"I spent hours thinking about a certain cousin, a pretty and sweet girl…imagining us falling in love, getting married, and living in a lovely home filled with sweet-faced children," he wrote, tuning a small radio to hear the love songs of Um Kulthum as part of a "desperate need to create a new life."
Zaina has inherited the ongoing bin Laden saga. She opened the door last December when Bakr Bin Laden came home, Omar's 16-year-old brother who had been held under house arrest in Iran since fleeing the war in Afghanistan. Up to 40 members of the family remain at a compound in Tehran, barred by Iran's government from leaving the country.
While they wait for the rest of the family to come home, Omar hopes to be a businessman, inspired perhaps by the billionaire Bin Laden clan, who by Zaina's description now treat the sons of Osama as the family outcasts.
It is a large brood: by the count in Omar's book, his father had five wives (plus one annulled marriage) and nineteen children. Omar himself was married once before, and has a young son in Saudi Arabia. Zaina is intent on extending the family.
"We will have a child. We will have a child. And my age will not be a barrier," she insisted.
As a couple they are not visibly affectionate, though they are clearly closely tied. She is like his mentor to the outside world, for a husband and charge still finding his place in the world.