Geelani clearly sees “Laden,” as he is called in this article, as a great hero of Islam. The cognitive dissonance thus continues. Media outlets all over the U.S. have been running stories about local Muslims expressing joy and relief at bin Laden’s death, and explaining that he was a notorious hijacker of the Religion of Peace. And yet all over the Islamic world there appear to be Muslims who see him as a great mujahid and martyr. Yet no Muslim spokesman anywhere will deign to explain this dichotomy to the kuffar.
“Geelani to lead prayers for Osama,” by Peerzada Ashiq in the Hindustan Times, May 5 (thanks to David):
Hardline Kashmir separatist group Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has planned to lead last rite prayers in absentia on Friday in Srinagar for slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Fearing trouble, the police have restricted Geelani’s movement on Thursday. “All religious figures, heads and people in general are appealed to perform Nimaz Jinazah (last rites) in absentia after Friday prayers for the martyr (Laden). All should also pray for an end of foreign occupation and rule in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq and Kashmir,” said 82-year-old Geelani.
Geelani has emerged only leader from Kashmir separatists’ spectrum to publicly call Laden a “martyr”. But Geelani was quick to add the 9/11 attacks on the US was “an act of terrorism”.
“All Muslims across the globe are brothers. It’s the duty of every Muslim to pray for forgiveness and for the best hereafter life for the departed soul of a Muslim,” said Geelani, whose house was circled by the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday, fearing him taking out a pro-Laden procession in the valley.
“The slain Laden had entire Muslim world’s pain in him. He (Laden) left the life of leisure for the downtrodden and suppressed Muslims of the world. So it’s our duty to repay his good deeds by praying for him,” said Geelani.
The Hurriyat chairman is scheduled to perform prayers on Friday at Srinagar’s Batamaloo area. “Geelani sahib would lead a special prayers session for Laden. But since 7am on Thursday, the police disallowed Geelani to move out of his house,” said Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar….
Geelani, however, has condemned the US for burying the body of Laden at the sea, terming it “an act of Stone Age times.”
Not like 9/11, which was very modern.
The ailing Kashmiri separatist leader went ahead and said: “Laden was not just a name of a person but of an ideology and thinking against occupation of Muslim lands by foreigners.”
“The Western countries should realize that suppression and occupation meted to Muslims in their lands will manifest resistance time and again,” warned Geelani.