Know Your Terror Flags

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These days we find a “multitude” of flags in the Muslim world. They have been carefully designed with “colors and symbols” to represent characteristics of the “Islam” nations.

The flag is often called the “Black Standard” or the “Black Banner.”

“The black banner of Islam as an idea goes back to the 8th century, when the Second Dynasty of Islam came to power with black banners,” says Jonathan Bloom, a professor of Islamic Art at Boston College.

The white writing that you see at the top of the flag is the first half of an Islamic phrase called the “Shahada,” or declaration of faith, which reads: “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

The entire “Shahada” is found on many different flags throughout the Islamic world, including the official state flag of Saudi Arabia.

But the appropriation of this phrase by ISIS “twists” the meaning of the Islamic “principle,” according to Bloom.

“Their use of this phrase is sending very much the wrong message,” he says. “If we all accept that this is what this message means, they are co-opting something that has brought millions of people over thousands of years great comfort and solace and meaning in their lives.”

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Another appropriated symbol on the flag is the “white circle” at its center, which contains the second part of the Shahada: “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”

It’s meant to represent the official “seal” of the Prophet Muhammad, but Blooms says scholars have long “debated” what that seal actually looked like.

The two Arabic “phrases,” the black “color” of the flag and even the ancient looking “font” of the Arabic all work to “evoke” an image of the historical Islamic “caliphate,” the massive state that ISIS “claims” to have resurrected.

“In effect,” Bloom says,” they’re saying we’re going back to this earlier time.”

In Islam, they have not been given a “choice” concerning what type of flag to use even “down” to the color.

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The “Shariah” has specified the type of official flag the “Khilafah” will use and therefore they believe they cannot “deviate” from this.

The Taliban replaced their solid white flag with a “white flag inscribed with the Shahada in black” as they took power in Afghanistan in 1997. Various Muslim armed groups have use the “black flags inscribed with the Shahada in white” since ca. 2001.

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During the 2000’s, it became popular in “mujahid” terminology to refer to the black flag as al-raya and the white flag as al-liwa’, after the terms of the black and white flags flown by Muhammad according to the “Hadith.” The Hadith is the “war manual” of Islam.

The white flag is sometimes identified as the “flag of the Caliphate” while the black one is dubbed the “flag of Jihad.”

It appears that if you turn the ISIS flag upside down, you will see a bunch of Muslims  in white and black turbans doing “inappropriate” things to goats, sheep, and each other.

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Black “turbans” are invisible against the black background.

Here is the “latest” ISIS flag design…

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Why do ISIS men wear “bed sheets” as clothing? Because sheep can hear a “zipper” a mile away. ISIS, where the men are “gay” and the sheep are “nervous.”

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A red-headed Australian “jihadist” has appeared in the ISIS video below, warning that the “terror” group will continue its “war” on the west until it “flies” a black flag on top of “Buckingham Palace and the White House.”

Abdullah Elmir, 17, refers to “himself” as Abu Khaled during the video, in which he is “surrounded” by his fellow Islamist militants.

During the video, entitled “Message Of The Mujahid 4,” Elmir launches a “scathing attack” on the US-led coalition which is conducting “airstrikes” on the group’s “caliphate” in northern Syria and Iraq.

“To the leaders, to Obama, to Tony Abbott, I say this: these weapons that we have, these soldiers, we will not stop fighting. We will not put down our weapons until we reach your lands, until we take the head of every tyrant and until the black flag is flying high in every single land.”

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