Lebanese singer Ali Barakat, a staunch supporter of Hizbullah, said that he wished to become a suicide bomber and blow himself up among enemy soldiers at the behest of Hizbullah's Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Barakat made these comments during an interview that aired on Al-Jadeed TV (Lebanon) on January 26, 2021. He added that Hizbullah's leader would not even have to ask this from him, but merely allow him to blow himself up among an enemy of Nasrallah's choosing. However, Barakat said that he would not be willing to do the same on behalf of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
Interviewer: "Had Hassan Nasrallah asked you to blow yourself up, would you do it?"
Ali Barakat: "Of course..."
Barakat: "Absolutely. I'm not saying this..."
Interviewer: "... just for the media?"
Barakat: "I wish the day will come when sayyed [Nasrallah] allows me – not even asks me, he would not ask me... But I wish he will allow me to be one of the people who..."
Interviewer: "Okay, he would not ask you, but let's assume he does ask you..."
Barakat: "I am telling you that personally I wish that I will have the opportunity one day to become not just a martyr, but a martyrdom-seeker who blows himself up among the ranks of an enemy chosen by Nasrallah."
Interviewer: "How do you explain this?"
Barakat: "This is not just out of belief in sayyed [Nasrallah] but also out of belief in his Lord, his religion, and his Quran. I am not referring to him here as an individual."
Interviewer: "So today you are willing to sacrifice yourself for Hassan Nasrallah?"
Barakat: "Not for his sake, but for the sake of the line that he represents."
Interviewer: "What if Nabih Berri asked you to blow yourself up? Would you do it?"