While the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group has developed a reputation for successfully recruiting using social media, this week, a call from “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—demanding more Muslims join the jihadist group—was met with a chorus of mockery and jeers.
Iyad el-Baghdadi, an Arab Spring activist, translated Baghdadi’s remarks on Twitter. He received numerous replies attacking the ISIS leader and his terrorist group.
— Omar Ibrahim (@omarinbox1888) December 27, 2015
— Jay Zadeh (@JayLikesIt) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi We (muslims) urgently call upon every Muslim or Non-Muslim to humiliate you
— Yann Boudjennah (@YMB_2i) December 28, 2015
Baghdadi claimed his terrorist group is thriving in Iraq and Syria despite facing continuous U.S.-led airstrikes.
“Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more intense the war against it, the purer it becomes and the tougher it gets,” he said.
@iyad_elbaghdadi Ganging up on you? Aaw that's terrible, tell Daddy all all about it x
— Steve C (@SteveSteveblog) December 26, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi too busy being part of a civilised and functioning society.
— potato head (@ozzypotato) December 27, 2015
The leader also claimed the terrorist group had not forgotten Palestine and threatened Israel.
@iyad_elbaghdadi this is like a plot of a really bad Mel Gibson film
— Elixir (@Pista_Badaam) December 26, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi interesting that they've mentioned Palestine, was way down the agenda for a while. Struggling for legitimacy?
— 1000 Revolutions (@Thousandrevs) December 26, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi and another thing. Saudi Arabia is way way bigger than your hunting game.
— Saud ســـعــود (@HaZe80s) December 28, 2015
— Ahmed Abo El-Naga (@AhmedAboElNaga7) December 28, 2015
“@iyad_elbaghdadi srry bruh, gf says she's home alone :P
— Quiyum (@Quiyum31) December 28, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi gotta do the dishes bruv
— RasheedAB (@RasheedAB) December 26, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi sorry, I'm washing my hair
— falafelandchips (@falafelandchips) December 26, 2015
Some Muslims replied that they had no interest in joining ISIS, being currently occupied with mundane chores.
@iyad_elbaghdadi Sorry mate but I've got tons of washing up to do & the Coronation Street omnibus won't watch itself. Ta ta
— Glen Hattersley (@rocknroll66) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi dishwasher needs to be emptied by me, not my wife. Maybe some other day.
— enlite (@enlite) December 26, 2015
Some of those responding joked that finding Muslims to give up their lives to join the Islamic State on Boxing Day or right after Christmas would be especially troublesome.
@iyad_elbaghdadi rise on a bank holiday pfffff
— haggles (@lancedingdong) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi Ohh plz dude, not now. Very tight schedule these days.
— Dilshad Riaz Virk (@DilshadRiaz) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi I'm fighting my own personal battle not going to the boxing day shopping sales
— Faraz (@united1333) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi Sorry mate, got some nice Christmas ham left over with my name on it.
— Mark Archer (@markarcher900) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi I am a little busy with this Legendary Super Mutant Overlord that keeps nagging me in Fallout 4. No can do.
— Hassaan Munir (@Go_Nawaz_Go) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi I have to masturbate before. Could take a while. My whole life
— Placebo Domingo (@thomasmatzka) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi I wanna wait until April and find out what happened to Jon Snow
— Hind Al-Sulaiti (@hsulaiti) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi sorry folks, busy watching some porns. Next time maybe.
— HifAshes (@D0ubleH007) December 28, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi can it wait until after bowl season?
— Crusader Fan (@CrusaderFan02) December 26, 2015
Quite a few Twitter accounts posed very important questions for Baghdadi.
@iyad_elbaghdadi ehm, can we wait until new episode of Sherlock Holmes is released? ὡ
— Mansoor Abdul Majeed (@ManzAbdulMajeed) December 28, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi My dad said I have to be home by 8pm. Will we be done by then?
— Guidance of God (@guidanceofgod) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi I've eaten so much Turkey that I couldn't rise from my chair. Maybe February?
— Steve C (@SteveSteveblog) December 26, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi I'm not Muslim but I'm giving up drinking for January so need something to do. I'm not very outdoorsy though, is that ok?
— tom fawcett (@tomjy85) December 26, 2015
Can he promise virgins in heaven?
@iyad_elbaghdadi Pork. Bacon. Yum Yum.
— zardiw (@zardiw) December 28, 2015