March 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As detailed by Steven Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism, New Magazine Aims to Push Jihadi Women, al-Qaeda is now specifically targeting Muslim women, praising and alerting them for a potentially greater role in keeping the jihad alive and on track.
This greater presence, is at once an effort to shift as well as redefine the role of jihadist Muslim women, from that of front-line Islamist killer, ala suicide bomber, Wafa Idris, to that of "home maker to the jihad."
"The Majestic Woman portrays the women of al-Qaida primarily as mothers, sisters, and daughters of the jihad, not warriors. Strict observance of mandates of Shariah law, such as the niqab, and support for their husbands, forms the primary basis of their jihad. Many of the articles also cover character development, stressing the importance of providing a calm and peaceful home. The article 'Tolerance and Patience' shows them as the keepers of the home front. "That is of considerable importance, my sister in Islam, that you produce from your home a delicious meal, with is beautiful and soothing," the article says. 'He finds in the marriage his rest after the misery; he finds in you the home and warmth after hardship.'"
The mind reels - "Hello my beloved, how was work today? Insha'Allah, it wasn't too stressful. Why don't you take off those blood soaked fatigues, slip into something a little more comfortable and watch al-Jazeera until dinner is ready..."
Al-Qaeda's sophistication is evident in such productions, taking advantage of the new media and crafting such a potentially useful message to further the aims of this murderous group.
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