The latest issue (number 14) of the Islamic State’s propaganda magazine, Dabiq, published April 13, contains a hitlist of Muslim leaders in the West, specifically naming 21. A 22nd (Nihad Awad of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Council on American Islamic Relations) is pictured, but not named.
Those whom the Islamic State is targeting are listed in a section entitled “Kill the Imams of Kufr (the infidels) in the West.”
It includes leaders from the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.
The list of leaders is very diverse and includes several who are linked to Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, despite the fact that the Islamic State’s ideology is directly descended from that of the Muslim Brotherhood. Indeed the theme of the issue, entitled The Murtadd Brotherhood, is focused on the illegitimacy of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Others on the hit list are Salafi leaders, Sufis or politicians. It even includes one jihadist, Abū Basīr at-Tartūsī.
The section closes with an exhortation to kill these and other unnamed leaders. Dabiq writes:
“One must either take the journey to dār al-Islām, joining the ranks of the mujāhidīn therein, or wage jihād by himself with the resources available to him (knives, guns, explosives, etc.) to kill the crusaders and other disbelievers and apostates, including the imāms of kufr, to make an example of them, as all of them are valid – rather, obligatory – targets according to the Sharī’ah, except for those who openly repent from kufr before they are apprehended.”
The list shows the extent of the Islamic State’s adherence to the doctrine of takfir, which enables them to brand any Muslim who does not submit to their authority and hold by their interpretation of Islam a heretic worthy of death.
Clarion Project is reprinting the entire list here:
Abdullah Hakim Quick
Abū Basīr at-Tartūsī
Muhammad Abdul Bari,