Saudi mother reminds world of son who died stopping ISIS attack

Arbash is known to be an outspoken critic against sectarianism, especially after the loss of her heroic son stopped an ISIS attack in 2015.

In front of a packed crowd in New York city, Saudi writer Kawthar Al-Arbash recounted the moment she learned that her son had been killed after he stopping an ISIS suicide bomber from carrying out an attack inside a mosque in Dammam in 2015.

Her speech was met with a standing ovation at the one-day youth forum on tolerance held by the Saudi philanthropic MiSK Foundation, an organization headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“I realized after Mohammed’s death that as I was mourning my son, the martyr, the mother of the ISIS suicide bomber was mourning her son, the extremist murderer. I thought of how sad she would be that her son fell into the traps of extremism and that at the end of the day, we all want the same thing… to live in peace and safety,” Arbash said at the MiSK-UNDP youth Forum held in New York city.

Kawthat al-arbash

Kawthat al-arbash

Arbash, who is a Saudi journalist and writer, is known to be an outspoken critic against sectarianism during the past couple of years, especially after the loss of her heroic son who stopped an ISIS attack on a mosque.

Her son Mohammed al-Essa and her nephew Abdul-Jalil al-Arbash were killed instantly while stopping an ISIS suicide bomber from entering a mosque in Dammam in May 2015.

Arbash is a graduate of business administration from King Faisal University and is a board member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts. She has become a prominent writer and critic against sectarianism and argues instead for the importance of national identity and unity.

Abdul-Jalil al-Arbash died in May 2015, when an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up after being denied entrance into the Imam Hussein mosque in Dammam by Abdul-Jalil and his cousin Mohammad Hassan Ali bin Isa.

Abdul-Jalil al-Arbash died in May 2015, when an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up after being denied entrance into the Imam Hussein mosque in Dammam by Abdul-Jalil and his cousin Mohammad Hassan Ali bin Isa.

Arbash said that as soon as she had learned of her son’s death at the hands of an ISIS militant, who was only a few minutes older than her son, she said that the she released a statement where she consoled the family of her son’s killer.

“I did this to block to roads and goals of those extremists who brainwashed the minds of many of our sons and blocked their path on creating a sectarian war,” she said.

“There are many lessons to be learned and one of them is that revenge does nothing. Revenge, hatred and brutality are the legitimate creations of extremism. Every extremist is capable of turning back from the finish line. But we have to stand in front of them all and tell them ‘stop fooling us all’,” she said.

The Saudi writer concluded her speech by thanking her country, Saudi Arabia, for its war on extremism and terror.

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