"Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of God and your enemies..." -- Qur'an 8:60
Zawahiri's wife would approve, as she advised Muslim women: "I advise you to raise your children in the cult of jihad and martyrdom and to instil in them a love for religion and death."
"'My husband terrorised disbelievers... And I will incite others': Chilling terror notes of the 7/7 bomber's widow who began life as a Home Counties schoolgirl," by Barbara Jones in the Daily Mail, July 8 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
The British widow of a 7/7 bomber who is being hunted by police in East Africa has revealed that she is raising her children to be Mujahideen terrorists.
In a chilling cache of handwritten notes found by police, Muslim convert Samantha Lewthwaite – nicknamed the White Widow – describes how her eldest son and daughter were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up.
The children, then aged eight and five, both said last year that they wished to be holy warriors. Their answers inspired their mother to begin a book, a guide to Jihad, entitled I Want To Be A Mujahid.
It was their father and Lewthwaite’s first husband, Jermaine Lindsay, who carried out England’s worst terror atrocity. During the 7/7 bombings in 2005, he killed 26 people when he blew up a Piccadilly Line Tube train near King’s Cross.
Publicly at least, 28-year-old Lewthwaite, the youngest daughter of a British soldier who grew up in the Home Counties, denounced her husband. Then she disappeared.
Nothing was known of her whereabouts until earlier this year when it emerged that she had gone on the run after police foiled a plot to blow up Western tourist targets in Kenya. Last month it was revealed she is the prime suspect for a grenade attack on a Kenyan bar packed with tourists watching the Euro 2012 match between England and Italy. A boy was among the three dead.
Lewthwaite is believed to be in hiding with her second husband, British terror suspect Habib Saleh Ghani, who calls himself ‘Osama’ and is described by police as ‘extremely dangerous’.
When she made her ‘dua’ – a prayer to Allah for a suitable marriage – Lewthwaite writes that she asked for a man who would ‘go forth and give all he could for Allah and live a life of terrorising the disbelievers as they have us. This is what I wanted and Allah gave me this and better’.
Copies of the notes, which Kenyan police believe were written by Lewthwaite and form the synopsis of her book, were found at the last house she rented in the Kenyan city of Mombasa. The notes, which have been obtained by The Mail on Sunday, are included in a Metropolitan Police file on the case. Last week, officers from Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command flew to Kenya to assist in the hunt. In the papers, Lewthwaite writes: ‘It is not enough to say that I want to be a Mujahid yet live your life as a Mujrim [non-Muslim].
‘Only once we know how a Mujahid lives his life, spends his day and night, can we strive to be a Mujahid. I have for many years now wanted to write something that would benefit my brothers and sisters.
‘A message of hope, encouragement and light in an era when many are still in darkness.’
Apparently, she felt she lacked knowledge or was not practising the life of a Mujahid completely, so abandoned the project.
But when she heard Ghani ‘my beloved husband’ talking to her children, she decided to continue.
She writes: ‘He gave a talk to my eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. He asked them what do you want to be when you are older? Both had many answers but both agreed to wanting to be a Mujahid.
‘He asked them how did they plan to achieve such a goal and what really is a Mujahid? What makes someone a Mujahid? These are answers that only those who have been living the path of Jihad would know.’
She adds: ‘It was my husband’s talk to the kids and then reading A Woman’s Role In Jihad [a treatise believed by Muslims to have been written by Fatimah, Muhammad’s daughter, exhorting women to be faithful, considerate wives and to abhor cosmetics and indecent clothing] that made it clear it was time to put pen to paper and share with others what I was blessed with.’...