“Let me tell you: I love Sheikh Osama bin Laden as a Muslim. I am not glorifying or extolling anything. I am simply telling it as it is – Sheikh Osama is loved by millions of Muslims. Sheikh Osama is a hymn in the hearts of the downtrodden – from Jakarta to the Hindu Kush Mountains, to the villages and rural areas of Egypt… Ask those downtrodden and poor people, and they will tell you that they are grieving for Sheikh Osama bin Laden.”“Al-Jazeera TV Host Clashes with London-Based Islamist Hani Al-Sibai over Glorification of Osama Bin Laden,” Middle East Media Research Institute, May 5, 2011, http://www.memri.org/report/en/print5255.htm.
May 2, 2011