MEMRI Special Dispatch |5041 |November 7, 2012
Arab Lawyers Union Honors Suicide Bomber Hanadi Jaradat
On October 13, 2012, the Arab Lawyers Union honored the family of Hanadi
Jaradat, the female suicide bomber who carried out the Maxim Restaurant
suicide bombing in Haifa on October 4, 2003. On the occasion of the ninth
anniversary of her death, representatives of the union visited her family in
Jenin and presented them with a shield in her honor. The delegation members
expressed "the union's pride in [Jaradat's] action in defense of Palestine
and the ummah."
Ayman Abu Aysha, a member of the union's Palestine Committee, said that the
committee had made the decision to honor Jaradat in Cairo on September 8,
2012. The committee chairman and union assistant secretary-general, attorney
Sayyed Al-Ghani, said that Jaradat has received the highest honor that the
union bestows on lawyers in the Arab homeland.
The following are Jaradat's "last will and testament," which were posted on
the Islamic Jihad website and published by MEMRI in August 2004, followed
by a MEMRI TV clip from an Iranian TV program extolling Jaradat, which aired
in November 2004. 
Hanadi Jaradat's Last Will And Testament
"The last will and testament of the martyr Hanadi [Jaradat], before she set
off to carry out the Haifa operation:
"In the name of Allah the Merciful and Compassionate, prayer and peace be
upon the master of mankind, our master Muhammad, may Allah pray for him and
give him peace: The Exalted One said [in the Koran]: 'Do not consider those
who died for the cause of Allah as dead, rather as alive, at their Lord
sustained' [Koran 3:169]. Verily, Allah's words are true.
"Dear family, whom the Lord of the world will reward as He promised us all
in His Holy Book [with the words], 'Give glad tidings to those who
persevere' [Koran 2:155]. Indeed, Allah promised Paradise to those who
persevere in all that He has brought upon them – and what a good dwelling
"Therefore, reckon my sacrifice in anticipation of the reward of Allah,
praised and exalted be He, to you in the Hereafter. I should not be too
valuable to sacrifice myself for the religion of Allah. I have always
believed in what is said in the Holy Koran, and I have been yearning for the
rivers of Paradise, and I have been yearning to see the glorious light of
Allah's face. I have been yearning for all this ever since Allah bestowed
guidance upon me.
"My loved ones, for whom I wish to vouchsafe [for entering Paradise] on the
great Day of Judgment, I have chosen this way of my own full will, and I
have striven greatly for this, until Allah bestowed martyrdom upon me, Allah
willing. Martyrdom is not [given] to everyone on earth; rather, it is for
those who are honored by Allah. Will you then be grieved because Allah
honored me with it? Will you repay Allah with [thoughts] which He will not
like, nor will I like? Reckon my sacrifice in anticipation of Allah's reward
for you in the Hereafter, and say, 'There is no power or might save by
Allah. We belong to Allah, and it is to Him that we return.'
"All of us are destined to die, and no one lives forever on this earth.
However, he who is intelligent responds to Allah's call. This is only a land
of jihad, and we live in it for jihad, so that perhaps we will be able to
remove the injustice under which we have been living in recent years.
"I know that I shall not bring back Palestine. I fully know this. However, I
know that this is my duty to Allah. Believing in the principles of my faith,
I respond to the call. I now inform you that, Allah willing, I shall find
what Allah has promised to me and to all those who take this path – gardens
which Allah promised us, in which we will live forever, Allah willing.
"Having believed in this, how do you think I can accept all the passing
worldly temptations? How can I go on living on this earth when my spirit has
become attached to an Omnipotent King? My entire aspiration has become to
see the glorious light of Allah. It is His land and it is His religion, but
they want to extinguish His light. We all know this.
"It is therefore my duty to the religion of Allah – and my obligation to
Him – to defend it. I have nothing before me other than this body, which I
am going to turn into slivers that will tear out the heart of everyone who
has tried to uproot us from our country. Everyone who sows death for us will
receive death, even though it be a small part [of what they deserve].
