Two thousand Pakistani women vow to raise up children for the interior spiritual struggle. “Women at Pakistan’s Red Mosque vow babies for jihad,” by Zeeshan Haider for Reuters, July 9 (thanks to all who sent this in):
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – About 2,000 Islamist women gathered at the radical Red Mosque in the Pakistani capital on Wednesday and vowed to raise their children for holy war, days after a suicide bomber killed 18 people after a similar rally.
Chanting slogans of “jihad is our way”, burqa-clad women, some with babies, listened to fiery speeches from the daughter of the mosque’s jailed cleric on the eve of the anniversary of a commando raid on the complex in which more than 100 people died.
“Our mujahideen (fighters) laid down their lives for the enforcement of the Islamic system in Pakistan. We are left behind to carry forward their mission,” the daughter of cleric Abdul Aziz told the tightly guarded rally in the mosque compound.
Several thousand men attended a similar rally on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the July 10 commando raid that ended a week-long siege that began when gunmen from the mosque clashed with police.
Shortly after the Sunday rally ended, a suicide bomber attacked police who had been guarding the gathering killing 18 people, all but three of them policemen. […]
But there was no trouble on Wednesday as the cleric’s daughter, who did not identify herself, told the crowd to steel their families for holy war.
“We should prepare our children and men for jihad,” she said.
The crowd responded with shrill chants of “we are ready” and “al jihad”.
Aziz was caught during the siege last year trying to slip through a cordon dressed in a woman’s burqa. His brother, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who was also a mosque cleric, was killed.
Ghazi’s widow, identified as Umm-e-Hassam, said President Pervez Musharraf should be punished for ordering the crackdown: “This man is the enemy … I want this man to be severely punished before I die,” she told the rally. […]
Aziz’s wife, identified as Umm-e-Hassan, said they had nothing to do with the attacks.
And now here’s something for those who wonder why I’m unimpressed with the condemnations of terrorism issued by Muslims in the West:
“We are not terrorists. Islam does not teach terrorism … America and its stooges are terrorists,” she told reporters at the rally, referring to the Pakistani army.
“We are holding this rally to tell the world we are alive and in high spirits. Islam can never be wiped out. It grows more after martyrs shed their blood.”…