A Palestinian Mother who sent her son to commit a suicide attack explains her
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesperson, October 17, 2002.
On October 14, 2002, the Hamas Website published an interview with a
Palestinian mother who sent her son to carry out a suicide attack against Israel.
The mother is proud of the support and encouragement she gave her son in
carrying out his attack. She is proud of his death and hopes to serve as an
example to other Palestinian mothers and sons.
Here is an excerpt of the interview with of the mother of Mahmud Alabad.
Mahmud was killed while attacking IDF troops in the Gaza Strip on June 15,
2002 (two IDF soldiers were killed in the attack).
Note of Likud: an example of how Arab religious and national
brainwashing creates a sphere of total hate and nihilism.
“I was happy at his birth and at his death”
Mahmud Alabad was born in the Shati refugee camp on April 30, 1979. When I
gave birth to Mahmud, I was so happy when I saw him, and when I said
goodbye to him when he was on his way to the next world, I was happy – may
Allah be praised for the fate that granted this suicide attacker his life and his death.
The process of being accepted into the group of Hamas suicide bombers
Mahmud arrived at home one day and said: I was accepted, mother. I asked
him where. He replied: To the ranks of the brigades [The Izz-a Din Al-Qassam
Brigades, terrorist faction of the Hamas]. From now on, he said, I am to be
counted among the warriors. He hurried and left [the house]. I assumed that he
was going to a confrontation with the Jews, yet he returned shortly and asked
me to be filmed with him for a video. He told me that the brigades want my
approval for him to be a suicide bomber (Istishahadi). I sent a letter with him,
which he passed to the leader, Salah Shehade [head of the terrorist faction of
the Hamas; Shehade was killed in the IDF Airforce attack on Gaza in July
2002]. Shehade said that the operation that Mahmud would take part in would
be very successful, because his mother is pleased by his actions.
“I Agreed that he become a suicide bomber to encourage other mothers”
The truth is that, in the beginning, I was surprised that my son would leave me
and that I would see him no more. I steeled myself, however, and realized that
my son’s martyrdom was an act of Allah, and it became for me as a source of
pride. [My son] asked me to come with him to film his farewell video. At first I
refused to be filmed with him for fear of how it would appear, but his
commanders told me that it would be considered a powerful encouragement for
[other] women and youth and would strengthen the heart of our nation. On that
basis, I agreed to be filmed to show our loyalty to Allah. Through the film, I
wanted to convey the message that we are a people, that our land is occupied,
that we have no choice but revolution against the conqueror, no choice but to
kill the conqueror, to banish him from our land in any way by possible by
pressing the Jihad [the holy war against the infidels], the suicide, and the
struggle-and by the fortitude of the mothers.
“I prayed that my son be killed in action, so he could rewarded with the 
virgins in Heaven”
Prior to the attack in which he was killed, Mahmud went on two other missions,
before which I had to bid him farewell. The first time he left immediately after
we were filmed on video. He told me: The most important thing is to please
you. He hurried and left, and I waited anxiously to hear of his death. I wished
him success and that Allah might speed him along in his attack against his
enemies. The following evening, while I was kneeling on my prayer rug,
Mahmud entered, and I asked him what happened. He answered: I went to the
place and I saw the bride and her family; tomorrow we go there to pay the
dowry [bride is the Hamas code word for terror attack; this is based on the
belief that a man who falls in the course of Jihad ascends to Heaven and
marries 72 virgins]. I asked him what happened. He answered: I could not find
any Jews. Then a second time I said goodbye to him, and he said: I am going,
and I will not return. I cried and tears flowed down my cheeks, and when
Mahmud saw me [like this] he did not answer but turned his head [and ran out].
I waited until midnight, and then he came back. I asked that from now we not
say goodbye but that he go at his first opportunity. And that is what happened.
From the first time that I said goodbye, I asked him not to be afraid [in fighting]
against the Jews, as they are cowards, that he prepare his weapons well before
embarking, that he kill [as many] as he can and leave none alive. And when he
left for his operation, his face was radiant as if he were meeting the girls of
heaven right then and there. I wished him luck and that he enter heaven and
marry the girls as soon as possible.
“I was happy when they told me that my son had died”
In the middle of the night, two masked men knocked on the door [of our
house]. As soon as I opened the door they said: Allah has richly rewarded you.
Instantly I knew that Mahmud had been granted the death he wanted. I told my
husband that Mahmud had been slain in the glorious attack. I also informed
Mahmud’s brother and felt happiness mixed with sorrow. I informed his sisters
that I had known in advance of his attack and that I was even filmed in a video
beforehand. They were astonished at first, but they quickly accepted my
“Salah Shehade chose my son personally for this mission.”
After my son requested to become a suicide bomber, I wrote a letter to the
leadership of the Izz-a Din Al-Qasasm regiment; the letter was transferred to
Salah Shehade’s personal attention. The great man who had the honor of my
son’s death and sending him on this mission. He [Salah Shehade] was the one
who chose the suicide bombers and asked the family’s permission. [Shehade’s
decision] was the single most influential thing in my son’s life.
“The Fact that my son killed Jews makes me happy”
I was very happy when I heard that he [Mahmud] killed Jews in the attack.
When a warrior of Jihad follows Allah’s path to kill Jews, [it is the act of Jihad]
that gives him strength. Even if he does not kill any Jews, it is an honorable act
because he dies the death of a martyr.
“We Muslims have the strongest maternal instinct.”
We [Muslims] have a strong maternal instinct. We have a deep love for our
sons. We always remember our deceased sons and feel their absence.
However, this love weakens when compared to our conquered homeland. We
want heaven and endeavor to please Allah. Allah has commanded us to fight
the jihad in Allah’s way-with our possessions and our souls’. We answer Allah’s
call, and this gives us pride.