The Legacy of a Martyr
Osama bin Laden once said “I am fighting so I can die a martyr and go to heaven to meet God. Our fight now is against the Americans” (Brainyquote). Bin Laden not only had hatred for the United States, but also for most of the world. The famous Al-Qaeda leader led many terrorist attacks all throughout the world. Osama bin Laden should be Time Magazine’s 2001 Person of the Year because he changed air travel, cost countries a vast amount of money, and brought a horrific culture of fear.
Bin Laden’s full birth name is Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden. He was born on March 10, 1957 in Riyadh, the capital and the largest city of Saudi Arabia (Landau, 21). His mother, Alia Ghanem was his father, Mohammed bin Laden’s tenth wife. His father started the Saudi Binladin Group, which led to bin Laden’s future multimillionaire life. The exact number of bin Laden’s siblings is unknown, but the approximate guess is a little over fifty, and he is known to be the seventh child (PBS). His father died when he was ten years old, and his mother perished soon after. He later inherited most of his parent’s estate (Bio).
Bin Laden attended Al Thagher Model School and was perceived by his teachers as an outstanding student. He soon joined an Islamic study group that he was invited to. The group
instructors began teaching violent jihad rather than the Islamic culture and teachings. As bin Laden grew older, he actively began preaching about violent jihad to his fellow classmates (Bio). The same year he graduated, he also sired his first child. Bin Laden continued on to college, attending King Abdul Aziz University. There, he joined a group called the Muslim Brotherhood, a group whose intentions were to impose Koranic law in the Muslim community. He would later on join the Afghanistan resistance and train with the mujahideen to resist Soviet Union invasion. After the Soviet Union fled Afghanistan in 1989, bin Laden returned to Saudi...