The head of the Islamic Call Society in Malta, Imam Mohammad Elsadi told The Times thatwas an enemy of true Islam and that his death will hopefully end the era of terrorism and Islamic hatred.
“Bin Laden’s extremist convictions and terroristic practices caused great injustice to Islam and led to disastrous consequences for the Islamic world,” the Imam said. Welcoming the news of bin Laden’s death, Imam Elsadi said bin Laden distorted the moderate and peaceful teachings of Islam, giving Muslims dictators an excuse to deny their people real freedom and democracy on the pretext of fighting terrorism.
“I hope his death will help channel the efforts of the democratic world to help Muslim countries combat dictatorship, poverty and backwardness and enable the Palestinian people to establish their own independent state.”
The US Ambassador for Malta Douglas Kmiec described the event as a victory for all human beings who seek to live in peace, security and dignity. He added that the civilised world had an obligation to serve justice in the hope this would bring some closure to relatives of the victims of bin Laden’s terroristic actions.
On the other hand, Arsalan Alshinawi, a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Malta said that even if the killing of bin Laden will cause problems for Al Qaeda in the short term, it will not solve the problems facing the Arab Muslim world which could have contributed to bin Laden’s rise. Mr. Alshinawi reminded the readers that Muslims have grievances towards the West. “They are not happy with the way Israel is allowed to flaunt UN resolutions. There are centuries of mistrust between the East and the West and I do not think bin Laden’s killing will change this complex equation. Extremists like bin Laden find fertile ground in poor neighbourhoods where people may even wrongly blame the West for the state they are in even though it might have been their government’s fault.”
Mr. Alshinawi continued to say that the West have always focused on Islamic extremists and given less attention to moderate Muslims. “With or without bin Laden the fundamental issues of concern will remain the same. Some may rejoice with the achievement but it is a narrow understanding of the complex issues involved and does little to understand the grievances and perceptions of Muslim Arabs.”