Mothers Express Joy
at son’s Death for Allah
[death for Allah], is a "wedding," a time of joy.
Moderator: "They [Israelis] accuse the Palestinian mother of hating her sons and of encouraging them to die. This is what we hear from Israelis. Is this true?
Um Al-Ajrami: "No, we do not encourage our sons to die. We encourage them to Shahada for the homeland, for Allah." "We don't say to the mothers of the shahids, 'We have come to comfort you,' but 'We have come to bless you on the wedding of your son, on the Shahada of your son. Congratulations to you on the Shahada...' For us, the mourning is joyous. We give out drinks, we give out sweets. Praise to God - the mourning is a joyous occasion" [PATV, November 17, 2004]
Um-Nidal after the son achieved Shahada:
A mother explains: "Mothers make sounds of joy [on their son's Shahada] because she wants him to reach Shahada... I wanted the best for him... [it was] honor for us."