One of the documents in the declassified Abottabad files was a letter that enshrined a self-professed jihadi‘s undying love and commitment to his wife and children — and it was quickly but erroneously attributed to terror patriarch Osama bin Laden, reports IBTimes.
However, in reality, the letter was written by Osama’s third son, Sa’ad Ibn Osama bin Laden, to his wife in 2008, a year before he was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan.
Here’s an excerpt from the letter –
My beloved wife, Know that you do fill my heart with love, beautiful memories, and your long-suffering of tense situations in order to appease me and be kind to me, and every time I thought of you my eyes would tear for being away from you.
I want you to know that I will not marry on you because I will not find a woman like you, and I will remain in the land of jihad until God will bring us together in this world to see you and enjoy looking at you and at my children, and to compensate you for the kindness and love you missed in prison, due to the tension and being occupied with the thought. Or if meeting in the world is not possible, then I will see you in the thereafter and that will suffice.
As for you, you are the apple of my eye, and the most precious thing that I have in this world. If you want to marry after me, I have no objection, but I really want for you to be my wife in paradise, and the woman, if she marries two men, is given a choice on Judgment Day to be with one of them.
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And peace be upon you,
Your husband Sa’ad Ibn ‘Usama Bin Ladin
15 August 2008
Read the full letter here.