218. 4/15/1987

On April 15, 1987, bin Laden’s mentor Abdallah Azzam published the book Join the Caravan, a call to jihad. In it, he quoted from the Prophet Muhammad: ” ‘The martyr is granted seven special favors by God: He is forgiven his sins with the first drop of his blood, he sees his place in Paradise, he is clothed in the raiment of faith, he is wedded with seventy-two wives from among the beautiful maidens of paradise, he is saved from the punishment of the grave, he is protected from the Great Terror (of the Day of Judgment), on his head is placed a crown of dignity…and he is granted intercession for seventy people of his household.’ ”

 – Gilles Kepel and Jean-Pierre Milelli, eds., Al Qaeda In Its Own Words, Page 119

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