“When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4). And then taunt their friends about it. In this the Islamic State is clearly un-Islamic, for Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, didn’t taunt the friends of those he had killed; rather, he taunted the corpses of the dead: “When the prophet ordered that the corpses of the polytheists be dropped in to a well… He stood over the bodies of twenty-four leaders of Quraish, who had been thrown into one of the wells and started to call them by name and by the names of their fathers…” (Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum, The Battle of Badr, p. 271)
“Islamic State backs up force in Syria with threats, taunting calls,” by Ayla Jean Yackley and Jonny Hogg, Reuters, October 3, 2014:
YUMURTALIK Turkey (Reuters) – Khaled Baki phones the number of a fellow Kurdish fighter and gets through to the Islamic State militants who say they beheaded her.
Baki’s friend, one of the Kurdish forces’ many female soldiers, disappeared as she fought to try and stop the Islamist militants’ push on Kobani, a predominantly Kurdish settlement in northern Syria close to the Turkish border.
More than 180,000 people have fled ahead of Islamic State’s advance, alarmed by accounts of the jihadists’ ruthless tactics – reports that have been fuelled by taunting phone messages from the militants themselves describing gruesome deaths meted out to Kurdish comrades and loved ones.
“We call her, someone else answers and says, ‘We cut off your friend’s head. Now we’re coming for your head,'” Baki said at Yumurtalik, just over the border from Kobani in Turkey.
“She was just 21 years old, and they cut off her head,” added Baki, a builder before he became a fighter. On Friday he called the Islamists back and spat insults down the line.
The Islamist fighters have pressed on in the face of U.S. air strikes on their positions. Kurdish fighters warned on Friday they now faced a massacre as the insurgents encircled Kobani with tanks and bombarded its outskirts with artillery fire.
Other Kurdish fighters have had calls from IS fighters vowing to take the town within days, using the mobile connections as a kind of psychological warfare. One said he was told: “We will be praying in your mosques by Eid,” an Islamic festival which starts on Saturday….