Know Your Terror Flags

Today we find a multitude of flags in the Muslim world. These have been carefully designed with colours and symbols to represent characteristics of the nation state. In Islam, they have not been given a choice concerning what type of flag to use even down to the colour. The shariah has specified the type of official flag the Khilafah will use and therefore they believe they cannot deviate from this.

Image: Syria is fighting heavily armed foreign-terrorists committing egregious, widespread atrocities under the banner of Al Qaeda. Here you see them posing with an Al-Qaeda flag.

Image: Typical use of jihadist flags is in rallies, but also as banners hung in the background in videos released by such groups. This example shows the beheading of Jack Hensley in September 2004. The flag shows the shahada in white, above a white circle surrounded by the name jamaa’tul tawhid wal jihad in yellow script.

Muslims protest cartoons published in Charlie Hebdo at French Embassy

Image: Muslims protesting in America: “Wait for us White House. Black flag is coming soon”.

Image: Muslim woman carries a black jihad flag in New York during the Muslim Day Parade, 2013.


Learn To Identify Your Terror Flags

Flags representing Jihad and the Caliphate

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.

During the 2000s, 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”.

1. The flag of the Khilafa (Caliphate) terrorist movement. The Khilafa seeks to infiltrate and spread all over the world and reestablish the Caliphate. Infiltration takes place via mass immigration and rapid population growth. The movement then use gradual means to indoctrinate society from within: propaganda is brought to schools, lawfare used to quiet critics, infiltration used through jobs in all levels of government and thereafter little by little policies and laws are changed to provide easier continued mass immigration and “special rights” for Muslims. Once the population is large enough, the terrorism begins: either you convert and bend to Islam, or you are killed.


2. (Above) Taliban flags used in Afghanistan. Black Islamic writing on white. Islamic text reads “I bear witness that there is no deity other than Allah and that Muhammad is his servant and Messenger”. The white flag is referred to as al-liwa’, and is also used in combination with the black flag by the Khilafa/Caliphate movement.

The White Flag Of Conquest 

The flag (liwaa’) is white, on which it is written ‘la ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah’ with black script. It is tied to the amir of the army or the leader of the army. It is used as a sign of his location, and it goes along with this location. The evidence to tying the flag to the amir of the army is that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم entered Makkah on the day of its conquest while raising a white flag. This was narrated by Ibn Majah through Jabir. An-Nasa’i also narrated through Anas that when the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم appointed Usama ibn Zayd as amir to the army for invading the Romans, he tied his flag with his own hands.

The white flag (liwaa‘) is tied to the amir of the army

The flag (liwaa’) is tied to the amir of the army, and it is a sign indicating the headquarters of the amir of the army. However, in the battle field, the leader of the battle, whether he is the amir of the army or appointed by him, is given the black banner (rayah) to carry during the fight in the battle field. Therefore, the banner is called the mother of the war because it is carried by the battle leader in the battle field.

Therefore, at the time of actual war there will be one banner with every leader of a battle, a matter that was familiar at that time. Keeping the banner flying up was evidence to the might of the leader of the battle. This is an administrative order that is followed in accordance with the traditions of fighting in the armies.

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said announcing to the people the death of Zayd, Ja’far and Ibn Ruwahah before the soldiers brought the news: “Zayd took the banner (raya) but he was hit; and then Ja’far took it and he was hit; and then Ibn Ruwahah took it and he was hit” [Bukhari, Sahih, #3757].

At the time of actual war, if the leader of the army in the battle field was the Khalifah, both the flag (liwaa’) and the banner (raya) can be lifted. It was reported in the seerah of Ibn Hisham during the talk about the ghazwah of great Badr that the flag and banner were present in the battle.

However, at time of peace or after the end of the battle the banners are usually spread amongst the army and lifted by its divisions, regiments, units and battalions, as narrated in the hadith of Al-Harith ibn Hassan Al-Bakri that talked about the army of Amru ibn Al-‘As.

