How did these misunderstanders of Islam get the crazy idea that jihad had something to do with killing? Every Western authority knows that the Islamic State has nothing, nothing whatsoever, to do with Islam, but do any of them ever stop and ponder, even for a moment, why it is that the Islamic State appeals to Muslims on the basis of its understanding of Islam, confident that its appeal will find a receptive hearing among them? Whence this confidence in the appeal of what Western analysts assume to be a twisted and hijacked version of the religion?
“ISIL tells Balkan Muslims to ‘either join it here, or kill there,'” Balkans.com, June 5, 2015:
The Islamic State has published a propaganda video that threatens Balkan countries and calls on Muslims to either join it, or launch attacks in the Balkans.
The video, titled “Honor is in jihad, a message to the Balkans”, has been published by the Alhayat Media Center – a propaganda center established to reach audiences in the West with Islamic messages.
The video, that lasts a little over 22 minutes, has an English language narrator talking about the history of the Balkans, while showing historical footage, and about the Muslim communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania “and other countries in the region.”
Members of the Islamic State who came from the Balkans are shown, with several of them calling on other Muslims to go to Iraq and Syria, “where they can safely and with dignity live with their families.”
Among the identified Islamists are Abu Bilkis, aka Al Albani and Abu Mukatil, aka Al Kosovo, as well as Abu Muhammad al Bosni.