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ISIS Spokesman: 'What’s Our Crime? We Just Wanted to Apply Sharia.'

ISIS Spokesman: 'What’s Our Crime? We Just Wanted to Apply Sharia.'

Jihad: The struggle to impose Islamic values
Date Published: 
Thursday, 14 March, 2019
Summary: 

In a new video, an Islamic State (ISIS) spokesman named Abu Abd al-Azeem, “whose speech,” , “is peppered with Koranic recitations,” complained about the bad rap his cuddly group has gotten. “Why are we bombed by planes,” he asked plaintively, “why do all the nations of the unbelieving world come together to fight us?…What is our guilt? What is our crime? We (just) wanted to apply the sharia of Allah.”

Indeed. And now, in light of that statement, here are some questions that mainstream counterterror analysts should ponder deeply: did the Islamic State actually apply Sharia? ISIS is routinely dismissed as un-Islamic, but what exactly did they do that cannot be backed up by specific citations from the Qur’an and Hadith? And if the Islamic State just wanted to apply Sharia, and Sharia is entirely benign and compatible with Western values, as Western analysts also regularly insist, then why did the whole world regard the Islamic State as a criminal entity that must be destroyed? Why was it not welcomed into the family of nations, alongside other Sharia regimes including Saudi Arabia and Iran?