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Bin Laden’s Last Rites: Prepare to Be Sickened

posted at 4:54 pm on May 2, 2011 by

When word first came out that arch terrorist Osama bin Laden’s body had been dumped at sea, there seemed to be a cohesive logic to the action. Bury the cretin, and his grave becomes a shrine for future generations of would-be mass murderers. Dispose of him in the briny, and you eliminate that problem.

However, as Weasel Zippers is reporting, the matter of disposing of the terrorist’s remains was not quite so cut and dried:

Osama bin Laden’s corpse was taken to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, officials tell ABC News.

The process of his burial at sea was done in accordance with Muslim law—a Muslim seaman conducted the process and said the proper prayers, with bin Laden’s body wrapped in the appropriate way.

Administration officials say it’s important to do this so as to not inflame the Muslim world.

And then there’s the matter of the “prayers” that were said after bin Laden’s corpse was carefully washed and wrapped in accordance with sharia law:

O Allah, forgive our living and our dead, those who are present among us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our males and our females. O Allah, whoever You keep alive, keep him alive in Islam, and whoever You cause to die, cause him to die with faith. O Allah, forgive him and have mercy on him, keep him safe and sound and forgive him, honor the place where he settles and make his entrance wide; wash him with water and snow and hail, and cleanse him of sin as a white garment is cleansed of dirt. O Allah, give him a house better than his house and a family better than his family. O Allah, admit him to Paradise and protect him from the torment of the grave and the torment of Hell-fire; make his grave spacious and fill it with light. O Allah, do not deprive us of the reward and do not cause us to go astray after this. [Emphasis added]

Spare him the torment of hell-fire? Admit him to paradise? I can appreciate the administration’s desire not to “inflame the Muslim world,” but what about the families and loved ones of the innocent Americans who died at bin Laden’s hands on 9/11? What about their feelings?

If any human being ever deserved to burn for eternity in hell’s most incendiary furnace, it is this guy. I for one would have been better off not knowing what the administration did to mollify those who would have taken displeasure at the kind of send-off bin Laden so richly deserved for his unspeakable crimes while alive on this planet.

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There was nothing to be gained by desecrating his corpse. I’m not offended to hear that he was given a proper burial according to Sharia law, either, or that a standard ceremony was carried out.

This isn’t important.

Steven Den Beste on May 2, 2011 at 5:12 PM

There’s a whole lot of middle ground between desecrating his corpse and giving him a Pedobear Muhammad-approved burial. This kind of burial would never have been given under Dubya– or even Clinton.

RachDubya on May 2, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Hey fellow Christians, stop being foolish. Osama deserved Hell just as much as we do. “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

I expect non-Christians to cheer and revel in this death, but while I’m glad he won’t be planning/carrying out more murders, we’re all in the same boat. It’s not moral relativism, it’s about knowing that there’s no gray area in sin, and no gray area in salvation.

Living4Him5534 on May 2, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Howard – As I understand it OBL should have been buried as a martyr. And if they went through any of the ritual such as washing the body & wrapping it he wasn’t. Martyrs should be unwashed & buried in the clothes they died in.

batterup on May 2, 2011 at 5:54 PM

They could have had one of OBL’s ISI buddies along on the ship to handle the preparations. I have little doubt that their prayers would be heartfelt.

cthulhu on May 2, 2011 at 6:11 PM

clueless….they hate america no matter what was done….

cmsinaz on May 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Living4Him5534 on May 2, 2011 at 5:33 PM

That’s the convenient half of the scriptures.

The Apostles saw no point in praying over the accursed. In fact praying over the evildoers makes the words worse than just words, you’re asking God to contradict Himself. There are times when the right thing to do is to send them to hell post-haste. Just for starters:
2Ki 2:24
1Co 10:21
2Pet 2
Mat 12:31
Mar 16:16
Act 5:5
1Co 5:5-13
2Th 2:9-12
1Ti 1:20
Rev 20:11-15

AH_C on May 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM

I think they were worried about offending the Muslims with whom we are working in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And there are some things we just don’t do, like desecrating a corpse. The Islamists may behead people on film and dump the body somewhere in the dirt, but there is a moral minimum below which we won’t go.

Apparently being buried at sea is not halal, according to some mullahs. And being nibbled down to the bones by haram shrimp….

Wethal on May 2, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Also, please allow me to point out that OBL didn’t grab his Jiffy One-Puff Homocide Vest (the Official Vest of the Muslim Martyrdom League) when confronted with Infidels, cornered like a square of American Singles Cheese, and push the plunger as he has trained so many of his acolytes to do. No, he chose to perform the suicide-by-seal routine, perhaps hiding behind his wife, negating any opportunity for the Virgin Partay of his dreams, or at least the dreams of his faithful adherants.

Hope the crabs don’t puke. Dumping him in the sea should get Greenpeace ticked off.

