Islamic 'radicalism' or 'extremism' did not start with Osama Bin Laden or Al-Qaeda; it did not start with - as many ignorant critics say - US supplying arms and training to so called mujahideen fighting against soviet occupation of Afghanistan; it did not start with founding of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt by Al-Banna (though modern day Islamic movement can be traced to this singular event). It started in the early 7th century in deserts of Saudi Arabia when one man thought of his hallucinations as divine message.
So, it is not going to vanish with death of Osama Bin Laden as the ideology behind it is very well kicking and more potent than ever. It is more dangerous because it, in the present day world, protects itself behind the cloak of religion. Here, I just put up reported 'reactions' from Islamic organizations.
Following are pictures of protests in Multan (Courtesy: mail on line)
- Muslims weep and pray for Osama in Multan
- Some 25 people in Gaza pay homage to Osama
- 800 people in Quetta, Pakistan, protest the killing of Osama
- US the worst terrorists, says radical Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir
- Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt condemns killing of Osama
- The council, the largest Islamic representative body in South Africa, described Bin Laden’s death as a failure of justice, saying he should rather have been captured and put on trial.
- Hamas, fighting for freedom of Palestine, condemns killing of Osama, the holy warrior
- Indonesian Islamic group hailed Osama as 'martyr'
- Bin Laden's death will not affect Al-Qaeda: an Islamist in Egypt
- Muslims Brotherhood of Egypt: US should quit Iraq now
- Members of militant Islamist forums vowed on Monday to avenge