“A florist has described his shock after being featured in an Islamic State propaganda magazine which calls on jihadis to ‘strike terror into the heart of disbelievers.'” That imperative comes from the Qur’an: “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the enemies of Allah and your enemies…” (Qur’an 8:60)
In any case, Stephen Leyland hasn’t done a thing to offend the Islamic State. He hasn’t invaded Iraq. He hasn’t drawn Muhammad. All he has done is exist as an Englishman and a non-Muslim. This should emphasize to people that there is no point to living in fear and above all no point to trying to appease the jihad forces. Their imperative to kill Infidels is not predicated upon the Infidels having provoked them. They must fight until “religion is all for Allah” (Qur’an 8:39).
“British Florist’s Picture Used In Islamic State Propaganda Magazine,” Sky News, September 7, 2016:
Stephen Leyland, from Cheshire, says he is “concerned” after discovering that an image of him appeared in jihadist propaganda.
A florist has described his shock after being featured in an Islamic State propaganda magazine which calls on jihadis to “strike terror into the heart of disbelievers”.
A photo of Stephen Leyland, 64, appears in Rumiyah alongside a caption that encourages supporters to take “even the blood of a merry Crusader citizen selling flowers to passersby”.
Rumiyah also lists businessmen on their way to work, teenagers playing sports and old men buying lunch as “fair game”.
Counter-terrorism police have interviewed Mr Leyland after the magazine emerged online.
“It has come as a bit of a shock,” he told The Times. “When I was first contacted I thought it was a wind-up.
“I really don’t know what to do. I’m not scared but I am concerned that the photo is in this magazine.”
The image of the florist is believed to have been lifted from the internet.
Mr Leyland, from Cheshire, added: “I don’t know any jihadis….
As far as you know, anyway, sir.