We have seen this kind of thing before. In Onward Muslim Soldiers I quote at length from an interview with the mother of a suicide killer who thought her son had brought great honor to the family. From Palestinian Media Watch via FrontPage, with thanks to Anthony:
The following is an excerpt from the PATV NOV. 17:
Moderator: “They [Israelis] accuse the Palestinian mother of hating her sons and in encouraging them to die. This is what we hear from Israelis. Is this true?
Mother Um Al-Ajrami: “No, we do not encourage our sons to die. We encourage them to Shahada [martyrdom] for the homeland, for Allah.”
[She then talks about a group of women, all mothers of Shahids, who go to other mothers of Shahids during the period of mourning]:
“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, Nov. 17, 2004]
The “Islam Online” website (www.islamonline.org) points out that this woman, Um Al-Ajrami is quoted as saying, “I brought sweets and biscuits in order to change the day of joy to a new wedding, not mourning. I will sweeten anyone who will come to me to bless me on the occasion of the first holiday of the Shahada of my son.”
And here is more in the same vein from MEMRI: “Mothers of Hizbullah Martyrs: We are Very Happy and Want to Sacrifice More Children.”