Web postings of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

Failed bomber of Northwest Airlines flight had written of loneliness, isolation and struggle against 'sinful' thoughts

Postings at the Islamic Forum website appear to give more information about the failed bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Below are a selection of the posts attributed to him.

First post: 28 January 2005 [...] i have no friend. Not because i do not socialise, etc but because either people do not want to get too close to me as they go partying and stuff while i dont, or they are bad people who befriend me and influence me to do bad things.

As i get lonely, the natural sexual drive awakens and i struggle to control it, sometimes leading to minor sinful activities like not lowering the gaze. And this problem makes me want to get married to avoid getting aroused [...] But i am only 18 [...] It would be difficult for me to get married due to social norms of getting to the late 20's when one has a degree, a job, a house, etc before getting married. The last thing i want to talk about is my dilemma between liberalism and extremism [...] How should one put the balance right?

5 February 2005 [...] i get lonely sometimes because i have never found a true muslim friend. I'm active, i socialise with everybody around me, no conflicts, i laugh and joke but not excessively. I will describe myself as very ambitious and determined, especially in the deen. I might sound boring, but if you want to know more about me, just give me shout.

9 May 2005 [Responding to a post about the westernisation of some children in Saudi Arabia] Don't expect the saudi government to do anything that will stop this [... ] don't forget it is the government that allowed the US to come into the country to 'protect' them [...] It is the government that allowed haram Satellite TV to be broadcasted. And there are stories even that the princes drink alcohol themselves. Plus they are good friends with the american government. [...] The prophet (S) did say a time will come when the leaders will be the worst among the people. Indeed this seems to be the time. There are so many pious Saudis out there and great scholars. But not only in Saudi, almost everywhere in the world now, we are ruled by the worst of people, tyrants. May Allah help us and guide us all, and establish for us good leaders who fear Him.


Adam Gabbatt

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