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ICNA’s Statement on Killing of Osama bin Laden

05 2 11



JAMAICA, New York (May 2, 2011) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) issued a press release this morning on the killing of Osama bin Laden by a US military operation outside Abbottabad, Pakistan yesterday.

“Osama bin Laden posed a serious threat to the security of America and the world, and the removal of this threat is a significant turning point in the post-9/11 global War on Terror.

“Our thoughts are first and foremost with the families of those killed on 9/11 and the countless innocent men, women and children who have died in the ensuing wars. We pray this news brings closure to these families and ultimately ushers in a new chapter of peace and understanding in America’s history.

“ICNA hopes that the Obama administration will use this pivotal moment as an opportunity to rapidly end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and ensure the safe return of our troops.

“We reiterate President Obama’s statement that America is not at war with Islam and Osama bin Laden was not representative of Muslims. We must remember with conviction the unity that brought us out of the devastation of September 11, 2001, and work to preserve that unity in coming days.”

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  • Khan

    Notice that unlike CAIR, ICNA did not “Welcome” the news of OBL’s killing. Also compare the PR with the other Muslim organizations like ISNA and MPAC.

    It is the only PR that has called for an end to US wars. No other Muslim organization even dared to mention this.

    It is a principled and much more balanced and representative of the American Muslim community.

  • Syed

    Leadership is not claimed but earned. This PR and the others on this site shows that ICNA is the most deserving organization to lead and represent Muslims in this country.

    ISNA, CAIR, MPAC and other neither have the activism on the ground nor the strong principles that ICNA has.

  • Proud American Muslim

    Syed you could not be more accurate. God Bless

  • ICNA I too am ashame of you. Where is the proof of your accusation? You will have to answer to this on the day of judgement. This was a human-being, a muslim and you treat him like this. All I am saying is, Why could not this man be brought to trial? The whole world should have been given respect; to have known both sides of the story. And Allah (swt) knows best.

  • I do not know if my comment was received or not. However, I too am ashame of ICNA. Where is the proof that Osama Bin Laden did all those things? Do you have proof? If so, please do provide it to your readers. This man was a muslim and a human-being. The least he could have had was a fair trial. You will have to stand before Allah (swt) just like all of us. You have a responsiblity to publish the truth, please have the facts, before you print. Many people read your articles and you could be helping some reader to burn in hell-fire. The world should have been respect, to at least have had both sides of the story. He should have been brought to trial. Isn’t that the American way? Doesn’t Islam speak of justice? Remember the story of Aisha, the Prophet (saw) wife?

  • Such garbage ICNA released to the masses. God I am so embarrassed of Muslims like these. Straight into the lizard’s hole, chasing after the kuffar and the illusion of becoming a part of America.

    Now just sit there and write one stupid comment after another while the the U.S and Israel take over one Arab country after another. You have no backbone ********** who are so desperately clinging to Uncle Sam. Oh, let me be the first to point out that Uncle Sam never ever wants you to be a part of his family.

    Oh Allah, please bring back Nabi Issa, this is a crazy world.

    p.s. Even if Osama was an angel, I am sure ICNA would still be ********** to the powers that be.

  • Mohammad Anwar

    Let me try to be rational and logical here. If OSAMA was such a large scale terrorist, danger for the world with a strong net work, why he was not captured alive and tortured for another 10 years to get all the information needed by the so called killers. It was said that he was unarmed when killed. So why the killing and throwing to sea, all the BS. Yes there could be one reason to kill him which is he was being used for the last 10 years to occupy and destroy three Muslim countries (AFGANISTAN, , IRAQ, PAKISTAN) and may be some other matters are there, and the purpose has been served and they need to eliminate him to destroy the living evidence of the large conspiracy. Either way PAKISTAN is not the one who conspired, PAKISTAN is just being used under a big umbrella conspiracy by the so called killers.

  • Mujahed

    ASA, If pork becomes halal for muslims when it comes to “survival”, this is “ok” as well. What can poor american(First)-muslims do? huh? I pity those folks.. they must display some patriotism, you know. I for very well know taliban’s firm stance, but the stance of washington keeps wavering – as the wind shifts its course! Over a MILLION KILLED IN IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN! The inhuman crimes of Abu-ghraib, the Guantanamo prison sagas – these shall NOT vanish UNTIL JUSTICE IS DONE, INSHAALLAH!! (ICNA do you have courage to post this from a MUJAHED?)

  • Yasir

    I compared the press releases of the various American Muslim orgs here.

    Take a look and see who “welcomes” “justice” and who calls it simply “a turning point”. While some are rejoicing some are somber in acknowledgment. It gives a very useful idea of the spectrum of opinions within the Muslim Organizations. And I personally think ICNA’s is the most thoughtful and balanced. The worst is ISNA’s who “welcomed justice”.

  • James Bond

    This statement shows where their loyalty lies obviously not with their Creator. I’m not sure why people are surprise by this.

