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Bin Laden death will not mute Jihad call, Islamists say

Members of militant Islamist forums threaten retaliation for death of Al Qaeda leader in Pakistan

Bin Laden death will not mute Jihad call, Islamists say
Osama supporter, Jihadis, Anti-American
Bin Laden death will not mute Jihad call, Islamists say
Osama supporter, Jihadis, Anti-American
Bin Laden death will not mute Jihad call, Islamists say
A pedestrian walks past a TV news report about the killing of Osama bin Laden, at a railway station in Seoul on May 2, 2011
Bin Laden death will not mute Jihad call, Islamists say
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Members of militant Islamist forums said on Monday they prayed the news of Osama bin Laden's death was not true and hinted at retaliation if it was.

They were reacting to word from Washington that the al Qaeda leader was killed in a shootout with US forces on Sunday.

"Oh God, please make this news not true... God curse you Obama," said one message on an Arabic language forum. "Oh Americans... it is still legal for us to cut your necks."

US forces killed bin Laden in a raid on his hideout in Pakistan, president Barack Obama said, ending a nearly 10-year worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the September 11 attacks.

His killing, in a mansion outside of the Pakistani city of Islamabad, dealt a symbolic blow to the global militant network, although Islamist forum posters said the strike would not change their commitment to fighting Western powers.

"Osama may be killed but his message of Jihad will never die. Brothers and sisters, wait and see, his death will be a blessing in disguise," said a poster on another Islamist forum.

Another forum member pointed to the irony of bin Laden's location, contrasting with long-time rumours that he was hiding in caves. "So after 10 years of hiding in mountains, he ends up getting killed in a mansion outside of Islamabad. Interesting."

But the prevailing sentiment was one of grief.

A poster on the Arabic-language Ansar forum said, "God's revenge on you, you Roman dog, God's revenge on you crusaders... this is a tragedy brothers, a tragedy."

Online forums for militant Islamists have been the key means of passing messages from bin Laden and his second-in-command Ayman Al Zawahiri, as well as al Qaeda's regional branches, such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen.

"Forums play a role in communications and ideas for al Qaeda followers, similar to the way Facebook and Twitter were used by democracy protesters in the Arab revolutions of 2011. It's a powerful medium," said Theodore Karasik, a Dubai-based security analyst for the INEGMA group.

Militants also commonly use the forums to pass tips for making explosives, discuss methods of attacks or voice their opinions on world events in relation to Islamist views.

Many argued on Monday they could not believe the news of Osama bin Laden's death until it was confirmed online by al Qaeda's official news outlet, al-Fajr.

"Everyone try to be calm and pray and wait for a response from our brothers at al-Fajr center to learn the accuracy of the news," a message on Ansar news said.

Others doubted the authenticity of photos circulating on the Internet depicting the face of bin Laden after his death. They argued previous pictures of him alive looked older, and his beard greyer, than the picture which some claimed were of his corpse.

But on the Islamic Awakening forum, some suggested bin Laden's death should be accepted and a new leader found.

"Why can't people admit he was killed? He is a human being, not a prophet. Another man will replace his shoes, it's easy."

Others ridiculed the celebrations playing out in the United States, where crowds cheered and waved flags outside the White House and at New York's "Ground Zero", site of the World Trade Center twin towers felled by hijacked airliners on Sept. 11, 2001.

"Please let them celebrate, they are celebrating their own end," said Abu Aziza on the Islamic Awakening forum. "Oh Allah destroy this nation for their hatred and enmity toward your deen [religion]."

Billy 8 years ago

Such hatred. Is this really the true face of Islam? If it is not - and I am sure it is not - then it is time the true followers made their views known. Come out and denounce such vile comments and thoughts. Show the world the true meaning of Islam so that we can unite and isolate these extremists. Let's stop dividing the world into East and West, Christian and Muslim and all work together. If we do not we are playing right into the hands of the terrorists who are trying to divide and conquer.

Munaf 8 years ago

Billy.. lets try and solve the root cause of terrorism. The religion of Islam does not instruct to kill innocent people. But it does instruct to defend Muslim brothers, where ever they may be from injustice (which morally is not wrong). The occupation of Palestine by Israel is probably the root cause where Muslim brothers are being killed for defending their land. To defend these people you have these mercenaries indulging into all acts of wars and developing the hatred against the west which under any condition supports Israel ( bad foreign policy). If the US and the rest of west are not biased and give justice to the Palestinians the hatered will disappear. Similarly there are other countries where the west have started wars for their interest and have lead to the death of thousands.

