May 5th, 2011
08:09 AM ET

Bin Laden's wives - and daughter who would 'kill enemies of Islam'

By Brian Todd and Tim Lister, CNN

(CNN) - Eleven years ago, a teenage girl was plucked from a quiet town in southern Yemen and taken first to Pakistan and then on to Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.

Her name was Amal al-Sadah, and a year before the 9/11 attacks she became Osama bin Laden's fifth wife. She was 18; he was 43.

By his own account, an al Qaeda figure in Yemen called Sheikh Rashed Mohammed Saeed Ismail arranged the marriage.

Ismail (whose brother spent time as a detainee at Guantanamo Bay) told the Yemen Post in 2008: "I was the matchmaker for his wife Amal al-Sadah, who was one of my students."

In July 2000, he accompanied the young bride-to-be to Afghanistan.

Last year, Ismail told journalist Hala Jaber: "Even at her young age, she was religious and spiritual enough, and believed in the things that bin Laden - a very religious, pious and spiritual man - believed in."

Read the full story here about bin Laden's wives.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 9/11 • Belief • Islam • Muslim

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Steve T

    Another in a long line of examples that prove we need religion like the plague – all of them Muslim, Jew, Christian, they all claim their God is the true peaceful God and they will kill anyone who says otherwise. So keep on reading your medieval comic books and kill someone for Abraham/Jesus/Mohammed.

    May 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  2. esther

    kudos to the US for capturing that snake Osama, he can now continue his reign of terror in the afterworld.

    May 10, 2011 at 7:37 am |
  3. Farrakan saleem

    Peace and blessings ,be upon all of the servants of almighty Allah

    May 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  4. Catherine

    They are following the teachings of the Quran and the example of their devout husband/father Osama who repeatedly said:

    "I am one of the servants of Allah. We do our duty of fighting for the sake of the religion of Allah. It is also our duty to send a call to all the people of the world to enjoy this great light and to embrace Islam and experience the happiness in Islam. Our primary mission is nothing but the furthering of this religion." Osama bin Laden (1957 – 2011)

    "Mohammed is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another" Quran 48:29

    Until we in the West choose not to fool ourselves under the cloak of political correctness and blind ourselves to what is happening around the world and our own country, we will not only never make progress but also place ourselves and the world in grave danger.

    Can you imagine the whole world being another Pakistan/Afghanistan/Iraq/Egypt etc..etc...etc...? Can you imafine all women the world over walking around in burkha?

    May 8, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • hillbilleter

      But they are not happy. If they were happy, they wouldn't be so miserable and obsessed with making everyone else miserable. A great-aunt of mine, when another elderly lady in her church chastised her for her obvious happiness and chronic good humor, answered, "I would be a poor excuse for a Christian if I went around with a long face and acted miserable all the time. The best advertisement for Christianity is to be happy and show it." Makes sense to me.

      May 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  5. Scientist

    The scientific method requires a hypothesis and a proof. It is obvious, for atheists, that religious people cannot come up with a proof of God's existence. Religious people use "faith" which requires no proof. Similarly, atheists cannot proof (scientifically speaking) that God does not exist. This means that atheists also have "faith" that God does not exist. The perfectly scientific approach is skepticism.
    Religious people read your bible and stop trying to use science to proof God's existence! Atheists educate yourself on the scientific method and stop trying to do the same!

    May 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Scientist..Athiests do not try to prove there is no god.. we claim that there is no evidence for his existence, that is not a faith. There is overwhelming evidence for evolution, and is as close to a fact that you can get..this counters what the bible claims, and so the word of god appears false. No atheist, or non believer, has claimed that they know what started the universe, or Abiogenesis this is still an open debate, but many theories abound. i am not skeptical about Evolution.

      May 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • hillbilleter

      Thank you, Scientist. Finally, someone who makes sense and doesn't try to cram a belief system down someone else's throat. Whether religious or atheist, each one believes and has faith that they are correct.

