Video By Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Calls On Muslims In Sweden To Behead Quran Burner Salwan Momika, 'Massacre' Swedish Security Forces

August 22, 2023

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On August 17, 2023, the pro-Al-Qaeda Kata'ib Al-'Iman Foundation released a six-minute video following several recent burnings and desecrations of the Quran in Sweden by Salwan Momika, a Sweden-based Iraqi refugee.[1] Titled "Who [will go forth to fight] against Salwan Momika, as He Harmed Allah and His Messenger?", the video, in Arabic with English subtitles, calls on supporters to kill Momika and attack Swedish security forces. This report is based on the English subtitles, lightly edited for clarity.

The video opens by introducing Momika as a direct continuation of a long list of people and forces who have aimed to harm Islam and "extinguish the light of Allah." To the background of photos and video excerpts of leaders and politicians accused of waging war on Islam, among them former U.S. President George W. Bush and former French President Francois Hollande, the narrator reads: "Times vary… Places vary… People vary… But all those have the same concern – destroying Islam and extinguishing the light of Allah Almighty."

Referring to Momika personally, the narrator reads: "We and the Islamic nation have noticed the actions of the infidel taghout [Satan] Salwan Momika: burning the Quran, kicking it, treading it underfoot, and disrespecting it. During this period of 22 days… No one has shed his impure blood, until he repeated this action again, standing in front of dozens. No one has raised his head, and no one has held him accountable yet."

The narrator next addresses the Iraqi responses to the incident, stating that the "polytheistic Rafidites" [a pejorative term for Shi'ites] avenged the book of Allah by expelling the Swedish embassy staff in Iraq and storming the embassy. He asks rhetorically: "O my monotheist brother, is it reasonable that the Rafidites are better than you, and more zealous for the book of Allah, while you are more deserving of the book of Allah than them? … Pluck the head of this infidel who trod on the book of Allah, and put an end to him."

The video continues: "Know, my Muslim brother, you who live in Sweden, that Salwan's action was not the first and will not be the last, unless you put an end to it by killing him. Know also that the Swedish police's blood is a fair game for attack, just like drinking water. So shed their blood, kill their soldiers, hit their economy wherever they are. Do not underestimate the importance of killing them and fighting them."

"If Allah saves you from them after you kill him [Momika]," the narrator advises, "go to another place, preferably a police center, and inflict a massacre on them. Let your goal be martyrdom and the spread of horror in the hearts of the infidels and hypocrites. If Allah decrees for you captivity or martyrdom, consider the reward [in the hereafter]; and know that all you have done was supporting the religion of Allah."

The next few seconds show a simulated image of Salwan Momika targeted by a rifle sight. Then, a hadith is presented, telling the story of the killing of Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf by a follower of the Prophet Muhammad for insulting Allah and his messenger, followed by a direct call to supporters: "Who is ready to kill Salwan Momika, who has really hurt Allah and his apostle [sic]?"

The final two minutes of the video present perpetrators of jihadi attacks in recent years, by name and photo. Among them are brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, who carried out the 2015 shooting at the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, in retaliation for the paper's publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad; Abdullakh Anzorov ('Abdallah Al-Shishani), who killed his teacher in France in 2020 after he showed cartoons of Muhammad, and several other jihadis who carried out attacks in Denmark, the Netherlands, and the Indian Subcontinent.

Since the June 28 burning of the Quran in Stockholm, several jihadi organizations, including the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda affiliates Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), have released statements condemning the insults to Islam and calling for violent reprisal attacks.[2] The most recent such statement was released by Al-Qaeda's central command.[3]

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