Jihadist magazine advises women on beauty, marrying mujaheddin
March 14th, 2011
06:44 PM ET

Jihadist magazine advises women on beauty, marrying mujaheddin

For those women who felt left out by previous jihadist magazines, the people behind a new publication may think they have an answer.

The newly released Arabic-language Al-Shamikha magazine mixes advice on beauty and fashion with instruction to raise children to be ready for jihad, according to Britain’s Daily Mail and the Independent.

The magazine’s 31-page inaugural issue advises not only on how women can aspire to a fine complexion - in part by keeping their faces covered and staying indoors when possible - but also how to land a great catch of a man among the mujaheddin, according to the Independent.

Also, “readers are told it is their duty to raise children to be mujaheddin ready for jihad,” and one article tells readers to give their lives for the fight against the enemies of Islam, the Daily Mail reports.

The publication - whose cover features a machine gun and an image of a veiled woman - also features interviews with women who praise their husbands who died in suicide attacks, according to the Daily Mail.

Al-Shamikha is distributed by the same al Qaeda media wing behind the English-language Inspire magazine, which debuted last year, the Daily Mail and the Independent report.

Inspire, geared toward Westerners who might be interested in the jihadist cause, is an online publication of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula that includes advice on how to build bombs and encrypt messages. Inspire’s inaugural issue had an article titled "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom."

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  1. ruemorgue

    I guess the Jihadist want their promised virgins in heaven to be covered up like mummies!

    March 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. That One Guy

    It's such a sad day when you finally realize your kids are all grown up and ready for jihad. *sigh* It's like the first time they said, "Death to America." They blow..err GROW up so fast.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Moe NY

    I have never posted anything like this before, but I cannot tolerated this BS. Here goes: Hey Jihadist (Al-Shamikha) magazine: Fock you from a very very American woman. Your advise is not wanted in America....we, meaning all women, are free in this country....neither you nor the right wing nuts in my country will be allowed to return women to another century. Jihadist....don't mess with American women....we will probably give you more of a fight than the American men, and win in the end.

    March 16, 2011 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michellio

    I'm not a racist or w/e, but all I can say is that if America doesn't do something about this soon America surely will not exist anymore. Think about it.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mo


    If one strips away all the ritual, Islam is simply an evil form of business franchise, wherein the franchisee gets:
    1) a sense of security & superiority from being a member of a powerful and dangerous organization (with the side benefit of being allowed to sadistically humiliate and intimidate non-members);
    2) a share of the profits from jihad (holy war i.e. booty); and,
    3) the potential payoff of everlasting life in a hedonistic paradise (not guaranteed, however, unless death occurs while waging war for Allah’s sake).
    The requirements of a franchisee are:
    1)blind, unquestioning, obedience to franchisor’s rules (see fine print in Koran); and
    2)participation in jihad (essentially fighting against, subjugating, extorting, and even killing non-Muslims and ex-Muslims, for the benefit of Allah).
    [see more in faith freedom]

    March 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    No thanks.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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