The image expresses the virulently anti-Shi‘a nature of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). At the top appears the slogan “ya Allah madad” (“O God, help”), which is flanked by additional text (from right to left): “hubb sahaba rahmatu Allah; baghd sahaba la‘natu Allah” (“loving the Sahaba [companions of the Prophet] constitutes God’s compassion; loathing the Sahaba is God’s curse”). The latter is directly aimed at the practice of some Shi‘is to express disapproval and hatred of some of the Prophet Muhammad’s companions, in particular, three of the “rightly guided” Caliphs:  ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan, `Umar Ibn al-Khattab and Abu Bakr al-Sadiq.

The image prominently features the LeJ’s flag with a globe highlighting Asia. 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 globe highlights the LeJ’s region of operation and its global designs.

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Group Name Jhangvi group (LeJ) [militant criminal wing of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) aka Ahl-i-Sunnat wal Jamat Pakistan (ASWJP)]
Group Type religious
Group Affiliation Local Jihad (Independent entities with limited or no ties to international / external movements)
Dominant Colors Black, Blue
Secondary Colors White, Green, Yellow, Red
Language Arabic, English and Urdu
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) Ya allah madad" 2) "Hubb sahaba rahmatu Allah; 3) Baghd sahaba la`natu Allah
Image Number 0295
Groups Region of Operation South Asia
Groups Country of Operation Pakistan
Air Analysis Earth
Air Celestial Bodies
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Globe, Non-country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis SSP/ LeJ group flag. LeJ logo - black and white striped square over a red square to the left of a green rectangle with a white crescent moon and star.
Religious Textual References Other Medieval Text, Use of Calligraphy
Religious Textual References Analysis Prayer (Urdu) "ya Allah madad" [O God, help]
Religious Symbols Crescent
Visual Themes The dominant color in the flag is green, which is considered the traditional color of the Prophet Muhammad’s tribe, and which was adopted as a sacred color based on Qur’anic verses (76:21; 18:65-82) and a reliable hadith (prophetic tradition or report) that associates green with “universally good things.” The color is also related to jihadi doctrine, as it is believed that while the corpses of martyrs lay in their graves, their souls are to be put into the bodies of green birds that drink from the rivers of Eden and eat from its fruit.

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