A Muslim 8 years ago

Islam does not preach hatred. Islam does not allow the killing of the innocent. Be a true muslim. Anyone who instigates violence is a terrorist and anyone who instigates violence in the name of religion cannot be true believer.
Hatred brings forth hatred and love brings forth love.

A Muslim 8 years ago

Islam does not preach hatred. Islam does not allow the killing of the innocent. Be a true muslim. Anyone who instigates violence is a terrorist and anyone who instigates violence in the name of religion cannot be true believer.
Hatred brings forth hatred and love brings forth love.

Aadil 8 years ago

Guys Islam & Muslims have always condemned terrorism in all forms as terrorism has no place in Islam.These are acts of desperation by some because of continuous victimisation & politicisation.These have no value or reward in the eyes of Allmighty God. Terrorism does not have anything to do with traditional Islam. It is a modern day man made monster,
political in nature and is hiding its true ugly face by wearing an Islamic mask & speaking in Islamic slogans. There are terrorist organisations run by members of other faiths like ETA, BASQUE, IRA,MAOIST, NAXALITES,VHP to name a few.Incidentally these terrorist organisations belong to either christian, hindu or sikhs. But the faith of its group is never mentioned when any act of terror is comitted but sadly Islam is mentioned when any muslim commits it. Islam & Muslims are innocent of the acts committed by some . The media bloats up any act related to the muslims & hushes up the same crime done by other faiths. But Truth shall prevail.

A Christian 8 years ago

"A Muslim" that is a great comment, please spread the word, we need a greater understanding of our similarities rather than our differences.

Syed 8 years ago

One day the world will come to know that Muslims were not the ones responsible for the various crimes of terrorism committed. Instead they were stage managed by syndicates in cohesion with SO CALLED DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM states. They are government & media hype to create mass hysteria, many a times it is just created to divert the attention of the public from real issues which threaten the existence of many a govt. Once the objective has been achieved ,these monsters seem to disappear into the horizon but leave bad memories in the mind of the public. West has made terrrorism a monster out of a mole hill. By the way terrorism is not a muslim monopoly, ITS A WESTERN MADE MONSTER.

aadil 8 years ago

No one likes to be oppressed, bullied, victimized or provoked. Muslims voice against oppression is misunderstood as terror. Look around & you will see that its always the other faiths who instigate the Muslims in the name of freedom of speech & expression, offensive cartoons, bans on hijab, minaret, offensive novels, films etc. Double standard is it not. Such acts from west is what is giving rise to terror. History is the witness, No Muslim individual or State has ridiculed any religion, faith or belief in any way. In-fact Islam detests such acts & abhors such attacks on any religion. Can we ask who has given the right to individuals or states to make such blatant attacks on Islam & Muslims. "Freedom of Speech” does not guarantee anyone to insult or defame any faith, Freedom of speech is not Freedom to insult or hurt.

Syed 8 years ago

US is responsible for the present mess the world finds itself in. Unconditional support of Izrael, its double faced policies in ME, illegal occupation of lands in the name of WMD's, victimisation & politicisation of lands & masses .Bombing of Libya,Sudan,Afghanistan, & Iraq. Interfering in internal matters of states,overthrowing legally appointed govts & placing/ supporting rogue regimes for own intrests is what is giving rise to terrorism. Izrael is let free & not charged for any of its openly committed & self accepted crimes. US turns a blind eye to such atrocities committed & even gives the green signal for such inhuman & barbaric acts. All this frustrations gives way to terrorism. If you look back in history pre 9/11. Terrorism was a low keyed affair but West's open War on Terror has given a new lease of life.

Mel 8 years ago

Munaf you have rightly stated and I quote "The religion of Islam does not instruct to kill innocent people. But it does instruct to defend Muslim brothers, where ever they may be from injustice???!!! (which morally is not wrong)" You have the answers. Its time Muslims practice what Islam stands for. Look around and you will find shias and sunnis killing each other, mosque bombings, suicide bombers, Islamic countries dictators and leaders killing their own Muslim brothers and sisters. If Muslims are not united and tolerant of each other what has faith to do with this. Adaptability, attitude and tolerance needs change and quick. Why is Islam as a religion in the spotlight, and other religions kept within, and not taken to the streets?