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May 9, 2011 No.
3825

Sudanese Islamic Scholar Abd Al-Hayy Yousuf at Rally: 'Osama Bin Laden Is Our Brother and Our Patron'


Following are excerpts from a statement by Abd Al-Hayy Yousuf, deputy head of the Sudanese Islamic Scholars Association, at a rally. The clip was posted on the Internet on May 5, 2011:

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Abd Al-Hayy Yousuf: "We pledge, before Allah, that the man killed yesterday [Bin Laden] is our brother. We pledge, before Allah, that we love him."

Crowds: "Allah Akbar."

Abd Al-Hayy Yousuf: "Our brotherhood with him is a fraternity of Muslims."

Crowds: "Allah Akbar."

Abd Al-Hayy Yousuf: "By Allah, no Muslim would ever rejoice or gloat over his death."

Crowds: "Allah Akbar."

Abd Al-Hayy Yousuf: "On the contrary, he would feel that this man waged true jihad for the sake of Allah, and that he was a thorn in the side of the enemies of Allah, of the hypocrites, and of those who despise the Koran sent by Allah.

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"You have gathered here today in order to send a message to the infidels and the hypocrites: Osama bin Laden is our brother and our patron. We pray for him and plead for Allah's mercy upon him.

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"In his lifetime, Osama was a source of fear for the infidels and the hypocrites, as he was on the day of his death."

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Crowds: "Allah Akbar."

Abd Al-Hayy Yousuf: "Today, you hear of embassies shutting down, and of heightened levels of alert, because this was not a man like any other. He was a man who was true to the pledge he made before Allah. He was a man who lived not for himself, but for Islam and the Islamic nation. He lived to make the world of Allah reign supreme." […]