Bin Laden in a Muslim Eye
Bin Laden. It is the most well-known name in the whole world nowadays. It is in the news, papers and human minds. His name is also connected to terrorist due to many terrorist activities he has been convicted to. This short paper deals with the question that weather Osama Bin Laden is a Muslim or not! In fact, to answer such question, a long research and understanding of the religion of Islam is required but to make the trip short the following discussion will centered in the ideas of Bin Laden's actions in Islamic prospective, Bin Laden's own law towards non-Muslims, and finally talking about my personal point of view, as Muslim, of the crucial operations he plans for or manages.
"Whosoever killed a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind." (Chapter 5, Verse 32)
Clearly, this verse states that killing a person without legal right is equal to killing the whole human being. What the verse means by legal right is, for example, when a person kills a human being, the killer has to be sent to death; manslaughter. In fact, it is more complicated than it appears. In the killing case, it is not the family of the victim who conduct the slaughter but it is the court. This way, human kind will be safer and their rights will be saved. God forbids the killing of a human life and that is in the deep core of Islamic laws. What Bin Laden has done does not reflect a behavior of a Muslim.
The second idea deals with Ben Laden's theory of non-Muslims. In 1998 and according to Al-Quds Al-Arabi Newspaper in London, Bin Laden issued a fatwa, an Islamic Law, declaring a war, or jihad, against the West and Israel. Simply, declaring a war means killing people. The verse above states the opposite. Islam considers human as the most valuable creatures. If this is what Bin Laden thinks, how can we call him a Muslim!
Moreover, Bin Laden appointed himself as a Leader to all Muslims. I, as a Muslim, do not agree with what Bin Laden does. His terrorist attacks are not directed to the West and Israel only, but also to Muslims. Saudi Arabia, for example, has experienced a number of terrorist attacks which Al-Qaeda is accused with.
In short, Osama Bin Laden can not be considered as a Muslim. He is breaking up the Islamic rules and replacing them with his own laws. Furthermore, he believes that whoever is not following or obeying his orders is against him and shall be killed. This is not what Islam teaches its followers. Now, I leave it to you to answer the question, is Bin Laden a Muslim?