. We have to bury it.”
Ibrahim Hooper, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the debate “centers on the nature of the individual himself than on the actual burial procedures.” “There’s a part of human nature that says even a person who has done bad and evil things deserves a decent burial,” he said. Still, all things considered, he said he thought the administration “went out of its way” to respect the Muslim burial traditions.
Apologies if I can’t agree. These bodies below belong to God as well yet they weren’t afforded the decency that these Muslims claim OBL deserved.