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Bin Laden's Legacy: Options for Muslims: بن لادن وراثي : خيارات ... : Bin Laden and the US leadership had one thing common; the misguided belief that; ‘End justifies the means’. But if we want to preserve our humanity, it nerve does. The Muslims may respond to the present crisis in two ways; either to follow the clear, unambiguous teachings and guidance from Qur’an and Sunnah to be successful in this and next world by attaining peace with dignity and honour or blindly follow the path leading to destruction by following the concocted irrational pseudo ideologies of extremists satisfying their ambitions and desires. Option A: is rational, Option B is Irrational, emotional response ….Read full …

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1. The terrorists would appear religious
2. The Khawārij slogans would seem true to the common man
3. The Khawārij would use adolescents for terrorist activities after brainwashing
4. The Khawārij would appear from the East
5. The Khwarij would keep coming until the time of False Messiah (Anti Christ-dajjal)
6. The Khawārij will be absolutely debarred from the fold ofIslām
7. The Khawārij will be the dogs of Hell
8. The religious appearance of the Khawārij must not be mistaken
9. The Khawārij are the worst of creation
According to Fatwa [Edict] this is clearly applicable to Al Qaeda and Pakistani Taliban and alike

Michael Burleigh is the author of Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism.

The death of Osama Bin Laden has dominated headlines across the world, but how will history remember him? Historian Michael Burleigh gives his view.

For several years people have speculated that Osama Bin Laden was dead, whether from a chronic kidney ailment, or blown to pieces in his Tora Bora redoubt in late 2001 as the US responded to 9/11.
The mystery was solved when a US Special Forces soldier shot a startled Bin Laden in the forehead during a raid on his Abbottabad residential compound. In order to pre-empt any grave becoming an Islamist shrine, Bin Laden's corpse was buried at sea.
This act highlights the importance of myths and symbols in any war. For it has long been argued that whether alive or dead, Bin Laden would become the mythic poster boy of global militant Islam, rather as the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara was for the international juvenile left, long after the CIA and its Bolivian government associates killed him in 1967.

Bin Laden indulged in the extreme romanticisation of himself, a common pathology among all of history's terrorists”
Since 9/11 Bin Laden has been of symbolic, rather than operational, significance to al-Qaeda. Although he has communicated via couriers, like those the US used to trace him back to Abbottabad, in reality, day-to-day operational control would require the internet and satellite telephones, all of which would have invited a Predator drone strike within minutes.
Although Bin Laden's deputy, the Egyptian surgeon Ayman al-Zawahiri, lives to fight another day, this ageing and portly figure is deeply uncharismatic, and besides, his principal fixation with toppling the Mubarak regime in his homeland is severely out of date since the events of the Arab Spring.
There have always been those who think it is "good to talk" to terrorists, a view which echoes the 1930s policy of appeasing the European dictators. The killing of Bin Laden has comprehensively demolished the extraordinary claims of people like Tony Blair's former chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, that the al-Qaeda leader should be negotiated with, or Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former MI5 chief, that approaches could be made to those on "the periphery" of al-Qaeda.
One man would like to slip into Bin Laden's vacant shoes - the US-Yemeni terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, who inspired the underpants bomber - but whether he lives long enough to assume such a role must be moot given recent events and the sheer implacability with which President Obama is going after America's enemies.
Awlaki also lacks the specific combination of characteristics that enabled Bin Laden to become such a potent figure. For his own life is like a parody of a riches to rags fairytale. Bin Laden's construction billionaire father had migrated to Saudi as a child in the 1920s from Yemen's harsh Hisdradut region.

But his son turned to the most extreme and puritanical forms of Islam in his late teens, partly at the feet of exiled Palestinian and Syrian religious instructors under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood. Their ideologues had already turned the faith into an ideological weapon, claiming that all other Muslims were benighted, deluded or heretical. (Takfiri doctrinne) [hence liable to be killed, so the suicide bombing, killing hundreds of Muslims inn Iraq, Pakistan]
A fortune estimated at between $35 and $250 million meant that Bin Laden could turn his most extravagant fantasies into reality.
Directing a polyglot immigrant labour force for the family business gave Bin Laden experiences which he put to effective use in running a multinational terrorist organisation. While its vision is deeply retrogressive, al-Qaeda utilised the most modern technologies, and had such things as job descriptions, application forms, and paid holidays for its members.
This should not disguise the fact that they took semi-feudal oaths of loyalty to the man who called himself "the Sheikh". In the early 1980s a "charity" facilitating Arab war tourists developed into a 2,000-strong jihadist force helping the Afghans fighting the Soviets.
In these years Bin Laden indulged in the extreme romanticisation of himself, a common pathology among all of history's terrorists. Credulous Afghans marvelled at this obviously rich Saudi who chose life in scorpion-infested caves, where his diet was a simple vegetable stew and water. Bin Laden claimed that victory was his, and, moreover that defeat in Afghanistan had collapsed the entire Soviet system.
Bin Laden was convinced that the consumerist and hedonistic Americans were a weaker proposition than the Soviets, and that he could bring down the US too. This hubristic delusion would ultimately bring about his own demise.
Osama Bin Laden-Profile
Born in 1957, apparently the 17th of 52 children by a multimillionaire builder
Encountered conservative Islam while studying civil engineering in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fought in Afghanistan for a decade after the Soviet invasion in 1979
Shifted focus to US, appearing on the FBI's "most wanted" list after two bomb attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania
Attacks on the US soil on 11 September 2001 led to to the American-led operation against the Taliban in Afghanistan
In May 2011, President Barack Obama announces Bin Laden has been killed by US ground forces in Afghanistan

