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I'm proud my son Khaled killed Anwar Sadat: Mother

Khaled Al-Islambouli was defending honour of Islamic nation when he assassinated former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1982, his mother tells Iranian news agency

Ahram Online, Sunday 19 Feb 2012
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Archive photo of Khaled Al-Islambouli during his trial in 1982 for assassinating former Egyptian President Anwar Al-Sadat (Photo: internet)
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The mother of Khaled Al-Islambouli – the army officer who assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Al-Sadat in 1981 – has expressed pride in her son during an interview with Iran's state-run Fars news agency.

"I am very proud that my son killed Anwar Al-Sadat," said Mrs Qadriya, 85. "[The government] called him a terrorist, a criminal, and a murderer, but they didn’t say that was he was defending Islam. They didn’t say anything about the oppressed people in Palestine, about Camp David, or how Sadat sold out the country to the Jews and violated the honour of the Islamic nation."

Islambouli was executed in 1982 for his role in the assassination.

Mrs Qadriya, who is also the grandmother-in-law of Osama Bin Laden's son, said she was proud to see the street named after her son in Tehran.

Al-Islambouli admired Iran, Mrs Qadriya added. He was greatly affected by its Islamic revolution and hoped the same would happen across the Arab world.

Mrs Qadriya also said that her return to Egypt from Afghanistan was secured by the Iranian authorities because she feared she would be "assassinated or kidnapped" on the way. "I returned to Egypt through diplomatic channels, not security ones. The [Iranian authorities] put me in a hotel in Tehran for 15 days and made all the travel arrangements."

Mrs Qadriya's other son, Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya leader Mohamed Al-Islambouli, was sentenced to death in absentia at a military trial in 1992 for planning terrorist operations in Egypt. He was seized at Cairo airport upon arriving from Tehran in August and is awaiting a retrial after submitting an appeal against his conviction.

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Dan Lindsay
03-08-2014 11:40pm
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Mutually Exclusive: Moderation Can't Exist in Islam
The assassination of President Sadat was always a sore spot for me, personally. He strove for moderation in a moderate country that is surrounded by radicals. This is what happens to moderates who strive to help their citizens cope in a violent world. Sadat did so much to improve the lives of the average Egyptian, but the Muslim Brotherhood could not allow such moderation due to their obsession with the Jews and the existence of Israel. Sadly, other moderates cannot speak up for fear of a similar fate. We all get comfortable allowing the status quo to stumble along, but at some point the majority of Egypt, who I know to be peace living and moderate, will rise up and put an end to the radicalization of their land. Egypt will have to be the first because no other Muslim nation dares to speak out against terror and radicalization. Having met President Sadat in January 1980, I only wish he were able to help his people further, instead of being killed by a weakling zealot.
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James Bartles
20-02-2012 10:42am
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Wacky old bird
Your son is and always will be a terrorist in the eyes of the world. Muslims tell everybody "Oh, Islam is a religion of peace" and then you make war on anyone who doesn't fight to the death on behalf of Islam? Sorry sister, that is where the rest of the world gets the impression that Islam and Muslims are fanatics. Keep exporting your oil and extremism and we will keep exporting wars and suffering. Maybe that's just the nature of the way things should be.
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Kamel Hamza
20-02-2012 10:05am
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Deluded
I have no sympathy at all. This woman is deluded. Anwar Sadat made me feel proud to be an Egyptian.
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Rob
19-02-2012 11:32pm
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Parallel Universes
I understand how difficult it must be for a mother to lose a son in this manner, and the temptation to justify the cause of his death by blaming someone else. Nonetheless, it does illustrate how people can be blinded to the realities of a situation, particularly when a rigid world view plays a part in their thinking. No matter what failings Sadat's government may have had, any objective review of the facts leading up to Sadat's signing of a peace treaty with Israel would reveal that Egypt had been thoroughly and comprehensively beaten by Israel's forces on several occasions. Why would Mrs Qadriya seek to have so many more mothers lose their sons to a pointless continued war with another country? Violation of an Islamic nation? Really? Does she not realise that more Muslims are killed by fellow Muslims than by outsiders, increasingly in the name of Islam, rather than in opposition to it, and that her son's actions were instrumental in starting the latest and most enduring bout of it?
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Ahmed Kamel
19-02-2012 09:49pm
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Shame
Shame that Al Ahram should give voice to a murderous family!
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expat
19-02-2012 09:47pm
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its a brain desease....
this kind of desease will never stop in the arab world,as long as the imams and sheikhs dont stop the double game to prevent their power and exactly as long as this NO arab country will ever gain a healthy live for their regular citizens,as they simply stuck in their mistakes its not my concern,but its sad to see this return on and on and nón
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AbdElRahman Ghali
19-02-2012 06:04pm
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The mother terrorist
That is how terrorism been made
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