Waiting……..

Robert17 on May 2, 2011 at 7:07 PM

I wouldn’t have expected anything less from OBL’s muslim brother, Obama.

capejasmine on May 2, 2011 at 7:54 PM

AH_C on May 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM

I didn’t say we shouldn’t have killed him. I’m saying it shouldn’t be a joyous thing that anyone die without God’s salvation.

Plus this quote my wife remind me of when she got home: “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.” Proverbs 24:17

We still have a lot more sl-Qaida to kill, let’s not give them a breather.

Living4Him5534 on May 2, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Not to inflame the Muslim world? So instead, inflame your own country.

lonestar1 on May 2, 2011 at 8:43 PM

This isn’t important.

Steven Den Beste on May 2, 2011 at 5:12 PM

You mean like it wasn’t important when people were jumping off of the flaming twin towers to their deaths on 9-11? Really that’s one of the most insensitive things I have read in a long time.

Dr Evil on May 2, 2011 at 8:47 PM

This isn’t important.

Steven Den Beste on May 2, 2011 at 5:12 PM

The only reason to follow through on killing him is not for retaliation, but for the United States to remain credible that if you f(*& with us, we will hunt you down and kill you, and we will not quit until we meet the objective.

Giving this POS corpse a dignified burial rite diminishes the whole operation of putting the fear of God into the hearts and minds of those who would bring war to the United States. It is a provocative weakness.

I see it as a recruitment tool for Al Queda. Osama said the United States is a paper tiger, and this type of sensitive nonsense sends a message to the fanatical America hating jihadist recruit. He will be treated with the utmost respect by the United States if he is killed.

Bad idea.

Saltysam on May 2, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Sorry Howard, but I think that some prayer of the sort is appropriate and necessary. Recall that I would have been happy to see OBL die by drowning in a pig manure lagoon. But that is quite different from wishing or hoping for his eternal damnation. If any one thing can be the most wicked thing that one human being can wish for, it is the final loss of any human soul. It may be that God’s justice demands it, and that the person’s conduct requires it. But it is not our place to wish for it, nor to withhold prayers that he may be reconciled to God.

And no, it shouldn’t be easy to say those prayers. But we should do it.

njcommuter on May 2, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Living4Him5534 on May 2, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Roger that.

AH_C on May 2, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Lets hope it was deep water. If so the main carnovors keeping the deeps clean are large white snake like worms with a grusome three slit mouth that forms one end. By now they have done the job and he has become part of the worm in it’s dark cold world. What ever was left over the crabs happily cleaned up. When it is all over, only the shoe leather will remain and the metal that may have been in or on him.

Franklyn on May 3, 2011 at 12:52 AM

There was nothing to be gained by desecrating his corpse. I’m not offended to hear that he was given a proper burial according to Sharia law, either, or that a standard ceremony was carried out.

This isn’t important.

Steven Den Beste on May 2, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Not important? The United States of America bent over backwards to give this guy some super-duper Sharia-compliant funeral while all we are left with is the images and video of people jumping hundreds of feet to their death because it beat the alternative.

It’s important, because it’s pathetic. And shows how much the US has become a shell of our former selves.

It’s also just more evidence that Osama knew us better than we know ourselves. He said we are nothing but a paper tiger, and in death, his prophecy is proven dead-on.

We killed Osama and it means nothing in the grand scheme of things.

uknowmorethanme on May 3, 2011 at 1:53 AM

As has been pointed out this is not Obama’s victory. All he did was show up and give the go ahead and even that was probably not his decision. He has people that make the decisions for him, as has been so often shown. The exception is when the community organizer get aroused over some socialist concern.

This is America’s victory, of the battle that we began with Bush after the attack on our country. It is our victory, but it is not the victory of the America that Michelle is proud of nor is it the victory of the socialist American that Obama is determined to change us into.

Obama did give a good speech. His people are getting better at writing ones that sound more conservative, more to the heart of the true American people. His Nation of Islam public speaking training shows. His practiced christian closing seems to show that he has been paying attention to Bush’s closing. I almost thought he meant it, until he tossed in the socialist goal of equality for all, the new mantra of the socialist and communist; social equality.

Franklyn on May 3, 2011 at 2:09 AM

. If any one thing can be the most wicked thing that one human being can wish for, it is the final loss of any human soul. It may be that God’s justice demands it, and that the person’s conduct requires it. But it is not our place to wish for it, nor to withhold prayers that he may be reconciled to God.

And no, it shouldn’t be easy to say those prayers.

njcommuter on May 2, 2011 at 10:46 PM

You do realise that this was a Muslim prayer to Allah, not a prayer to God?

