Islamic State

Islamic State's Mission Statement

"This Khalifah will have no BORDERS … only FRONTS!"

61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion ...

Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting. No-one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels. There is no excuse for any Muslim not to migrate to the Islamic State ... joining is a duty on every Muslim. We are calling on you either to join or carry weapons [fight] wherever you are.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an audio message made public May 14, 2015

2:191 Kill them wherever you find them ...

"Kill everyone; the evildoers are all targets for us. Don't bother looking for a specific target, just kill them."

Dar al-Islam (Land of War) No. 3 (My translation of an exhortation to believers worldwide published in Islamic State's French language signature magazine.)

Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy) ... " Bukhari 52.220

"Always target areas where crowds gather, like popular tourist spots, shopping centers, synagogues, churches … the goal being to instill fear in their hearts."

Dar al-Islam (Land of War) No. 5

And that is the way it will be until the world is that of bearded men and cloaked females all bowing down before the Almighty Allah.

With the black flag of death flying on so many fronts these days, in what those who fight under that miserable banner hope will lead to an ever expanding slaughter of Allah's enemies and the enslavement and rape of their wives and daughters, do not think of the destroyed lives as that of strangers in a strange land, but as if it were your wives and daughters who were the acreage to be parceled off as fields to be ploughed, and what you would do to stop it.

Beards and Beheadings

The Home Front

A Scriptural Explanation for Islamic State's Resilience

Despite setbacks, Islamic State proves resilient in battle, The New York Times, May 23, 2015

A nation where both young and old are racing to die in the name of God will not be defeated. Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer, spokesman for Islamic State., April 4, 2017

Death, Death, Glorious Dignified Death

3:143 You were yearning for death before you actually met it. Now you have seen it and you are beholding it.

From: A Pitch for Martyrs

The Prophet said, "Nobody who enters Paradise likes to go back to the world even if he got everything on the earth, except a Mujahid who wishes to return to the world so that he may be martyred ten times because of the dignity he receives (from Allah)."

Bukhari 52.72

From: Jihad and the Prophet

Allah wrote in his Koran that a believer could defeat ten unbelievers in battle.

8:65 O Prophet, urge the believers to fight. If there are twenty steadfast men among you, they will defeat two hundred; and if there are a hundred, they will defeat a thousand of the unbelievers, because they are a people who do not understand.

Based on Islamic State's performance in Iraq and Syria, one committed believer can indeed defeat ten unbelievers (in this instance, lesser believers i.e. moderate Muslims and heretics i.e. Shias). Even a badly degraded Islamic State, one steadfast believer will still be able to defeat two unbelievers.

8:66 Now Allah has lightened your burden; He knows that there is a weakness in you. So, if there are a hundred steadfast men among you, they will overcome two hundred; and if there are a thousand men among you, they will overcome two thousand, by Allah’s Leave. Allah is with the steadfast.

And as every believers knows, if the situation gets desperate they can expect reinforcements from on High as was the case at the famous, most talked about battle in the Koran, that of Badr.

8:9 And when you called upon your Lord for help, He answered you: “I will re-enforced you with a thousand angels following one another.”

8:10 Allah did this only as good tidings and that your hearts might be assured thereby. Victory comes from Allah; Allah is indeed Mighty and Wise.

If Allah is indeed on the side of Islamic State, the Iraqis, and Shiites, the Kurds ... don't stand a chance.

More Dead Yazidis

Islamic State: Militants 'kill 300 Yazidi captives' BBC May 2, 2015

On Friday, 80 Yazidi men from the village of Kawju were shot dead by Islamic State holy warriors and their wives and daughters taken, it is speculated, to the city of Tal Afar, a gathering area for foreign fighters.

From Islam's point of view, the women and girls legally belong to the holy warriors who killed their husbands and fathers to do with them what they will, for they are the wives and daughters of unbelievers. This is a powerful enticement for young men to join the Islamic State as many are doing in droves from all over the world.

Can't get a date, join Islamic State and fight and kill for Allah and help yourself to what the Koran says is rightfully yours: the property of unbelievers you kill, which includes their wives and daughters which you can force to marry you or keep as sex-slaves to rape at your leisure.

A reminder of what some young men are dying for.

