“And so we promise you by Allah’s permission that this campaign will be your final campaign. It will be broken and defeated, just as all your previous campaigns were broken and defeated, except that this time we will raid you thereafter, and you will never raid us. We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted. This is His promise to us; He is glorified and He does not fail in His promise. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market.” stated by al Adnani
In a video released on Monday, IS spokesperson Abu Mohammed Ali al Adnani urged followers to strike the US and its allies and ‘neither seek permission nor to look for justification’. “Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling. Both of them are disbelievers.” Adnani calls Obama a “mule of the Jews” and mocks him for using airstrikes to fight instead of ground troops. “O mule of the jews, you claimed today that America would not be drawn to a war on the ground. No, it will be drawn and dragged. It will come down to the ground and it will be led to its death, grave, and destruction. O Obama, you claimed that the hand of America was long and could reach wherever it willed. Then know that our knife is sharp and hard. It cuts off the hands and strikes the necks.”
This is an important event, as it acts as the moment that IS declared war on the west. However significant, is it important? At this point in the game, most Muslims are openly criticizing IS and public opinion of the group is waning. Because of this, Adnani makes an explosive statement, “Rather you will pay the price as you walk on your streets, turning right and left, fearing the Muslims. You will not feel secure even in your bedrooms.” Adnani is exploiting the fear that IS has created in the west against Muslims in order to recruit them. In their logic, If Muslims are all feared and ostracized, then they will join IS.
“The only things that make blood illegal and legal to spill are Islam and a covenant (peace treaty, dhimma, etc.). Blood becomes legal to spill through disbelief. So whoever is a Muslim, his blood and wealth are sanctified. And whoever is a disbeliever, his wealth is legal for a Muslim to take and his blood is legal to spill. His blood is like the blood of a dog; there is no sin for him in spilling it nor is there any blood money to be paid for doing such.” Due to the (un)Islamic State’s radical view of Islam, only a select group of Muslims are considered Muslims to them. Making many groups, such as the Shiites, Alawites, Sufis, and Druze apostates, and therefore by there definition, legal to kill. Despite this, Adnani speaks highly of Muslim Kurds as IS allies in his speech, differing them from Kurds of other faiths, who they are fighting with in Iraq. Adnani goes on to call on Muslims from the other Arab states to join them in their fight for a new caliphate. IS has the attitude of ‘if you aren’t with us you’re against us’. Sunni Muslims who critique IS or condemn their actions are seen as apostates and nonbelievers and punished as such.
Now that they have made their move it is time to watch and see if anyone will come to their defense. I expect very little to happen in the aftermath of this address; I even delayed on writing this blog in case something occurred. IS has gained little support from the Muslim community and as their campaign of violence continues I see them gaining fewer and fewer followers.
Here is a full translation of the al Adnani’s statement.