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March 16th, 2011
Women Terrorists are Now a Marketable Demographic

Earlier this month, 03/2011, Al-Fajr, a jihadist media distribution outlet, published the first issue of al-Shamika (“the majestic woman”), an online magazine designated specially for female Jihadi audience.

Al-Shamika seems to be a mix of beauty tips with the usual dose of Al Qaeda  propaganda. Its opening pages describe the magazine’s purpose as inspiring more female terrorists, since “since [the enemies] know all too well what would happen if women entered the field of jihad.”

Al-Shamika’s table of contents lists articles on “Marrying a jihadist,” “Sharia law that applies to you” and “Your house is your kingdom,” as well as a “meeting with a jihad wife.”

The Independent in UK writes that issue No. 2 will have tips on waging “electronic jihad”.  

Ayman Al Zawahiri’s wife, Umaymah Hasan Ahmed Muhammed Hasan, published online, in 12/2009, a “letter to Muslim Women” discussing the prospect of women participating in violent jihad..

In a translation of the letter published by the jihadi media outlet Dar al Murabiteen, Umaymah claims that women’s “basic role in which we hope Allah to accept from us, is to protect the Mujahideen in their children and houses and secret, and to help them by giving good upbringing to their children.”

Nonetheless, she approvingly takes note of suicide operations carried out by women in Iraq, Israel and Chechnya, praising how they “vexed the enemy and caused them a great defeat.”
Al-Qaeda has launched a women’s magazine that mixes beauty and fashion tips with advice on suicide bombings.

Dubbed ‘Jihad Cosmo’, the glossy magazine’s front cover features the barrel of a sub-machine gun next to a picture a woman in a veil.

There are exclusive interviews with martyrs’ wives, who praise their husbands’ decisions to die in suicide attacks.

The slick, 31-page Al-Shamikha magazine – meaning The Majestic Woman – has advice for singletons on ‘marrying a mujahideen’.

Readers are told it is their duty to raise children to be mujahideen ready for jihad.

And the ‘beauty column’ instructs women to stay indoors with their faces covered to keep a ‘clear complexion’.

They should ‘not go out except when necessary’ and wear a niqab for ‘rewards by complying with the command of Allah Almighty’.

A woman called Umm Muhanad hails her husband for his bravery after his suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

And another article urges readers to give their lives for the Islamist cause.

It advises: ‘From martyrdom, the believer will gain security, safety and happiness.’

More traditional content for a women’s magazine includes features on the merits of honey facemasks, etiquette, first aid and why readers should avoid ‘towelling too forcibly’.

The publication is being distributed online by the same Al-Qaeda media wing behind Inspire, a similarly slick magazine that encourages young Muslims in the West to commit terrorist atrocities.

James Brandon at anti-extremism think tank Quilliam, said: ‘Al-Qaeda see how effective magazines are at pushing the ideals of western culture and want to try the same thing.

(Woman's Jihad Journal)

 


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