Breaching the terms of their licence to kill

It has been reported that 500 Yazidi men were killed by Islamic State fighters in the assault on Sinjar and surrounding villages in northwestern Iraq, the homeland of the Yazidis.

According to an eyewitness, some were beheaded, including 15 members of his family, while Yazidi women were hauled away for forced marriages, or perhaps slavery as “war booty".

Yazidis are Kurds who follow a religion derived from Zoroastrianism.

In killing the Yazidi men and enslaving their women holy warriors may be breaching the terms of their licence to kill. The Zoroastrians in the Koran are a people of the book, not the Book, but a book, the Avesta, and people of the Book are to be given the choice of paying a yearly tax or converting. Only after refusing both options are they to be summarily executed.

The New Barbarians at the Gate

Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud city Reuters, March 6

Islamic State video shows militants destroying Iraqi antiquities ... dating back to the 7th century BC, Reuters, Feb 26

Western Civilization survived the Visigoths and their ilk for many were barbarians in name only; not so for the latest incarnation of brutality and ignorance.

Democracy, Liberty Western Art as Blasphemies

The Morning After

Is a sectarian bloodbath in the offing?

Signs point to Iran taking over the ground war in Iraq … In June, when IS forces moved into the Tikrit area, there was an apparent massacre of some 1500 Shia cadets at a former U.S. base known as Camp Speicher … [there are worries] that the Shia forces may take revenge … and that a sectarian bloodbath may result.  Globe and Mail, March 6, 2015

Killing surrounded and surrendered opponents is more of a Sunni tradition going back to the Prophet and the massacre of the Banu Qurayzah and his immediate successor Abu Bakr during the War of the Apostates. While there have already been reported cases of reprisal killings by Shias, I would not expect massacres on the scale of those being committed by Islamic State even if the Koran does sanction retaliation in kind.

2:179 In retaliation there is life for you, O people of understanding, that you may be God-fearing.

Wars Never-Ending

Beheading Your Benefactors

A video has emerged showing the beheadings purportedly of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya. The footage shows a group wearing orange overalls, being forced to the ground and then decapitated. BBC News, Feb 15, 2015

The Coptic Church and Islam go way back. If it wasn't for the Coptic patriarch Muqawqis, a contemporary and admirer of the Prophet, the Muslim conquest of North Africa and Andalusia might have been stymied at the Nile. Islamic State should be beholden to the Copts, not killing them for alleged crimes against Islam.

Is Torching People Allowed Under the Sharia?

Jordan confirms the death of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh after a video published online by Islamic State claims to show him being burned alive. BBC News, Feb 3, 2015

Only God, according to God's Messenger, is allowed to burn people alive. Did Islamic State look to the Prophet's son-in-law for a precedent allowing it to kill the Jordanian pilot in such a horrible manner?

Everything the leader of the Caliphate sanctions must be in accordance with Islamic Law, or he can be deposed by the faithful (usually by assassination) even if he believes his actions to be righteous and good.

The example of the Prophet, and to a lesser extent that of his companions and that would include Ali, along with the Koran form the basis of Islamic law. The Prophet did not sanction the burning of people but his son-in-law was okay with it. Which precedent to follow may be up to the caliph depending on the situation.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle sent us in a mission (i.e. an army-unit) and said, "If you find so-and-so and so-and-so, burn both of them with fire." When we intended to depart, Allah's Apostle said, "I have ordered you to burn so-and-so and so-and-so, and it is none but Allah Who punishes with fire, so, if you find them, kill them."

Bukhari 52.259

Narrated Ikrima:

Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn 'Abbas, who said, "Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, 'Don't punish (anybody) with Allah's Punishment.' No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.'"

Bukhari 52.260

Then again, Islam is very much about repayment in kind. If any of Islamic State's holy warriors were burnt to death by bombs dropped by the Jordanian air force, which is highly unlikely, burning the perpetrator is probably acceptable under Talion law, the law of retaliation, Allah's Law.

Dying To Get Home

An unsubstantiated report out of Britain and quoted in the Globe and Mail, has Islamic State, in the past two months (November, December 2015), executing at least 118 foreign fighters wanting to leave the killing fields of Syria and go home.

Coloured Pens Are So Passé

If you are contemplating traveling to Islamic State's model city of Mosul to study, not to fight, you should be aware that sports and painting have both been banned along with coloured pens. Also, you may want to practice your prayer choreography before leaving.

