February 8, 2013 Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 926

Salafi-Jihadis In Jordan Stage 'Martyrs' Weddings' To Attract Youth To Jihad

February 8, 2013 | By L. Barkan*
Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 926

The forces fighting against Assad's regime in Syria include foreigners who have come to take part in the uprising alongside the Syrian rebels. Among them are members of Jordan's Salafi-jihadi movement, which, according to its senior leaders, has so far dispatched some 250 fighters to Syria.[1] As one means of encouraging Jordanian youths to join its ranks and adopt the ideology of jihad and martyrdom, the Salafi-jihadi movement stages "martyrs' weddings" for fighters killed in Syria, based on the Islamic belief that every martyr is rewarded with 72 black-eyed virgin brides in Paradise....

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