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ISIS suicide bomber threatens to massacre Shiites

A view point of the city Kobanê, in Syrian Kurdistan, during the bombradment of ISIL targets by US-led forces, The photo has been taken from Turkish-Syrian border (Suruç). Photo: M. Akhavan / Persian Dutch Network

A view point of the city Kobanê, in Syrian Kurdistan, during the bombradment of ISIL targets by US-led forces, The photo has been taken from Turkish-Syrian border (Suruç). Photo: M. Akhavan / Persian Dutch Network

A recent video that was translated into English by MEMRI highlights the sectarian tensions between Sunnis and Shias in Iraq.

Amara Al Muhajir, an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suicide bomber operating in Iraq, highlighted sectarian tensions within the country by threatening to massacre Shiites and other infidels in a video that was translated into English by MEMRI. “I address this message to the infidels and the hypocrites, especially to the apostate Shias among them and Iran in particular,” he said.

“By Allah, we have brought upon you men that love death as much as your dogs love life,” Al Muhajir stated. “We have brought upon you men who cry for death, men who want to meet Allah. These men yearn to slit your throats. They enjoy killing you. They compete in hunting you.”

“By Allah, we have brought upon you nothing but slaughter,” he emphasized. “You have been insolent towards Omar (Ibn Al Khattab). You have been insolent towards Aisha. You have been insolent towards the Prophet Muhammed’s companions. You have been insolent towards Allah, who erected the heavens without any pillar, laid down the land, made the water run, and created the angels strong and tough. They never defy Allah. They do as he says.”

“You have been insolent towards him by saying that the angels don’t lift a foot or put it down without Ali’s permission,” the ISIS terrorist noted. “You have been insolent towards Ibrahim, the master of all monotheists, who taught us the principle of allegiance and disavowal, and how to love those that love Allah and hate those that do not. Ibrahim taught us to be lenient only for the sake of Allah. You have been insolent towards him by saying that when he was thrown into the Hellfire, he said: ‘O Ali.’ By Allah, Ali has nothing to do with you.”

Sunni Islamist extremist groups such as ISIS view Shias to be apostates and heretics, Muslims who have strayed from the proper path. Tensions between Sunnis and Shias have recently risen, especially in the wake of the sectarian tensions in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East. Shias believe that Muhammed’s successor should be through Ali, while Sunnis are opposed to political succession based on Muhammed’s blood line. These differences over the course of history led to conflict between the two groups, including persecution. In recent times, Shias have faced significant persecution in areas controlled by ISIS, alongside non-Muslim minority groups like the Yazidis and Christians.

The statements uttered by Al Mujahir indicate that he views Shias to be no better than infidels. “We have brought upon you nothing but martyrdom operations,” he proclaimed. “Rejoice our sheikh, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. Religion is all about sincere advise. I advise you not to be insolent. I advise you not to be lenient. I advise you not to be lenient towards the enemies of Allah. You have soldiers who have pledged to hear and obey you in good and bad. They have pledged to hear and obey you in good and bad. Dispatch them to wherever you want. Turn them into bombs, for they have pledged their allegiance to you in truth, not just in words. So dispatch us. By Allah, we are the fire with which to burn the enemies of Allah.”

 

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Rachel Avraham

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights. For 7 years, she has been an Israel-based journalist, specializing in radical Islam, abuses of human rights and minority rights, counter-terrorism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syria, Iran, Kurdistan and other issues of importance. Avraham is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media," a ground-breaking book endorsed by Former Israel Consul General Yitzchak Ben Gad and Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara that discusses how the media exploits the life stories of Palestinian female terrorists in order to justify wanton acts of violence. Avraham has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University. She received her BA in Government and Politics with minors in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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