2nd May, 2011
BIN LADEN'S DEATH: LET JUSTICE REIGN
The death of Osama Bin Laden, leader of Al-Qaedah, was announced today on several cable networks. Bin Laden was reportedly killed in Pakistan by American special forces. Bin Laden was the alleged brain behind the September 11 attack on the United States.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is not in any way surprised by this development in view of the fact that he has since been a fugitive sought after by all intelligence agencies around the world.
Islam teaches a fatalistic philosophy of death as a necessary end. Qur'an 3:185 says, "Every soul shall taste of death". We have no doubt that Bin Laden's death has come at his appointed time because the Qur'an affirms that no soul shall enjoy an extra minute or second nor shall any be denied a single minute (Qur'an 7:34). The Qur'an also says that only Allah can cause death (Qur'an 3:145). In reality, therefore, Allah allowed the killing of Bin Laden when his appointed time was due.
MURIC reaffirms its avowed abhorence of violent tendencies. We therefore call on all disciples of violent reactions to embrace dialogue.
It will be assumed that America sought justice and got it. They wanted Bin Laden dead or alive. From now on, the onus lies squarely on America. Post-Bin Laden era must be characterized by respect for the sovereignty of all nations. The violations of territorial integrities must stop. Only thus can mutual suspicion end among nations. The United States must cease to usurp the sovereignty of the United Nations. Justice must be the key word in American international diplomacy particularly in the Middle East. The arbitrary use of veto in favour of Israel must become an anachronism.
The above are the conditions under which the world can enjoy peace. There can be no peace without justice. The world must not deceive itself into believing that peace would envelope the world once Bin Laden was captured or killed. Justice is the soul of peace. Nobody can deny one and still enjoy the other. We therefore call on America, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the rest of the West to unlock the door of justice and allow the world to breath the air of peace.
Is-haq Akintola (Ph.D),
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC),
Yahoo Group: groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimrights
Be just Justice is the soul of peace
No one can deny one and have the other
Neither can violence or naked force bring lasting peace