Ahmed al-Nami

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A former law student and muezzin, Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Nami (Arabic: احمد عبد الله النامي, ʼAḥmad bin ‘Abdullāh an-Nāmī; also transliterated as Alnami or al-Nawi) (December 7, 1977 – September 11, 2001) was one of four hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93 as part of the September 11 attacks.

Born in Saudi Arabia, Nami had served as a muezzin and was a college student. He left his family in 2000 to complete the Hajj, but later went to Afghanistan bound for an al-Qaeda training camp where he befriended other future hijackers.

He arrived in the United States in May 2001, on a tourist visa. On September 11, 2001, Nami boarded United 93 and assisted in the hijacking of the plane, which crashed in a field in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after a passenger uprising.

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History

Born to the Quraish tribe of Saudi Arabia,[1] Nami served as a muezzin at the Seqeley mosque after having reportedly become very religious sometime in early 1999. That autumn he enrolled in the King Khaled University at Abha to study Sharia, he left his family home in Khamis Mushayt in the summer of 2000 to complete the Hajj, but never returned – instead travelling to the Al Farouq training camp in Afghanistan where he met and befriended Waleed and Wail al-Shehri, two brothers from Khamis Mushayt, and Saeed al-Ghamdi. The four reportedly pledged themselves to Jihad in the Spring of 2000, in a ceremony presided over by Wail – who had dubbed himself Abu Mossaeb al-Janubi after one of Muhammad's companions.[2] Dubbed "Abu Hashim", Nami was considered "gentle in manner" by his colleagues, and reported that he had a dream in which he rode a mare along with Muhammad, and that the prophet told him to dismount and fight his enemies to liberate his land.[1]

During his time at al-Farooq, there is a curious mention under Mushabib al-Hamlan's details that Nami had recently had laser eye surgery, an uncited fact that does not reappear.

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