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Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs glorifies Al-Khansa who celebrated her sons' Martyrdom deaths

Yusuf Juma’ Salameh, Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs, in a sermon in the presence of PA Chairman Abbas:
     “Al-Khansa, this noble woman, when she lost her brother (killed in battle before the rise of Islam) she began crying, shouting in anguish. When her heart was opened by Allah to accept Islam, and faith filled her heart, things changed. She sent into battle her four sons, her own flesh and blood, as a service to this religion. When she heard they had become Shahids (Martyrs), she said, “Praise Allah, who has honored me with their deaths. I pray to Allah that I will join them in Paradise.” This is a great woman. This is a noble woman. Do you see how Islam changed her behavior and her poetry?”

Note: Al-Khansa - an Arab woman and poet from the earliest period of Islam (7th century) famous and honored in Islamic tradition for sending her four sons to battle and rejoiced when they all died as Martyrs. She has been lauded by the PA and often presented as a role model for mothers.

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