Muslims in WNY Respond to Bin Laden's Death

May 2, 2011 Updated May 2, 2011 at 10:12 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

May 2, 2011 Updated May 2, 2011 at 10:12 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Local Muslims and Muslim groups across Western New York are reacting after the news of Osama bin Laden's death, since many of them have lost loved ones to Al Qaeda led by Bin Laden.

Those who run the Western New York Muslim website,, say they have had a positive response to Bin Laden's death. Also, that this is great news for everyone since Bin Laden was a mass murderer of people of all faiths, especially Muslims.

The local Muslim community says it's proud of the combined successful efforts of the U.S. Military and the Pakistani officials to bring Bin Laden to justice. "A relief in the sense that it was a great symbolic success for Pakistan and the United States of America because we've been looking for this guy for so long so it's a beginning of the end," Faizan Haq, Publisher of, said.

"We've been waiting for this for so long, 10 years, and it looked like he was never going to be caught," Dr. Khalid Qazi, President of WNY Muslim Public Affairs Council, said. "And finally it happened, it was absolute relief."

While this is a time to sigh with relief, many say it's not a time to forget what terror is still out there and about a possible retaliaton from extremists. "It's a major round that we have won so we should not diminish our achievement... there's more to come and we should be prepared," Haq said.

"We have sort of killed the snake head but the body and the other parts of the body are still there," Qazi said. "For example, the second in command of Al Qaeda... is still at large."