A slick new women’s magazine published by the propaganda machine for Islamic extremists mixes skin care tips, advice on finding the right jihadist and instructions on raising proper little holy warriors.
A section called Marrying a Mujahid “advises Muslim women to get married but not just to anyone,” said Iraqi journalist and translator Ayub Nuri, who lives in Toronto. “It should be to Muslim men who are involved in jihad.”
The last page trots out standard women’s magazine health advice: drink lots of water, smile for your husband and keep out of the sun (by wearing a face-covering niqab). There are also some medical and First Aid tips.
Beauty is very important for a Muslim woman, which prophet Muhammad recommends, Nuri said the magazine reports. “Being a Muslim doesn’t clash with caring about one’s look.”
Published by Al Qaeda propagandists Al Fajr Media Centre, the 31-page electronic magazine called al-Shamikha (external - login to view)(Majestic Woman), is written by women and distributed through several Arabic websites.
Dubbed “Jihad Cosmo” by British newspapers, the high-design Arabic magazine features a tiny photo of a woman in a full black face-covering niqab in one corner of a stylish cover dominated by a large gun.
Interviews, fictional journal excerpts, poems and letters are dedicated to teaching woman the life of jihad, or holy war; how to bring up their children as jihadists; how to fight; how to build bombs; and how to become suicide bombers, according to an introduction by the publishers, Nuri said.
Nothing in the magazine says where it is published.
In one interview, a woman extols her glorious marriage to a jihad fighter who was killed and how she broke the happy news to her children.
The “jihadist feeling” between she and her husband, she said, was mutual.
“He used to say, ‘I wouldn’t want a wife who would say every time I get my paycheck that she wants to buy a new dress, but I want her to say this much for Afghanistan and this much for Chechnya,” Nuri said.
The Montreal think-tank Middle East Observatory (external - login to view)reports the magazine’s editor in chief is Saleh Yussef and the “security and communications” chief is Muhammad al-Mashhadani.
Al-Shamikha isn’t the first women’s magazine promoting jihad among Muslim women, according to the U.S. terrorist monitoring group SITE Intelligence Group (external - login to view). The Granddaughters of Khansa, first published in February 2010, died after two issues.
Nine months ago, Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula launched a slick English-language online magazine called Inspire, aimed at encouraging terrorism among young Muslims in the West.
Heavy on men with guns, it still had room for an article called “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.” Its fourth issue published Jan. 16. (external - login to view)
Religion of peace....yeah right.