Osama Bin Laden’s brother Sheik Bakr Mohammed Bin Laden donated 2 million USD to Harvard University . This money went to the Harvard Law School for research on the history of legal institutions in Islamic states. His donation also helped the Harvard Design School with studies in Islamic architecture. Bakr Bin Laden lives in Boston and is a successful businessman. Having the name “Bin Laden” on two buildings in Harvard has led to great discussions all around the world. Whilst some say it is unfair for the people who lost loved ones in the 9.11 incident others say that one cannot be judged by what one’s siblings do.
It is common for wealthy Muslims to donate money for Islam related research and education. Due to political relations these donations have always been disputed.At the time, the university spokesperson Alex S. Huppe said “It’s clear that the Saudi bin Laden money isbeing put to good use here.”.
It is true that the last name of the donator isn’t half as important as how the money is being used. What if we were looking at the same scenario only with another religion? Would things be any different then? While it is true that the attack on 9.11 was devastating with thousands being emotionally and physically harmed, it is not right to reject people for something that they are not responsible for , ie their family or their religion. The bin Laden family is an extremely large one. Will we just outlaw every one of the members for being related to Osama bin Laden? While it may be possible to do this, it isn’t right. All it takes is to put yourself in their shoes for a couple of minutes.