‘Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda…’
The words of President Barack Obama were ensued by celebrations in towns and cities across America, where the young and old were shedding tears of joy, amidst jubilation in the realisation that the figurehead who represented resistance to Western imperialism was killed by an elite force from the U.S Navy Seals. The description of the killing would please the imagination of many patriotic Americans as the account reminisces a scene one would watch in a Delta Force movie – the best trained commandos executing a dangerous mission in a slick, spectacular fashion – something that will go down in the future edition of US Navy SEAL Combat manual.
After the Hollywood-style operation drew to a close and the nonsensical narrative began, one finds an array of contradictory and conflicting media reports about the finer details prior to his assassination. Such inconsistencies add to the fuel of speculation about the exact nature of the event and even the killing itself. One account speaks of the presence of human shields that has subsequently been retracted and another report implies how Bin Laden resisted but the latest update states that he was unarmed and exhibited no willingness to fight. Following this piece of journalistic ‘accuracy’, another absurd claim states that he was buried at sea following a ghusl and Jannaza prayer! Which sea was he buried in? Either the Indian Ocean or the North Arabian Sea!
The information, at best remains vague and sketchy, which will continue to add to the conspiracy theories that have already circulated. Putting aside the speculation and hearsay, a number of pertinent points can be made:
1. This event will not dampen the Ummah’s zeal for change based on Islam
The U.S Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, voiced her thoughts and gave a message to the Muslim World stating that Bin Laden’s death came at a time when people in the Middle East and North Africa were rejecting the ‘extremist narrative’ and were standing up for freedom and democracy. Such comments are typical of those whom espouse the Capitalist mindset where a particular event can be capitalized in order to sway the masses in a certain direction in order to maintain the status quo of subjugation and oppression. It appears that her comments are a desperate attempt to set the trajectory of the Muslim World in line with the aspirations of the secular West as a way of continuously exploiting the rich resources and securing strategic interests for the Western powers.
It’s a far cry to assume that the Muslim World does not wish to see the implementation of an Islamic political system upon her land. More and more of the Muslim population is placing greater hope and confidence in the Islamic model to govern life affairs and it is only a matter of time when both democrat and dictator will write their last pages in history before a new leaf is turned.
2. The ideological battle between Western interference and Islam still continues
The conflict between Haqq and Baatil has always been the central dimension of the human condition and existence. One only needs to ponder on the dialogues between Syedinna Ibrahim (AS) and Nimrod, Syedinna Musa (AS) and Firawn or our Nabi Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and Abu Jahl. It then becomes all too apparent that the conflicts can take many forms but remain constant in their essence. The fact that man-made systems and ideas are governing the earthly world requires a united Muslim effort to refute erroneous ideas, be it relating to belief, social ideals, political theory or economic policies. Therefore, the battle of ideas will still continue between Capitalism and Islam, so our struggle to eliminate the colonialist influence from our lands will proceed unabated. This struggle will haste forward despite the distractions and oppression that is bestowed upon this Ummah. This struggle will continue to be political in nature until, and even after, the Khilafah Rashidah takes its resting place.
بَلْ نَقْذِفُ بِالْحَقِّ عَلَى الْبَاطِلِ فَيَدْمَغُهُ فَإِذَا هُوَ زَاهِقٌ
“Rather We hurl the truth against falsehood and it cuts right through it and it vanishes clean away!” [al-Anbiyaa, 21:18]