Al-Shabaab magazine attempts to justify violent jihad

Al-Shabaab supporters volley between local gripes and global issues in the latest edition of their online magazine, but their calls for violent jihad and overthrow of democratic governments are falling on deaf ears, Kenyan religious leaders and security analysts say.

In the sixth edition of pro-al-Shabaab magazine Gaidi Mtaani, the editor’s statement in the preface reveals one of the major themes of the issue, remarking in Swahili, “Democracy is blasphemy and jihad is the solution.”

The other significant motif encourages Muslims to migrate away from “unbelievers” and to seek paradise through martyrdom. Toward this goal, the magazine features Qu’ranic quotes translated from Arabic to Swahili that encourage readers to participate in violent jihad.