In the image appear top officials of the al-Shabab group, including Muktar Robow, Sheikh Hasan Dahir ‘Aweys, Shaykh Abd al-Qadir Mu’min Al-Somali and U.S.-born Omar Hamami (also known as Abu Mansur al-Amriki). At this al-Shabab meeting that took place on May 12, 2011 in Afgoye town west of the Somali capital Mogadishu, the group vowed to avenge Usama bin Ladin’s death.

The black banner in the image, includes the seal of the Prophet.  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. In the contemporary Islamist movement, the black flag with the shahada (Islamic testimony of faith holding that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger) is used to evoke notions of jihad and of reestablishing the Islamic Caliphate.

Behind the leaders is a large image of the al-Aqsa mosque and the slogans: (large red) “kulluna usama” (“we are all Usama”); and (small yellow print) “fal-sa‘id man ittakhadhahu Allah shahidan” (“and so, happy is he whom God has taken as a martyr”). The last saying has been used by Bin Ladin himself.

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Group Name al-Shabab al-Mujahidin
Group Type Jihadist Group
Dominant Colors Black, White
Secondary Colors Red
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) shahada 2) kulluna usama 3) fal-sa`id man ittakhadhahu Allah shahidan
Image Number 0397
Groups Region of Operation Africa
Groups Country of Operation Somalia
Body Parts Face / Bust
Geopolitical Symbols Non-country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Logo of AQI/AQAP and other AQ franchisees - black banner bearing the text of the shahada including the seal of the Prophet
People Group Leader / Influential figure, Political Leader, Operational Leader, Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis Muktar Robow, Sheikh Hasan Dahir `Aweys, Shaykh Abd al-Qadir Mu'min Al-Somali and US-born Omar Hamami aka Abu Mansur al-Amriki (al-Shabab leaders).
Religious Textual References Shahada, Use of Calligraphy
Religious Textual References Analysis La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah (including the seal of the Prophet)
Flora Trees / Shrubs, Grass / Leaves / Branches Only
Visual Themes The al-Aqsa mosque (located in Jerusalem), together with the Dome of the Rock, is the third most important holy site in Islam, and it is a common motif in jihadi imagery. While it is recognized and revered by all Muslims, it is in particular a powerful Islamic symbol of Palestinian nationhood. Because of its status in Islam, it is often used to code a message of inspiration for jihadi activism and the goal of martyrdom.

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