  • To all the delusional posters out there who are asking for Proof of OBL having done this or that. Go back and watch, listen, and read transcriptions of all of his messages along with his right hand mans. After doing so come back and tell me if this man not only praised but also called for the killing of innocent people. ICNA never said (didn’t have to) anything about his involvement or non-involvement in 911. ICNA said he posed a threat to America and the world which is true.

    After doing that review the number of casualties of AlQaeda and its off-shoots. They have killed more Muslims than anyone else. If there is anyone you should be mad at its them.

    ICNA’s statement clearly mentions all of the innocent people (in this case Muslims) that have been killed due to the ensuing wars. ICNA also takes an anti-war position and participates in any rallies/protests calling for the end of the wars.

  • James Bond

    The worst terrorist attacks in our times have, in actuality, been the likes of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, wherein the United States and her allies have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people. ICNA should condemns them as well.

  • A Muslim

    ICNA needs to stop trying to please America and start standing up for what’s right. While everyone lies in their shells scared to fight back and engage in Jihad, here is someone who actually did.
    9/11 was not worse than what’s going on in Afghansitan right now. Thousands of lives have been right.
    I agree with the above comment… How come that wasn’t mentioned?

  • Please re-read the statement it clearly says: “… and the countless innocent men, women and children who have died in the ensuing wars”. This is in reference to all of the civilians killed in drone attacks and other “collateral damage”. The statement is balanced because it covers innocent people lost at home (in America) and abroad (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq).

    Because of fearing Allah and standing up for the truth and justice ICNA has to speak up about people like OBL and the indiscriminate violence he stood for needs to condemned. And acts of state aggression against innocent civilians need to be condemned and the wars need to be ended just as much. The statement is calling for a new era of peace.

  • ali

    ok both of ur comments are like so dumb. O y does icna not do this and that and condemn this and that. Let me tell you Y. Because its a statement on the death of OBL, not a statement on how USA forces have not been able to keep civilian casualties in IRAQ and Afghanistan to a minimum which they said they would do. Second thing, yes USA and allied forces are wrong and have killed 1000s of innocents wrongly but OBL and his followers were the PRIMARY cause for this murder and for the murder of innocents that died by the hand of alqaeda and affiliates also. Also the ppl who hid obl are at fault too cuz they knew this would hapen. My question to you is Y did obl not think abt the consequences he talked of being a true muslim one who wanted to save the muslims of the world, well cuz of him directly and indirectly ppl have died, USA and allied forces are wrong and there is no justification of taking an innocent human life but OBL was and his ppl are still the bigger evil in this cuz they are the PRIMARY CAUSE of all this murder.

  • Osama cared more about projecting his own image than he did about the welfare of the Ummah.

  • abd’ALLAH Ibn Israel

    as salaamu alaikum Rahman ta’illah,

    Foremost, May ALLAH bless and preserve the Quran, Sunnah and rightly guided scholars. ameen. As a believer(inshallah) I know that these psuedo-jihad orgs, are upon “innovation” to my Leader Rasullah’s perfected deen, my proof is the hadith
    found in, Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 88, #180] Narrated Abu Huraira (ra): I heard the truthful and trusted by Allah [the Prophet (sa)] saying, “The destruction of my nation is at the hands of young men from the Quraish.”
    but to add to this, These so called “Democratic Islamic Rights Movements” that are sweeping the arab Nations are also upon innovation to my leader’s perfected deen, my proof can be found in [Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 88, Number 177] Narrated Ibn Abbas: The Prophet, peace be upon him said, “Whoever sees something from his ruler he hates should be patient, for indeed, whoever divides the community so much as hand’s length and dies will have died upon ignorance.” This groups of innovators are “blatantly” and “arrogantly” going against what the walking Noble Quran has instructed them not to, and are still claiming to be Muslims, while calling out to non-Muslim countries for protection which is a further innovation; my proof for that can also be found in the Mighty Quran {Surah Ale-Imran(3),Ayah 28 “Let not believers take disbelievers as allies rather than believers. And whoever [of you] does that has nothing with Allāh, except when taking precaution against them in prudence. And Allāh warns you of Himself, and to Allāh is the [final] destination. The proof is clear and likewise for the hypocrisy. May Allah guide those w/ the mustard seed of faith back to the Salfiya Salaf. ameen

  • Todd

    islam is both a blood family and an evangelical religion that is angry with idolatry and will physically attack in an organized way, they will attack christian churches and strip bars and liquor stores and beer stores and wine stores and drug dealers

  • mm

    Islam is a peaceful religion. You should not trust the media since it is all a lie just to make things more interesting. All these so called terrorists are just dramas and an excuse to attack muslim countries because they know it is the true religion. The true mujahiddin are the ones in Afghanistan trying to protect their family and country from invaders like U.S. So far they are doing a wonderful job. Every country that becomes world superpower tries to attack this poor country yet in the end the invading countries lose their power and their economy goes down. Such as Russia and England,they tried to warn America but they did not listen and now look,they are in a recccession.

