Islamic State Flag Meaning: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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As the Islamic State continues to spread throughout Iraq and Syria, news stations have been airing the black flag that the terrorist militia has adopted. What does the flag mean?

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1. It’s Known as the ‘Black Standard’



The Islamic State flag is historically known as the “Black Banner” or “Black Standard.”
There have been multiple versions throughout history.
Its earliest incarnation can be traced to the advent of Islam in 7th century C.E., where Muhammad allegedly spread his teachings under the Black Standard. He adopted this banner custom from the ancient Romans, who conquered the world under the Aquila, or eagle, banner.
Mohammed may have even adopted the eagle name, as early accounts of his conquest cite that he referred to his banner as “the banner of the eagle” also.
As various sects of Islam developed throughout the coming centuries, the Black Standard began to stand for various eschatological ideologies.
Today it is mostly identified with extremist Sunnism and jihadism.

2. The Arabic Text is Called the ‘Shahada’



The above Arabic text seen on the Islamic State flag is that of an Islamic creed called the Shahada, which translates to “testimony.” The testimony confirms that Islam is a monotheistic religion and that Muhammad was its one true prophet.
According to Wikipedia, the Shahada directly translates to:

There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God.

The Shahada is the most commonly used statement of faith for Muslims, and in Sunnism it is the first Pillar of the Five Pillars of Islam. The other four are:

2. Salat: ritual prayer five times a day
3. Zakat: giving 2.5% of one’s savings to the poor and needy
4. Sawm: fasting and self-control during the holy month of Ramadan
5. Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime if one is able

3. The Symbol is the ‘Seal of Muhammad’

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Below the Shahada is the Seal of Muhammad, or the Khatam an-Nabiyyin.
It is alleged to be a relic of the founder of Islam, although its authenticity has been debated. (Similar to the Shroud of Turin.)
Regardless of its authenticity, the Seal of Muhammad was adopted by jihadists for use on flags in 2006.
Their design of the seal is based on sealed letters of Muhammad’s to the Heads-of-State, which were allegedly found in Ottoman era transcripts of Muhammad’s letters. (See below.)


Like the Seal of Muhammad, the Letters-to-the-Heads-of-State’s authenticity is highly debatable.

4. The Flag Plays Into ‘End of Days’ Eschatology



In Islamic apocrypha, the Black Standard plays into Armageddon stories as the heralding flag of the Mahdi, or the prophesied redeemer of Islam.
There is no mention of the Mahdi in Quran, but stories say that the Mahdi‘s coming is supposed to coincide with the second-coming of Jesus.

5. The Main Goal of the Mahdi is to Establish an Islamic State



The Mahdi is storied to be the leader of the war against the anti-Christ, and with a company of chosen men will lead a war against him and his army in one, apocryphal battle. After beating the anti-Christ, Jesus will return.

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  1. #4 & 5 say completely different things. #4 Mahdi and J man together fight the Anti-Christ. #5 says the Mahdi defeats A.C. THEN J man returns…

      • Care…..because to do otherwise is foolish. This “religion”….this “flag” represent a cancer that is “growing inside and outside, it’s own borders” If it is “ignored” it will destroy everything around it, and the only thing left….will be this “cancer” They are, I believe, the enemy the BIBLE speaks of. They will be defeated (by Jesus Christ) the one true Savior, but it will be at great cost to the rest of the world……a world you are part of. They are the representatives of the “Anti-Christ” They rule with the sword…..but they will also die by it~ The true Savior Jesus Christ will destroy them~

