The image is a profile photo of a Facebook community page. At the top, the caption, in Indonesian, reads: “situs berita dunia islam & berita jihad terdepan” (“a news site for the Islamic world and for leading jihadi news”). Jihadi visual propaganda uses images of the globe/planet earth 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. Here, the image globalizes the Indonesian theater of jihad and highlights the international arena of Jemaah Islamiah’s activities.

According to prophetic tradition (hadith), the black flag was the battle flag of the Prophet Muhammad and it was carried into battle by many of his companions.  The image of the black flag has been used as a symbol of religious revolt and engagement in battle (i.e., jihad). In the contemporary Islamist movement, the black flag is used to evoke notions of jihad and of reestablishing the Islamic Caliphate.

Finally, the image features clouds in the background. In Islam, clouds are a sign of Allah’s total inscrutability prior to creation. The cloud is also the bearer of rain and therefore bounty (khayr, which is a synonym for rain), and is a sign of good things to come.

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Group Name al-Rahmah (aka arrahmah) internet presence for Jama`a Islamiyya (JI); founder and owner Muhammad Jibriel Abdul Rahman
Dominant Colors Black
Secondary Colors Blue, White, Gray
Language Indonesian, English, Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) shahada 2) filter your mind, get the truth 3) situs berita dunia islam & berita jihad terdepan
Image Number 0264
Groups Country of Operation Indonesia
Air Analysis Sun
Air Celestial Bodies, Clouds / Fog, Sky
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Globe, Non-country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan, Currency
Geopolitical Analysis Black flag with the text of the shahada. AQI/AQAP logo - black flag bearing shahada that includes the seal of the Prophet
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
Religious Textual References Shahada
Religious Textual References Analysis La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah
Religious Symbols Black / White / Green Banners, Seal of the Prophet
Religious Symbols Analysis Black with Prophet's seal
Topography Horizon

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