A portion of a giant poster on the side of a building in Mosul about how to pray correctly.

It may only be a matter of time, if they have not already done so, before Islamic State begins weeding out those who betray their feelings about the Prophet by not performing the prayers exactly as demonstrated by God's martinet of a Messenger. You would not want to be mistaken for one of those, as the punishment under Sharia law can be severe.

Narrated Abdullah bin Masud:

The Prophet recited Suratan-Najm (103) at Mecca and prostrated while reciting it and those who were with him did the same except an old man who took a handful of small stones or earth and lifted it to his forehead and said, "This is sufficient for me."

Later on, I saw him killed as a non-believer.

Bukhari 19.173

Proving Your Loyalty

Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a “profoundly grave sin against God” in Syria and Iraq.

Istanbul, Reuters, Nov 30, 2014

Who's God? Certainly not the God of the Koran!

Someone once described the scriptures of the so-called great monotheistic religions that came out of the Middle East as the Old Testament being about hope, the New Testament about love and Islam about loyalty.

How do you prove your loyalty? By killing the enemies of God, those who will not submit to His Will. This is the awful responsibility taken on by the holy warriors of Islamic State, doing what God would do if He were here –  ridding the world of those who still refuse to bow down after He sent them "the Book which cannot be doubted and is a guidance to the God-fearing (2:2)".

The State of Concubines and Sex Slaves

“One should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar — the infidels — and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah, or Islamic law,”

CNN quoting Islamic State, Oct 14, 2014

State terrorists explained in a new publication their justification for taking women and using them as sex slaves, saying simply that it’s a practice that’s as old as Sharia law — and allowed by Islamic beliefs.

Washington Times Oct 13, 2014

The practice of believers taking concubines and slave-girls from among the wives and daughters whose husbands and fathers they killed pre-dates the Koran. But what others did was illegal.

Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah:

The Prophet said, "I have been given five things which were not given to any one else before me.

1. Allah made me victorious by awe, (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month's journey.

2. The earth has been made for me (and for my followers) a place for praying and a thing to perform Tayammum (dry ablution i.e. washing oneself before prayer using sand or dust if no water available), therefore anyone of my followers can pray wherever the time of a prayer is due.

3. The booty has been made Halal (lawful) for me (and my followers) yet it was not lawful for anyone else before me.

4. I have been given the right of intercession (on the Day of Resurrection).

5. Every Prophet used to be sent to his nation only but I have been sent to all mankind."

Bukhari 7.331

Allah, in revelations telling the believers not to take captives until a sufficient number of unbelievers have been killed acknowledges as much.

8:67 It is not up to any Prophet to take captives except after too much blood is shed (after the enemy is hard hit and subdued) in the land. You desire the fleeting goods of this world, but Allah desires the Hereafter, and Allah is Mighty, and Wise.

8:68 But for a prior ordinance of Allah, you would have been afflicted on account of what you have taken (an ordinance which made it lawful for Muslims to take spoils and captives) by a terrible punishment.

How the lust for booty was almost the believers undoing.

Terrorists as Prisoners of War

A blockbuster trial in Belgium underscores that challenge of dealing with the militant threat, Globe and Mail, Oct 14, 2014

On March 12, 2009, Mohammad Momin Khawaja was convicted of terrorist activity, almost five years after his arrest by Canadian authorities for plotting, with British Islamic extremists, to plant explosives in London nightclubs to shred her Majesty’s unwary subjects by the score for having too much fun (Operation Crevice).

On December 14, 2012 the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed Khawaja's appeal to be considered an enemy combatant and not a terrorist. It is unfortunate that the Court did not accept Khawaja's argument that he is an enemy combatant and by extension so are all those who join or wish to join the likes of Islamic State or al-Qaeda, and when apprehended should be treated like prisoners of war. It would also have been a clear admission that we are at war and that the rules have changed.

Maybe the Belgium Court will acknowledge the obvious.

Hastening Judgement Day

The apocalyptic magazine the Islamic State uses to recruit and radicalize foreigners

This is not the beginning, the magazine says. It is the end. It is the culmination of a centuries-long war that has burned and simmered but never been extinguished — that will soon grow to consume everything. It is the apocalypse. And it is coming.

This is the chilling vision set out in the Islamic State magazine called “Dabiq,” published in several European languages including English.

