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Mother: Son's death "best day of my life"

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Um Nidal is filmed with her son, Muhammad, who is armed and ready to carry out a terror attack:

     "How do I feel, as I promise my son Paradise, and as I offer something [my son] for Allah? By Allah, today is the best day of my life. I feel that our Lord is pleased with me, because I am offering something [my son] for Him. I wish to sacrifice more [sons] for Allah's forgiveness, and for the flag [of Islam], 'There is no god but Allah', to fly over Palestine. That's what we want. We want the rule of Islam. I'm not parting from him to his death, but rather I part from him as he goes to a better life, the Afterlife, which our Lord has promised us. By Allah, if I had 100 children like [my son] Muhammad, I would offer them with sincerity and willingly. It's true that there's nothing more precious than children, but for the sake of Allah – what is precious becomes cheap."

Arab News Network TV interview in March 2002 after her son murdered four Israeli teenagers and became a "Martyr":

     "I gave my son to Jihad for Allah. It's our religious obligation. If I wanted to have compassion for him, or to make him change his mind, it would be wrong, a mistake. I don't want to be guided by my feelings, a mother's feelings. I put them aside for a while for something greater, although a mother's feelings are involved. Why? Because I love my son, and I want to choose the best for him, and the best is not life in this world. For us there is an Afterlife, the eternal bliss. So if I love my son, I'll choose eternal bliss for him. As much as my living children honor me, it will not be like the honor that the Martyr showed me. He will be our intercessor on the Day of Resurrection. What more can I ask for? Allah willing, the Lord will promise us Paradise, that's the best I can hope for. The greatest honor [my son] showed me was his Martyrdom."


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