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“My Mother Has Presented Me as a Gift to Allah”

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Posted on February 17 2010 12:17 pm
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In a recent TV children’s show, aired on the Egyptian Al-Rahma TV, a child preacher, Abd Al-Fattah Marwan, recites the legend of Abu Qudama and the young boy, who died a martyr on the battlefield in the early days of Islam. In the legend, which glorifies Jihad and martyrdom, the boy, Muhammad, is said to have beseeched Abu Qudama to let him join the Jihad against the infidels despite his young age. After shooting three arrows, which killed “three Byzantine soldiers,” he died a martyr’s death and went to Paradise. There he met his wife-to-be, whose face radiated blinding light and whose beauty was maddening.

In the program, Abd Al-Fattah Marwan – himself a child – recounts that the boy smiled in his sleep when he dreamt that he would be martyred the next day. “My father was martyred last year, and my brother and uncle the year before that,” he says. This year, “my mother has presented me as a gift to Allah.” Paradise is described in endearing terms, as full of “a scented bouquet of black-eyed virgins” of indescribable beauty.

Read more at MEMRI.

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