ISIS …. meaning of their flag and hand gesture!!

~~September 25, 2014~~ 

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It’s become a symbol that’s hard to ignore this summer: The black flag with white Arabic writing flown by ISIS, the militant group in Iraq and Syria that calls itself the Islamic State.

The flag has shown up everywhere — from images posted online by the militants to the suburbs of New Jersey.

But just what are the origins of this flag?


The flag is often called the Black Standard or the Black Banner. “The black banner of Islam as an idea goes back to the 8th century, when the Second Dynasty of Islam came to power with black banners,” says Jonathan Bloom, a professor of Islamic Art at Boston College.

The white writing that you see at the top of the flag is the first half of an Islamic phrase called the shahada, or declaration of faith, which reads: “There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God.”

The entire shahada is found on many different flags throughout the Islamic world, including the official state flag of Saudi Arabia. But the appropriation of this phrase by ISIS twists the meaning of the Islamic principle, according to Bloom.


“Their use of this phrase is sending very much the wrong message,” he says. “If we all accept that this is what this message means, they are co-opting something that has brought millions of people over thousands of years great comfort and solace and meaning in their lives.”

Another appropriated symbol on the flag is the white circle at its center, which contains the second part of the shahada: “Muhammad is the Messenger of God.” It’s meant to represent the official seal of the Prophet Muhammad, but Blooms says scholars have long debated what that seal actually looked like.

The two Arabic phrases, the black color of the flag and even the ancient looking font of the Arabic all work to evoke an image of the historical Islamic caliphate, the massive state that ISIS claims to have resurrected.

“In effect,” Bloom says,” they’re saying we’re going back to this earlier time.”

ISIS militants are also using a new hand gesture. 


~~ISIS has a new hand sign~~

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The Islamic State militants, known as ISIS, are now using a single, raised index finger as the symbol of their cause. It’s a well-known sign of power and victory around the world, but for ISIS, it has a more sinister meaning.

Nathaniel Zelinsky writes in Foreign Affairs that the gesture refers to the tawhid, “the belief in the oneness of God and a key component of the Muslim religion.” More specifically, though, it refers to their fundamentalist interpretation of the tawhid, which rejects any other view, including other Islamic interpretations, as idolatry.

Zelinsky writes that when ISIS uses the gesture, it is affirming an ideology that demands the destruction of the West, as well as any form of pluralism.

For potential recruits around the globe, it also shows their belief that they will dominate the world.



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~~What Does The ISIS Flag Mean?~~

Black Flags Of Jihad Explained

~~Published on Aug 29, 2014~~

(This information appears on the YouTube description)

ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other Jihadist groups all seem to have the same variations of the same flag. What do these Black Flags of Jihad mean? Are they as violent as we think, or do they represent something more benign?

CORRECTION: The black in Egypt’s flag at 1:02 does not represent the black of Muhammad, but symbolizes the end of the oppression of the people of Egypt at the hands of the Monarchy and British colonialism.


We STILL are ONE!! 


11 thoughts on “ISIS …. meaning of their flag and hand gesture!!

  1. I would like to leave you a very well written derogatory comment about this post, but I realize you are sharing other’s thoughts on the ISIS topic. I will say this, Rexi, when I see posts like this on American citizen blogs it frustrates me a bit, because it is hard to want to understand the ideas behind a terrorist group. I hold nothing against you personally, I get it, but its hard to watch for me. You might not think that you can become a target of anything but I fear you just opened the season because there will be searches done about ISIS and your blog will be indexed and appear.

    On a positive note, I appreciate, I always do, all the information you share here since much of it I would probably never see otherwise. Please don’t hold this comment, in part or in its entirety, against me, my intent was not to offend you or your readers in any way at all. I read your blog and consider you my friend because you see the world with a big heart, which is a very rare thing to find in people these days.

    If you choose to delete this comment I will fully understand, no worries my friend Rexi, no worries.


    • My dear, dear friend! There’s no intention of offending anyone with this post. My intention most of all is educational. There’s no intention whatsoever to make light of this or “paint” these terrorist in any positive light. I abhor them and their actions. Please educate me more. If you want to, use FB inbox. I would appreciate that.
      I don’t want to delete your comment first of all because I respect and care about you. And secondly because there are other points of view.

      Again, please tell me more. Most importantly, again this post is written to education.
      I appreciate your comment about my “big heart”. It means a lot to me. Hoping to hear from you soon.
      Hugs always, dear friend.


    • If you feel this post is offensive, inaccurate, incorrect and hurts the sensibilities of some readers, please let me know.
      There are things that are more important to me that a post on a blog. I really mean this …..


    • I value your input and your friendship a lot. Please know that …. I’m open, matter of fact, I’m requesting more input from you, if you don’t mind. You were there, I wasn’t. Please, again, educate me.


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