        • Brenda says: This “religion”….this “flag” represent a cancer that is “growing inside and outside, it’s own borders” If it is “ignored” it will destroy everything around it, and the only thing left…will be this “cancer” . . . . ** So Brenda… your talking about the CANCER of Christianity ?… Uh Right? Because looking back at history…. This so called ISIS hasn’t even come close to the SICK SHIT Christians have done …” in the name of God ” I mean… Christians got so DEPRAVED for a while there… the damn History Books called it ” THE DARK AGES “. . And why stop there? If ya think ISIS has the Patent on ” Either you Switch to MY RELIGION… or we will Cut your throat…” Christians had the same Guy running Their Membership Drive . Christians just threw a little Politics in on top of that… and called it ” The Spanish Inquisition Although.. I think I would prefer to having my Throat quickly Cut… that being ‘Burned at the Stake ‘…. or all those “Other’ S & M Toys those Sicko Christian Priests came up with to make one “Switch”…. and even if you did join “Their Team”… that was No Guarantee they wouldnt “DO YA” anyway… Just to get their Rocks off that day! Of course I have to admit… they did tone it down as the year progressed….. and just ‘stuck’ to raping little Boys that were left in ” Father Doyles Loving Care”…
          . . . Makes me kinda SNICKER that even TODAY … Christians have the BALLS to call Muhammad a Pedophile… At least that WAS part of their heritage for thousands of years… to take Young Wives. At LEAST Muhammad stayed with the uh ….The … uh…. (. . . How do the Christians say it…?…)… Oh yea… “FAMILY VALUES” and stuck with FEMALES! Go get a MIRROR Brenda… and hold that BITCH over your shoulder FIRST. I LOVE the way Christians just seem to forget about THEIR HISTORY!!! . . LOLOLOL . . . What a bunch of DROOLERS!
          ALL YOU RELIGIOUS NUTJOBS need to GTF Off what use to be a fairly peaceful planet,,,, MY PLANET !!! Till this CARTOON RELIGION showed up!! Yea… My Invisible GUY ina SKY… can kick your Invisible GUY ina Skys ASS! HA!. . . . GTFOH

          • Have you not read in the scriptures that MANY false religions have gone out into the world, preaching that Jesus is the Christ and deceiving the many. It’s up to the true Christians of the world to examine what is said by the many, and searching the scriptures DAILY to see if the things they are saying is true. Brenda is SO correct in her post and everyone better listen to her!!!

          • wow! and your point is? that what ISIS doing is fine? because its been done before by Christians? your really one shit sick bastard. please see a specialist immediately

    • Right. But their”Jesus” is not the Jesus of the Bible…their pseudo-jesus is predicted to worship the Mahdi, and convince Jews and Christians that they have been wrong all along,assert that Islam is the only true religion…and the preside over the annihilation of any and all”infidels that refuse to convert.

  2. They are free to believe what they will. They are not at liberty {for the moment] to brutally spread the {BLOODWORD} of Mohammed in the heinous manner they are presently committing. My limited understanding of the Koran seems to be akin to humanitarian treatment of all of GODS creatures. Chauvanism is a psychological disorder and not a God given right to be a cowardly murderous hater of anyrhing a LUNATIC imam says.about fighting for Islam. True Islamics do I know abhor these Funda[MENTAL]ist ideologies.

  3. I wish the authors if this article had consulted some scholars. it is not entirely wrong, but neither is it entirely accurate. The anti-Christ, for example will be killed by Christ himself. There are also many other quasi-facts in this article.

  4. Nice job fuck wad. I didn’t want History Lesson. I just wanted to know what it means in English. I care how it got there on a black flag. Translate, Save your history lessons for your Mosques.


  5. I wish we could all find common ground and embrace the ‘greater good’. I believe all we have to do is follow the trail of heads to find the antichrist. That is what the book of Revelation says. I really want to understand this. Peace to all.

    • Well then…. Do you realize that The Goat Fuckers are grabbing a Whole Lotta ground…. AND Inductees fro the Path of Destruction the Americans left while over there…. and with every Bomb America drops… they may kill 10 … 20 ISIS soldiers… but 50 to 100 more take their place. These people are FUCKING PISSED OFF! Forget about the Goddamn religion… America Murdered 250,000 INNOCENT Iraqis & Afghans during that 11 year campaign. THOSE ARE THE FACTS! And the last Bombs we dropped in Baghdad were Loaded up with DEPLETED URANIUM…. ANOTHER FACT!. . . GOOGLE IT Kids. This is called “SLOW GENOCIDE”! Yea…. Like ANY God would be on Either side in This INSANITY! If their WAS a GOD… you people INSULT him Daily to think HE would have a hand in YOUR Annihilation of the Planet. —▶ It Amazes me how people Fight for Their GODS…. By Destroying Everything Their GODS Created !! ◀—
      That just doesnt seem right. Seems to me your just Pissing YOUR GODS OFF !! And its NOT what YOUR GODS Said. WWJD. . . . WWAD, , , ????

