Umm Usamah

Twitter personality “Umm Usamah” is a propagandist for ISIS. Usamah claims to have migrated first to Raqqa, Syria, and then to Mosul, Iraq.Umm Usamah, Twitter post, October 12, 2014, 7:34 p.m., https://twitter.com/ummmuawiyahh/status/521489116803125248. Usamah uses Twitter to highlight what she perceives to be the high quality of life in the self-proclaimed Islamic State. She also uses the platform to rally her Muslim “brothers and sisters” around the world to take the journey themselves.Umm Usamah, Twitter post, October 8, 2014, 5:05 a.m., https://twitter.com/ummmuawiyahh/status/519820985143664640. In October 2014, Usamah proclaimed her arrival in “Dar al-Islam” where she now lives “under the shade of the Sharia.”Umm Usamah, Twitter post, October 8, 2014, 5:05 a.m., https://twitter.com/ummmuawiyahh/status/519820985143664640.

Usamah regularly encourages Twitter followers to perform hijrah (migration), a term used by jihadists to encourage foreigners to join the “caliphate.”Umm Usamah, Twitter post, October 12, 2014, 11:35 p.m., https://twitter.com/ummmuawiyahh/status/521549666086035456. On January 3, 2015, Usamah claimed to stop using Twitter and has not made a post since.Umm Usamah, Twitter post, January 3, 2015, 11:50 a.m., https://twitter.com/ummmuawiyahh/status/551465551252713472. In the same tweet, Usamah suggested that her “sisters” interested in “hijrah” message her on the instant-messaging platform Kik.Umm Usamah, Twitter post, January 3, 2015, 11:50 a.m., https://twitter.com/ummmuawiyahh/status/551465551252713472.

Extremist entity
ISIS
Type(s) of Organization:
Insurgent, territory-controlling, religious, terrorist, violent
Ideologies and Affiliations:
Islamist, jihadist, pan-Islamist, Salafist, takfiri
Position(s):
Propagandist

ISIS is a violent jihadist group based in Iraq and Syria. The group has declared wilayas (provinces) in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the North Caucasus. ISIS has also waged attacks in Turkey, Lebanon, France, Belgium, Iraq, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tunisia, and Kuwait.

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Without doubt, the secularists are evil and more malicious than the polytheists and secularism is farther astray from the path and more malicious than polytheism. The secularists who are associated with Islam even [merely] by identity are considered apostates by a group of scholars. The Jews, Christians, those who worship graves, and many polytheists and unbelievers have committed lesser acts of unbelief than the secularists.

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