The image appears at the end of a statement posted by Fath al-Islam regarding the death of Usama bin Ladin. The large white text is a calligraphic representation of the name “tanzim fath al-Islam” (“organization of Fath al-Islam”). The bottom caption is the text of the shahada (Islamic testimony of faith holding that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger) and in the middle appears the traditional phrase from a prophetic hadith (saying or tradition of the Prophet): “innama al-nasr sabr sa‘a” (“victory is only through patience”).

Behind the text appear a number of elements often seen in jihadi imagery: the pointed index finger, s a gesture that accompanies the utterance of the shahada; a copy of an open Qur’an; an AK-47; and the Dome of the Rock. The Dome of the Rock is recognized and revered by all Muslims, but it is particularly a powerful symbol of Palestinian self-determination. It was built in 692 A.D. by the Umayyid caliph ‘Abd al-Malik on the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven in his mi‘raj (night journey), and it is considered the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and al-Madina.

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Group Name AQ
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation Local Jihad (Independent entities with limited or no ties to international / external movements)
Dominant Colors Blue, White
Secondary Colors Red , Black
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Shabakat hunayn tan`i ila al-umma nafsiha bi-istishhad farisiha al-batal shaykh al-islam al-mujahid; lan nansa ya amrika ilqa' aghla juthman fi al-yam
Image Number 0386
Groups Region of Operation Middle East, Global
Weapons Firearms, Automatic / Assault Rifle, AK47
Body Parts Pointer Finger
Air Clouds / Fog, Sky
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Tanzim Fath al-Islam logo - white calligraphic representation of the group's name in the foreground of the Dome of the Rock, a Qur'an, and an AK; under the image appear a quote from a hadith and the text of the shahada (Islamic credo), and to the right a hand with pointer finger pointing upwards in a motion used when uttering the shahada.
Religious Textual References Hadith Text, Shahada, Use of Calligraphy
Religious Textual References Analysis La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah
Religious Symbols Holy Site
Religious Symbols Analysis Dome of the Rock
Topography Horizon, Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis Domed mosque
Visual Themes The white color of the text signals notions of death in a state of purity, grief and mourning, and it is the color of shrouds.

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