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Laden's Religion?
By Tanveer Jafri
Contributing Writer
Osama Bin Laden

Just after five years of the terrorist attack of 9/11 on America, again a debate has started on terrorism prevalent in the world. In the last 5 years, Al Qaeda & its leader Osama Bin Laden captured the attention of the media, whereas after this attack, American President George Bush left no stone unturned to change the scenario of the world politics by his 'War against Terrorism.' Before & after the incident of September 11, 2001, the news through Laden, the Al Qaeda chief, were open in which there was Fatwa (Religious Instruction) that it was the duty of every Muslim to attack American people & harm American interests in the world. First of all in 1998, Laden ordered all the Muslims of the world to attack military camps of America & its allies. He said that these attacks were to remain in force till they call back their each & every soldier from all the Muslim countries of the world.' Obviously this fatwa or the religious instruction issued by Laden given to the Muslims brings a question in the forefront that what right Laden has to give directions to the Muslims of the world? What right he has to issue this type of Non-Islamic Fatwas? When & on what basis was Laden authorized by the Muslims of the world to organize Al Qaeda & spread terrorism for killing the innocents of the world? Last but not the least question arises if Osama Bin Laden according to Islamic law is a Muslim or not? To know these questions, it is important to know the personal & family background of Laden.

The name of this terrorist chief is Osama Bin Mohammad Ben Avad Bin Laden & he was born on 10th of the March 1957 in Riyadh City of Saudi Arabia. He was born in a rich & respected family of Saudi Arabia. His father Mohammad Bin Laden was the owner of a famous company 'Bin Laden Company' & was quite near to the royal family of Saudi Arabia. Mohammad Bin Laden made 22 marriages in his life. From these wives he got 55 issues, Osama Bin Laden was first son of 10th wife & was 17th in order. Osama's mother Hamida Al Attas was born in Syria. After sometime of Osama's birth his father divorced his mother. After that, his mother made her second marriage to an officer working in Bin Laden Company & his name was Mohammad Al Attas. Osama's mother gave birth to three sons & a daughter from his second husband. In this way Osama was brought up among his step father & four step brothers & sisters.

Astonishingly the family background of Osama Bin Laden not a surprise in a so called Islam country as Saudi Arabia because it is a common matter in the Arab world to make many marriages under the pretext of Islamic religious law which allows for four marriages only. But when a dreaded man as Osama Bin Laden becomes the chief of terrorists & empowers himself to direct the Muslims of all the world, then it becomes pertinent to see that according to Islam's religious law whether he himself is a Muslim or not? And to what extent he & his father have given regards to Islamic religious laws & how far he has acted upon these laws. As is said by the Islam prophets that to disobey & ignore the tenets written in Islamic religious laws, is Non-Islamic. So a man who is involved in Non-Islamic activities & doesn't obey the directives of the Islamic religious laws and defines it just according to his own convenience, how can such a person call himself a real Muslim?

Mohammad Bin Laden openly ignored the directive of making four marriages as given in Islamic religious laws & made 22 marriages. Obviously the 18 marriages made after the four as allowed by the Islamic religious laws are illegal, accordingly. As Osama Bin Laden is from the tenth wife of his father & Islamic religious law doesn't allow for more than four marriages, so this marriage of his father & his mother can't be said legal according to Islamic religious laws. Obviously when the marriage is not according to Islamic religious laws the son too is not according to Islamic religious laws. Now the question is that after this type of marriage which is not according to Islamic religious laws, how can the son Osama be called a Muslim? How can he be accepted a hero of the Mohammedans of the entire world? Now a matter under perusal can be, where keepers of the Islam everywhere quote the Islamic religious laws & make the peaceful religious issues as controversial, by bringing these under the context of Islamic religious laws, is it not a subject to think that if Osama Bin Laden has a right to call himself a Mohammedan or not?

The anti-Islam movements & activities of Osama Bin Laden & the harm being made by these to the Muslims of the world arises a question in the minds of the Muslims of the world if the activities of Laden & instructions issued by him are not a part of an inconvincible conspiracy? All the world is very well aware of the fact that Osama Bin Laden & Al Qaeda are the product of America & were prepared by American intelligence agency, CIA, to be active in Afghanistan & to struggle against Soviet Union. At that time, by the dethronement of Najib government in Afghanistan, return of Soviet armies from Afghanistan & organization of Taliban, all these were helpful to American interests & were harmful to international Soviet interests. It is not mistaken that even today, the religious instructions of Osama Bin Laden seem to be against America but in reality, his all steps are anti-Muslim & seems to be fulfilling the American desires.

After the terrorizing incident in America on September 11, 2001, George Bush declared a war against terrorism & there was a planned movement to harm the Muslim countries & to massacre the Mohammedans on the name of terrorism. Laden, undoubtedly devastated the two big towers in New York, which were known as World Trade Centre, by its Anti-Islamic & anti-humanitarian orders, but is it not true that as a result of this dreaded incident these two multi-storied buildings took sacrifice of two countries- Afghanistan & Iraq? Who can speak in favour of kidnapping of innocents, kidnapping of scribes & news reporters & beheading them? Which Islam & which Islamic religious laws allow this hateful action? What benefit are these, hateful & inhuman acts are providing to the Mohammedans of the world? If the Mohammedans of the world carefully look at the works of Osama Bin Laden, they will find that the killing of one American citizen by Laden's people has been reciprocated by one thousand lives of the Mohammedans. Today, because of inhuman & anti-Muslim activities of Laden, the valuable natural oil resources of Iraq, which were its pride, are now under the control of America.

Do the above facts not compel to think that Laden's calling himself a Mohammedan & to take charge of Islamic flag in his hand is not a result of any secret design? At the same time, Osama Bin Laden a Mohammedan or not, keeping in view his inhuman activities & Islamic religious laws.

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Mr.Tanveer Jafri, who serves as contributing writer for The Seoul Times, is a noted columnist in India. He writes in a variety of issues including world peace, anti-terrorism, and national & international politics for numerous news dailies and portals in India. As a devoted social activist he is a member of Haryana Sahitya Academy & Haryana Urdu Academy.






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