OBL spent dedicated years of his life to his ‘holy war’ against Infidels, a jihad which, according to Muslim precepts, is the fasted way to get to Allah’s Paradise. To not only treat his body with such a high degree of respect but also to mouth Muslim prayers hoping he goes to Paradise is an insult to all of those who died because of his actions. I’d go so far as to say it’s unwittingly giving support to his beliefs that jihad would lead him to his Paradise. OBL thought that his jihad would guarantee him a place there- the US doesn’t need to offer prayers to Allah asking the same.

By all means, bury him at sea. By all means do not desecrate his body- but to do anything other than to wrap it in a tarp and toss it over the edge of the boat is a damnable insult to those who died in the terror attacks he orchestrated. There was no need to have his body tenderly administered according to Muslim practices, nor to have this revolting prayer said for him. None at all- a simple “we disposed of his body at sea” would have sufficed.

Let OBL’s supporters claim he was not buried according to Islamic law- big deal. Navy SEALs just shot him in the head- if that doesn’t upset them then nothing will. And haven’t Muslim leaders around the world told us for years that OBL didn’t represent Islam?

I’m frankly disgusted by the sickening, fawning “respect” given to this monster who has the blood of thousands of innocent people on his hands.

Say a prayer to Allah asking to let him into Paradise after what he did? There are no words.

Jay Mac on May 3, 2011 at 7:15 AM

a Muslim seaman conducted the process and said the proper prayers

How’d you like to be that kid? Seems like the potential for emotional conflict would be immense. I’d be willing to bet he had to think it over for a while, if they even gave him the chance.

I am honestly curious about how these things work on a ship of the U.S. Navy, so I’d appreciate it if someone could tell me — could he have been ordered to do it?

DrSteve on May 3, 2011 at 8:29 AM

What I don’t follow is this.

We hear from our Moderate Muslim friends how OBL was *not* following Islam. So there should be no issue of wrapping his apostate corpse in bacon and chucking him in the ocean (assuming septic tanks were unavailable)

If people are arguing he should be buried in Islamic tradition, doesn’t that mean that he was following the tenents of Islam?

The_Livewire on May 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

I am honestly curious about how these things work on a ship of the U.S. Navy, so I’d appreciate it if someone could tell me — could he have been ordered to do it?

DrSteve on May 3, 2011 at 8:29 AM

My guess would be that it was a request from the ship’s commander, via his CIC President Obama. And, while the prayer ritual is certainly scripted, I would also imagine “other servicemen/servicewomen” on board may have had their own unrecorded “prayer” for this departed POS—namely “may you rot in the eternal damnation of hell, along with the others that will soon follow you”. Personally, I hope the ship’s galley threw a few pork meals overboard on top of this piece of human garbage, desecrating what ever their shipmate may have said under the direct instruction of the “leadership”. But make no mistake, orders came down from higher up to provide OBL with a funeral service “in accordance with sharia law”. Obama’s foreign policy motives have always been to pacify our enemies in fear of inflaming their corrupted religious fanatics. His policy of appeasing this flawed and parasitic “religion” will only help to strengthen their resolve to further their cause to murder more innocent infidels. I sincerely doubt this ritual provided to OBL will sit well with the folks in downtown Manhattan—or across this nation’s fruited plains, for those who endured the pain and heartache of 9/11—all under the “respect for the departed’s rites”. Obama has again weighed the probabilities of causing outrage with Muslims against the feelings of his own people, who elected him as their President. I think the President acted stupidly—again.

Rovin on May 3, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Jay Mac, Muslims may be completely mistaken about the nature of God and God’s Will and Plan for humanity. Their prayers may be a total travesty. But, like the fellow who murders his parents and begs for mercy on the grounds he is an orphan, he has the right to make his plea. And since he isn’t here to make it, it should be made for him.

Jesus warned us that we would be very surprised about who was and was not received into Heaven. I think we should take that admonition seriously. It would indeed be a miracle if the likes of Osama bin Laden could be reconciled to God (as we understand God) and still suffer to expiate his crimes in this life. But what business have we to say to God “You must not allow this miracle”?

I would have been pleased to see bin Laden’s grave transformed into a “shrine” where people could go to empty their bladders on it. I hate what he did, what he stood for, what he believed, and what he taught. I believe that he was nearly as evil as a human being can be. And yet, to be evil one must exist, and existence is good. To be able to do great evil one must be intelligent, and intelligence is good. Evil cannot exist of itself; it is only a perversion of good, that is to say of the gifts given by God. It is right that we be sickened by that perversion, but wrong that we forget where the gifts came from in the first place, or why they were given.

njcommuter on May 3, 2011 at 11:19 AM

njcommuter – Your understanding of Christianity seems to differ somewhat from my own. OBL was an unrepentant mass-murderer who followed Allah. He violated at least one of the Ten Commandments (Thou shalt not kill) and he clearly did not accept Jesus Christ as his saviour-

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

And again- the prayer offered for him was not to God, it was to Allah. I fail to see how these Muslim prayers can have anything to do with a Christian God. Maybe I’m taking what you’re saying the wrong way- I certainly don’t mean any offence.

