Saudi Woman Stirs Up Debate Following Her Announcement On Twitter Of Joining Jihad In Syria

No. 5547 – December 4, 2013 |  from MEMRI

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A few days ago on November 30, 2013, a Saudi woman named Nada Al-Qahtani announced on Twitter that she has reached Syria, supposedly to join the jihad there.

Al-Qahtani, who wrote that – thanks to Allah – she finally was able to meet her brother, who has been fighting alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham for the past year, was soon faced with mounting criticism over her decision to travel to Syria.

Al-Qahtani was criticized for several reasons, among them was that she traveled to Syria without a mahram – a male companion who accompanies Muslim woman during travels, which is forbidden for Muslim women, especially in jihadi circles; and that Al-Qahtani’s husband, Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al-Azdi,[1] who is a prominent supporter of ISIS, was supposedly not even in Syria at the time of his wife’s travels. Al-Qahtani was also criticized for expressing her wishes to participate in a suicide attack shortly after arriving in Syria. Participation of Muslim women in combat operations, suicide attacks included, is a forbidden matter that was previously addressed by prominent Salafi-jihadi scholars, such as Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi.

In response, Al-Qahtani took to Twitter to fight back, criticizing Muslim men, especially Saudis, for not joining the jihad, thus, leaving women to perform that duty instead. Al-Qahtani also said that being in Syria without a mahram is a very difficult thing; therefore, she urged women to have a mahram available if they plan on coming to Syria. Al-Qahtani also spoke about how difficult it was for her to leave her family behind: “Since I left the [Arabian] Peninsula, I could barely see [with my eyes] from the excessive tears [knowing].. I will be departing from my family for the rest of my life.”

Al-Qahtani also urged Muslims to join the jihad in Syria, while speaking about the inner comfort she felt after arriving there: “Where are you [people of this] world to [witness] this happiness. Despite my upscale life in the [Arabian] Peninsula, it didn’t have this [sense of] glory, comfort and tranquility.” Al-Qahtani also addressed other Muslim women: “Urge your husbands and sons O women. I swear by Allah that every meter of [the land of] Al-Sham needs a mujahid.”

Al-Qahtani last Tweeted on December 2, 2013.



[1] Al-Azdi wrote a book in support of ISIS, titled “Ahwal Al-Mua’rideen Li-Dawlat Al-Muslimin.”





3 thoughts on “Saudi Woman Stirs Up Debate Following Her Announcement On Twitter Of Joining Jihad In Syria”

  1. Actually there is a pandemic of Saudi men sexually abusing little girl babies, so it could have been much earlier than six.

    Anyone note the irony that Saudi women can’t drive cars, but they can go and get themselves killed in another country. Actually, if I were a Saudi Muslima, it might sound like a good way to get out of the horrid and dismal life there. Go ahead, lady, and go out of this world with a blast. Please take along as many other Muslims as you can.

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