Muslim told husband to be a martyr

[July 14, 2007 update: Mother cleared of pledging baby to be suicide bomber]

A young woman encouraged her husband to become a Muslim martyr, the Old Bailey heard.

In a letter, she urged him to fight against non-believers and vowed that their baby son would follow in his footsteps, it was claimed.

The letter was read out to the jury trying Bouchra El Hor, 24, for failing to disclose information on terrorism. Her husband Yassin Nassari, 28, is charged with having documents and data on terrorism.

The couple, who had a five-monthold son when they were detained in May, last year, deny the charges.

Islam and Terrorism

Islamic terrorism is inspired by the concept of ‘lesser Jihad’ (holy warfare against the enemies of Allah and Islam). Muslims disagree among each other as to what is or is not acceptable in ‘lesser Jihad.’ For instance, while many Muslims speak out against terrorist acts committed in the name of Islam, others approve of such acts under certain conditions.

Bouchra El Hor allegedly said in her letter: ‘I am so proud of my husband. I am happy that Allah has granted you the chance to be a martyr.

‘I am writing to let you know that you have my support and to remind you to be strong and do not let Satan influence you… to remind you that jihad is now compulsory and we are now obligated to protect Islam, to help our brothers and sisters to fight the kuffar [non-believer].

‘Maybe one day I can follow you. If I can’t, I will send our son to you so he can follow his father’s footsteps.’

The letter was photocopied by police at Luton Airport when the couple’s luggage was searched as they returned to Britain from Holland, jurors heard.

Aftab Jafferjee, prosecuting, said its true significance was recognised only after police analysed the hard drive of a computer seized at Nassari’s home in Ealing, West London.

It was found to have instructions on how to make missiles and handle explosives.

El Hor, who is Dutch, and Londonborn Nassari were followers of ‘extreme ideology’, Mr Jafferjee said.

He added: ‘His wife was not only aware of his intention, but positively encouraged it — despite the fact that his actions would almost certainly result in his death in some form of combat, and would also result in their son being without a father.’

The trial continues today.


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, Metro, May 30, 2007,

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