‘White Widow’ writes love poem to Osama bin Laden

The British woman allegedly linked to the Kenyan shopping centre attack penned an ode to Osama bin Laden, declaring: "My love for you is like no other," it has emerged.

The 34-line poem was found on a laptop belonging to Samantha Lewthwaite, who was married to July 7 2005 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay. Last month, Interpol issued an international arrest warrant for Lewthwaite in connection with suspected terrorist offences in 2011.

In the ode to Bin Laden, the 29-year-old told the dead al-Qaeda leader he was "in a better place", adding: "Us we are left to continue what you started. To seek the victory until we are martyred. To instil terror into kuffar."

The laptop was found by detectives at her house in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, Sky News reported. A flash drive found by police showed that she had spent eight years researching chemicals, explosive ingredients and how to make bombs, it said.

Among the documents she downloaded was one called the Mujahideen Explosives Handbook. But as well as bomb-making she appears to have been preoccupied with her personal appearance.


Examination of the laptop's hard drive showed she had also Googled a significant number of workout and weight-loss sites, as well as makeover sites which demonstrated how to have hair like the singer Taylor Swift. There were also self-portraits of Lewthwaite, including one with her children, Sky News said.

Disappeared with children
There has been intense speculation linking Lewthwaite to the attack on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi for which the al-Qaeda-linked Somali group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility but the warrant does not relate to the atrocity, which left at least 67 dead. The Kenyan Red Cross says 23 people are still missing.

Sky News said its investigation revealed that Lewthwaite had acquired three addresses in the Kenyan capital, including one where she lived for seven months in 2011.

In the aftermath of the July 7 2005 bombings in London, Lewthwaite insisted that she was horrified by them. But she later disappeared with the couple's two children, only to re-emerge in Kenya as a committed jihadi who is believed to be working with al-Shabab.

Full text of the poem found on Samantha Lewthwaite's laptop:

Oh sheik osama my father, my brother

My love for you is like no other

Oh Sheik Osama now that you are gone

The muslims must wake up they must be strong

I know that you are in a better place

That Allah has bestowed upon you grace.

Us we are left to continue what you started.

To seek the victory until we are martyred.

To instill terror into kuffar.

Until the world is governed by la illaha illala.

Oh sheik osama no [sic] this for true

My heart will not find peace until all muslims do.

Everything you had you gave for Allah

No surrender will take us all far.

Your life an example of how we should be.

Oh Muslims listen to our beloved sheik's words

Let not his struggle and efforts go unheard

Revive what he started and strive to success

Then maybe we can be raised with the best.

Oh sheik Osama we are jealous of you to be of those who the promise is true

The promise is truth which is binding if only we knew

Verily Allah has purchased the lives of the believers that theirs shall be paradise.

They fight in Allahs cause, so they kill and are killed.

It is a promise binding on Allah in taurat, injill and Qur'an

And who is truer to his covenant than Allah?

As for our enemies our words will be less.

You picked the wrong army to contest.

Al Qaeda are stronger and fiercer than ever.

Thinking in the end you are stupid it will NEVER

Be over until the day that we see our lands returned and governed by He Allah the almighty, whose law is complete.

So make your plans and He is the best of planners.

Their was no victory for you Mr Obama, the honour is his on martyred Osama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  – © Guardian News and Media 2013

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

Identity politics is about our quest for recognition

The rapid changes in the political and economic landscape have seen people around the world losing their sense of dignity and thus their identity

Five years after Westgate, Al-Shabab is weakened but not yet defeated

Containing Al-Shabab in Kenya doesn't directly reduce the group's standing inside Somalia

Al-Shabab locks Kenya into an endless circle of death

Kenya’s increasingly unpopular war in Somalia is in its fourth year and there is no easy way out.

Little is black and white about Islam

When we commemorate the Westgate massacre in Nairobi, Kenya, we must not conflate the religion with extremism.

Westgate mall terrorists argued over shooting children

Gunmen involved in the Nairobi shopping mall attack were in apparent disagreement over whether they should kill women and small children.

Probe into ‘White Widow’ passport ongoing

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor Naledi Pandor will make a statement once a probe on how Samantha Lewthwaite obtained her passport is finalised.
Advertising

Subscribers only

Toxic power struggle hits public works

With infighting and allegations of corruption and poor planning, the department’s top management looks like a scene from ‘Survivor’

Free State branches gun for Ace

Parts of the provincial ANC will target their former premier, Magashule, and the Free State PEC in a rolling mass action campaign

More top stories

Why anti-corruption campaigns are bad for democracy

Such campaigns can draw attention to the widespread presence of the very behaviour they are trying to stamp out — and subconsciously encourage people to view it as appropriate

Tax, wage bill, debt, pandemic: Mboweni’s tightrope budget policy statement

The finance minister has to close the jaws of the hippo and he’s likely to do this by tightening the country’s belt, again.

SA justice delays extradition of paedophile to UK

Efforts to bring Lee Nigel Tucker to justice have spanned 16 years and his alleged victims have waited for 30 years

Former state security minister Bongo back in court

Bongo and his co-accused will appear in the Nelspruit magistrate’s court in Mpumalanga over charges of fraud, corruption and theft
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday