The image illustrates the door/entrance to the afterlife. The moon in the middle of the image plays a pivotal role within the Islamic tradition. It is laden with religious, astrological and spiritual significance and governs all daily life, as the Islamic calendar is a lunar one. In the narrower context of Islamic jihadi ideology, the moon is typically combined with images that signal notions of afterlife and martyrdom. Here, the moon appears with mountains, clouds, light on the horizon and fauna, the combination of which suggests the martyr’s righteous character and heavenly reward. The green tree (on the left side of the image) embodies life’s major cycles: origin, growth and death. It sprouts from a tiny seed, grows in inert dirt, dies in winter and experiences rebirth in spring. Finally, the image includes a partial citation of a Qur’anic verse (5:23), which reads: “Udhkulu ‘alayhim al-bab, fa-idha dakhaltumuhu, fa-innakum ghalibun; wa-‘ala Allah fa-tawakkalu, in kuntum mu’minin” (“Open the door for them, so when you enter through it, you shall be victorious; put your trust in God, if you are believers”).

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Group Name Kata'ib Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi (JAMI)
Group Type nationalist, religious
Dominant Colors Blue
Secondary Colors Orange, Red, Green, White
Language Arabic
Geopolitical Symbols Keywords
Religious Textual References Keywords
Image Number 0008
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Iraq
Air Analysis Moon
Air Celestial Bodies, Clouds / Fog, Sky
Liquid Sea / Lake
Geopolitical Symbols Symbol of party, movement or company
Religious Textual References Quranic Text, Quranic Citations, Text manipulation
Religious Textual References Analysis Q 5:23 Udhkulu `alayhim al-bab, fa-idha dakhaltumuhu, fa-innakum ghalibun; wa-`ala Allah fa-tawakkalu, in kuntum mu'minin [Open the [village] gate for them, enter through it and you shall be victorious; thus, put your trust in God if you are believers]. 5:23. Partial quotation of the words of Moses to Israelite messengers sent to the land of Israel. Paired with the other motifs (the moon, the mountains, clouds, etc.) the verse loses its original Qur'anic meaning and becomes a powerful suggestion of afterlife and martydom.
Flora Trees / Shrubs
Topography Mountain, Horizon, Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis Door

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