The following propaganda video was recently released by the Islamic State. YouTube quickly pulled the original, but Vlad saved a copy so that ritamalik could translate it and he could subtitle it. We’ve uploaded the final product to LiveLeak so that it will be more likely to be available for a while. It merits close scrutiny by anyone who wants to understand the Koranic and scriptural basis of the Islamic State.
News of a video about the training camp for ISIS “cubs” made the headlines a couple of days ago, but not many people were able to watch it before it disappeared from the Web. Some countries are in the process of criminalizing the possession of videos produced by the Islamic State, even the non-violent ones (I’m not sure whether any laws have actually been passed). But what better way is there to understand the threat doctrine of the enemy than to view the propaganda he releases to his own people?
Given the times we live in, Vlad has added a warning to the beginning of this video in hopes that it will allow it have a somewhat longer shelf life in the New, Improved Internet Age than if it were simply an unannotated copy of the original.
I found this video more disturbing than those that depict mass executions, beheadings, snipers, bloody surf, and all the other grisly forms of violence so lovingly chronicled by the Islamic State. This is a celebration of a form of violence that is inflicted on the hearts and minds of children.
Some of these boys are very young, and probably can’t remember much of their life before the Syrian “civil war” began four years ago. If it hadn’t been for the “Arab Spring” and the jihad against Bashar Assad — brought to you courtesy of Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and EU Inc. — these kids might have been able to have a more or less normal childhood and grow up to lead more or less normal lives. Normal by Syrian standards, that is: rough, backward, and sometimes brutal, but nowhere near as brutal as the rule of the Islamic State, which has become the new normal in large swaths of Syria and Iraq.
What you’ll notice in this footage is the Koranic basis for violent jihad that these boys are taught and recite into the microphone for the camera. They are repeating standard verses from the Koran and authentic hadith from Bukhari and Muslim. In other words, this is not a version of Islam that has been “twisted” or “perverted” by “violent extremists”. These are the core teachings of the Islamic faith and Islamic law that have been accepted as mainstream in Islam for more than a thousand years.
The sayings and slogans you’ll hear in this video are indistinguishable from those uttered by “moderates” of the Muslim Brotherhood such as Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Many thanks to ritamalik for the translation and the annotations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
There is an additional aspect to the scenes in this video which may be even more disturbing. This is a sensitive topic, so I’m placing further discussion of it below the jump, for readers who would prefer to skip it.
Certain Islamic countries — notably the Arab states, Persia, and Afghanistan — have a long-standing tradition of culturally-tolerated (and even -approved) pederasty, known as bacha bazi, or dancing boys. Women are secluded and unavailable to large numbers of men, leaving them with no natural sexual outlet. Young well-favored boys are thus kept as catamites by grown men and used in ways which are best left undescribed (see “Islam’s Nancy Boys”, here, here, and here).
Islam accommodated itself to this depraved institution by devising elaborate rules about which practices are haram and which are halal. Which person acts as the “passive” partner, whether the catamite has pubic hair, and so on — factors such as these determine whether an act is perfectly OK with Allah, or whether it is an abomination requiring that the perpetrator be hanged or thrown down from a height.
There’s no reason to think that these mujahideen of the Islamic State have forsaken the bacha bazi culture just because they have returned to the canonical interpretations of their faith. The institution is, after all, sanctioned by Allah, who promises shahids who die killing infidels that they will be waited upon in Paradise by young boys “as fresh as pearls”.
The position of teacher in the Junior Jihadi Academy must be a coveted one indeed, available only to the most senior or well-connected mujahideen of the Islamic State.