  • chico

    I am not religious, but i am a Muslim by identity and by belief. I am afraid of ALLAH not a Government, country, people or it’s flag. We as Muslims are lucky to have witnessed the proof of what was written in Surat Imran, and
    there is no evil version of the Qur’an.
    Although not offering your cheek, killing for democracy or a flag maybe the evil version of Christianity.

    clearly written in surat Imran, do not take Christians and others alike as allies or protectors. I feel sorry for Muslims that have neglected that message, whom are apologetic over two towers where commodities and stocks were traded, exchanged.

    Muslims have been degraded, humiliated, raped,tortured, bastardized, conditioned and killed all around the world.

    I am sure not all Afghans and Iraqis are going say no to their Islamic right of “eye for an eye”, somewhere down the line their will be justice and as a Muslim Canadian national, i cannot be held responsible for these non-Muslim mostly white Catholics and their allies, as their own majority, and their actions, they joined to kill those that were not them by faith, and they are united, so Muslims should do the same.

  • Saladin

    I cannot think of one Mosque/Musjid in north America which mentioned Sura Imran and it’s significance, clearly non of these university/college students nor their organizations and definitely not this media which belongs to non-Muslims have mentioned this.

    preachers have hidden this knowledge in their stomachs even prior to 911, and i was shocked to have red it myself, over and over again in all four English translations.

    Muslim organization should be honest with itself fear what ALLAH may think not some people, government, country or a flag.

    911 and it’s victims, their lives must have really been important for the people of their faith and their allies invaded two Muslim countries and basically killed Muslims and you inside their majority or inside a Muslim majority being apologetic to 911 victims and their families?

    I am apologetic to Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan for not being able to stop those whom were clearly mentioned in Surat Imran who happen to be our country’s majority, and we never will trust them again, even if they fight amongst their own, this land has no value when compared to ALLAH.

    This life is short don’t be a coward, be brave and honest about our Islamic belief, because there are no versions of this belief, due to the fact there will always be only one Qur’an.

  • Saladin

    Chapter Name:Al-Emran Verse No:118

    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ بِطَانَةً مِّن دُونِكُمْ لاَ يَأْلُونَكُمْ خَبَالاً وَدُّواْ مَا عَنِتُّمْ قَدْ بَدَتِ الْبَغْضَاء مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ قَدْ بَيَّنَّا لَكُمُ الآيَاتِ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ {118

    003:118 Khan
    O you who believe! Take not as (your) Bitanah (advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers, friends, etc.) those outside your religion (pagans, Jews, Christians, and hypocrites) since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse. Indeed We have made plain to you the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses) if you understand.

    003:118 Maulana
    O you who believe, take not for intimate friends others than your own people: they spare no pains to cause you loss. They love that which distresses you. Vehement hatred has already appeared from out of their mouths, and that which their hearts conceal is greater still. Indeed We have made the messages clear to you, if you understand.

    003:118 Pickthal
    O ye who believe! Take not for intimates others than your own folk, who would spare no pains to ruin you; they love to hamper you. Hatred is revealed by (the utterance of) their mouths, but that which their breasts hide is greater. We have made plain for you the revelations if ye will understand.

    003:118 Rashad
    O you who believe, do not befriend outsiders who never cease to wish you harm; they even wish to see you suffer. Hatred flows out of their mouths and what they hide in their chests is far worse. We thus clarify the revelations for you, if you understand.

    003:118 Sarwar
    Believers, do not expose your privacy to the unbelievers. They like to mislead you and see that you are seriously harmed. Signs of animosity from their mouths have already become audible, but what they hide in their heads is even worse. We have certainly made Our evidence clear, if only you would consider it.

    003:118 Shakir
    O you who believe! do not take for intimate friends from among others than your own people; they do not fall short of inflicting loss upon you; they love what distresses you; vehement hatred has already appeared from out of their mouths, and what their breasts conceal is greater still; indeed, We have made the communications clear to you, if you will understand.

    003:118 Sherali
    O ye who believe ! take not others than your own people as intimate friends; they will spare no pains to ruin you. They love to see you in trouble. Hatred has already shown itself through the utterances of their mouths and what their breasts hide is greater still. We have made clear to you OUR commandments, if you will only use your understanding.

    003:118 Yusufali
    O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks: They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if ye have wisdom.

  • icnafear

    103. And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur’an), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.

    111. They will do you no harm, barring a trifling annoyance; and if they fight against you, they will show you their backs, and they will not be helped.

    118. O you who believe! Take not as (your) Bitanah (advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers, friends, etc.) those outside your religion (pagans, Jews, Christians, and hypocrites) since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse. Indeed We have made plain to you the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses) if you understand.

    119. Lo! You are the ones who love them but they love you not, and you believe in all the Scriptures [i.e. you believe in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), while they disbelieve in your Book, the Qur’an]. And when they meet you, they say, “We believe”. But when they are alone, they bite the tips of their fingers at you in rage. Say: “Perish in your rage. Certainly, Allah knows what is in the breasts (all the secrets).”