Harvard Longwood Muslims: Declaration

As salaam alaykum wa rahmatullah Dear All,

The Muslim American Society welcomes the news of the demise of Osama bin
Laden. The intentional killing of civilians for political ends is
terrorism, and this has been the mode of operation of Al Qaeda as
directed by Osama bin Laden. We pray that this development leads to a
reduction in radical extremism in the world, and that fewer fall victim
to it. Indeed fighting against acts of terror, radical extremism, and
its root causes must continue to be part of our nation’s agenda.
Finally, we pray that bin Laden’s demise brings some solace to the
thousands of families, Muslims and non-Muslims, who have been victimized
by Al Qaeda’s crimes.

Dutch TV show exonerates Osama bin Laden in mock trial

A Dutch TV jury found Osama bin Laden not guilty of the September 11th attacks, in a mock trial of the show “Devil’s Advocate.”

The show’s premise follows a popular defense attorney, who stands up for some of the world’s worst criminals. In the latest show recently aired, defense attorney Gerald Soong was able to convince a jury of three women and two men that bin Laden’s connection to September 11th was a product of “Western propaganda,” and also rule that there was insufficient evidence to prove he was the real head terrorist of the al-Qaeda network. However, the jury did rule that bin Laden is a “terrorist who has misused Islam.”

While the program is often controversial, many are outraged that the program would take on such a fresh and ongoing issue and case.

Bin Laden’s son seeks and is denied political asylum in Spain

Spain has rejected an asylum request from Omar Osama bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, after deciding that he did not meet the condition necessary for him to remain in the country. “The Interior Ministry has not accepted the request for asylum because this does not meet the conditions necessary for entering Spain,” an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Omar, who has been living in Cairo with his wife, has renounced his father and mentioned that he wants to be an “ambassador for peace” between the Muslim world and the West.

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Channel 4 launches campaign for Islam season

Channel 4 has launched an online campaign to find 500 people called Osama as part of its Islam season. The broadcaster will follow a young female Muslim doctor and a filmmaker as they take on the project to track down 500 people named Osama in 50 days. Users will be able to follow their quest online as they upload photos, blogs and videos daily. Users will also be invited to get involved by sending in advice and tips to aid their quest. The project, Searching for 500 Faces of Islam, will be made into a documentary to be shown later in the year as part of Channel 4’s The Wonders of Islam season, which aims to highlight diversity and understanding of the religion. The site has been created by Mint Digital, which specialises in mixing online and TV projects.

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Channel 4 launches campaign for Islam season

Channel 4 has launched an online campaign to find 500 people called Osama as part of its Islam season. The broadcaster will follow a young female Muslim doctor and a filmmaker as they take on the project to track down 500 people named Osama in 50 days. Users will be able to follow their quest online as they upload photos, blogs and videos daily. Users will also be invited to get involved by sending in advice and tips to aid their quest. The project, Searching for 500 Faces of Islam, will be made into a documentary to be shown later in the year as part of Channel 4’s The Wonders of Islam season, which aims to highlight diversity and understanding of the religion. The site has been created by Mint Digital, which specialises in mixing online and TV projects.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=215082B330A483F113500581&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

Airline bomb plot ‘dedicated to Bin Laden’

One of the eight men accused of a plot to blow up transatlantic flights dedicated his actions to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban leader Mullah Omar, a court heard today. The 19-minute “martyrdom” video of Umar Islam, 29, was played to the jury at Woolwich crown court. Wearing a black and white checked headscarf, and sitting in front of a black flag covered in Arabic writing, Islam said Allah “loves us to die and kill in his path”. “To Mullah Omar and Sheikh Osama and the brothers, keep on going, keep on remaining firm, but truly you have inspired many of the Muslims and you have inspired me personally to follow the true path of the prophet,” he said. Six of the eight defendants on trial recorded videos outlining their hatred of the west and threatening further attacks, prosecutors said. The videos were found in the car and garage of another defendant, Assad Sarwar. During his speech, Islam pointed his finger at the camera and repeatedly checked notes on his lap. Haroon Siddique reports.

Interview with U.S. Author Steve Coll: ‘Osama bin Laden is Planning Something for the US Election’

US author Steve Coll spent years looking into Osama bin Laden’s family. Now, his new book provides a unique insight into the clan. SPIEGEL spoke with him about where the terrorist might be hiding, how his father got his start, and the unique romantic liasons pursued by one of his brothers. SPIEGEL: Mr. Coll, Osama bin Laden recently broke a long silence. He threatened Europe and called for the “liberation” of the Gaza Strip. How seriously should we take these missives? Do they tell us anything about him or about where he might be?

Islamic terror chief ‘Osama Bin London’ facing life in jail

An Islamic terror chief who dubbed himself “Osama bin London” and helped train the 21/7 bombers faces life in jail, it was revealed yesterday. Mohammed Hamid, 50, called on followers to carry out attacks even worse than the 7/7 atrocity in which 52 died when four devices exploded on London’s public transport system. The former football coach said 7/7 was “not even a breakfast for me” and teamed up with jailed cleric Abu Hamza’s right hand man Atilla Ahmet to recruit and train followers. He was convicted last week of three charges of soliciting to murder and three of providing terrorist training at camps in the Home Counties. But the verdicts could not be revealed until yesterday, when a number of other recruits pleaded guilty to various charges at Woolwich crown court, South London. Adrian Shaw reports.

Bin Laden’s son wants to meet with Pope

Omar bin Laden, son of the infamous al-Qaeda leader Osama bin-Laden, has said that he wishes to meet with Pope Benedict XVI and visit the Vatican. Omar, who considers himself an ambassador for peace, has been quoted in recent interviews that a truce between the West and al-Qaeda is possible. On a program called ‘Nothing Personal’ on Italian TV network LA7, Omar said I would very much like to meet the Pope in St. Peter’s, but I have been told that it is not easy.”

Yemen’s Saleh to seek release of Arab TV reporter jailed in Spain

Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh, will ask Madrid to release an Al-Jazeera journalist jailed for seven years for collaborating with Al-Qaeda. A Spanish court imprisoned al-Jazeera reporter Tayssir Alluni in 2005 after being found guilty of acting as a financial courier to Al-Qaeda while in Afghanistan. Alluni, who is a Spanish national of Syrian origin, is known for his interview with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan just weeks after the September 11th, 2001 attacks in the United States.