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Osama Bin Laden’s Martyr’s Sea Burial: The Truth About Muslim Radicals

by | 9th, May 2011

OSAMA Bin Laden is buried in a “Martyr’s Sea”. Well, so say “Muslim radicals”. Richard Bartholomew investigates more media hype in the Daily Mail :

From the Daily Mail , a few days ago:

Radical Muslims are already calling the site of Osama bin Laden’s ocean burial the ‘Martyr’s Sea’, according to one of Britain’s leading Islamic scholars.

…Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at Cambridge University, claimed yesterday that the move could backfire on the Americans.

…Speaking on Radio 4′s ‘Today’ programme, he said it was ‘disappointing’ that bin Laden wasn’t taken into custody.

‘By tipping him into the sea, the Americans may have created a kind of shrine. Some radicals are already calling the Arabian Sea the Martyr’s Sea,’ he said.

…’Given Muslim ideas of holiness diffusing over large areas it is possible that a pilgrimage will develop as radicals stand on beaches contemplating the virtues of their dead hero,’ he added.

Murad’s claim featured in  Thought for the Day , a religion slot which appears during the  Today programme but which is not part of it. It has now been reported widely, including in foreign-language media.

Unfortunately, however, nobody appears to have thought it might be important to ask Murad about the provenance of his information from  his website , he’s an expert on “the religious life of the early Ottoman Empire” and has an interest in “scholarly Arabic editions of the major Hadith collections”. How come he’s spotted this “Martyr’s Sea” concept, rather than someone working on contemporary Salafism or a related field? Is it

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