|1:26||(Teacher shouts): “Our Path, our path!”… (Junior Jihadis answer): “Jihad, Jihad!!”|
|1:37||(Teacher shouts): “Takbir!”|
|1:41||(Junior Jihadis shout): Allahu Akbar! (Allah is greater!)|
|1:45||(Teacher): “In the name of Allah the most beneficent, the most merciful,|
|1:48||praise belongs to the Lord of the worlds,|
|1:50||and prayers and peace be to the one who was chosen as a mercy to mankind,|
|1:54||Muhammad the son of Abdullah, and to his family and followers all.|
|1:58||Here in “Farouq Institute for little ones (cubs)” you can find children of Ansar (The helpers or allies)|
|2:02||and Muhajirun (the immigrants) (This is referring to early Islamic history. The Ansar were the Muslims who were natives of Medina and the Muhajirun were the Muslims who migrated from Mecca) from the country of Levant and elsewhere.|
|2:12||Allah the most exalted has gathered us here to learn This Religion.|
|2:17||and in this place, with the permission of Allah, the most exalted, we are preparing a generation|
|2:21||on the basis of The Book (Quran) and the Sunnah (The tradition of the prophet),|
|2:25||with the permission of Allah, the most exalted.|
|2:28||We teach them the pillars of The Religion, the most important of which is Tawheed (Islamic unitarian monotheism)|
|2:34||And also in this place they will study the pinnacle of Islam, which is Jihad in the way of Allah,|
|2:38||the most exalted.|
|2:46||This institute consists of sections;|
|2:52||there is a first level and a second level,|
|2:56||and praise be to Allah, the vast majority of these have finished the first level,|
|3:01||the duration of which was about four months.|
|3:08||And some of them have memorised four parts of The Quran (Quran is divided into 6 parts)|
|3:13||and some three parts and some most of that.|
|3:18||And praise belongs to Allah, the most exalted, and the credit is all his!|
|3:23||Also they will learn the foundations of their Religion, like Tawheed and the meaning of|
|3:28||”Wala va Albaraa” (Loyalty and Disavowal),|
|3:33||and also they learn the doctrine of Jihad,|
|3:36||such as what are the rulings on homes and what is the command of “guarding” according to Allah,|
|3:40||most exalted and what is command of “guarding” according to His Messenger (PBUH),|
|3:45||and what are the different kinds of Jihad, and what are its rules,|
|3:50||also they will memorise the Hadiths which extol the virtues of Jihad.|
|3:53||May Allah, most exalted, make them in the days to come face the Kuffar in the front lines,|
|4:04||and in this place, with the permission of Allah, the most exalted, they will learn the true meaning|
|4:09||of “Wala wa Albaraa”(Loyalty and Disavowal),|
|4:13||which is getting closer to their faith by learning to love and hate for the sake of Allah, the most exalted.|
|4:23||And with the permission of Allah, the most exalted, in a few years or even less than that,|
|4:28||this generation will reconquer Al Aqsa (Dome of the Rock), with the permission of Allah, the most exalted,|
|4:34||this generation will be the one that conquers Rome, with the permission of Allah, the most exalted.|
|4:43||And this generation who will become the foundation of the Islamic State.|
|4:52||And with the permission of Allah, the most exalted, they will become the instrument|
|4:56||of the spreading of the Religion of Allah, the most exalted,|
|4:59||which will fight all the nations of Kufr and apostasy.|
|5:02||And I ask Allah, the most exalted, to use us, and God forbid, not replace us,|
|5:07||exalted is He, and your reward from Allah is good! …|
|5:12||(Teacher): Show us what you have memorised from The Book of Allah!|
|5:17||(Junior Jihadi): I take refuge to Allah from the accursed Satan!|
|5:22||In the name of Allah the most beneficent, the most merciful!|
|5:28||(Here he recites Quran 8:1 halfway through): ”They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the bounties [of war]. Say, ‘The [decision concerning] bounties is for Allah and the Messenger. So fear Allah and amend that which is between you and obey Allah and His Messenger, if you should be believers…’“|
|5:52||(Here the video starts showing the boys performing “ablution” or “Wodu” which is the Islamic ritual washing before the prayer and other “holy” acts.)|
|6:09||(Now they stand behind their teacher to pray.)|
|6:40||(Teacher): “Abu Khaled, when a Muslim is takes his enemy in battle what choices does he have and why?”|
|6:46||(J.J. No. 1): “When a Muslim takes his enemy in battle the commander will give him four choices.|
|6:52||First amongst them is to kill him, since The most Exalted has said in general to kill the Mushrikun.|
|6:59||And the prophet (PBUH) had killed the male members of Banu Quraizah tribe.|
|7:04||Then to take him as a slave, or also as it is written in the “Two Sahihs” (the two most respected “Sahih” Hadith collections, Bukhari and Muslim) that: ”Aisha had a slave-girl from the tribe of Bani Tamim, and the Prophet said to ‘Aisha, ‘Manumit her as she is a descendant of Ishmael (the Prophet)’.” (Sahih Bukhari Volume 3, Book 46, Number 719)…|
|7:15||Or give him away to someone for free, as the prophet (PBUH) bestowed one to Abi Ezzat Al Jamari…|
|7:19||(the rest is unclear since the video cuts his comments short)|
|7:24||(Teacher): God rewards you well!|
|7:26||(Teacher): Abu Abdul Hakim? What is recantation in Islam?|
|7:30||(J.J. No. 2): Who ever does not repudiate the Shirk (association) of Mushrikun (the associators)|
|7:35||he is complicit in their Kufr and his religion is Kufr…. (unclear)… And they are considered Kuffar!….|
|7:40||(J.J. No. 3 is quite unclear…)|
|8:00||(Teacher): The difference between the “Greater Shirk” and the “Lesser Shirk”?|
|8:03||(J.J. No. 4): Eh… Eh….The Greater Shirk makes you leave the Religion of Allah, but the Smaller Shirk|
|8:06||will not make you exit the Religion of Allah!|
|8:12||The Greater Shirk will condemn you to eternal Hell, but with the Smaller Shirk, you will be out after cleansing!|
|8:22||The Greater Shirk will not be forgiven except by repentance, but the Smaller Shirk will be forgiven, Insh’allah.|
|8:49||The Media Office of the State of Raqqa, the month of Jamadi Al Awla of the year 1436 of Hijra Calendar (February 2015)