Omar shared a cute story from when he and his brothers were young. Three veiled women came to their door collecting money during a religious holiday. The boys didn't realize this, however, and were unsure what to do about these women at their door. They knew their father liked women -- since they had their moms plus 'aunties' at home -- so they invited them inside to become wives of their father. They thought it would be so nice to get three wives at once for their dad! As the women hurriedly left, the boys ran after them and tried to convince them to stay. (see pg. 69) I enjoy visualizing things so this was very cute taking place in my mind!
A funny story happened when Najwa, Osama's first wife, and his fourth wife, Siham, were pregnant at the same time. Siham was due two months later, however, she went into early labor at the same time Najwa went into labor with her eighth child. As Najwa recalls:
Had I not been feeling so poorly, I would have smiled watching my husband struggle to settle two pregnant women into the backseat of his new Mercedes. ... As might be expected, there was a bit of bedlam at the hospital as the staff dashed about trying to admit two women into labor rooms at the same time. There was such a commotion that several of the nurses had no idea that we were all together. The most humorous moment arrived after a bright-eyed nurse witnessed Osama dashing from my room into Siham's. The woman was a dainty Filipina, yet she was very bold, scolding my physically large husband, telling him that he must remain in his wife's room. That little nurse warned him, "You will get into serious trouble for peeking at another woman!" (pg. 75)
Here are the wives and kids so far.
1. Najwa - co-author of the book
Children in order of birth - mom's # is beside them
Abdullah - 1
Abdul Rahman - 1
Sa'ad - 1
Omar - 1 - co-author of the book
Osman - 1
Ali - 2
Mohammed - 1
Kadhija - 4
Khalid - 4
Hamza - 3
Amer - 2
Iman - 1
Miriam - 4
I'm working on another post from No God but God. This time it's the "rightly guided ones" I've learned more about. Thanks to all who have contributed to the discussion on my notes. I've enjoyed it!
Quotes/stories from Growing up bin Laden by Najwa bin Laden, Omar bin Laden and Jean Sasson