Part of Al-Qaeda’s master narrative is “the War on Islam”. The narrative of this war has 5 major components and they are cleverly presented to prospective jihadi recruits in widely varying formats including, but not limited to: graphic novels, personal and classroom teacher/mentor training, speeches, private and public websites, and leaflets. The War on Islam narrative looks something like:
1-The West plunders Muslim
2-Zionists (with great help from their Western allies, mainly the U.S.)
slaughter Palestinian brothers and sisters,
steal Palestinian homes, and
steal Palestinian livelihood,
3-American infidels drop bombs on Muslim women and children,
4-Lies attack Islam, to make it weak, by manipulating people’s ideas through media propaganda, and
5-The West wants a “moderate” Islam, weakened by dilution, secularization, and, demilitarization.
Therefore: Muslims must take up the call to jihad and crush the forces conspiring against the umma.
Suppose a young Muslim, perhaps a student, who believes these 5 points comes to you and indicates a strong desire to join the mujahedeen, and become a fighter for ‘what is right.’
What do you say?