Niles West Muslim Students Rejoice in Osama Bin Laden’s Death

By Rozy Kanjee

Osama bin Laden is seen in this screen grab from Al-Jazeera's satellite channel a day before the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks. (Balkis Press/Abaca Press/MCT)

After President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed by the United States with the help of Pakistan, Niles West  Muslim students rejoiced.

“It’s great, because we’ve been searching for this terrorist for 10 years,” said Azmina Panjwani, a senior Muslim. “People who died, and their families, finally get closure; the reassurance in America will transpire that ‘yes we are united and Al Qaeda does not have the ability to hinder our country.'”

According to President Obama, the attack was launched today, with a joint effort from Pakistan, by a target operation that engaged in a firefight killing Bin Laden. The operatives then captured the body and was in possession of the United States. According to Obama, Bin Laden was hiding in a compound deep inside Pakistan.

He was the leader and symbol of Al Qaeda whose death and capture has brought joy and relief to Muslim students at West.

“I feel in a way that there might be a little hope for Muslims,” senior Abeer Zaidi said. “I mean the government and citizens should probably start saying you know ‘we shouldn’t be mean to Muslims, finally he’s dead. Now we can stop the killing and war,’ and stop making accusations on us: the innocent Muslims.”

She later said, “I was on Tumblr, and a random person had written ‘oh, I bet Muslims are crying because their leader is dead,’ but he’s not our leader. We wanted him dead just as much as everyone else in this world did. Now he is, we’re just as happy as you are.”

Panjwani added her relief as well.

“I feel relieved because now people can stop being scared of Muslims. Now that we have crippled the Taliban or Al Qaeda there might be less acts of terror, and our country can feel better about Muslims. I really hope, as a Muslim myself, today is the beginning of a better time for Muslims,” she said. “Maybe there’ll even be less random checks at the airports. A dark skinned bearded man won’t get harassed if he’s walking down the street. There might still be that fear but not as much. You can only hope right?”

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