The theological braintrust of budding mujahideen-wannabe artists has done it yet again, creating more jihad-themed comics geared at recruiting youngsters to the cause. From a release by SITE Intelligence group:
Jihadists produced a comic strip called “Son of the Martyr,” and presented the first issue, showing three brothers using an explosives-laden toy car to blow up a tank of enemy soldiers. The comic was posted on the Shumukh al-Islam forum on September 30, 2011.
The first issue focuses on three sons of a slain fighter, the youngest of which, Qassim, is approached by soldiers and given a toy Hummer in return for acting as a spy. His brothers Abdul Qadir and Saif decide to use the toy against the soldiers. As Qassim controls the explosives-laden toy towards the target, he says: “Now, I will avenge and retaliate for my religion, my honor, and my land.”
In a message introducing the comic strip, the jihadist indicated that he and the others who worked on it are seeking a media group to publish the series.
SITE provides a translation of the message board post:
Peace be upon you, and Allah’s mercy and blessings.
My noble brothers, we send you a good greetings… and thereafter: With permission from Allah, we will start the first part of the series of stories, Son of the Martyr, and we present to you the first issue. We hope from Allah that you like it.
With permission from Allah, this part will be the launch of other parts that are more interesting. We leave with the illustrated story…. do not forget us in your supplications, my noble brothers.
Apparently the creators are angling for a publishing deal, which is a revealing anecdote about how they perceive the odds of getting publicly funded by a “media foundation” for a comic depicting the killing of Western soldiers. But above all, something bears repeating to these and other devout individuals intent on glorifying jihad through art: according to the strictest tenets of Islam, they’ve just drawn themselves straight into Hell. Merely one of the relevant hadith:
1682. Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “Those who will receive the most severe punishment from Allah on the Day of Resurrection will be painters (of living objects).”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
A page of the comic is below. I remain unconvinced that forsaking eternal paradise is worth the creation of cut-rate Japanese anime.