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The Scholarly Stance on the Killing of Bin Laden al-Khārijī

Al-ʿAllāmah ʿAbd al-Muhsin al-ʿAbbād

A brief reflection on the ease the death of the extremist Usāmah ibn Laden brought the Muslims.

[Q]: What is the balanced position concerning the killing of Usāmah ibn Laden as there were those who are delighted with his killing and others who said that he was a Mujāhid and they judged him to have achieved martyrdom?

[A]: How is he a Mujāhid! Yes, he was a Mujāhid in the path of the devil. Usāmah ibn Laden brought a great deal of evil to the Muslims, and there is no doubt that his departure will bring them ease; the people will be more at ease due to his departure.

Translated by: Ḥasan al-Ṣumālī

Published: May 12, 2011
Edited: September 15, 2023

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