The Khalifah is the leader of the army in Islam

The Khalifah is the leader of the army in Islam. Therefore the flag is legally lifted on top of his headquarters, i.e. on top of the Khalifah’s house. This is because the flag is tied to the amir of the army. The banner is allowed to be lifted on top of the Khalifah’s house from an administrative point of view, taking into account the fact that the Khalifah is the head of the organisations of the State. In regards to the remaining organisations, departments and establishments of the State, the banner alone is lifted on top of them, because the flag is specific to the leader of the army as a mark to his location.

How the flag is tied

The flag is tied at the end of the spear and twisted around it. It is given to the leader of the army in accordance to the number of armies. Thus it is tied to the leader of the first army, the second army, or the leader of Al-Sham army, and Iraq army, or the leader of Aleppo army, or the leader of Beirut army, and so on.

In origin it is twisted at the end of the spear and not spread out except at the time of need. It is for example spread out on top of the Khalifah’s house because of its importance. This applies also to the sites of the leaders of the armies at time of peace so that the Ummah can see the greatness of the flags of their armies. However, if this need conflicts with security issues, such as the enemy recognising the sites of the leaders of the armies, then the flag will be treated as in origin, i.e. it is not spread out but rather remains twisted/rounded.

In regards to the banner it is left for the wind to flap it, like the flags in use today. Therefore it is placed on top of the departments of the State.

The Black Flag Of Jihad

A black flag with the shahada inscribed in white was spotted on Jihadist websites from at least 2001. Even though the historical black banner did not have any inscription, this variant is commonly known as al-rāya “the banner” or rayat al-`uqab “banner of the eagle” after the hadith tradition, and has been dubbed the black flag of jihad by western observers. Islamic extremist organizations that used such a black flag include al‑Qaeda, al‑Shabaab, the Islamic Courts Union, the Islamic State of Iraq and Hizbul Islam (2009). Some variant designs depict the second phrase of the shahada in the form of the historical seal of Muhammad.

Historical use

Historically the Abbasid Revolution adopted black for its rāya; for which their partisans were called the musawwids. Their rivals chose other colours in reaction; among these, forces loyal to Marwan II adopted red.

After the revolution, Islamic apocalyptic circles admitted that the Abbasid banners would be black but asserted that the Mahdi’s standard would be black and larger. Anti-Abbasid circles cursed “the black banners from the East”, “first and last”.

The Bábí leader Mullá Husayn-i-Bushru’i raised the Black Standard in his westward march from Mashhad starting 21 July 1848, to proclaim the Báb’s message. The people of Barfurush confronted the march and a series of battles ensued. The Bábís stopped and built the fort Shaykh Tabarsi which developed into one of the most significant battles of the Bábí religion. It is reported the Black Standard flew above the fortress.

The flag flown by the Emirate of Afghanistan under Abdur Rahman Khan (1880–1901) was also solid black.

As Arab nationalism [the creator of the Palestine-Israel conflict] developed in the early 20th century, the black within the Pan-Arab colors was chosen to represent the black banner of Muhammad, while the name of “The Eagle” gave rise to the eagle depicted in the flag of the Federation of Arab Republics (1972), which survives as the modern flag of Egypt.


Before Islam, visible standards were used at least in the Roman army to identify the core of the legion – the Eagles. By the middle 600s CE, the Arabs were using standards for the same purpose. Among the Arabs the rāya was a square banner; not to be confused with the liwā’ or `alam, an identifying mark like a red turban.

Islamic tradition states that the Quraysh had a black liwā’ and a white-and-black rāya. It further states that Muhammad had an `alam in white, nicknamed “The Young Eagle (العقاب al-`uqāb)”; and (relevant here) a rāya in black, said to be made from his wife Aisha’s head-cloth. This larger flag was known as the Eagle. The name may have referred to the Byzantine eagle.

The tradition reports Muhammad said that the advent of the Mahdi would be signaled by “Black Standards” proceeding from Khorasan.

At Siffin it was said that `Ali used the liwā’ of the Prophet, which as noted above was white; but those who fought with him did use black banners as well.

