What kind of mother would send her young son off to die in a suicide bombing of children—knowing he would die—and then rejoice and pass out candy after his death and the deaths of other innocents he took with him? What kind of mother would lobby her other sons to become “martyrs,” too?
A religious mother, of course. And you know what religion we’re talking about.
Umm Nidal (“mother of the struggle”: real name Maryam Farhat), who died three days ago at the age of 64, is a hero to Palestinians. That’s because three of her six sons were “martyrs”. The youngest, Muhammed, was only 17 when he died in a suicide attack against an Israeli military academy (the mother had encouraged him to engage in this “jihad”), another made explosives targeting civilians and was blown up by one of his drones, and the third was killed by Israeli intelligence.
After Muhammed died (taking with him five Israeli students and wounding 23), she thanked Allah and handed out boxes of chocolates and halvah. She was later elected to the Palestinian parliament.
Nidal’s funeral was attended by thousands of Palestinians and many dignitaries, including the Palestinian prime minister.
On the eve of Obama’s visit, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas paid homage to Nidal and gave her a special award, the “Order of Sacrifice.”
Watch this video of Nidal being interviewed in 2005, after Muhammed’s death, and tell me if it’s not the most chilling interview you’ve ever seen: the pure poison of religion in action. The interview was aired by Dream2 TV, and you can read excerpts here:
In the first part of the next video, Nidal is shown praising Muhammed, who stands next to her as she sends him off to die:
And a transcript of her statement from the Hamas website, rejoicing at “the best day of [her] life”:
“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) to His sake. I wish to offer 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 [as he goes] to his death, but rather I’m parting 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.” [Hamas website, Jan. 1, 2006]
No normal mother is glad to send her sons off to war, and any normal mother hopes that they’ll come back alive. For a mother to send her son off at the age of 17 to kill civilians, to actually hope that he (and his brothers) will die, to rejoice at his death, and to lobby her other sons to follow in those footsteps—well, that takes religion.
It’s a mercy that this monstrous woman died before she had the chance to turn her grandsons into martyrs as well.