The Islamic State is calling out to their supporters in Europe and the United States to target civilians.
“Know that blood has no value in the countries of the crusaders and that there are no innocents there,” said Abu Muhammad al-Adnani al-Shami, the spokesperson of the terror group.
“Know that your targeting civilian people known as ‘the civilized’ is more pleasant and impressive to us. Hey you, muvahhids, [those who believe in the oneness of Allah], revolt everywhere!”
The call was made in the Islamic State’s in the latest and seventh online edition of their Turkish magazine, Konstantiniyye.
Quoting the Koranic verse 2:93, the spokesperson declared they will “fight until religion is only for Allah.”
“The impotent America and its supporters think that they scare the believers [Muslims] and that they will win victory against mujahideens [jihadists]. Never!” proclaimed al-Shami.
“Hey you, America! Have you made the world a safer place through your war against us? Or has fear and destruction spread over the entire world? Canada, France, Tunisia, Turkey and Belgium have witnessed this fear and destruction. Have you destroyed terrorism and extinguished the fire of jihad? Or has it [the fire of jihad] grown even more and spread to the world?”
Konstantiniyye has been published online by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and released by al-Hayat Media Center since June, 2015. Konstantiniyye is the Ottoman Turkish name given to Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) after the city’s conquest by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in 1453.
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In the magazine, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack against a mosque in Nigeria on July 8, the murder of the chief of police and his wife in Paris on June 14, the suicide bombing attack against the intelligence office at the Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan on June 6, the attack against the club in Orlando June 12 and the American fire Chief Thaddeus Mithcheel Borowicz, an employee at the Incirlik Airbase in the Turkish city of Adana, who was found dead in the garden of his house on June 13.
The terror group, however, has not claimed responsibility for the attacks in Turkey that are commonly linked to it, including the bombing attack at the Istanbul airport on June 28, killing 45 people.
“Fight Against Democracy”
In its first edition, the magazine called on Muslims to fight against democracy, saying in part:
“Never and never can democracy comply with Islam. Those are two different religions. No religion or ideology complies with Islam. No other word can be added to ‘Muslim.’ Democrat Muslim, communist Muslim, socialist Muslim, Jewish Muslim, Buddhist Muslim – none of them are possible.”
ISIS also called on Muslims from all across the world — but “particularly the Kurds in Turkey, northern Iraq and Iran — to do hijrah [Islamic immigration] to, defend, elevate and advance the Islamic State.”
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“Suicide bombings are justified”
ISIS dedicated the third edition of Konstantiniyye to trying to justify suicide car bombings in Islam, quoting many Islamic scholars.
“The four imams have allowed a Muslim to immerse himself in the enemy ranks, even if he is reasonably certain that they will kill him, provided there is benefit in that for the Muslims.”
The magazine makes clear that the world is facing with a genocidal terror group that wants death, destruction or subjugation for everyone who ISIS sees as enemies – all non-Muslims as well as peaceful, liberal Muslims.
However, it should be noted that this concept of jihad is not limited to the Islamic State as many similar Islamist groups with similar goals exist in many parts of the world.
The Islamic doctrine of jihad should be analyzed and understood within its historical context — from its beginnings at Mecca in the seventh century, up to the growth of ISIS. The concept of violent jihad and tactics of subjugation — including jizya “protection” tax and the “status” of dhimmitude — is responsible for spreading Islam to many of its present-day territories.
The ideologies of jihad and political Islam should also be analyzed by looking at their cultural impacts on majority-Muslim countries – particularly the treatment of women, non-Muslim minorities, dissidents, free thinkers, homosexuals, and atheists. Even in Muslim regimes that are not classified as “terrorist,” minorities and women are systematically murdered and oppressed, and are not regarded as equal citizens.
The jihadist doctrine of Islam aims for the political, military and religious submission of all people in every aspect of public life and for a worldwide Islamic state, the caliphate.
The Islamic State (IS) and other Islamist terror groups are shouting their goals, motivations, and strategies from the rooftops and they decisively act on their ideologies.
But what are the political leaders and representatives in the West doing about this existential threat that risks the security and future of all civilized people?
Some Western leaders do not even have the courage or willingness to properly and openly name the problem, which leads the Islamic State call them “impotent.”
As they have always done in history, jihadists want to kill or subjugate all freedom-loving people. The response of the civilized world in the face of this genocidal threat will determine the future of the world.
Uzay Bulut is a Turkish journalist formerly based in Ankara. She is presently in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/uzayb