A poem purportedly penned by a now-imprisoned American-born jihadist has re-emerged and reveals a decidedly sexual slant to radical Islamist propaganda tactics.
According to the New York Post, Pittsburgh-born Tarek Mehanna wrote the sexually charged verses to his friend Ahmad Abousamra, a man now believed to be the ISIS public relations man after he fled the US with the FBI on his tail in 2006.
The poem titled Make Martyrdom What You Seek promises 'the Ultimate Prize' for taking a bullet to the heart: 72 untouched virgins.
'Your bargain with your Lord,' Mehanna supposedly wrote, 'is finally complete.'
If Mehanna is still writing his poetry, it's from a jail cell.
However, the friend he may have helped inspire to become a major threat to the United States remains at large.
Abousamra was indicted in 2009 after taking multiple trips to Pakistan and Yemen, where he attempted to obtain military training for the purpose of killing American soldiers overseas, the FBI said.
He also traveled to Iraq in the hope of joining forces fighting against the United States, but the exact nature of his activities there is unknown, the FBI said.
Now, the FBI believes the American-citizen has joined with ISIS to use his computer skills to spread the extremist group's dangerous propaganda.
Propaganda that no doubt makes promises similar to the ones in his old friend Mehanna's poem.
'Make Martyrdom What You Seek'
The bullets hit your hearts like the stings of a bee
You fall on your face as all you can see,
Are the Gardens so wide when you’re put in the ground
You’ve been searching for years and now you have found,
The Ultimate Prize, so sacred, so sweet
Your bargain with your Lord is finally complete,
Because you are all martyrs without fear or grief
Who gave all you had for your precious belief,
You promised Him your souls and He promised you much more
Now you can enjoy what He’s kept in store,
An endless reward for those who stood by
The covenant they made that towards death they would fly,
While graves burn the sinners and squeeze them so tight
You’re shown your places in the Garden, so spacious and bright,
On the Day when Great Terror shall steal all their words
Your souls will rest in the hearts of green birds,
Under the Great Throne with beauty beyond measure
At you ar-Rahmaan laughs, expressing His Pleasure,
Sufficient is this as a heavenly prize
But prepared for you is that never before seen by the eyes,
On your head is placed a crown, one jewel of which is worth
More than all of the jewels contained in this Earth,
You are brought to a gathering with companions so beautiful
The Prophets, the righteous and those who were truthful,
Al-Firdaws, where those of the Right Hand shall meet
Where the soil is white musk, so smooth and so sweet,
You scoop up a handful and throw it in the air
You are relaxed by the rivers flowing everywhere,
Water, milk and honey gushing forth non-stop
So thick and delicious you want to devour each drop,
You drink so much you almost end up falling
Into the flowing current, then you hear voices calling,
You turn and behold! The voices are singing
Coming from Maidens so fair and enchanting,
These are the Hoorees with round and firm chests
Pure untouched virgins, they’re better than the best,
Seventy-two in all, with large eyes of dark hue
Each one created especially for you,
They call out your name asking where you are
But to their disappointment, from the battles you are far,
Your heart is intoxicated by the pleasures of this life
Fear (of death) has wounded your manhood like a sharp knife,
A knife sharpened by the callers to Hell’s every door
Who pulled the sword from your hand and threw it to the floor,
And given you women, children and money instead
Convincing you ‘this is better than ending up dead,’
But no! They are alive, rejoicing and provided for!
When asked what they desire, they will answer no more!
So be from the cream of this heavenly crop!
Shake off your fear and let your doubts drop!
Pick up the sword and grab your horse’s reins tight!
Throw off your armor and jump into the fight!
Make your path be none other than Islaam’s high peak
Whose mountain is climbled by making death what you seek!