The upper image displays the banner of Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT) and the logo of its front group, the charity organization Jamaat-ud Da‘wa. A larger picture of the banner and logo appears below. Each of the images includes familiar jihadi motifs, like the use of significant colors (here, black and blue), a globe and the appearance of a single sword or crossed swords.

Representations of globes are used in jihadi visual discourse in order to globalize localized issues and conflicts, as well as to articulate the global aims/nature of the jihadi struggle and/or particular groups. The sword suggests a desire on the part of the designer to link a message or image to early Islamic history and the first generation of Muslims. Swords are seen as noble weapons that embody the religious purity, nobility and righteousness that is associated with the Prophet and his companions, as well as their successful military campaigns. Thus, the sword helps depict current jihadi activities as modern extensions of those campaigns and lends them an aura of legitimacy.

Finally, the Jama‘at al-Da‘wa logo also contains an open Qur’an, a symbolic sun rising on the horizon (symbolizing the emergence of a new era of Islamic dominance) and a white flag. The flag finds its roots in the Islamic tradition, as the Prophet Muhammad is said to have used a white flag to represent both the leader of the Muslim army and the first Muslim state. The caption at the top of the blue banner is the basmalah (the words “bi-smi Allah al-rahman al-rahim” (“in the name of God the merciful and compassionate”).

More Information
Group Name Jama`at al-Da`wa Pakistan/ Lashkar-e Taiba
Group Type religious
Dominant Colors Blue, White
Secondary Colors Black, Yellow, Red
Language Urdu
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) shahada 2) basmalah
Image Number 0254
Groups Region of Operation South Asia
Groups Country of Operation Pakistan
Date Image Created Online 17/08/2010
Date Image Created Online Details uploaded/updated 8/17/2010 by site administrator
Weapons Cold Weapons and Defensive Armor, Sword / Crossed Swords
Air Analysis Sun
Air Celestial Bodies
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Non-country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis LeT group flag. LeT logo - white banner, black and white stripes at the bottom, calligraphic representation of the shahada over a sword on top.
Religious Textual References Shahada, Basmala, Use of Calligraphy
Religious Textual References Analysis La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah
Religious Symbols Black / White / Green Banners
Religious Symbols Analysis White
Visual Themes The color blue conjures up notions of eternity and heavenly paradise, as blue is the color of the sky and of the sea, and Arab tradition holds that anyone who plunges into either is lost to eternity. The Arabs also considered blue magical, inauspicious and disturbing. Its use is thus thought to offer protection against the evil eye.

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