Bin Laden's parallel denunciations of the Saudi ruling dynasty for inviting western forces into Saudi Arabia to ward off the predations of Saddam Hussein, while rejecting the assistance of Bin Laden's own jihadist international brigade, meant that in 1991 he was expelled and in 1994 denationalised, though Saudi money continued to find its way to al-Qaeda so long as Bin Laden did not strike within the kingdom itself.
He fled first to Sudan, where his money talked in such a poor country, and then in 1996 back to Afghanistan, where he resolved to strike at western interests which, he and Zawahiri, felt were propping up autocratic regimes throughout the Middle East.
This was the true beginning of the simple narrative myth of a defensive jihad against "Crusader-Zionist" aggression against the universal Muslim ummah. And so it might seem if one's vision was restricted to a few lurid TV images from Bosnia or Chechnya as refurbished by al-Qaeda's own media outlets. For al-Qaeda's "truths" relied upon huge distortions and massive ignorance of the world on the part of his sympathisers.
In reality, Bin Laden himself was the source of aggression, with Bin Laden calling for jihadists to kill American civilians wherever they could. A series of ever bolder terrorist strikes ensued.
Each of these attacks was long in the making, relying on tight cells of terrorists all of whom had received some form of training at al-Qaeda's camps in Afghanistan or who were in some way directed by al-Qaeda.
Bin Laden's own role was to green light projects which others presented him with - for example the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Somewhat later, ideologically cognate groups would simply claim they had acted under al-Qaeda's general inspiration. It suited Bin Laden to claim authorship of attacks he probably had little responsibility for since it magnified his global influence.
By the time of 9/11, Bin Laden's terrorist organisation had effectively captured a state. Afghanistan bore the brunt of the US armed response to 9/11.
Although Bin Laden prided himself on his strategic genius, and did undoubtedly succeed in inspiring many angry young Muslims to heed him, in reality the US deposition of the Afghan Taliban government was a disaster for him and his organisation, forcing them to rely on affiliated actors whose priorities were often more local than al-Qaeda's.
Over the last nine years, core al-Qaeda has been progressively marginalised - to the point where it did not overly matter if Bin Laden was captured or killed - while relentless warfare has inclined sections of the Taliban to find an accommodation with the Kabul government.
Bin Laden's death is likely to accelerate that process. But his longer term legacy is more imponderable.
For sure, Bin Laden will be regarded by future historians as one of the major symbolic villains in modern history. Purely in terms of death tolls he is not in the same class of genocidal killer as Saddam Hussein, let alone Hitler, Stalin or Mao.
Attacks linked to al-Qaeda

1998 - 231 killed and 5,000 injured by bombings at US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania
2000 - Suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen killed 17 sailors and injured 39
2001 - Hijacked planes flown into World Trade Center, Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 killed
2002 - Bali bombings. Two bombs exploded killing 202
2003 - Suicide bombings at housing compounds for foreigners in Saudi capital Riyadh killed 34
2004 - Madrid commuter train bombings. More than 200 killed and 1,500 wounded
2005 - London transport bombings. 52 killed and more than 700 injured

Of course, in some quarters Mao remains a poster boy for a certain type of revolutionary implacability. But no one is likely to forget the 3,000 people murdered on 9/11 any time soon, a massacre which puts most terrorist actions in the shade, achieving in a single day the entire death toll in Northern Ireland over a 30-year period. His terrorist career clearly eclipses that of most earlier terrorists, whose victims number in single digits or low hundreds.
More important is the question whether in a few years Bin Laden sinks into relative obscurity among young Muslims around the world - apparently his visage disappeared from T-shirts in Pakistan and Palestine long ago.
Apart from easily excitable Islamist mobs in Pakistan, only the extreme Islamist Palestinian faction Hamas seems to be lamenting his demise. Of course, whether Bin Laden remains relatively marginal depends largely on whether secular reform movements in the Middle East can deliver more than the angry violence represented by militant Islamists.
In that eventuality, Bin Laden as myth could undergo constant revival, just as Che Guevara seems to excite the imaginations of people not yet born in the 1960s. One should never underestimate some people's susceptibility to such romantic myths.
Since Bin Laden was entirely marginal to the revolts that have been dubbed the Arab Spring, for the moment his myth seems to be on the wane. Al-Qaeda has been racing to catch up with events which passed them by and which they did not anticipate.
Apart from chaos, death and destruction it is impossible to see what al-Qaeda brings to the table by way of practical solutions.
Young Arabs want an end to corruption and tyranny, jobs, and freedoms enjoyed in the West rather than the retrograde imaginings of a stateless madman who thought that life for Muslims was perfect in the 13th Century.
Osama bin Laden, his Al Qaeda and Taliban in Pakistan while opposing USA and allies, have also killed thousand of innocent Muslims. Killing of any innocent human being Muslim or non Muslim without trial in  court of law is a heinous crime and major sin, direct violation of commandment of Qur'an. Hence the ideology based upon violation of Qur'an can not be considered as Islamic but evil or devilish, declared by scholars in Edict [Fatwa]. 
The gang of terrorists comprise of ignorant people not well versed with knowledge of Islam. They have done no good but harmed the great peaceful religion of  Islam. 
Its time for the world now to:
  • Patiently work to expose the fallacy to link this false ideology, with Islam. This will deprive them to get sympathy or support from the common people, they will not be able to get fresh recruits and sympathisers. 
  • The main conflicts like Palestine, Kashmir must be resolved.
  • Muslims lands under direct or indirect occupation be vacated. 
  • The oppression and exploitation of masses by oppressor and corrupt rulers with overt or covet support of US/West be stopped, people be helped instead.
Otherwise the world peace can not be achieved the occasional celebrations of killing of Bin-Ladens or alike will only help to gain short term political objectives.   
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