Muslim Judicial Council Fails in Bin Laden’s Wake
The death of Osama bin Laden has been welcomed by and large by the western world. It comes at the wake that the face of terrorism has been eliminated. I for one am glad that he is no longer around. I was disappointed that the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) in South Africa did not welcome his death as a man who brought and continues to bring death, terrorism and destruction to the world at large through Al Qaeda. The MJC resorts to language of the United States of America actions as nothing more than “cowboys” acting lawlessly in terms of international judicial laws “designed to govern, protect and resolve global disputes and conflicts” .
Let us be clear, the MJC objects to the manner in which Osama bin Laden was killed because they believe that the US needed to afford bin Laden the rights of a person who should have been tried by a court of law before sentence should have been passed, if he was found guilty. Really? Is this the basis of their argument which is in support of a terrorist? I am not sure what they were expecting, if Bin Laden was captured alive then in all probability he would have earned himself a one way ticket to Guantanamo Bay as I cannot imagine that he would have been sent to the US for a trial. Even if he was, that would have raised all sorts of questions as to how fair would this trial be. The logic of treating bin Laden as a criminal who deserves the benefit of having a trial is not very well thought out on the part of the MJC.
Let us not forget that the War of Terror is not a war that could ever end; it is an ideal that requires each state to be on a continuous alert and, if need be, effectively eliminate those threats. If that elimination means placing them in a detention facility (with or without a trial) or execution (with or without a trial), then so be it. This elimination should not be a policy that should show a true reflection of the country but rather it should show intent of policy to deal with high profile targets such as bin Laden. I have no doubt that the issue of bin Laden was unique and after months of monitoring him, the issue of leaving it to Pakistan to handle would have been questionable as to their credibility in catching bin Laden.
The MJC objects to the manner in which bin Laden was disposed of. They maintain that he should have been given an Islamic burial by his family. The idea of affording bin Laden the Islamic rights of a burial to Muslims are synonymous of equating him to a ‘good Muslim’. I do not advocate the desecration of a body but the fact that burying him on land would have created a shrine for those who believe in his unrighteous ways and evil intentions. Burying bin Laden in the ocean outweighs the potential threat of having people visit his shrine and influence others to continue his atrocities. Undoubtedly, the way in which the US buried bin Laden was laudable of having Islamic prayers at his burial.
I am afraid that whilst the MJC deduced that the US acted outside the realms of justice, peace, respect and the like, the MJC seems to have given support to bin Laden. The idea of killing a known terrorist who admitted and celebrated his heinous activities should be celebrated by those who believe in principles of justice, peace, and respect. If the MJC truly believes in the principles that it accuses the US of violating then, so too, the actions of bin Laden must also be condemned by the MJC. It fails in this regard.
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