New Delhi: With the
world's most wanted terrorist and Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden
dead, the fear psychosis of associating terrorism with Islam will
come to an end, young Muslims in the national capital hoped.
"Now that Osama bin Laden has been killed, I, as a Muslim, hope
that the fear psychosis created by the West (against Islam) will
finally die in the minds of the people," Mohammad Reyaz, an M.
Phil. student in international studies at the Jamia Millia Islamia,
Miraj Ahmed, 23, agreed with the view while insisting that bin
Laden was no hero for the community.
"He paid for his sins because Islam does not teach you to kill
innocents. He is no hero for us. We've icons like (former
presidents) Zakir Hussain and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to follow. Osama
was just a glorified mass murderer," Ahmed, a city student, told
In a 40-minute operation Sunday night in Pakistan's Abbottabad,
the US Navy Seals attacked Osama bin Laden's hideout and killed
According to Afaaque Nayyer Shamsi, a freelance journalist in the
city, with bin Laden's death, the world can hope for things to
change for the better.
"However, I don't think his death will end terrorism and extremism
in the region," Shamsi said.
There were others who expressed reservations about the operation
by the US forces that took the world by surprise.
Abrar Ahmad, assistant professor in the department of electrical
engineering at Galgotia College in Noida, said: "I think Osama
died much before. In the case of (former Iraqi ruler) Saddam
Hussain, the whole process took more than two months, but here
within 24 hours they say they caught, killed and buried Osama.
They are using his name now for political reasons."
Tahid Nasir, who works for a financial news website, said that
while the news of bin Laden's killing prompted jubilation, it need
not solve the menace of terrorism at large.
"I don't think the killing of Osama or his followers will solve
the problem of global terrorism. For that the very root cause of
the ideology of terrorism must be eliminated," he said.