Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Martyrdom Seekers of Kabul: Afghan Taliban Video Released with Arabic Subtitles

In a fairly rapid turn-around (assuming that they were not produced simultaneously), Al-Hijrat [The Emigration], a media outlet affiliated with the Afghan Taliban, has released an Arabic-subtitled version of its video "The Martyrdom Seekers of Kabul" about four Taliban members who were killed while carrying out attacks in the Afghan capital. The first video, in Pashtu, was released last week. The video is a good example of the "martyrdom" video testaments/wills released by jihadi and Muslim insurgent groups such as the Taliban. "Hijrah/t" refers to the Prophet Muhammad's emigration from his native Mecca to Medina in order to escape his enemies.

The "martyrs" were identified in the video as:

(1) Hajji Mullah [one who has made Hajj & preacher/scholar] Mas'ud "Ghaznawi" [one from Ghazni, an Afghan province]

(2) Mullah MuhammadRayhan

(3) Hafiz [one who has memorized the Qur'an] 'Ali "Batar"

(4) Mullah Nijat "'Ammar"

*Taliban members, particularly now, often use the title "mullah," which translates roughly to a preacher or religious scholar, whether or not they have actually received formal religious education.

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