Al-Zawahiri wife tells women not to join jihad
The wife of Al-Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has urged Muslim women not to join the jihad themselves but to support their husbands, AFP reported on Thursday. In a letter released by Al-Qaeda's media arm As-Sahab entitled "A Message to the Muslim Sisters," Omayma Hassan Ahmed Mohammed Hassan also asked the female faithful to resist Western pressure to shun the hijab.
Dr. Zawahiri's wife discouraged women from pursuing an active role in fighting, urging them instead to support their husbands and male mujahedeen, and properly rear their children. She also asked Muslim women to donate money and help the mujahedeen.