Osama bin Laden + 1.May 2011

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not
curse them.
Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more
than friends have. 
Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have
loosed me  from earth and have demolished all my 
aspirations in the world. 
Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly
realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world. 
Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an 
unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by
enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having
ensconced myself beneath Thy tabernacle, where 
neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul. 
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not
curse them.
They, rather than I, have confessed my sins
before the world. 
They have punished me, whenever I have
hesitated to punish myself. 
They have tormented me, whenever I have tried to 
flee torments. 
They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered
myself They have spat upon me, whenever I have 
filled myself with arrogance. 
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not
curse them.- 2 -
Whenever I have made myself wise, they have
called me foolish. 
Whenever I have made myself mighty, they have 
mocked me as though I were a dwarf. 
Whenever I have wanted to lead people, they
have shoved me into the background. 
Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they
have prevented me with an iron hand. 
Whenever I thought that I would sleep peacefully, 
they have wakened me from sleep. 
Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long
and tranquil life,they have demolished it and
driven me out. 
Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world
and have stretched out my hands to the hem of
Thy garment. 
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless  them and do not 
curse them.
Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and
make them even more bitterly against me: 
so that my fleeing to Thee may have no return; 
so that all hope in men may be scattered like
cobwebs; 
so that absolute serenity may  begin to reign in my 
soul; - 3 -
so that my heart may become the grave of my two 
evil twins: arrogance and anger; 
so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven; 
ah, so that I may for once be freed from self
deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful 
web of illusory life. 
Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone
knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except
himself. 
One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they 
are not enemies, but cruel friends. 
It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good 
and who has done me more evil in the world: friends or
enemies. 
Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and my enemies. 
A slave curses enemies, for he does not understand. 
But a son blesses them, for he understands. For a son
knows that his enemies cannot touch his life. Therefore he 
freely steps among them and prays to God for them. 
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not
curse them.
Amen.
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