Some British Muslims who have travelled to Syria to take part in the ISIS group currently battling the regimes in Syria and Iraq have appeared in a video encouraging other British Muslims to follow in their footsteps.
The video entitled “There is no life without jihad” can be viewed on YouTube as per the above link but it may not be there for much longer as the BBC reports that the UK government is working to have the link taken down.
The voices of a number of Muslims with clearly British accents can be heard encouraging Muslims to leave their ‘big houses and fast cars’ to take part in what they describe as a ‘jihad’.
They appear to regard the territory that ISIS are said to control as a ‘Khilafah’ and one of them is heard sending a message to the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying “the hope of this ummah is on your neck.”
There have appeared a number of groups amongst Muslims in recent decades seeking to re-establish the Khilafah and what they refer to as the ‘rule of Allah’.
It is easy to imagine the thrill for someone who is young and idealistic and wants to help overthrow cruel despots in other parts of the world by joining groups like ISIS. In practice though, these groups have invariably demonstrated huge intolerance of others who are not in their group and their actions are often synonymous with terrible human rights abuses.