But…but…the White House assures us that “right now, ISIL’s primary focus is consolidating territory in the Middle East region to establish their own Islamic State.” So what are their supporters doing handing out leaflets in London? One would almost think that this group had global designs, but that would be “Islamophobic.”
“Islamic State Supporters Hand Out Leaflets in Central London Promising ‘Dawn of a New Era,'” by Barney Guiton and Damien Sharkov, Newsweek, August 12, 2014:
Extremist supporters of Islamic State handed out leaflets promoting the establishment of a “Kahlifah” and calling on Muslims to “obey the Kahleef”, on the streets central London today, witnesses have reported.
One of the leaflets given out by the supporters today calls for Muslims to “spread the Khalifah (Caliphate) across the world” in forming a new Islamic State governed by an Imam executing Islamic Sharia law.
Asma Al-Kufaishi, British-Iraqi university student, tweeted images of an Islamist Group canvassing around the busy shopping area of Oxford Circus, with posters showing the black flags associated with the extreme fundamentalist militant group Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, which has declared a “Caliphate” across parts of Syria and Iraq.
“This group, promoting ISIS on Oxford street, racially abused us. They don’t know true Islam,” Al-Kufaishi tweeted after encountering the group today.
Ah, the ever-elusive true Islam. If only Al-Kufaishi or some other Muslim would refute the Islamic State’s case for itself on Islamic grounds. But no one has yet bothered to do that, and the kuffar media will assume it has already been done in any case, so why go to the trouble?
The leaflet says it is the responsibility of Muslims from around the world to pledge “Bayah [religious oath of allegiance] to the Khaleef” and “obey the Khaleef according to the Shariah”. The leaflet goes on to argue “all those who can migrate and resettle should migrate,” as “Muslims with the help of Allah have announced the re establishment of the Khalifah.”
Ghaffar Hussain, managing director at the Quilliam Foundation told Newsweek that the men handing out the leaflets were well known extremists from Luton, probably associated with the al-Muhajiroun extremist network.
Hussain, who had spoken to someone who had witnessed the demonstration but didn’t want to speak to journalists, identified one of the men as Ibrahim Anderson, formerly known as Roger Anderson, a white convert to Islam. He said that the group were distributing the leaflets near Oxford Circus, and responded with abuse when challenged by passers-by.
“This is a very disturbing development but one that should not come as a surprise since we are aware that around 500 British nationals have joined up with ISIS already, said Hussain. “We need to have a zero tolerance policy towards ISIS supporters and recruiters in the UK.”
The Metropolitan Police said that they were aware of the incident but declined to comment at this stage.
Last month pro-Islamic State supporters were filmed protesting in the Netherlands on two separate occasions in the Hague. This marked the first time the group’s black flags were flown in Europe. The Dutch government has since made public displays of the flag illegal.
Last Thursday a similar banner was hoisted off the gates of London’s Will Crooks estate on Poplar High Street, theGuardian reported.
Islamic State now controls large parts of north and eastern Syria and northern Iraq, and have recently clashed with the Lebanese army, briefly taking a border town in Lebanon. The US has recently launched air strikes against the group to attempt to free thousands of Yazidis that Islamic State had surrounded on a mountain in Iraq, telling them they must convert to Islam or face death.