Monday, May 02, 2011
Islamic scholars criticize bin Laden's sea burial
Sea burials can be allowed, they said, but only in special cases where the death occurred aboard a ship.
Bin Laden's burial at sea "runs contrary to the principles of Islamic laws, religious values and humanitarian customs," said Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand Imam of Cairo's al-Azhar mosque, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning.
A radical cleric in Lebanon, Omar Bakri Mohammed, said, "The Americans want to humiliate Muslims through this burial, and I don't think this is in the interest of the U.S. administration." [Emphasis added.]
Update: It just dawned on me that we missed a golden opportunity. We could have buried UBL in an unmarked grave and driven his supporters nuts trying to find it. Or we could have buried him somewhere really remote, Antarctica for example, and then let the nuts go on pilgrimage there. The trip alone would have killed off a good number of them.
Labels: No good deed goes unpunished.