Skip to comments.Osama bin Laden's body buried at sea
Posted on 05/02/2011 1:43:47 AM PDT by Jim 726
Osama bin Laden, the long-time figurehead of the al Qaeda terrorist network, has been buried at sea after being killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan.
U.S. officials told CBS News that bin Laden's body would be handled in accordance with Muslim traditions, which include strict rules on burial taking place within 24 hours after death.
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Or so I fervently hope
The deceased is then taken for burial (al-Dafin). The exact manner, customs and style of the grave, the burial and so forth may vary by regional custom.
The grave should be aligned perpendicular to the Qibla (i.e. Mecca). The body is placed in the grave without a casket, laying on its right side, and facing the Qibla. Grave markers should be raised only up to a maximum of 30 centimetres (12 in) above the ground. Thus Grave markers are simple, because outwardly lavish displays are discouraged in Islam. Many times graves may even be unmarked, or marked only with a simple wreath. However, it is becoming more common for family members to erect grave monuments.
In Middle Eastern cultures women are generally discouraged from participating in the funeral procession. The reason for this is that in pre-Islamic Arabia it was customary in Arabia for grieving women to wail loudly. Wealthy families often even hired 'wailers' to attend the funerals of their deceased relative. Wailing at funerals is not permitted in Islam.
The body is laid such that it is facing the direction of the Qibla.
Three fist-sized spheres of hand-packed soil (prepared beforehand by the gravediggers) are used as props, one under the head, one under the chin and one under the shoulder. The lowering of the corpse, and positioning of the soil-balls is done by the next of kin. In the case of a departed husband, the male brother or brother-in-law usually performs this task. In the case of a departed wife, the husband undertakes this (if physically able). If the husband is elderly, then the eldest male son (or son-in-law) is responsible for lowering, alignment and propping the departed.
The orthodoxy expects those present to symbolically pour three handfuls of soil into the grave while reciting a Quranic verse in Arabic meaning "We created you from it, and return you into it, and from it We will raise you a second time". More prayers are then said, asking for forgiveness of the deceased, and reminding the dead of their profession of faith.
Tonight, Japanese cable TV showed a picture of the head, but partially obscured I guess to hide the ugly parts. It did look like his mouth. So I guess the photos are out there.
But burying him (I’m thinking more like they probably tossed him overboard) was most definitely the most appropriate thing to do, otherwise the fanatics would probably erect a shrine in his memorial, no body, no shrine.
The funniest part is that BO saved this announcement to pre-empt Trump’s show!
Where’s the C.O.L.D.? Certificate of Live Death
Not unprecedented. After the Nazi hierarchy were hanged, their bodies were cremated and the ashes handed to a couple of military police with instructions to drive around until they were thoroughly lost, then dump the ashes in a roadside ditch. They did.
This guy was in the business of destroying AMERICA and we respect his religious ‘rights’ after we kill him???
This sounds as screwy as that phoney birth certificate!
The moslems did not honor Christian tradition when they flew jets into the WTC, why should we honor anyting of theirs?
First I think they stuffed Obama’s college and school record up Osama’s ass before they dropped into the drink. Kill two birds with one stone, I always say.
You overlook the obvious.
The body was disposed at an undisclosed location at sea because there could be no place on land that would not become a shrine.
The deed was done quickly to avoid heaping irrelevant reasons for reprisal on top of the obvious. There should be no religious reasons for reprisal.
The really good description of the action is “He’s dead Jim” to which there is no good retort.
The speech was in my view his best. He did not give his normal head twisting delivery.
This will be the high point and the only real accomplishment during his Presidency.
If so, I like Navy speak. :-)
I kind of hoped they would have used a honeydipper as the funeral director.
So, after the decision was made to take the life of Osama bin Laden, out of respect for his religious tradition the evidence of his death is destroyed? That strains credibility, as taking a life is by far of greater consequence than leaving the corpse unburied for 24 hours.
Was Saddam Hussein’s corpse similarly honored? If not his, why bin Laden’s?
And what exactly was gained by respecting his religious tradition? Will that cause the Muslim street to forgive the taking of bin Ladens life? Having taken bin Ladens life, would not respecting Muslim burial customs cause significantly more anger on the Muslim street? And just where in Muslim burial customs is disposal at sea?
One must remember we are not dealing with the most transparent Administration in history, nor with the most trustworthy of Presidents. Skepticism is not inappropriate. While it would be a plus if bin Laden were gone, these are nagging questions that diminish the sense of closure one would hope to have at this moment.
Burial at sea? Since when? In all of this muslim-on-muslim fighting, they just dump the bodies in mass graves. Sounds appropriate here.
BREAKING: Sharks have dinner with trashed Osama mean and give thumbs up to NAVY SEALS for flushing dinner out of the toilet of the helicopter.
All these post make a great script for a weekend at berries redo.
I meant weekend at Bernie’s
The only thing more beautiful than that post, would be one with him being dumped in the ocean.
I hope you get the opportunity to fiddle with that!
I have loved your Osama postings for many years. Thank you so much!
If I could remember my password, I would post the Osama Post Of The Day graphic for this post. ;o)
lead poisoning for the fishies.