Dabiq (magazine)

Dabiq (Arabic: دابق) was an online magazine used by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for Islamic radicalisation[1] and recruitment.[2] It was first published in July 2014 in a number of different languages (including English). Dabiq itself states the magazine is for the purposes of unitarianism, truth-seeking, migration, holy war and community (tawhid, manhaj, hijrah, jihad and jama'ah respectively).

The English language edition of Dabiq's first issue "The Return of Khilafah".
CategoriesOnline magazine for propaganda
FrequencyVariable; on average, one issue was published every 54 days
PublisherAl Hayat Media Center
FounderIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Year founded2014
First issueJuly 5, 2014 (2014-07-05)
Final issue
31 July 2016
CountrySyria, Iraq
Based inRaqqa
LanguageArabic, English, German, French


Dabiq was published by ISIL via the deep web, although it was widely available online through other sources.[3][4][5][6] The first issue carried the date "Ramadan 1435" in the Islamic Hijri calendar.[2] According to the magazine, its name was taken from the town of Dabiq in northern Syria, which is mentioned in a hadith about Armageddon.[7] ISIL believes Dabiq is where Muslim and infidel forces will eventually face each other.[2][8] After the crusader forces' defeat, the apocalypse will begin.[9] Every issue of Dabiq contained a quote attributed to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: "The spark has been lit here in Iraq, and its heat will continue to intensify –by Allah's permission- until it burns the crusader armies in Dabiq".[10]

Harleen K. Gambhir of the Institute for the Study of War considered that while al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's magazine Inspire focuses on encouraging its readers to carry out lone-wolf attacks on the West, Dabiq was more concerned with establishing the religious legitimacy of ISIL and its self-proclaimed caliphate, and encouraging Muslims to emigrate there.[11] In its October 2014 issue, an article outlined religious justifications for slavery and praised its revival.[1][12][13][14][15]

ISIL has used its Dabiq magazine to express its strong opposition to groups including Christians,[16][17][18][19] Jews,[20][21][22][23] Hindus,[24][25] Shia Muslims[26][27][28][29] and the Muslim Brotherhood.[30][31][32][33]

In September 2016, ISIL replaced Dabiq with another online magazine, Rumiyah (Arabic for Rome), published in English and other languages. Analysts speculated this was due to ISIL being driven out of the town of Dabiq by the Turkish Military and Syrian Rebels in October 2016. The new title refers to an Islamic prophecy about the fall of Rome.[34][35][36][37]


IssueCover title[n 1]Date (Hijri)[n 2] Date (Gregorian)Publication frequency[n 3]
"The Return of Khilafah"Ramadan 1435 5 July 2014
"The Flood"Ramadan 1435 27 July 201422
"A Call to Hijrah"Shawwal 1435 10 September 201445
"The Failed Crusade"Dhul-Hijjah 1435 11 October 201431
"Remaining and Expanding"Muharram 1436 21 November 201441
"Al Qa'idah of Waziristan: A Testimony from Within"Rabi' Al-Awwal 1436 29 December 201438
"From Hypocrisy to Apostasy: The Extinction of the Grayzone"Rabi'Al-Akhir 1436 12 February 201545
"Shari'ah Alone Will Rule Africa"Jumada al-Akhirah 1436 30 March 201546
"They Plot and Allah Plots"Sha'ban 1436 21 May 201552
"The Law of Allah or the Laws of Men"Ramadan 1436 13 July 201553
"From the Battles of Al-Ahzāb to the War of Coalitions"Dhul Qa'Dah 1436 9 September 201527
"Just Terror"Safar 1437 18 November 2015101
"The Rafidah from Ibn Saba' to the Dajjal"Rabi'Al-Akhir 1437 19 January 201662
"The Murtadd Brotherhood"Rajab 1437 13 April 201685
"Break the Cross"Shawwal 1437 31 July 2016109


