Canadian ISIS Fighter To Muslims In Canada: You Have A Religious Duty To Either Emigrate To The Islamic State, Or Else Carry Out Attacks In Canada

December 8, 2014

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The fifth installment of the "Message of a Mujahid" video series, produced by the Islamic State (ISIS), features ISIS fighter John Maguire, aka Abu Anwar Al-Canadi, a Canadian from Ottowa who converted to Islam. In the six-minute video, he threatens more attacks on Canadian soil, and urges Canadian Muslims to either wage jihad in their country or else emigrate to the Islamic State.

The video, filmed in an unknown war zone in Syria or Iraq, is in English with Arabic subtitles, and was shot using at least two cameras. It was produced by ISIS’s media company Al-I’tisam, and was posted December 8, 2014 on the Twitter account of  Umar Khatab, a prominent online activist.[1]

The following are excerpts from it.

ISIS fighter John Maguire, Abu Anwar Al-Canadi

In its first part of his message, Maguire  explains that the recent attacks in Ottawa and Montreal were reactions to Canada's "unprovoked aggression" against ISIS and the Muslim people through its participation in the international coalition, and promises that further attacks will come. Addressing Canadians everywhere, he says: "O people of Canada, you are said to be an educated people, so what is preventing you to be able to put 2 and 2 together and understanding that operations such as that of Brother Ahmad Rouleau of Montreal and the storming of Parliament hill in Ottawa are carried out in direct response to your participation in the coalition of Nations waging war against the Muslim people[?]... Your people will be indiscriminately targeted as you indiscriminately target our people"

Next, Maguire speaks of himself, stressing that that he was an ordinary Canadian, a law-abiding citizen and a good student. But after he accepted Islam as the "religion of truth," he set forth to wage jihad in order to establish God’s law on earth, and to avenge Canada's crimes against the Muslims.

He says: "I was one of you. I was a typical Canadian. I grew up on the hockey ring and spent my teenage years on stage playing guitar. I had no criminal record. I was a bright student and maintained a strong GPA in university. So how could one of your people end up in my place? Why is it that your own people are the ones turning against you at home? […] You have absolutely no right to live in a state of peace and security when your country is carrying out atrocities on our people. The more bombs you drop on our people, the more Muslims will realize and understand that today, waging jihad against the West and its allies around the world is beyond a shadow of a doubt a religious obligation binding upon every Muslim."


In the second part of his message, Maguire addresses Muslims in Canada. He calls upon them to wage jihad in Canada or immigrate to the Islamic State, lest they face "eternal hellfire" in the world to come. He asks them how they can live among the infidels when the Caliphate has been established, and without acting against the infidels that are "waging a crusade against your brothers and sisters"? He adds: "According to Islamic principles you are living in a land of war […] A Muslim has absolutely no place living in a land such as Canada or America or Europe today, except to carry out his duty of fighting in Allah's cause... The mujahedeen continue to call you to one of two options: hijra [immigration] or jihad. You either pack your bags, or you prepare your explosive devices. You either purchase your airline ticket or you sharpen your knife. You either come to the Islamic State and live under the laws of Allah or you follow the example of brother Ahmed Rouleau and do not fear the blame of the blamers. "



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