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Moms are very important in an Islamic culture, the wife of a Hamas leader says, because they must train their children for martyrdom.

The comment comes from Umm Osama, the wife of Hamas Member of Parliament Khalil Al-Hayya, and was documented by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which has posted the video online.

Osama was being interviewed by Al-Aqsa TV just a few weeks before Christmas.

Osama said, “Women in Palestine play a great role in raising their children and in encouraging them to wage jihad for the sake of Allah. This is absolutely the most glorious thing a woman can do.”

She stressed the importance of women is Islamic society.

“Women play their role and are not inferior to men. When a man goes to wage jihad, his wife does not say ‘Don’t go’ or try to stop him. She encourages and supports him. She is the one who prepares his equipment, bids him farewell, and welcomes [his jihad]. ”

She then addressed a mom’s responsibility to the children of Islamic society.

“She instills in her children the love of jihad and martyrdom for the sake of Allah. If every mother were to prevent her son from waging jihad for the sake of Allah, who would wage jihad? Who would support Palestine? Palestine is dear to us, and its price is paid with our body remains and our lifeblood,” she said.

“Is not Allah’s reward precious? Allah’s reward is paradise. Paradise requires from us our blood, our body remains, and our efforts for its sake. … Sister, jihad is ordained for us. It is our duty to wage jihad, because either we wage jihad or…”

When the interviewer from Al-Aqsa TV said, “We want to die as martyrs,” Osama continued, “Indeed we do.”

“I am constantly praying: ‘Allah, make the end of our days be in martyrdom.’ I pray for this even for my husband and my children. None of us want to die in our beds. We pray that Allah will grant us paradise,” she said.

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