Another head-scratcher for those who insist that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam or Sharia, and that those who joined it knew little and cared less about Islam.
“‘I Came for the Jihad’: Women Tell of Life in the Islamic State,” by Sara Manisera, Newsdeeply.com, September 29, 2017:
Khadija al-Humri came to Raqqa by choice.
“I came for the Jihad, for Sharia and the Islamic State,” the 29-year-old Tunisian woman said, roughly four years after leaving her hometown along with her first husband.
“I really believed that there was a state where we could live like the Prophet.”
Khadija, a former ISIS bride, hugs one of her children in the Ain al-Issa camp north of Raqqa city on September 9, 2017 (Arianna Pagani)
But Raqqa was not all it was made out to be. Khadija’s first husband was killed in battles with the Free Syrian Army, and the widow was transferred to a dormitory were unmarried women wait to be selected by ISIS fighters.
“It was horrible … I had to get married if I wanted to leave that place,” she said.
Her disenchantment would be expounded by the time she remarried. She described rampant drug abuse and a thriving sex trade in a city where people were killed for no reason. She recalled clashes between ISIS fighters and described a group of French ISIS brides who used to abuse Captagon, an amphetamine-based drug nicknamed the “Jihadi Pill.”
“My second husband who was an ISIS fighter opened my eyes,” she said. “He told me that the [Islamic State] did not exist. We had made a big mistake.”