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PA daily article praises Al-Khansa - 12th century mother who celebrated her son’s Martyrdom

From the daily religious supplement during Ramadan
: “Tumadir Bint Amr [Al-Khansa] – the intergenerational poetess”
“When Al-Khansa joined Islam in the eighth year of the Hijra (i.e., the journey of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 C.E.), 630 C.E., when she was in her sixties, her sons and cousins accompanied her to the Messenger [Muhammad] to announce that they had joined the new religion [Islam]. Hadith (i.e., sayings and practices attributed to Islam's Prophet Muhammad) transmitter Muhammad Bin Al-Hassan Al-Makhzoumi states: ‘Al-Khansa was present at the Al-Qadisiyya battle in the 16th year of the Hijra, 638 C.E., together with her four sons. She encouraged them to Jihad, accompanied them with the army during the period of Omar ibn Al-Khattab (i.e., a prominent 7th- century caliph), and advised them: ‘O my sons, you converted to Islam and emigrated by choice. In the name of Allah, besides whom there is no other god, you are the sons of one man, as you are the sons of one woman. I did not cheat on your father, and didn’t embarrass your uncle. I didn’t disgrace their honor, and didn’t alter their pedigree. You might know what the great reward is that Allah has prepared for Muslims in battle against infidels, and know that the eternal home is preferable to the temporary home. Allah says: ‘O believers, stand and resist bravely, stand guard, and fear Allah so you will do well.’ [Quran,] Sura AlAmiran, verse 200. If Allah wishes, you will rise tomorrow, healthy and whole; go fight your enemies with wisdom, and with Allah’s help you will prevail over them…’
When she learned that all of them had died as Martyrs she made her famous statement: ‘Praise Allah, who honored me with their Martyrdom-death. I ask my Lord to unite me with them in Paradise.’”

Note: Al-Khansa - an Arab poet from the early period of Islam (7th century) honored in Islamic tradition for rejoicing when all four of her sons died as Martyrs. The PA lauds her as a role model for Palestinian women and has named 8 schools after her.