New Pro-ISIS Media Group Urges ISIS Fighters To Stand Firm In Face Of U.S. Airstrikes, Calls On Muslims In Sudan To Wage Jihad, Establish Rule Of Shari'a

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December 8, 2021

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On December 3, 2021, a new pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group called I'lami Muragham (Estranged Media Operative) launched on Telegram,[1] releasing four posters highlighting that ISIS's jihad will continue until the last day, urging ISIS fighters to stand firm in face of airstrikes launched by the U.S. and its allies, and advising Muslims in Sudan to wage jihad and establish the rule of Allah's shari'a.

The first poster, titled "We Will Come To You From Where You Do Not Expect," depicted an armed ISIS fighter marching toward a fortress, as a tiger was seen by his side. The poster quoted a statement made by ISIS spokesman "Al-Shaykh Al-Muhajir" [Emigrant Sheikh] Abu Hamzah Al-Qurashi threatening ISIS's enemies: "We will come to you from where you do not expect. We will terrorize you, with Allah's permission, in your homelands [...] Our jihad will continue, with Allah's permission, until the last day."

The second poster, titled "So Stand Firm," was released on December 5, depicting a lone ISIS militant fighting off tanks and a warplane. The poster quoted a statement by slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi urging "Caliphate soldiers" not to fear the planes of the U.S. and its allies and to stand steadfast while trusting in Allah.

A third poster, titled "Soundness Of The Heart" was released on December 7 and depicted an ISIS fighter praying beneath a lamp, with text quoting Issue 315 of ISIS's weekly newspaper, Al-Naba', stressing the importance of purifying one's heart from hypocrisy and polytheism, as well as from anything that harms monotheism. The poster also warned that "diseases of the heart include arrogance, pride and [holding a] grudge, malice, envy, and suspicion and all its forms."

The fourth poster, titled "Except With Allah's Shari'a And Its Implementation," depicted Sudan's army chief, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, beside a snake. The poster also quoted the editorial of issue 315 of Al-Naba', urging the people of Sudan to wage jihad with the goal of implementing the rule of shari'a: "The solution to all the conspiracies plotted against Muslims in Sudan lies in holding firmly to the rope of Allah all together [Quran 3:103] and directing their energies to waging jihad for the sake of Allah." The quote continued: "People will not realize the truthfulness of their religion nor the happiness of their lives except with Allah's shari'a." The quote concluded by citing Quran 5:66: "And if only they had upheld [the law of] the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to them from their Lord [i.e., the Qur'an], they would have consumed [provision] from above them and from beneath their feet."

 

[1] Telegram, December 3, 2021.

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