  1. English-language cover titles
  2. Islamic Hijri calendar, used by Dabiq
  3. Days from previous edition

See also


  1. Salma Abdelaziz, "ISIS states its justification for the enslavement of women", CNN, October 13, 2014
  2. Fraser, Giles (10 October 2014). "To Islamic State, Dabiq is important – but it's not the end of the world". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  3. Battaglino, Niccolò (2015-10-18). "Da Inspire a Dabiq, Ecco Come Nascono i Magazine Jihadisti". Smartweek.it. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  4. Masi, Alessandria (2015-10-06). "ISIS Propaganda Magazine Dabiq For Sale On Amazon, Gets Taken Down". International Business Times. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  5. "Jihadology Dabiq issues", Jihadology, 2016-07-31, retrieved 2019-25-04 Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. Bigelow, William (2015-11-16). "Paris Attacks Mastermind Brags About Escaping "Crusader Intelligence"". Vocativ. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  7. "Dabiq: What Islamic State's New Magazine Tells Us about Their Strategic Direction, Recruitment Patterns and Guerrilla Doctrine". The Jamestown Foundation. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  8. McCoy, Terrence (16 September 2014). "The apocalyptic magazine the Islamic State uses to recruit and radicalize foreigners". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  9. "What ISIS Really Wants". The Atlantic. Retrieved November 22, 2015
  10. "Islamic State and the Others". raqqa-sl.com. July 1, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  11. "Dabiq: The Strategic Messaging of the Islamic State" (PDF). Institute for the Study of War. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  12. Reuters, "Islamic State Seeks to Justify Enslaving Yazidi Women and Girls in Iraq", Newsweek, 10-13-2014
  13. Athena Yenko, "Judgment Day Justifies Sex Slavery Of Women – ISIS Out With Its 4th Edition Of Dabiq Magazine" Archived 2014-10-18 at the Wayback Machine, International Business Times-Australia, October 13, 2014
  14. Allen McDuffee, "ISIS Is Now Bragging About Enslaving Women and Children", The Atlantic, Oct 13 2014
  15. Richard Spencer, "Thousands of Yazidi women sold as sex slaves 'for theological reasons', says Isil", The Daily Telegraph, 13 Oct 2014.
  16. "Islamic State's position on Christians". BBC News. February 27, 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  17. Bacchi, Umberto (13 October 2014). "International Business Times: Isis magazine Dabiq Threatens 'Rome Crusaders' Flying Islamic State Flag at Vatican on Front Cover". International Business Times. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  18. Steinbuch, Yaron (14 October 2014). "ISIS: 'The whole world will be an Islamic state'". The New York Post. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  19. Reed, Jay (12 March 2016). "Has ISIS set its sights on occupying the Vatican?". Newsweek. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  20. "ISIL says its flag will wave over Jerusalem and Saudi Arabia". Al Bawaba. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  21. Selmon, Lev (30 August 2014). "Islamic State vows to reach 'Palestine' and 'kill the barbaric Jews'". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  22. Gryboski, Michael (17 September 2014). "ISIS' Apocalyptic Magazine Vows to Attack Israel, US Troops as It Conquers Persia, Rome and Arab States". Christian Post. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  23. Comerford, Milo (20 April 2016). "Why are Jihadis targeting Christians?". Newsweek. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  24. Dhyani, Harshita (14 April 2016). "ISIS planning two-pronged attack on India, target Hindus: Dabiq". Newsaura.
  25. "'Hindus need to be targeted in mass numbers in India,' says militant in Islamic State magazine - Firstpost". Firstpost. 14 April 2016.
  26. Calderwood, Imogen (22 January 2016). "ISIS declares war on....Muslims: Latest edition of terror group's magazine calls for Shiites to be targeted". Daily Mail. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  27. Chiaramonte, Perry (21 January 2016). "New issue of ISIS magazine Dabiq calls for war on ... Muslims". Fox News. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  28. O'Brien, Zoie (22 January 2016). "Now ISIS declares war on other Muslims: Sickening threat over 'hidden Shiite war'". Daily Express. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  29. Mamanglu-Regala, Shianee (23 January 2016). "ISIS declares war on enemy worse than West — its fellow Muslims belonging to Shia sect". Christian Today. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  30. Dearden, Lizzie (13 April 2016). "Isis threatens Europe with further terrorist attacks while celebrating 'blessed' Brussels bombings". The Independent. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  31. "Daesh calls Muslim Brotherhood 'apostate'". PressTV. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  32. Hearst, David (21 April 2016). "It's open season on the Muslim Brotherhood". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  33. "Islamic State slams 'apostate' Muslim Brotherhood in new magazine". Middle East Eye. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  34. Robin Wright (2016-12-02). "After the Islamic State". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  35. "Town of Dabiq falls to Turkish-backed forces". The long War Journal. 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  36. Kim Sengupta. "Isis indoctrinating children to plan attacks on Big Ben, Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  37. "The Virtual Caliphate: ISIS'S Information Warfare" (PDF). Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
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