Humza Yousaf, one of Scotland’s most prominent young Muslims and an SNP candidate for Glasgow in Thursday’s Holyrood election, said: “There is no doubt members of the Muslim community will also be relieved that the world’s most dangerous mass murderers is no longer a threat.
“This will hopefully give closure to hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the UK and US, but will also hopefully bring about the beginning of a stable and secure Pakistan, and an end to drone attacks in the region that have killed many civilians.”
Dr Salah Beltagui, convener of the Muslim Council for Scotland, also welcomed bin Laden’s death and said he hoped it would lead to less “military interference” in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He said: “It’s a bit of a relief really, relief that this symbol of this organisation, having at last been removed, will see the start of the end of this idea of killing people with no justification, especially those who have no part of any military action.”
Hanzala Malik, a leading Labour Glasgow City councillor, said: “This is a landmark victory for Pakistan, as well as the rest of the world. Someone connected with so much carnage has met his maker and that will undoubtedly dent his organisation.
“Hopefully the message goes out to young Muslims that bin Laden’s way was not the way of Islam and that while he has been a beacon for many, the fear he instilled could not protect him in the end.”
Dr Nazim Ghouri, a director of the Scottish Islamic Foundation, said: “I’m on holiday and have only just caught the headlines. What has struck me, though, is the efficiency of the whole operation.”
Aamer Anwar, the Glasgow-based lawyer, said he believed events in the Middle East this year had already marginalised bin Laden within the Muslim world.
Notice how they have managed to infiltrate Scottish political parties.