Many in the United States have been rejoicing at the death of the long-sought terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden after a tactical strike against the man's compound in Pakistan, but now some critics have emerged to express doubts about the burial. Officials have said that Bin Laden was "buried at sea" to prevent any site from becoming a shrine for terrorists. Some have also said that, as Islamic law requires a 24-hour burial, there was no time to contact countries about the proposal.
Now, some families who lost loved ones in 9/11 – along with Islamic clerics and others – have started claiming that this wasn't the appropriate thing to do. Some Muslim publications have said that the rites were disrespected.
"A Muslim, whatever his profession, even a criminal, their rites must be respected. There must be a prayer and the body should be wrapped in white cloth before being buried in the earth, not at sea," [Indonesia Ulema Council] chief Amidhan said, according to The Associated Free Press. "Many others have condemned it, especially as it was done with extreme hatred against him."
Some Americans, such as Senator Lindsey Graham, have said that sensitivity shouldn't be an issue here, because there's a risk of becoming too sensitive, The Daily Caller reports. Others, such as Rosaleen Tallon, the sister of a New York firefighter who died in the 9/11 attacks, have said that they would have preferred to see Bin Laden's body, so that they could truly know that the terrorist leader was killed, according to The Christian Science Monitor.
Other experts believe that the burial at sea may have been the most politically correct move, because burying Bin Laden in the earth risks having him dug up by either supporters or detractors.