Ladies’ Home Journal — Jihad edition: Al Qaeda affiliate releases women’s magazine
The wait is over. Finally, a magazine just for women with a predilection for religiously motivated self-detonation!
This month the al Qaeda-affiliated Al-Fajr Media Center released its first issue of “Al-Shamikha” (“Majestic Woman”), a magazine for women featuring tips on beauty, health and, naturally, violent jihad. Think Elle magazine for the Islamofascist.
According to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), editor Saleh Youssef aims to reach women to shield them from the propaganda of the infidel.
“Because women constitute half of the population – and [one might even say] that they are the population, since they give birth to the next generation – the enemies [of Islam] are bent on preventing [the Muslim] woman from knowing the truth about her religion and her role, since they know all too well what would happen if women entered the field [of jihad]. The nation of Islam needs women who know the truth about their religion and about the battle and its dimensions, and know what is expected of them.”
The magazine cover is fitting, with a covered woman bearing a gun.
The articles in the publication are geared toward ensuring their women are good models of jihadi-inspired motherhood.
“Women bear the greatest responsibility for rescuing the ummah [Islamic community] from the quagmire of indifference and weakness in which it has been living for generations,” writes Youssef. “Let us be Muslims as Allah wants us to be, in [our] faith, values, appearance and actions.”
The centerpiece of the magazine is an interview with the wife of a suicide bomber. The widow, Um Muhannad, explains to the interviewer how she longed her whole life to marry a mujahid (or religious fighter) and how women play a crucial role in the movement.
“A woman has a pivotal role in spurring [her husband to jihad] and supporting [the mujahideen] … When a woman is convinced of something, she becomes a source support [for this cause] and spreads it all around her,” said Um Muhannad. “[In the case of jihad], she teaches [her son] to become a mujahid from childhood, and encourages him until he achieves his goal [i.e., martyrdom]. More than anything, a mujahid needs someone to support and help him.”
Not to be outdone by Cosmo, the publication also features clothing and health advice as well as guidance on how to snag a man.