British jihadist Anjem Choudary said in February 2013:
“We are on Jihad Seekers Allowance, We take the Jizya (protection money paid to Muslims by non-Muslims) which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the Kafir (non-Muslim), isn’t it? So this is normal situation. They give us the money. You work, give us the money. Allah Akbar, we take the money. Hopefully there is no one from the DSS (Department of Social Security) listening. Ah, but you see people will say you are not working. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the Kuffar (non-Muslim) So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance.”
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).
“Danes fighting for Isis in Syria on welfare benefits,” The Local, November 27, 2014:
More than two dozen jihadists have collected unemployment benefits while fighting in Syria alongside terror organization Isis, the domestic intelligence agency PET revealed.
Denmark paid unemployment benefits to 28 people while they were waging war for the Isis terrorist group in Syria, the Danish intelligence service was quoted as saying on Thursday.
Out of the 28 Danish people identified by the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) as having received benefits, 15 had been ordered to pay the money back, eight people were still being investigated, and five cases had been dropped due to insufficient evidence, tabloid BT reported.
“It is incredibly important that we are not naive,” Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen told the daily when asked about the data, which was found by merging records kept by different authorities.
Denmark has one of the world’s most generous unemployment insurance systems, with those on the dagpenge scheme receiving up to 801 kroner per day (108 euros, $134) for up to two years.
However, some of the jihadists were on the significantly more modest basic unemployment benefit known as kontanthjælp.
Denmark has the second largest number of foreign fighters in Syria relative to its size among Western nations, after Belgium, according to some estimates.
The Danish intelligence service has said “more than 100” Danes have left the country for Syria’s bloody civil war, but a Danish commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, Naser Khader, said he believed the estimate – from June – was higher and needed to be revised upwards.
“The figure is rising in many other countries, so why should that not be the case in Denmark?” he told the Berlingske newspaper.
Germany’s intelligence agency said last week it believes 550 Germans have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. Authorities had previously estimated the number at 450. Britain believes around 500 of its citizens are fighting for Isis.