Sheikh Abdullah Almuhessani, the spiritual leader of the jihadists currently fighting to lift the Syrian army’s siege on eastern Aleppo, has released a video in which he encouraged his troops to go on suicide missions.
In the video, the sheikh is seen blessing a jihadi fighter, a man named Abdelrahman, while addressing his mother, telling her the man will be able to spend that night in heaven with his wife.
“Salam aleikum Abdelrahman’s mother, I pray to Allah to protect you and the mothers of all the mujahideen around us,” he said in the video. “You will be blessed by this hero, who will inshallah meet his wife and spend tonight in heaven with her. He will meet the beautiful virgins who will wait for him in the tents of paradise. I wish his attack would hit the enemies of Allah hard.”
The video was hotly debated on social media. The renowned UAE cleric Waseem Yousef tweeted: “Muhessani said he’d go to heaven! He even promised him to meet the beautiful virgins! Why doesn’t he go to perform the attack instead of that young man? The real tragedy is that he dares send that message to the young man’s poor mother.”
المحيسني يجزم أن الشاب سيدخل الجنة ! ويجزم له بالحور العين !!
لماذا لا يذهب هو بدلاً عن الشاب !! والمصيبة أنه يرسل تعزية لأم الشاب المكلومة pic.twitter.com/ZWkDpVBZE0
— وسيم يوسف (@waseem_yousef) October 30, 2016
Maha Almohmad replied: “They have no other way but the beautiful virgins to describe heaven. They have nothing except that. Even their thought is a minor,” she wrote, referring to the fact that the prospective attacker is probably not an adult.
@waseem_yousef ومافي الا عندهم حور العين نعيم الجنه اكثر من كذا حتى تفكيرهم قاصر
— مها المحمد (@M_Almohmad) October 30, 2016
“It’s one of the Muslim’s beasts,” Ahmed wrote.
هذا بهيمة من بهايم المسلمين .. @waseem_yousef
— عنق الزجاجة (@Ahmed911__) October 30, 2016
Another replied: “You f*g, only when you become a man you’ll have the right to talk, you miserable wise guy.”
— البحتري (@mhdalhosam8) October 30, 2016
Suggesting that the young man is high on drugs, Faisal wrote: “Look at Abdelrahman, I don’t even think he’s awake, that’s why the Sheikh leaped on him like that.”
شكله مب صاحي عشان كذا انقص عليه بسرعه
— Faisal #بطل_اوروبا (@faisal7172) October 30, 2016
“These are the men who commit crimes in the name of Islam,” Amira Abdalwahab wrote. “They distorted Islam’s image. May Allah punish them.”
“Instead of sending young men to heaven and telling us about it, why don’t you start by sacrificing yourself on behalf of your beloved jihad!” Layal wrote.
بدل من ترسل الشباب إلى الجنان وتنقل لنا الأخبار
قدم نفسك أولا يامحب الجهاد !!
— ليال الحربي🌸 (@LayalCcc) October 30, 2016
Moomen Taha wrote: “That’s exactly what the leaders of IS do, they tell young men to blow themselves up to be able to go to heaven. If it is so, why don’t the leaders of IS do it themselves? They may just not want to go to heaven.”
@waseem_yousef اي والله مثل امراء داعش يقولون للشباب فجر نفسك وانت تدخل الجنة زين ليش هم الامراء مال داعش ميروحون شنو ميريدون الجنة مالتهم
— مؤمن طه العراقي (@momnth2) October 30, 2016
In support of Almuhessani, Amer Abu Adnan tweeted: “Damn you and IS, we are with Islam, and the Sheikh Almuhessani’s shoe should be your throne.”
— عامر ابو عدنان (@90ammar90) October 30, 2016