The latest issue of Dabiq, Islamic State’s propaganda magazine, lists 21 Western Muslim leaders the terror group wants brutally murdered for apostasy, three of whom are Americans.
ISIS does not just consider Muslim converts to Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity or other religions to be apostates, but applies the label of “Kufr” to anyone who is not of the religion of Allah, which ISIS refers to itself as.
“The person who calls himself a “Muslim” but unapologetically commits blatant kufr is not a munāfiq (hypocrite), as some mistakenly claim,” the magazine states. “Rather, he is a murtadd (apostate).”
As far as ISIS is concerned, to commit apostasy is to deserve death, and the only way out is for an apostate to repent before he is apprehended by so-called faithful servants of Allah.
Dabiq describes the genesis of apostasy in the West as a function of liberalism and democracy infecting the hearts and minds of Muslims who immigrated to “mushrik-majority” countries.
“As a result of their negligence towards their obligations and their exposure to Western kufr, their identity was altered,” the article states. “Their children learned the values and beliefs of their new homelands. The kufr of liberalism and democracy was instilled and a new breed of “scholars” was born, becoming a major part of the West’s very own imāms of kufr.”
The worst offender, according to ISIS, is American Muslim Hamza Yusuf, who is apparently guilty of “filling heads with opinions based on half-truths and false interpretations and using semantic oratory more akin to sorcery through wordy “eloquence” than actual traditional education.”
The second, also from the U.S., is Suhaib Webb, who “has spent his career making a name for and a fool of himself as the all-American imām. Adopting a Southern inner-city accent sprinkled with thug life vocabulary and the latest pop culture references when addressing young crowds, he is quick to switch to an ordinary voice when speaking to CNN and other media outlets. A clown in most senses of the word, he has surprisingly gathered a following and is seen by many crusader supporters as an important tool for taming Muslim youth in the West.”
Webb told The Daily Beast ISIS’s critique of him is merely a culture critique.
“That’s not why you kill somebody,” Webb said. “I don’t like Daryl from The Walking Dead, but I don’t like him because of his accent.”
For ISIS, it’s intolerable that Muslims stand by and do nothing about these blatant apostates. Muslims must choose a side: either the side of Allah or the side of the apostates.
“One must either take the journey to dār al-Islām, joining the ranks of the mujāhidīn therein, or wage jihād by himself with the resources available to him (knives, guns, explosives, etc.) to kill the crusaders and other disbelievers and apostates, including the imāms of kufr, to make an example of them, as all of them are valid – rather, obligatory – targets according to the Sharī’ah, except for those who openly repent from kufr before they are apprehended,” the article states.
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