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