Hamida al-Attas

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Hamida al-Attas
Born Hamida Ibrahim
1934 (age 82–83)
Spouse(s) Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden
Mohammed Omar
Children Osama bin Laden
Relatives Omar bin Laden (grandson)
Abdallah bin Laden (grandson)

Hamida Ibrahim (Arabic: حميدة ابراهيم‎‎, Ḥamīdah Ibrahīm; born 1934) born Hamida Ibrahim[1] (Arabic: Hamida Ibrahim‎‎, Hamida Ibrahim), is the mother of Osama bin Laden. She came from a Syrian family of two brothers and another sister.[2][3][4][5] She married Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden in Latakia in 1956 and moved to Saudi Arabia with her husband.[1] She was the eleventh wife of Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden.[6] Her husband had at least 22 wives but divorced many, having only four wives at once, in accordance with Muslim law.[7] It has been reported that she was a concubine rather than wife of Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden.[7] She was more cosmopolitan than Mohammed's first three Wahhabi Saudi wives.[8]

Osama bin Laden was her only child with Mohammad bin Laden. She often spent summers at her brother Naji's home in Latakia and Osama went with her until he was 17.[1] In 1974, when Osama was 18, he married her brother's daughter, 14-year-old Najwa Ghanem, who had been promised to him.[1]

Hamida later married Mohammed Omar[citation needed] and had five other children, including Ahmed Omar.[7]


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  2. ^ "CNN.com - Transcripts". Transcripts.cnn.com. 2006-06-08. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  3. ^ Bin Laden's mother tried to stop him, Syrian kin say - Family, New York City - chicagotribune.com
  4. ^ "Prelude To Terror". Businessweek.com. 2004-09-06. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  5. ^ Comras, Victor D. (2010-11-30). Flawed Diplomacy: The United Nations & the War on Terrorism. Potomac Books, Inc. ISBN 9781597974387. 
  6. ^ "Profile: Hamida al-Attas". Archived from the original on October 2, 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-21. 
  7. ^ a b c "Bin Laden Family Believes Osama Is Alive". CNN. 2002-03-19. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Salon.com News - The making of Osama bin Laden". Salon.com. Retrieved 2006-08-21.