Terrence McCoy, Washington Post, September 16, 2014

For what ISIS wants to bring about sooner rather than later, a good read is the short play Alice Visits a Mosque to Learn About Judgment Day. For a comprehensive review of what the Koran has to say about life after death, beginning with life in the grave, you can't beat The Islamic Hereafter.

Picking Sides

“You’re with them or with us … pick a side" wrote Jihadist Aqsa Mahmood in her blog.

Aqsa Mahmood, in the Islamic variation of Romeo and Juliet, escaped to Syria to marry a jihadist and hopes to be martyred with him or, Allah willing, return home "to raise the black flag of IS over Britain" and perhaps the United States.

"Know this Cameron/Obama" she wrote, "you and your countries will be beneath our feet and your Kufr (infidel) will be destroyed, this is a promise from Allah swt (may he be glorified and exalted) that we have no doubt over. If not you, then your grandchildren or their grandchildren. But worry not, somewhere along the line your blood will be spilled."

The Daily Mail, Sep 12, 2014

Jihadists take the long view, a long view which the success of Islamic State may have shortened considerably. Islamic State's successes have already brought partisans in the West to openly join the fight.

And, it is only a matter of time before someone exercising his rapidly diminishing right to freedom of speech and expression, in the face of Islamic opposition to Western Values, brings out the hordes of notoriously thin-skinned intent on intimidating the Free World into giving them, without a fight, much of what Islamic State would impose by force; implicitly, if not explicitly choosing Islamic State's side.

Giving into the demands of homicidal religious fanatics will not of course stop the eventual bloodshed any more than Chamberlain's surrender at Munich. It will only cause more unnecessary blood to be spilled to regain cherished freedoms carelessly thrown away, should the will to fight in the face of certain death for so many, still be there.

Distorting History

Islamic State distorts historical events to justify gruesome campaign of beheadings, crucifixions and massacres in a bid to gain power.

Toronto Star, Sep 7, 2014

Who is distorting history? It is not Islamic State!

History Repeating Itself

How the Prophet conducted the first Islamic war of conquest, that of the Arabian Peninsula, is not unlike the Islamic State.

The horde of holy warriors descending on the villages and towns of the Peninsula intent on slaughter, destruction and plunder, with God's Messenger announcing to their inhabitants their imminent annihilation in his god's name, as he does at Khaibar must have been terrifying, as it must be for cities and towns in Islamic State's path.

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

Allah's Apostle offered the Fajr prayer when it was still dark, then he rode and said, "Allah Akbar! Khaibar is ruined. When we approach near to a nation, the most unfortunate is the morning of those who have been warned."

The people came out into the streets saying, "Muhammad and his army."

Allah's Apostle vanquished them by force and their warriors were killed; the children and women were taken as captives ...

Bukhari 14.68

The Darkness Putting Out The Lights ... One by One

The Dark Ages is generally accepted to be the period in our history between 400 and 1000 AD. Islam is a product of that gloomy dark period, reflected in the flag and attire of those who seek a return to that ominous time. For humanity to have come so far, to see it all be for naught because of a religion born out of superstitions and ignorance; a product of the mind of a mentally damaged man (a severe sunstroke, from which he almost died, heralded the Prophet's calling) who mistook his dreams and nightmares for a doorway to an alternate reality, who's Doorman only allowed him admittance.

Allan Henning

The British, because of the accent of the executioner of James Foley, are looking into whether he is a product of that country's radicalization factories etc.

Abu Bakr al-Baghadi - What's in a name?

The Saudis would have you believe that there is a difference between their Wahhabi ideology  and the Salafi creed of the leadership of ISIS. Both nearly identical theologies advocate a return, through violence and the threats of violence where necessary, to what we consider the Dark Ages and they the Golden Age of Islam.

The difference is in name only. "Salaf" means "predecessors or ancestors" the first Muslims; the companions of the Prophet mostly and those who knew them personally, whose example, after that of God's Messenger, Salafists seek to emulate as closely as possible.

Abu Bakr was a companion of the Prophet and the eventual heir to the Prophet's throne. The succession may have been his reward for giving his six year old daughter Aisha in marriage to the Prophet. Abu Bakr was the only companion of God's alleged last and greatest spokesperson to do so (Umar, who succeeded Bakr as caliph, gave the Prophet his teenaged daughter) and thereby established the precedent of marrying children to adults, even old men (God's Messenger consummated his union with Aisha when she was nine years old).

