An Egyptian man has delivered a financial blow to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after reportedly becoming the “emir” of its alms department before fleeing to Turkey with almost $1 million.
According to IBTimes UK , Abu Obeida al-Masri, who was the secretary of the “Zakat” (charity) bureau and treasurer of ISIL’s Syrian branch, fled with the funds amounting to “a billion Syrian pounds,” which were collected by his department in the Deir Ez Zour province.
Following the incident, ISIL militants have reportedly issued an order to stop recruiting Egyptian jihadists.
According to the Hidaya Foundation:
Zakat is an obligatory act that has to be performed by every adult and able-bodied Muslim. It is an important pillar among the five pillars of Islam. Zakat is a part of the wealth and property that Muslims must pay annually to help the poor of their community. One of the main purposes of Zakat is to keep those who are wealthy clean, monetarily, from sin. It is a form of Sadaqah (charity) which is obligatory for Muslims.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS “has forced the merchants and industrialists to pay 2.5% of each sale.”
“The money paid to the poor without reference to the Zakat Chamber is an act of charity, but it doesn’t exempt traders from paying to the Zakat Chamber,” an ISIS source reportedly stated.
As a result of this incident, rumors claim that ISIS militants have issued an order to no longer recruit any Egyptian jihadists.
This financial blow to ISIS is not the only breaking news from the terrorist group, as a recent video was released on Tuesday which showed Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh being burned alive. This has sparked European and United States outrage against the terrorist group.
Jordanian officials have sworn vengeance against the Islamic State terrorist group for murdering al-Kasaesbeh. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has also issued a statement condemning, “in the strongest possible terms, the brutality and violence that ISIL has consistently shown to its captives and to the people of Iraq and Syria.”
From Washington Examiner:
“He said there is going to be retribution like ISIS hasn’t seen,” said Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., a Marine Corps veteran of two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, who was in the meeting with the king. “He mentioned ‘Unforgiven’ and he mentioned Clint Eastwood, and he actually quoted a part of the movie.”
Hunter would not say which part of “Unforgiven” the king quoted, but noted it was where Eastwood’s character describes how he is going to deliver his retribution. There is a scene in the picture in which Eastwood’s character, William Munny, says, “Any man I see out there, I’m gonna kill him. Any son of a bitch takes a shot at me, I’m not only going to kill him, I’m going to kill his wife and all his friends and burn his damn house down.”
“He’s angry,” Hunter said of King Abdullah. “They’re starting more sorties tomorrow than they’ve ever had. They’re starting tomorrow. And he said, ‘The only problem we’re going to have is running out of fuel and bullets.'”
“ISIL is trying to build this overarching caliphate through which there is no diversity of thought, of religion, values or culture,” says Gianni Pittella, member of the European Parliament. “The fact remains that ISIL is a very pernicious entity.”