      May 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  6. Surprised

    @ Rougue. Thank you sir, you've made my point quite well.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Rogue

      @Surprised – If you think that, then you are a fool. Thanks for proving ME right! LOL

      May 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  7. Surprised

    It's always amazing how many professing non-believers and critics go out of their way to log their comments on the faith blog. If you all (especially you "The Bobinator" ) are so anti-religious and so convinced there is no God, there is no Hell, and are stuck on the notion that since YOU can see it, it must not be real; then why do you all spend such effort expressing opinions in a forum not dedicated to those of like mind? I say, you really aren't convinced of anything and are either looking for answers or just plain antagonistic. If it's the former, then Jesus is your answer if you'll take the time to seek Him. If it's the later, then you probably should get back to work and stop wasting your company's time expounding on CNN.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
    • Rogue

      @Surprised – You are a lame excuse for a troll. This is a place to post comments related to the articles posted. If that is too complicated for you, then why don't you go elsewhere, like Faux Nooz? Or Sesame Street?
      The Snuffleupagus never appears when people are looking for him. He must be God or Jesus....

      May 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  8. Reality

    Wives of bin Laden, read and follow and save yourselves some added Islamic grief:

    Saving Muslims is quite easy!!!

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism at your request.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Adrian

      It's remarkable that you have a copendium of incorrect, misguided information. There is a simpler method to help you understand why there is a God, and the Holy Bible can be taken as truth: people like you say: seeing in believing. Christ says: believing is seeing. You are waiting for something to happen or to be said to convince you but there won't be a new Bible. It was already written, and God need not take any action to prove HImself true. It's up to us to accept or not accept, but you can't just say it's fake just because you haven't yet tried it to believe. And spare me any stories of people who claimed to have walked away from the church; what they walked away from was bad teaching, and had not developed their own relationship with God. Do this, and if you do, then I will be much more inclined to listen to you in the future: actually pray to God and ask Him things. Read Hebrews 11:6; and the first chapter of James, and try to do what it says in just those verses only for 30 days. Then you can make a more informed decision.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:50 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Adrian..the bible cannot be taken for truth, many religions would disagree with you. With out any proof, your claims are just as invalid as any other. You would most likely say the Koran is not true..based purely on where you were born..

      May 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • balto paul

      You forgot to add:

      "Now that you have read this, you must forward it immediately to five other people, or bad things will happen to you. Like really bad things. Seriously."

      May 9, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • hillbilleter

      I guess this list makes sense to you, in your belief/nonbelief system. I find it circuitous and excruciating in its torturous turns and twists, trying to bend something you think you know into your understanding of someone else's belief system. I'm not Muslim and I find it very hard to make any sense of it. Very easy to decide you don't have a grasp yourself, and move on to the next item.

      May 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  9. Melissa Stone

    I am an atheist but thought what the minister said was thoughtful and helpful to people who may not understand the range of emotions expressed at this time. However, I thought a poll on whether or not Osama was in hell was somewhere between stupid and insulting to atheists and religious people. I have read the Bible MANY times and it expressly says Christians can not make that call. That stupid poll makes us look as dumb as radical Muslims. Another pathetic job CNN.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • The Bobinator

      > I have read the Bible MANY times and it expressly says Christians can not make that call. That stupid poll makes us look as dumb as radical Muslims. Another pathetic job CNN.

      If you think a poll about what happened to Osama after death is stupid because "The bible says that Christians cannot make that call", you really have missed the most obvious one of "It's stupid to ask if someone's gone to a place that has never been shown to exist."

      Just like it's stupid to wonder if Osama went to the magical land of the fairies or if he's living in the pots of gold with the leprechauns.

      May 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Vishwa Mitra

      Cannot is a one word.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • NotPC1

      Eh – It's still fun to think of that puke in the fires of hell (or cold if you prefer). Who cares whether it's real, we'll never be able to pass that info on anyway. But if it is, he is there. If it isn't, he isn't. Oh well. So quit raining on our parade.

      May 7, 2011 at 6:58 am |
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