New Delhi: It's hard to imagine the romantic side of the most dangerous terrorist of the world responsible for millions of deaths, however if one were to read a letter that Osama bin Laden wrote to his wife in 2008, he appears to be a true and doting husband, who wanted to remarry his wife in paradise after his death.
Moreover, he said he would had no objection even if his wife married another man after his death.
Scores of Osama files revealing various details about his life and plans (including personal letters to his wives and sons) have been made public as the Office of the DNI released a tranche of documents that were recovered from Osama's hideout after the Navy SEALs stormed into his Abbottabad residence.
One of these documents is Osama's love letter dated Aug 15, 2008, to one of his wives in which he is seen expressing his love, calling her “the apple of my eye”.
"My beloved wife, Know that you do fill my heart with love, beautiful memories, and your long-suffering of tense situations in order to appease me and be kind to me, and every time I thought of you my eyes would tear for being away from you," Osama wrote.
Osama, as a true husband, has also expressed his desire to be with his wife in paradise after death and urged her to choose him on the “Judgment Day”.
"..if meeting in the world is not possible, then I will see you in the thereafter and that will suffice. So be patient and strengthen yourself with faith so that you meet God with him pleased of you, and we meet in paradise between its rivers and luxuries, as that is the eternal life that remains because you are a good wife in this world, and I ask God that you will be my wife in the thereafter".
“As for you, you are the apple of my eye, and the most precious thing that I have in this world. If you want to marry after me, I have no objection, but I really want for you to be my wife in paradise, and the woman, if she marries two men, is given a choice on Judgment Day to be with one of them,” the Guardian quoted Osama as saying.
In the letter, Osama also urged his wife to raise their children properly, and to watch the girls, especially after puberty.
“My will: If I get killed, and you want to return to your family, then that is OK, but you have to raise my children properly, and to watch them, and be careful of bad company for them, especially after puberty, especially the girls … So be very careful about them and if you can marry them to mujahideen [fighters], then that is best, or else to good people,” Osama added as per a Guardian report.
Scores of Osama documents released by the ODNI reveal a great deal of information about Osama, who wanted his followers to keep their focus mainly on attacking the US and warned them not to fight among each other.
— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) May 20, 2015
"Uproot the obnoxious tree by concentrating on its American trunk," bin Laden wrote in a letter.