People Praise Osama Bin Laden’s Death

(CNN) — World leaders and jubilant Americans were not the only ones reacting Monday to the news of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s death in a raid by U.S. military forces on a compound in Pakistan.

Posters to some of the radical websites that bin Laden’s terrorist network used to speak to the world celebrated him as a martyr and vowed the group will continue despite its leader’s death.

“Congratulations for dying as a martyr and a fighter in the sake of Allah,” one poster wrote.

“We won’t cry today, but we will revenge. Men and women in America will cry.” another post read, echoing warnings from Western leaders that the terrorist network will almost certainly move to avenge bin Laden’s death.

The sites, frequented by radical Islamists who subscribed to bin Laden’s philosophies, have played a significant role in attracting and radicalizing potential terror recruits and the broader radical Islamist community and have been frequently used by al Qaeda and its affiliates to broadcast statements.

Many of the posters reacting to bin Laden’s death referred to him as a “shaheed,” or martyr. One was headlined “The Lion of Jihad was killed in a fierce battle.” Some mourned. “Teary eyes and sad hearts go out to you, the dearest and most noble of people.” one poster wrote. Others celebrated bin Laden’s death as a promotion of sorts. “May Allah increase your rank in Jannah o Sheikh Osama!” one poster wrote. Jannah can be translated as “paradise.” “May Allah give you a place next to our beloved Prophet (saws), amen amen,” wrote another. “Saws” is an abbreviation for the phrase meaning “peace be upon him.” Not everyone could believe what they were hearing. “The news came down on my ears this morning like thunderbolt,” one poster commented. Another simply hoped the reports were lies.

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One Response to People Praise Osama Bin Laden’s Death

  1. Tayna Pilato says:

    Hey, just hopped over to your website from mixx. It is not an article I would normally read, but I liked your perspective on it. Thank you for creating a piece worth reading!

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