It's not only the caring parents of female children who should be concerned about the companion of the Prophet, who Abu Bakr al-Baghadi would imitate by his choice of name among the Salaf.

The soft-hearted Abu Bakr often broke out in tears when the Prophet recited verses from Koran but was merciless where unbelievers and opponents of Muslim hegemony were concerned. He showed his true metal during the War of the Apostates.

ISIS's imitation of what Abu Bakr did during the War of the Apostates with guns instead of swords:

The Hope of Saudi Arabia

On June 29, ISIS declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as Caliph (leader of the believers), and called on jihadists worldwide to join the fight to establish Allah's Kingdom on earth.

No leader of the faithful can pretend to the throne of the Prophet if he does not aspire to be in control of the holy city of Medina from which God's Messenger launched the first Muslim invasions, and the even holier city of Mecca, the center of the universe in Islamic traditions.

Bin Laden is on record as saying that his caliphate would do to the Saudi Royal Family what the French did to theirs – it's off with their heads. There is no reason to believe that this even more blood-thirsty incarnation of an old tyranny, which even al-Qaeda has disowned, will be any kinder.

The chickens may soon be coming home to roost, to use an old expression, for the four thousand or so princes of the House of Saud. It was mainly their propagating of a hate-filled ideology world-wide known as Wahhabism, and theirs and other Gulf States' financing of the recruitment and arming of an army of holy worriers to overthrow the government of Syria which made ISIS possible. Their only hope is again with a country whose form of government Wahabism seeks to annihilate. The Princes are not worth dying for, let ISIS have them.

The NAZIs and ISIS

There was a time when the world would not have stood by and let an army of fanatics who, not unlike the master race did before them to those they considered their genetic inferiors, murder those they consider inferior in faith. Chamberlain could be excused for accommodating the NAZIs, not knowing what they were capable of, we have no excuse.

Iran Must Have the Bomb, and Soon

In the cold calculating logic of the Prophet, it's kill the heretics first, for they can only weaken you in your ultimate fight to rid the world of unbelievers. It's only a matter of time, probably a short time before ISIS and/or the Taliban, and by default al-Qaeda, will have access to Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.

The United States will not be first on their list for a nuclear attack, especially if Mecca is threatened in a retaliatory strike, but Shiite heretics as ISIS has demonstrated using conventional weapons in Iraq and Syria. The only hope for Iran is the deterring effect of a bomb of its own.

Syrian Christians at Risk - Raqqa

A jihadist group in Syria has demanded that Christians in the northern city of Raqqa pay a levy in gold and accept curbs on their faith, or face death ... Correspondents say ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is trying to implement an extreme interpretation of Islamic law in areas it controls.

BBC News, Feb 27, 2014

No they are not. It is not an extreme interpretation, it is the only interpretation. The Koran was written for simpletons from communications received by an acknowledged illiterate who was not into nuances.

The verse imposing Allah's right-to-live tax on People of the Book (the Bible) i.e. Christians and Jews is unambiguous. Shades of gray do not exit in the black and white world of Islam.

It is a dangerous delusion from which the holy warriors who are killing Christians in African and threatening to kill the Christians of Syria do not suffer.

More from the BBC report on the Christians of Raqqa:

Raqqa, seized by ISIS last year, was the first provincial capital to be completely in the hands of rebels.

The directive from ISIS, citing the Islamic concept of "dhimma", requires Christians in the city to pay tax (the jizya) of around half an ounce (14g) of pure gold in exchange for their safety.

It says Christians must not make renovations to churches, display crosses or other religious symbols outside churches, ring church bells or pray in public. Christians must not carry arms, and must follow other rules imposed by ISIS (also known as ISIL) on their daily lives.

The statement said the group had met Christian representatives and offered them three choices - they could convert to Islam, accept ISIS' conditions, or reject their control and risk being killed.

"If they reject, they are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword," the [ISIS] statement said.

A group of 20 Christian leaders chose to accept the new set of rules, ISIS said.

Raqqa was once home to about 300,000 people, with less than 1% Christian, according to AFP news agency.

Many Christians fled after ISIS started attacking and burning churches.

Bernard Payeur