Translated from Bahasa into English by Nugroho Indonesia
JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) in tahlilan (prayer) commemorating the death of Osama bin Laden at the headquarters of Islamic Defenders Front on Wednesday (04/05/2011) considered Osama as a martyr.
"Sheikh Osama bin Laden is a martyr. Therefore, his body does not need to be bathed or prayed but it's enough to be covered with the clothes that he wore when he died. As a martyr and as a Muslim he must be buried," said Secretary General of FPI Ahmad Shobri Lubis, at Petamburan Street III, Paksi Alley, Central Jakarta, Indonesia.
In the event, FPI also demanded the United States to return to the family the Osama's body immediately so they can bury him in Islam way. The reason is, Ahmad continued, because it is in line with the Quran verses.
"If it's true that Sheikh Osama bin Laden has killed by American soldiers, DPP FPI demanded his body to be returned to the family so the can held a funeral done in Islam way (sharia)," he added.
On Monday (05/02/2011), the counselor of counterterrorism and homeland security of President Barack Obama, John Brennan said that the corpse of Osama bin Laden had been drowned into the sea from the deck of the U.S. aircraft carrier ship because there was no other alternative to bury him within 24 hours based on the Islamic law.
"Bin Laden's funeral was still being done based on the practice and teaching of Islam. It's done according to Islamic law," said Brennan to the reporters in a briefing at the White House.
According to Brennan, it had previously prepared for this kind of burial and wanted to make sure that it was being done correctly. Osama was killed in a military operation by U.S. forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Although it has not proven in the court yet, most of the people considered him as the actor behind the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 toward the World Trade Center twin towers. More than 6,000 people were killed in that tragedy.