Imam: 'Justice was done'

Imam Mohamed Melhem

Imam Mohamed Melhem of the Central Mosque of Charleston provided this statement on the death of Osama bin Laden:

"I say finally justice was done. We as Muslims of South Carolina welcome the news of the killing of Osama bin Laden, who caused the deaths of countless Muslims worldwide, in Jordan, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Turkey, in the U.S., in a lot of other parts of the world. He does not represent Islam or Muslims, and he never did. Anyone who commits acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the name of Islam is not only destroying innocent lives but also betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent.

"We as Muslims do not care about his burial or the details of how he was buried, it is a good idea that he is buried at sea so that he will never have a grave as a shrine or for anyone to visit.

"We hope this will close a big chapter of extremism, and make it also a lot easier for Muslims to present the real, peaceful and beautiful religion of Islam. We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by any criminal actions outside the beautiful teaching of both the Qur`an and Muhammad (peace be upon him), our beloved prophet."