Terrorists go Madison Avenue with glossy new mag

A new English language magazine published by the al-Qa'idah Organization was launched recently, the first issue of which can be viewed here. The new publication offers insight into the Muslim religion and the conflicts shaping our world. The editor explains the significance of the new journal's name.

Allah says: (And inspire the believers to fight) [al-Anfal: 65]. It is from this verse that we derive the name of our new magazine. The word used in the verse is "harid" which is commonly translated as incite. However, the word should be properly translated as inspire, motivate, or encourage. The word harid in Arabic, carries none of the negative connotations that the English word "incite" carries.

The magazine's stated intent is to provide "the most accurate presentation of Islam" and also to build "a platform to present the important issues facing the ummah today." Although ‘Inspire' is aimed at the Muslim community, if the first issue is any indication there is something for almost every interest.

Among the initial offerings is an article entitled "The Way To Save The Earth" by Usamah Bin Ladin in which he discusses the dangers of global warming and offers some solutions which even Al Gore has yet to embrace. Other articles which are sure to be popular with the readers include "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom" and "How to use Asrar al-Mujahideen: Sending & Receiving Encrypted Messages."

Among the articles was an "Interview with Shaykh Abu Basir" (the head of al-Qa'idah in the Arabian Peninsula) which offered some fascinating insight and advice, including.

My advice to my Muslim brothers in the West is to acquire weapons and learn methods of war. They are living in a place where they can cause great harm to the enemy...


O Muslims rise up in defense of your Messenger: a man with his knife, a man with his gun, a man with his rifle, a man with his bomb, by learning how to design explosive devices, by burning down forests and buildings, or by running them over with your cars and trucks. The means of harming them are many so seek assistance from Allah and do not be weak and you will find a way.

Also included in the premier edition of ‘Inspire' is "Shaykh Anwar's Message To The American People And Muslims In The West." Shaykh Anwar (who was born and raised in America) was instrumental in inspiring Major Nidal Hassan (the Fort Hood shooter) and countless others in their jihad against America. Anwar said that.

Obama has promised that his administration would be one of transparency. But he has not fulfilled his promise. His administration, tried to portray the operation of brother Nidal Hassan, as an individual act of violence from an estranged individual. The administration practiced a control on the leak of information concerning the operation in order to cushion the reaction of the American public. Until this moment the administration is refusing to release the emails exchanged between myself and Nidal. And after the operation of our brother Umar al-Faruq the initial comments coming from the administration were looking the same; another attempt at covering up the truth. But al-Qa'idah cutoff Obama from deceiving the world again, by issuing their statement claiming responsibility for the operation.

In keeping with the overall theme of ‘Inspire,' Shaykh Anwar advises his fellow Muslims to either return to Muslim lands to live among their own kind or remain in the west and "fight with your hand, your wealth and your word." Anwar specifically targets the Muslim youth and invites them to fight here in the west or join the jihad in Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia. He also extends an invitation.

...to join the new front, Yemen, the base from which the great jihad of the Arabian Peninsula will begin, the base from which the greatest army of Islam will march forth. The Messenger of Allah said < >


And may peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and companions.

I suspect that a good portion of the content of ‘Inspire' may be targeted at non-Muslim readers in America and Europe as a means of inciting fear, "power perceived is power achieved." It is abundantly clear that al-Qa'idah and the editors of ‘Inspire' are feeling sufficiently emboldened by the lack of strong and effective leadership here in America that they are comfortable promoting their radical agenda in the open.

July 18th 2010