Muslims React To Osama Bin Laden’s Death

Wajahat Ali on Monday, May. 2nd

Goatmilk will be collecting responses from Muslims all around the world reacting to the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death.

Well, I was multitasking by being on Twitter and writing a final paper when I heard there would be an announcement from Obama. Everyone on twitter was trying to guess what it was, and then there were rumors about Osama. Everyone was going crazy on Twitter and FB. I finished my paper 5 hours later, which should have taken less than two hours. Definitely worth it though. I’m Egyptian American and when Mubarak fell, it was one of the happiest days of my life, and today is too. – Aya A. Khalil.

Though I am not Muslim, I was happy to hear President Obama reiterate in his global statement that it WAS NOT a war against Islam. Very happy to hear the promotion of racial, religious, and ethnic tolerance in a critical moment – Art Balaoro.

Bravo Obama! Now while you’re at it, why not get Bush and Blair as well… I am sure they’ve outscored Bin Laden. – Amina Lebab.

Like all Americans, I am elated that Osama bin Laden is dead. It is impossible to heal a wound as massive as 9/11 but I hope bin Laden’s death gives those who suffered on that tragic day some solace that the man behind 9/11 will no longer wreck havoc on another human being.  This is indeed a day to celebrate and Americans deserve this day.  But I am also reflective on all that occurred in the name of 9/11. I am thinking about watching my friends line up in humiliation for “special registration” at a US government office in 2003 because they were born in Iran. I am thinking about greeting my cousins from Pakistan at the LAX airport in 2002 who were in tears because of the questions they were subjected to by the DHS staff. And I am reflective of the tragedies the Bush administration created in the name of 9/11: the prison at Guantanamo and the Afghanistan war.  The pain of 9/11 will endure, just as the pain of what was created in response to 9/11 will also endure.  - Zahir Janmohamed.

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