Caliphate dreams from Misunderstanders of Islam. “Extremists see ‘Islamic Caliphate’ for 2022 World Cup,” from AFP, December 2:
WASHINGTON — Extremists welcomed FIFA’s decision Thursday to have Qatar host the 2022 World Cup, predicting Al-Qaeda will establish an “Islamic State” in the Gulf region in the coming years, monitors said.
“You fools, know that Al-Qaeda is on the threshold of establishing the shariah (Islamic law) of Allah the Almighty,” a user who went by the name Hafeed al-Hussein posted on the Shumukh al-Islam online forum, according to the US-based SITE Intelligence Group.
“And who knows, Allah may empower al-Qaeda so that it takes control of matters after a year or two, or five years at most.
“In 2022, there is no country with the name Qatar, and there is no province called Kuwait and there is no Saudi (Arabia). Instead, there is an emirate called the Islamic State,” the post added….
Another user predicted Qatar’s demise would come within seven years.
“By 2022, Qatar will not exist with permission from Allah. Instead, there will be the Islamic State of Qatar under the Islamic Caliphate established by Sheikh Osama bin Laden in 2017,” Juleibib al-Irhabi wrote.
One of his colleagues, Abu Yassin, predicted that insurgents in the Russian Caucasus — where attacks on officials have become daily occurrences as Russian authorities battle the fighters — would help spell Qatar’s downfall.
“In 2018, Russia will organize (the games) and the brothers in the emirate of the Caucasus, with permission from Allah, will make a case to cancel Qatar’s” games, he wrote.
A forum user who went by the name Huna al-Qaeda predicted 2022 “will be the first World Cup for the mujahideen, with permission from Allah.”
“We will win the cup and medals, and we will seize some heads of the cross and apostates. Maybe there will be captives,” the post added.
Another who called himself Abu Khubeib al-Khorasani said 2022 will be the “most exciting” World Cup final, predicting that Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo would be kidnapped and Al-Qaeda would win the tournament.