The dominant element of the image is the red rays, which are significant, as red is the color of fire, blood, passion, impulse and danger. Light rays are often used to illuminate other symbols or text in an image to give them an aura of divinity and/or afterlife. At the center of the rays is a Palestinian flag that bears the shahada (Islamic testimony of faith holding that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger). The flag is held by a group of men, identified as fighters by the fact that their faces are covered by the kafiyya (head scarf). The text is a Qur’anic quote (Q 8:39), written in Indonesian.

It seems that the image, via the posture of the soldiers and the way they are holding the flag, is trying to imitate the famous United States Marine Corps War Memorial (also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial), located in Arlington, Virginia. By doing so, the image evokes notions of bravery and sacrifice on the battlefield and absolute commitment to the mission/struggle.

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Group Name al-Rahmah (aka arrahmah) internet presence for Jama`a Islamiyya (JI); founder and owner Muhammad Jibriel Abdul Rahman
Group Type Jihadist Group
Dominant Colors Red
Secondary Colors Black, Green, White
Language Indonesian, English, Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) shahada 2) we all Gaza (sic.) 3) Q 8:39
Image Number 0265
Groups Region of Operation South East Asia
Groups Country of Operation Indonesia
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Non-country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan, Currency
Geopolitical Analysis Palestinian flag with the text of the shahada. al-Rahmah (JI) logo - calligraphic representation of the word "al-rahma" [compassion]
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
Religious Textual References Quranic Text, Quranic Citations, Shahada, Use of Calligraphy
Religious Textual References Analysis 8:39. La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah.

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