“We hear you and we will help you if you accept Islam and reject corrupt man-made laws like democracy and pledge your allegiance to Caliph Abu Bakr and then we will shed our blood for you and send our soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood, and their play is carnage.” (Tweet)David Francis, “Meet the Star-Crossed Lovers Behind the Islamic State’s Centcom Hack,” The Cable, January 14, 2015, http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/01/14/meet-the-star-crossed-lovers-behind-the-islamic-states-centcom-hack/.
“Some worship statues called (Democracy/Freedom) like Jahily Qurayshians worshiped statues of dates When they would get hungry they eat them.” (Tweet)Ahmad Musa Jibril, Twitter post, July 31, 2013, 3:19 a.m. https://twitter.com/ahmadmusajibril/status/362472613903204353.
“It may be that our opponents are causing us a bit of extra work but that doesn’t bother us. They achieve with these measures only that the contempt for this system of so called democrats becomes even bigger and that the resistance against the dictatorship of self-proclaimed do-gooders will be even firmer.”“Verfassungsschutzbericht 2013,” Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, 96, http://www.verfassungsschutz.de/embed/vsbericht-2013.pdf.
“As for you our people in beloved Al-Sham… since you have experienced dictatorship and injustice for long years so beware from replacing these years of injustice by the injustice of democracy and the people of Iraq have preceded to it and it [has] been implemented in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya so look at their condition and what [has] become of them and beware that you be stung from the hole which the Muslims in those countries have been stung…do not make democracy the cost for the thousands who were killed from you, do not make democracy the cost for the carnage that are under the ruins of the homes that were demolished over the women, children and elderly…beware O’ people of Al-Sham from corruption, and from corruption is to be ruled by man-made laws after all these sacrifices…” Aaron Y. Zelin, “‘al-Furqān Media presents a new audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq’s Shaykh Abū Bakr al-Ḥussaynī al-Qurayshī al-Baghdādī: ‘Announcement of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām,’” Jihadology, last modified October 28, 2013, http://jihadology.net/2013/04/09/al-furqan-media-presents-a-new-audio-message-from-the-islamic-state-of-iraqs-shaykh-abu-bakr-al-%E1%B8%A5ussayni-al-qurayshi-al-baghdadi-announcement-of-the-islamic-state-of-iraq-an.
“Democracy is a human condition where laws are made by people. Only God has the authority to make law and that is why Islam and Sharia are incompatible with democracy.”Wyre Davies, “Meeting Libya's Ansar Al-Sharia,” BBC News, September 13, 2012, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-19582810.
“Sharia was and will always be my first and final project and objective.”“Egypt Brotherhood candidate says sharia is main goal,” Reuters, April 5, 2012, http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE83401Y20120405.
“Those who cry of human rights or call themselves democrats say they give rights. The rights that Islam has given to a woman, no other religion has - that she sit quietly in her home, veiled. That she take care of food and clothes for her husband.”Qais Azimy and Mujid Mashal, “Commander's words shed light on Taliban views,” Al Jazeera, April 4, 2012, http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/04/201243135956894735.html.
“Democracy to the Muslims is shirk (sin of idolatry in Islam) because, quite frankly, how can anyone vote on whether or not to establish the law of Allah? Allah’s shari‘ah is the sole valid law as He says: ‘The rule is for Allah alone’ [12: 67]. The principles of democracy are laid upon what the majority desire. What if the majority are sinful and vote against the shari‘ah? Does that mean we abandon shari‘ah for man-made laws?... Muslims are required to reject the modern day idol of democracy just as Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him, rejected the idols of his time.”Samir Khan, “Sadness, Contentment & Aspiration,” Inspire Magazine 6 (2011): 49-50.
“Everywhere, the Brothers are working to restore Islam in its all-encompassing conception to the lives of people. Thus the mission is clear: restoring Islam in its all-encompassing conception, subjugating people to God, instituting the religion of God, the Islamicization of life, empowering of God’s religion, establishing the renaissance of the ummah [worldwide Muslim nation] on the basis of Islam... Every aspect of life is to be Islamicized.”Oren Kessler, “'Every aspect of life is to be Islamicized,” Jerusalem Post, April, 10, 2012, http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Every-aspect-of-life-is-to-be-Islamicized.
“Today [the Egyptian] people have found themselves in a new dilemma. Sure, the enemy may have left the seat of authority, but you now are faced with a complex interconnection between what is democratically acceptable and what is Islamically acceptable... It is the shari‘ah way that will always lead to success in this life and the next no matter the trials.” Samir Khan, “The Egyptian,”Inspire Magazine 5 (2011): 45-46.
Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.
On July 23, 2016, two suicide bombers targeted members of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic minority who were demonstrating in Kabul. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least 97 people and injured 260 others.
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