Lucknow: Muslim clergy and academicians
reacted with caution over the killing of al Qaeda chief Osama
bin Laden by the US in an operation in Pakistan on Monday, saying
that it would in no way help in bringing to an end the global
Till the terror groups around the world exist, one
killing alone would not help in bringing an end to global
terror and there is also the danger of reaction in places
where these outfits have their hold, they said.
Eminent Shia cleric and a senior member of the All
India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Kalbe Jawwad said
that till terror outfits like al Qaeda and Taliban are in
existence, a killing alone cannot put a decisive end on the
"There exists a second line leadership of these
organisations and they can heighten their activities in
reaction," he said stressing the need to first verify the US`
claims as they cannot be "blindly believed" on the success of
Jawwad also dismissed any notion that Muslims had a
soft corner for Osama.
"His activities had taken the lives of thousands of
Muslims before they managed to claim their intended targets.
And it is wrong to believe that he had enjoyed the support of
Muslims," he said.
Academician Qari Syed Mohammad Usman, a teacher in the
renowned Deoband and head of Jamayat Ulema-e-Hind, also feared
that the activities of terror organisations might escalate in
reaction to the incident.
"Osama was an American pawn," Mohd Usman said.
Deputy head of Shibli Academy in Azamgarh, the town
which had lately been in the news over several of its natives
figuring in extremist activities, said that Osama had been
given an almost icon like status by the western capitalist
"There is no need to be happy over the killing and it
would be more appropriate to say that a `legal terrorist`
America has removed an `illegal terrorist` Osama," he said,
adding that nothing more should be read in the today`s action.
"In the first place, it was America which had made
Laden a hero."
He said that for checking terrorism, it is essential
to find out the reasons which have given birth to the menace
and work concertedly towards removing them.