During Ramadan, Muslims are exhorted to renew and deepen their devotion to Allah. Hence it is a time when they’re supposed to grow more generous and kind toward their fellow Muslims. However, the Qur’an says: “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves” (48:29). If the Ramadan imperative is to become more devout, the Muslim who applies himself diligently to the Ramadan observance will simultaneously become more both merciful to his fellow Muslims and more severe against the unbelievers. If the Islamic State’s Sinai Province considers members of the Egyptian Armed Forces to be “apostate,” then to kill them during Ramadan is a pious act.
“‘Sinai Province’ claims destruction of army platoon near Sheikh Zuweid,” by Taha Sakr, Daily News Egypt, June 6, 2016:
A police conscript was shot dead on Monday morning by militants believed to be members of Islamic State-affiliated group “Sinai Province” in southern Rafah.
The conscript was a member of the Sadwet checkpoint security force, Rafah residents told Daily News Egypt on condition of anonymity.
On Sunday evening, “Sinai Province” claimed responsibility for destroying a M113 tank and then clashing with the officers and conscripts who were inside it and the accompanying army platoon, according to a statement issued by the group’s media office.
“Thanks to Allah, Caliphate soldiers were able to target the platoon affiliated to apostate Egyptian Armed Forces on the Al-Arish-Rafah International Road. The attack resulted in the destruction of a M113 tank by an improvised explosive device (IED). Following the explosion, clashes erupted between Caliphate soldiers, and conscripts from the platoon. These clashes resulted in the death and injury of several army members,” the statement read.
The statement added that, besides attacking the tank, the militants managed to foil another platoon’s mission to storm a faction of “Sinai Province” in Sheikh Zuweid using armoured vehicles. The Armed Forces were met by tough resistance and their mission failed….