Are Muslims Insulted that Bin Laden Sleeps with the Fishes?

The U.S. may have wanted to highlight its respect for Islam—“the United States is not . . . at war with Islam,” the president stressed again on Sunday night—but it appears that the niceties that attended to the burial at sea of Osama bin Laden have not been greeted with acclaim by those whom the administration wished to mollify. John O. Brennan, President Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser consulted with “Islamic experts” to make sure that bin Laden’s corpse was handled in accord with Islamic law, but according to the New York Times, the reaction to this in the Muslim world is mixed. In a story that appeared on Wednesday under the headline, “Islamic Scholars Split Over Sea Burial for Bin Laden,” the paper claims that several such scholars and clerics whom it consulted were of the opinion that the burial at sea “was an insult to Muslims.” The right thing to do, they believed, was for the United States to bury him “on land in a simple grave.”

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