Apparently, yes, this is for real. The Daily Mail is reporting that Al-Qaeda has launched a Cosmo-style lady mag called Al-Shamikha (the Majestic Woman) that “mixes beauty and fashion tips with advice on suicide bombings.” Because a girl’s got to get her face on before she engages in terrorism?
The 31-page glossy reportedly contains features like interviews with martyrs’ wives, advice for single gals on how to score a “mujahideen,” a beauty column that advises women to stay inside with their faces covered to ensure a clear complexion, and one piece cautions readers against “towelling too forcibly.”
Al-Qaeda’s rationale for their latest publication? According to the Mail the issue states, “Because women constitute half of the population–and one might even say that they are the population since they give birth to the next generation–the enemies of Islam are bent on preventing the Muslim woman from knowing the truth about her religion and her role, since they know all too well what would happen if women entered the field of jihad…The nation of Islam needs women who know the truth about their religion and about the battle and its dimensions and know what is expected of them.”
And, you know, that all mixed in with advice on how to find a guy and keeping your face pimple-free.