WARNING – GRAPHIC: On Telegram, Jihadis Disseminate Death Photos Of Martyrs – Noting Their Beatific Smiles, Scent Of Musk Emanating From Their Bodies, And The Virgins Awaiting Them In Paradise

November 4, 2016

Introduction

Jihadi groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS have long been sharing pictures of dead fighters on social media platforms. Many of these pictured individuals are foreign fighters from countries such as the U.S., U.K., France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Bosnia, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, and Turkey, who came to Syria, Iraq, and Libya to wage Jihad.[1]

The following are examples of martyrs, which can be seen frequently, posted on Telegram in the past few months.

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Shared on a Jihadi forum on Telegram on December 28, 2015: “Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani: ‘This was the first Shaheed I saw in dawlah (the Islamic State). Just look at his smile maashaaAllaah.'”

Pictures Of Fighters Shared On Telegram

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Shared on Telegram on December 23, 2015

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Shared on Telegram on January 5, 2016:  “A martyr mujahid whose face resembles the morning sun. By Allah, martyrdom is a test for the believing hearts…”

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Shared on Telegram on January 12, 2016: “The enemy approaches, ammunition runs out, wound sustained, bullets shower, the mujahid calls O Allah. And the soul flies…”

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Shared on Telegram on January 13, 2016: “A picture of the Shaheed Musa Z’eiter, who martyred in a Zionist bombardment northwest of Beit Lahiya [Gaza] on today’s morning”

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Shared on Telegram on January 16, 2016: “He sold [his] life cheap, [but] by Allah… he purchased [Paradise]…”

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Shared on Telegram on January 17, 2016:: “#Companies_of_Martyrs, tell me how to follow you?…”

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Shared on Telegram on January 25, 2016: “…After he sipped the elixir of eternity, [he shows] oceans in his smile…”

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Shared on Telegram on January 28, 2016:: “I recalled you, O martyr, in my silence, and my tears raged and eyes cried… and my heart complained, and sadness diminished in a the sorrow heart”

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Shared on Telegram on February 28, 2016. Bottom image: “#Turkestan_Islamic_Party in Syria, the wonderful production ‘Call from the Frontlines of Jihad 10′”

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Shared on Telegram on March 5, 2016: “What have you see that you smiled this smile? I wish we’ll smile like that when we die. What comfort have you seen (May Allah accept you, O martyr of Islam)”

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Shared on Telegram on March 21, 2016: “Abu Shaheed: …Tell me about the breeze of Paradise, the taste of rivers, and about your seat next to Allah”

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Shared on Telegram on March 25, 2016

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Shared on Telegram on March 28, 2016

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Shared on Telegram on April 8, 2016

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Shared on Telegram on April 10, 2016: “Words of martyr: I am human, [I] make right and wrong [choices]… I don’t represent the mujahideen, for if I wronged, don’t scold the mujahideen [but rather] blame me. The mujahid is only a human like any other person, he might disobey or make a mistake. Stop verbally attacking the mujahideen”

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Shared on Telegram on April 11, 2016: “Abu Shaheed: …Tell me about the breeze of Paradise, the taste of rivers, and about your seat next to Allah”

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Shared on Telegram on April 12, 2016: “An unknown martyr during the battle of Al-‘Iees today. Participate O brothers for hopefully one will recognize him, May Allah accept him among His martyrs”

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Shared on Telegram on May 22, 2016

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Shared on Telegram on August 4, 2016: “Life in Syria”

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Shared on Telegram on August 5, 2016:: “One of the martyrs of the Great Aleppo battle, laughing and seeing glad tidings”

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Shared on Telegram on August 22, 2016. Note: The individual on the left is a Kurdish YPG fighter who died fighting ISIS. This image was designed to illustrate how fighters who martyr themselves for ISIS look peaceful in death, whereas those who challenge the group rot and decay.

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Shared on Telegram on September 30, 2016: “#The_Mujahideen #Killed so that others live, #Starve so that others are full, #Displaced so that others become safe, but they #Ascend to the higher Paradise without others!!”

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“The Shaheed smiles when Allah the Almighty laughs for him, and he meets the virgins [of Paradise] with disregard to this world. He does not comprehend the logic of the living…”

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“#Honor_of_Jihad O soldiers of the [Islamic] State, observe to [attain] death and seek. Life is granted to you, for life, all of life, is jihad for the sake of Allah”

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“He resolved the dispute, thanks to Allah, between Jund [Al-Sham] and Al-Ahrar [Al-Sham], but where did the blood of the silver-haired and smiling mujahid, Abu Talib, who was killed by the Jund in Khan Shaykhoun, go? What would you say to your lord?”

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“And they pray to Allah to return to the arena of battle… Their wish is to be killed again, [but] their return is to the abode of eternity”  

Endnote:

[1] See MEMRI CJL, Faces Of Death: On Twitter, Jihadis Distribute Photos Of ‘Martyrs,’ February 22, 2013; and Inquiry and Analysis Series Report No. 990, Faces Of Death – Part II: On Twitter, Jihadis Disseminate Death Photos Of Martyrs – Noting Their Beatific Smiles, Scent Of Musk Emanating From Their Bodies, And The Virgins Awaiting Them In Paradise; Other Popular Tweets Include Death Photo Of Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Photo Of Basket Of Sweets Celebrating Martyr; Hashtags Created For Notable Martyrs, July 2, 2013.