British mother jailed for joining ISIS shares 'mindset for success'

ISIS fanatic turns Towie-obsessed wannabe influencer after becoming the first to be jailed for travelling to Syria to join terror group

  • Tareena Shakil shared her ‘motivation mindset for success’ with her followers

A British mother who was jailed after travelling to Syria to join ISIS before rebranding herself as an influencer has told her followers that ‘failure doesn’t scare me’.

Tareena Shakil, who was dubbed the ‘TOWIE jihadi’ due to her love of reality TV shows, took to TikTok this week to share her what she calls her ‘motivation mindset for success’.

The influencer told her followers that she will ‘get everything I have ever wanted’, alleging she lives her life under the belief that determination yields success. 

Ms Shakil became the first British woman to be jailed for joining ISIS after she returned to the UK from Syria. She subsequently claimed she ‘regretted everything’ and was ‘taken advantage of’ by online groomers.

She was convicted of being a member of IS and encouraging terrorism. She was also jailed for six years after detectives concluded she still posed a ‘serious risk’.

Tareena Shakil, a British mother who was jailed after travelling to Syria to join ISIS before rebranding herself as an influencer, has told her followers that ‘failure doesn’t scare me’. She is pictured dduring an influencer photoshoot in Manchester

Three days ago, sporting leggings, a black jacket and stylish sunglasses, Ms Shakil posted a video she tagged as being her ‘motivation mindset’, ‘success mindset’ and ’empowerment’

Ms Shakil has gained hundreds of followers on Instagram and TikTok after styling herself as a fashion guru. She is pictured during a photoshoot in Manchester

Shakil, (pictured) from Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, was photographed in Syria wearing an Isis balaclava and posing with an AK-47

Ms Shakil has gained hundreds of followers on Instagram and TikTok after styling herself as a fashion guru.

Her account, named That girl Tam Tam, regularly posts selfies with the hashtags ‘fashion blogger’, ‘style inspiration’ and ‘London Fashion’.

The majority of her snaps are taken in the UK, but pictures have also been shared on the account from Milan and Barcelona within the last year.

Three days ago, sporting leggings, a black jacket and stylish sunglasses, Ms Shakil posted a video she tagged as being her ‘motivation mindset’, ‘success mindset’ and ’empowerment’.

‘I will get everything I have ever wanted’, she told her followers. ‘Not because I am lucky. But because I don’t quit, I explore all options and failure doesn’t scare me.’

She added: ‘I also couldn’t care less what ppl (sic) think. You should also have this mindset.’ 

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Her account, named That girl Tam Tam, regularly posts selfies with the hashtags ‘fashion blogger’, ‘style inspiration’ and ‘London Fashion’

‘I will get everything I have ever wanted’, Ms Shakil told her followers three days ago. ‘Not because I am lucky. But because I don’t quit, I explore all options and failure doesn’t scare me’


Ms Shakil became the first British woman to be jailed for joining ISIS after she returned to the UK from Syria. She subsequently claimed she ‘regretted everything’ and was ‘taken advantage of’ by online groomers 

Ms Shakil, a former healthcare worker, was 26 when she told her family she was taking her son on a Turkish beach holiday in 2014.

But using her student loan to fund the trip, she instead crossed the border into Syria and headed for Raqqa, a stronghold of Islamic State in Syria.

She was photographed in Syria wearing an Isis balaclava, along with her son, and posing with an AK-47. She also used Twitter rants to encourage others to join the fight.

But Ms Shakil fled the country in 2015 and was arrested as she landed back at Heathrow Airport via a flight from Turkey.

She told police and jurors at her trial in 2016 that she had been kidnapped and forced to pose by Isis. But Judge Melbourne Inman described her defence as ‘lie after lie’, and said she had ’embraced IS’ and was ‘willing to become a martyr’. 

Detectives believe she wed an IS fighter in Syria, but the marriage quickly turned sour.

She was later jailed for six years after being convicted of being a member of IS and encouraging terrorism.

Passing sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, Mr Justice Inman said: ‘Most alarmingly, you took your toddler son to Syria knowing how he would be used.’

Tareena Shakil was nicknamed the ‘ Towie jihadi’ when it emerged that the fan of reality TV shows such as The Only Way Is Essex had fled to the Middle East in 2014 

Ms Shakil became the first British woman to be jailed for joining ISIS after she returned to the UK from Syria. Pictured: A deleted image recovered from a phone allegedly used by Ms Shakil showing her posing with an AK47 assault rifle

Ms Shakil seen on CCTV at East Midlands Airport with her toddler before the pair boarded a flight to Turkey en route to Syria

Though he said it was clear that she had been ‘radicalised’, she had shown no remorse and had actively ‘embraced Isis’ knowing her son’s future would be as a fighter for the group.

She was released having served less than half her sentence in 2018 after undergoing a deradicalisation programme.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in December 2021: ‘I regret every last thing about running away to Syria with my child and I live with those consequences every day.

‘I’ve been educated about things that IS would say that were not true, it’s been a long journey and along the way I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of different people, including imams in prison and mentors outside.’

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