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The Women’s Role in Jihad Against the Enemy
By SITE Institute
June 28, 2005

A message posted to a password-protected al-Qaeda affiliated forum, which contains a section concerning women and the Muslim family, titled: ?To You, My Muslim Sister: The Women?s Role in Jihad Against the Enemy,? seeks to motivate Muslim women to enter jihad in physical and supporting capacities as part of a larger discussion of a sickness overwhelming the ?Islamic Nation? that is hindering their fight against the enemy.

The author believes that a ?disease? is ravaging the ranks of the Muslims, causing ?misery and humiliation? upon them by their enemies. The disease is considered a ?weakness,? which is defined as ?love of life and hatred of death,? and is only improved through jihad and ?fighting for the sake of Allah.? Here, the message indicates, is where the Muslim women may play an important role and raise men who are not owned by ?cows, trees, crosses, and altar worshippers….?

Citing examples of women taking place in jihad during the time of the Prophet Mohammad, the author asserts that these women of years past should serve as paragons for the women of today to look upon and emulate, rather than ?your idol, this dancer, prostitute who is selling her body in every place, or this singer or model.? Further, the message states that ?if you want to know the whereabouts of the nation, look at its women and whom they follow.?

A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.

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