The Islamic State, never one to forgo an opportunity to spread death and destruction everywhere it can, has decided that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is as good a reason as any to foment more of the same.
In a new message of propaganda, the group is calling for sympathizers in both the United States and Europe to attack the citizens in their midst during Ramadan, which begins in early June. The audio message, which is about a half-hour in length and was posted on Twitter this past weekend, is supposedly the work of ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, but it should be noted that its authenticity has yet to be verified. That said, the Islamic State basically did the same thing in 2015, releasing an audio that made similar calls for lone wolf-style terrorist attacks by sympathizers, so it’s reasonable to assume that last weekend’s “call to action” is also the real deal.
The message says, in part:
“Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad. Get prepared, be ready ... to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers ... especially for the fighters and supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America.”
“The smallest action you do in their heartland is better and more enduring to us than what you would if you were with us. If one of you hoped to reach the Islamic State, we wish we were in your place to punish the Crusaders day and night.”
Ramadan is a month devoted to fasting and other forms of self-denial by Muslims as a celebration of the receipt by the Prophet Muhammad of the first revelations of the Quran. The particular focus on abstinence is for the purpose of making it easier for the faithful to enhance their spiritual connection to Islam by way of the removal of efforts and activities seen as obstacles to that end. As for the Islamic State’s idea of Ramadan, it not only does not include an admonition to abstain from killing Westerners, but is all for it, making it a decidedly different…to say the least…version of the celebration of religious devotion practiced by the vast majority of the world’s Muslim community.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large