Even before Osama bin Laden's death, Muslims were rejecting his vile message.
Osama bin Laden has been many things to many people: evildoer, terrorist, holy man, and messenger of Allah. Now, in his death, we can add two more labels: fraud and failure.
He is a fraud because, for all his invective against the decadent West, he lived in a supersized mansion. And for all his hateful sermons against the “infidels,” the Al Qaeda network he helped lead for nearly two decades has killed far more Muslims than non-Muslims. “Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader,” President Obama noted. “He was a mass murderer of Muslims.”
And he’s a failure, because even before his death, Muslims around the world were losing confidence in him and turning away from his vision of an Islamic caliphate. In Jordan, for example, his support fell from 56 percent in 2003 to just 13 percent today, according to The Pew Research Center.
He was a demented mass murderer who embraced evil and called it good. His fawning followers called him “Sheikh Osama,” sheikh being an Islamic term of religious respect. Yet in his interpretation of the Quran, he always seemed to err on the side of medieval barbarity, bloodshed, and killing, at which he was quite accomplished.
He inspired his followers to kill in a fashion that would have been shameful to more righteous Muslims, like the 12th-century Muslim warrior Saladin, who better understood the prophet Muhammad’s teachings on mercy, an idea Mr. bin Laden never seemed to grasp.
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