Super Cali girl joins ISIS, her handbook’s atrocious

She fled to Syria in 2013 after dropping out of Uni

A former Glasgow Cali student who fled to Syria after dropping out has now written an online guide for ISIS widows.

It iss believed Aqsa Mahmood married an Islamic state fighter in Syria after dropping out of her diagnostic radiotherapy course.

Now there is speculation her husband has since been killed, prompting her to write the guide.


The 20-year-old, who was privately educated at the all-girls Craigholme school in Pollokshields, has written an online guide criticising the wives of extremist fighters.

She claims that they are ignorant of what is expected of them once their husbands die in combat.

She posts under the name Umm Layth, and advises fellow jihadist brides about how long they need to wait before remarrying, and what the proper dress code is for a widow.

She writes: “Most importantly know your rights as a Muslimah (single muslim woman. Don’t live in ignorance ukhti [my sister].”

But she doesn’t just criticise the widows. She also blames jihadists for failing to explain to their wives what will happen if they die.

Aqsa used to write her posts on Twitter from August 2013, under the same name, before it was linked to the Islamic State in September 2014.

In September 2014 Aqsa, who is now in her early twenties, declared that she would only return to the UK if it was flying the Islamic State flag.

She said this in response to David Cameron who stated that suspected British-born jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq could face losing their passports.

Saltire Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University

Saltire Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University

After disappointing results in her Highers, Mahmood moved from her private girls’ school to Shawlands Academy and then on to Glasgow Caledonian University where she was studying for a degree in diagnostic radiography before she dropped out and left for Syria in November 2013.

She was described by her parents Khalida and Muzaffar Mahmood, who are horrified at her activities, as a “bedroom radical”.

Speaking in September last year to the Evening Standard, they spoke of their shame at what she had done.

They went on to beg for her return: “We still love you but we now have to put your family, your brother and sisters first as you have betrayed us, our community and the people of Scotland when you took this step.”