3. (Above) Flag used by Caucasian Mujahideen in 2002. The design shows the phrase al-jihad fi sabili llahi and the takbir rather than the shahada.

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4. (Above) Solid black flag; flag of the Emirate of Afghanistan from 1880-1901.

5. (Above) The green flag of terrorist organization Hamas (Hamas was created by the Muslim Brotherhood. Not to be confused with the national Saudi flag with the sword). The green color may indicate the Saudi origin Palestinians and militant support of Hamas since the national flag of Saudi Arabia is similar. The early “palestinians” come from Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and not from Palestine. They never lost any land to “Jewish occupation”. The green color is likely related to that founding association with Saudi Arabia.

6. (Above) The Mahdiyah, more commonly known as the Mahdist State or Mahdist Arabia, was created in 1979 following the Islamist coup by Juhayman al-Otaibi, who overthrew the decaying Saudi dynasty during the annual Hadj and proclaimed an Islamist State proclaiming his brother-in-law Muhammad bin abd Allah al-Qahtani as the Mahdi, the Messiah awaited to redeem Islam. Black and green are the traditional colours of Islam. The Shahada, the Islamic creed, can be read on the flag.

7. (Above) The flag belonging to the terrorist organization Hezbolla.

8. (Above) Iraqi and Iranian al Qaeda flag. Black, again, represents the death of the kuffar.

9. (Above) Iranian of the Mahdi Army (Caliphate)

10. Flag used by the Islamic State of Iraq (2007), al‑Shabaab and other jihadists during the 2000s, including the Syrian arm of al-Qaeda fighting against the kuffar (or as Obama and the EU likes to call them; “rebels” and “freedom fighters”)

11. (Above) Another al Qaeda flag found amongst the Syrian “freedom fighters”. Often used amongst al-Qaeda members all over the world.

12. (Above) al-Qaeda’s new logo with the rising sun, symbolizing the growth, spread, and dominion of the extremist arm around the world.

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13. (Above) Flag of The Islamic State of Iraq found in a Sunni village in Diyala province. The Islamic State of Iraq is an al-Qaeda front group masquerading as a “shadow government”.

14. (Above) Flag of an independent branch of Somali terrorists

15. Also known as the Negev Confederation or the Wall of Peace, the Republic of Sinai, came about after the end of the Yom Kippur WAr, but it actually has roots further back in history. The flag was used by the largest militia of independent fighters during the Yom Kippur war. Only possessing canvas to make a flag, it was painted gold with some paint that was found. Black paint was used to make the camels which originally had riders (warriors) upon them. The Dove was not added until 1983 when the Republic was nicknamed the Wall of Peace and the riders/fighters were removed. The ends of the Egyptian and Israeli flags represent the Republics place as a Wall between Egypt and Israel.

New Designs

In Islam any private civilian is encouraged to take up arms and fight for the sake of Allah. It’s his duty. The fight is his fight against the Kufar. It does not mean any so called kufar needed to have done anything at all against him, but he should fight him anyways for no other reason than being a kufar, and this will please Allah. Therefore, there can be thousands of branches of Muslim terrorists popping up all over the place, carrying new names.

Here is a new logo design that refers to the Black Flag of Khorasan, a new extremist Caliphate front that target non-Muslims and the ideal to invade other countries to force them to rule under Islam.

The creators write:

“Let’s not think that Islam is a religion of Muslims. Islam is a religion of humanity. Let’s be developed and progressive, let us embrace revolution in the face of stagnation, let us embrace martyrdom, in the face of humiliation and let us embrace knowledge in the face of ignorance. Let’s read as the Quran has commanded us and let’s speak as the Quran has commanded us. These two methods are our primary method and when logic is blocked by the mountains of arrogance and ignorance we shall call to arm.”
“This is the method of our beloved Mohammed (pbuh) the final messenger of Allah (swt)to humanity, and this is the method that was acted upon by his companions under the leadership of the four rightly guided Caliphs.”

Map of modern day Khorasan-Afghanistan

Flag of Khorasan - A Flag of Islam


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