      • Transient,if we are mocking God for destroying the planet,then what are you guys doing?praising him by annihiliating and slaughtering humankind right?i can see you have been decieved so way up and seriously sick in the brain

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  7. These Islamic militants are the goats for the ascension of the Beast. The disciple John mentioned an anti-Christ in his Books relevant to his general time but in exile on Patmos he made no mention of an anti-Christ when addressing end-times. The spirit of anti-christ was embodied in and around Caesar Nero and focus on it today is deception. The pushing of an anti-Christ is most prevalent in western media inorder to distract from the true identity of the Beast with two horns like a lamb that speaks like a dragon. The culture of Babylon also rides on the back of the Beast. These Mahdi as they are called or Islamic state are being used by the Beast to establish it’s global control with the excuse of never-ending war. Beheading is high profile now and will be used by the Beast to execute all who will not bow to it’s decree. Jesus Christ is the liberator and emancipator of all who follow Him.

  8. I think it translates into….. ” All people who dont believe in “Da Boogie Man” .. and “Da Cartoon Guy Ina Sky”… RUN! HIDE!… You might live thru this Fuckin INSANITY.”
    But I doubt it. The Human race is going to be ANNIHILATED by a COMIC BOOK VILLAIN ! …. ( … or Hero…. whatever! Does it even Matter?)…. If its Soooo Goddamn GREAT up there on “Big Rock Candy Mountain”… . . . . why the HELL are all these Religious people hanging onto the Damn Curb by their finger nails.. . . . and spending EVERY DIME THEY HAVE… to STAY HERE! ??. . (¬_¬) .? . …You do know… Like Robin Williams said in “Good Morning Vietnam” movie…. ** THATS NOT GOING TO LOOK GOOD ON A RESUME’ **. . . “ಠ̮̮̃̾ಠ“ …. To ANY GOD ! . . ¯\(ツ)/¯
    ….. (… Not a real good look for your Membership Drives either…. In just sayin…. ¯\(◢ ︿ ◣)/¯ . . . What a bunch of DROOLERS!!….. —▶ HERE’S YOUR BIB ◀— (◐๑◑) . . SHEESH!

  9. All people following a religion of any variety are deaply misguided porley educated morons, who will, as we all will, end up as food for the worms. These cretins will just make the short time we are all granted more miserable because of their sad misguided views, along with their need to justify and reinforce these beliefs, in an attempt to mitigate their own fear of death, unfortunately no matter how illogical these views are…. As a devout atheist my only sadness is that when they are all bumps in the sand there will be no further suffering dished out to these idiots in the ‘after life’ they so desperately hope for.

    • “All people following a religion of any variety are deaply misguided porley educated morons, who will, as we all will, end up as food for the worms. These cretins will just make the short time we are all granted more miserable……” Lets break this down. We’re dumb for believing in a higher power, yet you spell poorly “porley” What you don’t even have a spell check? If you’re going to talk shit about people’s intelegence, you should first make sure you spell correctly so you don’t come across as “poorly educated….” Ops! Too late. Secondly, “….the short time we are granted…..”. Who granted us anything if there is no God? Something that doesn’t exist can’t grant, give, or take anything from you. Your words not mine. ADVICE: “Better not to speak and be thought a fool, than to speak and be known a fool. Cheers.

      • If you’re going to offer critique on spelling you ought to make sure you are as perfect as you demand others to be. Otherwise you come across as obnoxious and lacking ‘intelegence’.

  10. Repent and be baptized for the Kingdom of Heaven is near and let it be known to all that is Jesus Christ that sits on the throne, There is no one beside him.

  11. if you guys care so much I dare you to go over there an fight , go find for yourself what all the fuss is over.

  12. There is no god but God, Jesus (the Anointed One) Christ is the begotten Son of God. There is no other. Jesus is Lord. Period. Stop the murder.

  13. I find it incredibly interesting to see, quite plainly, the way Christianity and Muslim play off and truly need each other.

    I can’t imagine a better example than this flag and what it represents.

    Christians and Muslims: why would you hate each other when you believe the same thing? One God.

    Both faiths even go so far as to acknowledge the others prophets. Both are based in Judaic faiths and predate the Jews going back to Abraham. Both believe Jesus existed. Both believe Muhammed existed. They tend to disagree on who is more important in the past but both quite clearly agree that the Messiah, Jesus, will change the world when he returns.

    I find all this hatred and anger sad and disgusting.

  14. Every time this flan, banner or group of 2 or more rag heads is sighted… drop a bob on them… send a relatives body parts to anyone in that group.. put the fear of god in all of them.