“Osama bin Laden said explicitly that the only way to end his jihad against the US was for them to adopt Islam. There was no other way. His confidence was of course derived from what he read in the Qur’ān…. If you read Osama bin Laden’s interviews, he comes out not as some madman, but as logical and cogent. He had no doubts.” These are the introductory sentences of an article by a commentator Meghnad Desai. This article in The Indian Express (Apr 22) throws light on the psychology and character of religious and ideological persons and groups, saying that such persons are very sincere and committed to the attainment of their objectives; they do not take care of themselves and always remain ready to bear trials and tribulations in this way so much so that they even sacrifice their lives if need be. The commentator has cited many persons and groups in this regard. “Anders Breivik, the killer of 77 persons in Oslo, has no regrets. The Maoist groups and Naxals are carrying out their activities with full confidence. There was a time when these qualities were found in the members of Communist parties.”
This is also the same Qur’ān
The analysis is right to a great extent. But the statement attributed to Osama Bin Laden is not based on correct information, particularly that “Bin Laden had read this in the Qur’ān”. Over one billion Muslims worldwide believe in the teachings of the Qur’ān. Thousands of organisations, associations and institutions the world over are working on the teachings of the Qur’ān. In this country itself many organisations and associations are active on the basis of the Qur’ān. None of them has derived the method of jihad and propagation that the commentator has attributed to Osama Bin Laden. – And the fact remains that Osama Bin Laden neither said nor did what is attributed to him. All the statements, photographs, video features and announcements of Osama Bin Laden are fake and false; they are specimen of the ramification of modern technology. 9/11 attributed to him is the biggest lie of modern history. Indeed there was a person named Osama Bin Laden who had waged an armed jihad against the illegal occupation of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union. And this jihad was in accordance with Islamic principles, whereby it is prohibited to kill women, children, the old, sick and innocent. Whatever was said about Bin Laden thereafter is out and out baseless.
Why it is necessary to reveal the reality of Bin Laden
There is need to tell all this about Osama Bin Laden from time to time because he is the recent character of anti-Islam forces that has been created with a view to exploit it to “defeat” Islam in the 21st century. The reality about Bin Laden is only that much which has been mentioned in the above lines. But America having declared him as a very dangerous “Islamic terrorist” attributed to him everything whereby the world can be made afraid of and excuse for every action against Islam and the Muslim Ummah can be had. As per the American wish, commentators the world over have accepted this concocted being. They also include Indian commentators. They are of two types. One is of those who understand that there had really been made-in-America character of Osama Bin Laden. The other is of those who understand the fact very well but feel compelled to follow the American line to serve their personal interests. In this situation eyes are cast on Muslim commentators writing in English. But first they are only a few, then they either belong to one of the two categories or are Muslim only in name and have no interest in Islamic or Muslim cause. – Then is it not the greatest need of the hour that the Ummah prepares itself to face this media aggression? It is so because America wants to keep this campaign going on for a pretty long time as George Bush J. had announced soon after 9/11. It means the bugbear of Bin Laden will continue to be exploited thus.
28/04/12 khabar-O-Nazar by Parwaaz Rahmani, sehrozaDAWAT, translated by: Abu Yusuf