Below is a taste of the reactions from members of some of the major pro-jihadi forums:
“Although bin Laden’s death is a large symbolic victory for the United States, one cannot forget that this fight is against an ideology – jihadism – that is bigger than one individual or an organization, which an online activist picked up on.
“Mashallah the whole nation is celebrating the death of one man. Shaykh Osama was a true lion.”
The celebrations in American cities of the news also drew jihadi scorn. “Just look at those beer-drinking, hog-eating, incestuous, red-necks, uncle sams, house negros…all celebrating outside the White House,” one commenter wrote. “It’s like a holiday for them. Really a sad bunch of people. I’m just waiting for the Chocolaty Muslims, Talafies [fake Salafi Muslims], and those borderline murtad[apostates]/moderates to join the ugly bandwagon of cheering this so-called victory.”
Another opined, looking down on Americans: “The celebrations are amusing. Cheer all you want kuffar, you only have a limited amount of time in this dunya [present world] in which to do it. And then you will see the reality of this life.”
Forum participants also warned Americans that they should be careful what they wish for: “please let them celebrate, they are celebrating their own end. Osama is in the heart of every Muslim, even those who don’t admit publicly … Oh Allah send them endless tornados to destroy their homes and earthquakes to crash them.”
Ultimately, though, some jihadis tried to bring sobriety to the jubilant conversations in the forum threads that Bin Laden was a true shahid (martyr). One stated: “Why can’t people admit [bin Laden] was killed? He is a human being, not a prophet. Another man will replace his shoes, it’s easy.” And it is apparent that for some, the fight is far from over. “We renew our pledge of allegiance with the Covenant and the first with the Lord to continue our path until the end,” he declared. “We will continue .. We will continue .. We will continue ..”