Qaeda magazine offers beauty tips, bombing advice

Magazine aims to educate women, involve them in war against foes of Islam.

Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 11:06 AM IST

London: Al Qaeda has launched a magazine for women that not only offers beauty and fashion tips but also gives advice on suicide bombings.

The front cover of the glossy magazine, called `Jihad Cosmo`, features the barrel of a sub-machine gun next to a picture of a woman in a veil, reports the Daily Mail.

There are exclusive interviews with martyrs` wives, who praise their husbands` decisions to die in suicide attacks.

The slick, 31-page Al-Shamikha magazine - meaning The Majestic Woman - has advice for singletons on ``marrying a mujahideen``.

Readers are told it is their duty to raise children to be mujahideen ready for jihad.

And the ``beauty column`` instructs women to stay indoors with their faces covered to keep a ``clear complexion``.

They should ``not go out except when necessary`` and wear a niqab for ``rewards by complying with the command of Allah Almighty``.

And another article urges readers to give their lives for the Islamist cause.

It advises: ``From martyrdom, the believer will gain security, safety and happiness.``

More traditional content for a women’s magazine includes features on the merits of honey facemasks, etiquette, first aid and why readers should avoid ``towelling too forcibly``.

The first issue’s editorial explains that the magazine’s goal is to educate women and involve them in the war against the enemies of Islam.