The slogan, with its bold, yellow letters reads: “allahumma, munzil al-kitab, mujri al-sahab, hazim al-ahzab unsur ikhwanana fi al-iraq wa-filastin, wa-jami’ bilad al-mislimin” (“O God, Revealer of the [holy] book, Mover of the clouds and Vanquisher of the confederacies; Render victorious our brethren in Iraq, Palestine and all Muslim land”).

The phrase used in this text—”mujri al-sahab”—is a common epithet of God meaning “Mover of the Clouds,” which features also in a famous night prayer uttered by the Prophet Muhammad during one of his military expeditions. It also happens to be the opening phrase of Usama bin Ladin’s 1998 Declaration of the World Islamic Front for Jihad against the Jews and the Crusaders, and was often used by Bin Ladin in announcements, interviews, etc.

Fauna, which features prominently in the picture, is a common element in jihadi imagery. While usually non-specific and used as a background element, it almost always conjures up the Islamic concept of heaven as a lush garden (janna).

Finally, the appearance of the Dome of the Rock—the third holiest place in the Islamic tradition—further elevates the religious aura of the image, while also conjuring up the idea of a martyr’s shrine or tomb, thereby emphasizing the importance of martyrdom.

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Group Name Shabkat Ahl al-Sunna al-Islamiyya (the network of the people of the Islamic Sunna); Mu'assasat al-Sunna al-Islamiyya
Group Type Political Parties / Movements / Other, religious
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Allahumma, munzil al-kitab, mujri al-sahab, hazim al-ahzab unsur ikhwanana fi al-iraq wa-filastin, wa-jami` bilad al-mislimin
Image Number 0030
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Israel/Palestine
Body Parts Hand/s
Air Sky
Geopolitical Symbols Slogan
Religious Textual References Text manipulation, Hadith Text
Religious Textual References Analysis Straight-jacketing the term "ahzab" to apply to contemporary regional/global politics. In the hadith and the Qur'an the term was used to refer to Arab clan confederacies during the time of the Prophet.

Sahih al-Bukahri, vol. 4, book 52, hadith #266.
Religious Symbols Holy Site
Religious Symbols Analysis Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
Flora Trees / Shrubs, Palm
Topography Horizon, Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis Domed mosque and holy site.

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