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Osama bin Laid to Rest?


Yesterday’s The Washington Times has a disturbing article on the Navy’s burial at sea of Osama bin Laden:

Additional questions on the burial have been decidedly unwelcome—when asked whether American service members were the ones who cleaned the terrorist’s body or why he was given an Islamic funeral, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell sniffed, “I don’t think we care to get into those details.” John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, cut off a reporter asking whether an imam was at the funeral with, “It was done appropriately with the appropriate people there.”

For those wondering just what an “appropriate” Islamic burial entails, “Navy Military Funerals,” created by the Navy to govern laying their dead to rest, is a bit more forthcoming. Their “Service for the committal of a person of the Muslim faith” lays out explicit steps that must be followed in a Muslim sea burial. The body must have been washed and wrapped “as required for the bodies of Muslims,” which refers to ceremonial cleanings that must be done by another Muslim. Those who have gathered to pray at the burial—ostensibly crewmembers since family is not allowed at sea burials—must face Mecca.

Formal funeral prayers must be said—and are specifically listed in the service used by the Navy. In the part of the service in which supplication for the deceased is made, the prayer to be used includes the following:

“O Allah, forgive him, have mercy on him, pardon him, grant him security, provide him a nice place and spacious lodgings, wash him (off from his sins) with water, snow and ice, purify him from his sins as a white garment is cleansed from dirt, replace his present abode with a better one, replace his present family with a better one, replace his present partner with a better one, make him enter paradise and save him from the trials of grave [sic] and the punishment of hell.”

According to the Pentagon, “prepared religious remarks” were read at bin Laden’s funeral, but when asked whether his burial was performed according to Navy Military Funeral protocol, they had “no additional operational details or comments to make.” Mr. Brennan, however, in his Monday briefing on the bin Laden operation, reassured reporters that, “Burial at sea takes place on a regular basis. The U.S. military has the ability to ensure that that burial is done in a manner that is, again, consistent with Islamic law, as well as consistent with what the requirements are for a burial at sea. And so that burial was done appropriately.”

Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of a few books on Islam and Islamic Antisemitism asks a few more pertinent questions over at his blog:

But the most shocking details Green has uncovered concern the formal funeral prayers which must be uttered—as specified by the Navy—during the segment of the burial ceremony in which supplication for the Muslim decedent is made. The requisite prayer includes the following statements:

“O Allah, forgive him, have mercy on him, pardon him, grant him security, provide him a nice place and spacious lodgings, wash him (off from his sins) with water, snow and ice, purify him from his sins as a white garment is cleansed from dirt, replace his present abode with a better one, replace his present family with a better one, replace his present partner with a better one, make him enter paradise and save him from the trials of grave [sic] and the punishment of hell.”

But what Green’s discussion omits is that before this supplication, the required prayer service (see p. 34) includes the opening sura (chapter) of the Koran, or “Fatiha”. As copiously documented by the most authoritative Muslim Koranic commentaries—past and present—verse 1.7 from this sura includes an eternal curse upon Jews and Christians, as noted in this official modern Koranic translation by Drs. Muhammad al-Hilali and Muhammad Khan (p.12):

“The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians).”

More at both links. I’m not sure what commentary to add as this seems to speak for itself about all the actors involved.

h/t: Andrew McCarthy at The Corner

7 comments to Osama bin Laid to Rest?

  • Scott M.

    First saw that pic on the cover of the Weekly World News.Sure miss the WWN,made standing in line at the supermarket a lot more fun.

  • Dr.Schplatt

    Maybe there’s something wrong with me, but I really could not care less how he was buried, if his picture is released or any of that other stuff. Any effort I ever put into caring what happened to that piece of crap ended when I heard he got a bullet in the head. He’s dead, it’s done, move on.

    Should we be upset about how he was buried? I don’t see how it matters one way or the other. I also don’t see how it matters one twit what they prayed or what direction they faced when they made him fish food. Our nation was built on the idea that you worship how you want, believe about the afterlife what you want, and hold to whatever god you want. So, to write an article complaining about stuff in a religious ceremony seems a bit petty to me and even a dangerous road to start on. If you don’t like what Muslim funerals have in them, what stops someone from keeping soldiers from performing Christian or Jewish funerals?

    Freedom of religion doesn’t just apply to ones that make sense to us. It applies to all of them. Besides, who cares if they prayed for him to be forgiven, he’s not going to be forgiven anyway.

    • I agree with the particulars…. empty words, empty corpse blahblah… but it speaks volumes about BO’s warped sense of honor and military political correctness. This whole thing has been like a delicious chocolate cake but with a thin layer of turd in the middle.

      • Rufus

        I’m late to this thread, but I don’t understand why people are shocked that he may have been given a service. I can’t speak for other faiths, but there would be no shortage of Catholic priests willing to perform a service for any deceased man or woman, no matter the life he or she lived. It wouldn’t surprise me that the Navy found a Muslim chaplain willing to do a proper service. Just as emergency room doctors stitch up participants of gang violence and drug war honor shootings and stabbings.

  • Scott M.

    What was the name of that WSJ reporter who had his head sawed off by KSM in Pakistan?Did those pigs give him proper Jewish funeral rites?I’m sick of this pandering.

  • -fritz-

    I’m of the opinion that the picture is representative of how close these two are gonna get to “their” gift of virgins! Not!

  • Stephanie

    I tweeted to Floyd earlier today while rushing up north to do a thing that there is a rumor that this never happened. Grain of salt. But there is only one Islamic Cleric in the US Navy Chaplins Corps. Until I see video I take the “official” story and the rumors with a deep abiding cynicism.

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