Jay Mac on May 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Jay Mac, C. S. Lewis explains it far better than I can in The Screwtape Letters, and again in one of the Narnia books (I forget now which one).

The medieval Catholic Church held that “error has no rights” and justified persecution and oppression thereby. Today, we of the West (including the Catholich Church) recognize that the rights of error are not at issue; the rights of people are, and that includes the right to make mistakes. It is Sharia that today holds that “error has no rights.”

But if you believe that only Christian prayers are worthy or proper, would you have given bin Laden a Christian service for burial at sea?

njcommuter on May 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM

He’s crab bait, nuff said.

Kissmygrits on May 3, 2011 at 12:05 PM

So there should be no issue of wrapping his apostate corpse in bacon and chucking him in the ocean (assuming septic tanks were unavailable)

If people are arguing he should be buried in Islamic tradition, doesn’t that mean that he was following the tenents of Islam?

The_Livewire on May 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

re: septic tanks – when I served in the Navy, many decades ago, we always dumped our trash at dusk. It was placed in weighted bags, which were sealed and tossed off the fantail shortly after sunset. “Deep sixing” was what was done with garbage or scrap. I like to think it’s how OBL went. Overboard with the rest of the garbage.

oldleprechaun on May 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM

..so then there’s no truth to the rumor that he was dipped in hog fat, had a BLT shoved in his mouth, a Dodger Dog up his rectum, shoved into a burlap sack, and rocketed off the U.S.S. Carl Vinson’s fan tail with a catapult?

Damn! Missed opportunity there!

The War Planner on May 3, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Why didn’t Obama consider Americans first? I can’t imagine any other country bowing as Obama has bowed once again. For years they have said Obama is weak on terror and this proves it. It was reported the burial service took 40 minutes. If so, it was 39.9 minutes too long.

GrannySunni on May 3, 2011 at 12:21 PM

He is supposed to be facing Mecca. They should have tied a brick to his neck so he would be facing hell.

pat on May 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Bin Laden’s soul had already departed to its just reward by the time they performed all the funeral rites. It really doesn’t matter that they gave him a Muslim funeral. Man proposes and God disposes.

Personally, I like to think of him in a corner of hell where he’s trapped in a WTC building that burns and collapses every day.

RebeccaH on May 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Personally, I like to think of him in a corner of hell where he’s trapped in a WTC building that burns and collapses every day.

RebeccaH on May 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

^this! Or leaping to his death every three minutes, on fire, from a thousand feet up.

Who is John Galt on May 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Question, why would I be sickened because someone said the normal, standard, said at every funeral words. Granted these are to Allah, instead of God.

Would you have felt better if they had said something like the various prayers here?

Even when I was in the Army, and someone mentioned we were about to send our enemy to Hell. I would argue that the final destination was up go God, my job, was merely to introduce the two of them.

Where God, Allah, Jehova, or the Great Pumpkin, as you individually may worship, chooses to send someone after this life, is beyond my control. I don’t get to choose, and I don’t get to offer suggestions.

Snake307 on May 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM

There was no way to force Waldo to jump from the 100th floor of a collapsing skyscraper filled with flames. Deliberately desecrating his corpse seems like a waste of time. But yes, thinking about what it took to treat it with respect is rather sickening.

J.E. Dyer on May 3, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Video of final prayer (in English).

Mason on May 3, 2011 at 3:36 PM

The final prayer video was AWESOME especially after reading some of the comments. No way he should have had a regular burial with a Muslim prayer. Al Qaeda hates us to begin with and wants to see us dead so why should we honor Bin Laden with a burial with a prayer when he has American blood on his hands starting with the Cole bombing.

This is one time I subscribe to the Jewish Old Testament part of the Bible, an eye for an eye. Cannot believe Obama was concerned that Bin Laden have a burial service. Looking more like a Muslim by the day.

PhiKapMom on May 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM

JUDGE NOT LEST YE BE JUDGED….seem to be a lot of people playing God here today.

callingallcomets on May 3, 2011 at 8:22 PM

There was nothing to be gained by desecrating his corpse. I’m not offended to hear that he was given a proper burial according to Sharia law, either, or that a standard ceremony was carried out.

This isn’t important.

Steven Den Beste on May 2, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Yeah, I don’t understand why this is a problem, either. The US took care of his earthly fate and punishment, as we should have. After that he’s God’s property. Give him a proper burial, in his religious tradition, and in the spirit of our own Judeo-Christian and Western heritage, and be done with it.

A better tribute to his victims is to finish the job and wipe out Islamic terrorism, so that Bin Laden leaves no earthly legacy behind.

Dreadnought on May 4, 2011 at 10:01 PM