According to a hadith narrated by Abu Hurreira, Muhammad said: “In order that the people have a livelihood, it is best that they have a man who holds on the reins of his horse, battling in the way of Allah [waging jihad]. He flies on [his horse’s back] every time he hears the call or alarm, wishing for death or expecting to be slain,” (from The Al Qaeda Reader, 146). Accordingly, many would-be jihadists around the world are taking leave of their families and people (to provide them with “livelihood”) — such as the massive Somali wave of jihadists emigrating from the West to wage jihad in their homeland (now that they’ve heard the “call or alarm”). And, of course, many of them “wish for death or expect to be slain.” Another recently-disappeared American Somali youth just called his mother to say, “Mom, I’m in Somalia!”
“I am going away for jihad: Kasab told his mother in Pak,” from Express India, December 13 :
Islamabad Ajmal Amir Iman, the lone terrorist captured for the Mumbai terror attacks, told residents of his village in Pakistan’s Punjab province during his last visit there that he was going away for ‘jihad.’
Iman, also known as Ajmal Kasab, visited Faridkot village in Okara district of Punjab (Pakistan) about five months ago and asked his mother to bless him before he embarked on jehad, local residents were quoted as saying in a report aired by “˜Geo News” channel on Saturday.
“He came to the village about five or six months ago. He told his mother he was going away for jihad. He asked her to bless him and to leave his fate in the hands of Allah,” said an unnamed resident of Faridkot in what the channel described as secretly filmed footage.
The channel said most people of Faridkot and nearby Depalpur sub-district were reluctant to talk about Iman on the record. However, in the secretly filmed footage, some residents were shown discussing his last visit to the village.
“A man from Faridkot said that on his last visit to the village, Ajmal gathered a group of boys near a school and asked them to catch him. He demonstrated feats of wrestling to them. Then we heard he had left home and joined a jehadi group,” a man said.