The magazine is thought to be the work of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, cleric and al-Qaeda leader who was based in Yemen and killed in a U.S. Drone Strike in September of 2011 (UPDATED). An early editorial by al-Awlaki, entitled May Our Souls Be Sacrificed For You appears in the first issue.
The magazine states that its title comes from a verse in the Qur’an, “Inspire the believers to fight”, and describes itself as “A special gift to the Islamic Nation”. The magazine was first “discovered” online by the SITE Institute. When the first issue of the magazine was initially released, a technical error prevented most of the magazine’s pages from loading properly. An uncorrupted version of the magazine was released a few days later.