"We are still weak in the estimation of the powerful one. But we have our
faith. Our belief makes us renew our covenant with our Lord and our land.
Our war against them is a war of faith and existence, and not of borders.
You know this well.
"My dear beloved father, please honor my desire and reckon my sacrifice in
anticipation of Allah's reward for you in the Hereafter. Whoever helped me
to reach Paradise shall be rewarded by my vouchsafing for him [to enter
Paradise]. Make me always reassured and proud of the father whose daughter I
am, before my Lord and all mankind. I pray thee, dear father, by Allah's
glory, give me rest in my grave, and do naught but reckon my sacrifice in
anticipation of Allah's reward for you in the Hereafter. For Allah giveth
and Allah taketh away, and we belong to Allah and to Him we all return.
"Dear mother, I wish to Allah that you will persevere, my mother, for I love
you because you have always been endlessly giving. Allah willing, you shall
continue to be this way. Reckon my sacrifice in anticipation of Allah's
reward for you in the Hereafter. I am going to be with Fadi, Salih, and 'Abd
Al-Rahim and all those whom Allah has chosen to be near Him. Reckon us all
as sacrifices in anticipation of Allah's reward for you in the Hereafter,
and say, Allah, redeem me from my plight and reward me for my plight and
give me good recompense for it.
"I ask everyone to forgive me for whatever I may have done [to offend them].
For my part, I have already forgiven everyone, and I ask of you the
following: Pay 50 dinars to a dress shop in Jarash, pay 100 dinars to
so-and-so in Qabatiya, and give 10 dinars [to charity] for my soul [as
atonement], for I have forgotten a debt of a few piasters in Jordan and I do
not remember it. And pray always for me for Allah's mercy and forgiveness
and contentment. May you always be content with me, my parents, and au
revoir in the gardens of Paradise.
"Allah said, 'Therefore let those fight in the way of Allah, who sell this
world's life for the Hereafter; and whoever fights in the way of Allah, then
be he slain or be he victorious, We shall grant him a mighty reward' [Koran
Excerpts From Iranian TV Show Extolling Hanadi Jaradat
The following are excerpts from a TV show that aired on Iranian TV in 2004,
extolling six female Palestinian suicide bombers and focusing on Hanadi
"Hanadi set the reading of the verdict in Haifa. Before the morning prayer,
she wore her head scarf and wrapped her neck with a belt of gunpowder, of
pain. Hanadi, is this the light of martyrdom, gleaming from your eyes, or
the henna from the blood of Palestine? Hanadi calls to her brothers, 'Marry
me as a bride to Jerusalem, to Al-Aqsa and to Jenin.' Oh the sixth of the
black mares (i.e., female suicide bombers), your veil has become flags that
make us proud at the gates of our capitals.
"Come hither, many of the Arabs are dormant. Are you a mare, an eagle, or a
wave rising from the high seas? Oh virgin, come hither and run wild toward
the ruling center. This is Hanadi calling upon us: 'Hurry to the aid of
Jerusalem and make the final preparations for the wedding.' She set the
reading of the verdict in Haifa. Oh the sixth of the black mares.
"This is Wafaa (Idris), who returned from Jerusalem to Ramallah, and Darin
(Abu-'Aysha), who carved her will with a knife. Ayyat (Al-Akhras) of
Jerusalem will bring the signs of victory, and she is welcomed by Ilham
(Al-Dusuqi). A river is flowing in Jenin and behind and above the wall,
'Andalib (Taqatqa) spreads her wings like an eagle, and the sun of my
country starts to rise after Hanadi through the arches of Palestine."
 Al-Ayyam (PA), October 14, 2012. At the time of her death, Jaradat was
studying law and was due to qualify as a lawyer in a few weeks.
 See MEMRI JTTM Report No. 766 The Will of Hanadi Jaradat, August 19,
 See MEMRI TV Clip No. 377 Iranian TV Show Extols Palestinian Female
Suicide Bombers, November 8, 2004.
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