ISIS Propaganda Magazine Tells Muslim Around the World to Sacrifice Their Lives, 'Trample Democracy'

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Islamic State child soldiers posing for a group picture underneath the Islamic State's black flag. |

In the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, the Islamic State terror group has encouraged Muslim children to disobey their parents for violent "jihad," and claimed that areas under its control are the only states ruling by "Allah's Sharia" today.

"If jihad becomes obligatory upon him then the permission of his parents is not taken into consideration because the jihad has become fardayn [legal obligation] and abandonment of it is a sin. There is no obedience to anyone in disobedience of Allah," the 10th issue of Dabiq quotes Ibn Qudamah, a Hanbali traditionalist theologian.

Dabiq, a publication released by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, says it is "a periodical magazine focusing on the issues of tawhid (unity), manhaj (truth-seeking), hijrah (migration), jihad (holy war) and jama'ah (community)."

The latest issue of the magazine urges recognition of the authority of the "Caliphate" by Muslims everywhere.

"The call to defend the Islamic State — the only state ruling by Allah's Sharia today – continues to be answered by sincere Muslims and mujahihin around the world prepared to sacrifice their lives and everything dear to them to raise high the word of Allah and trample democracy and nationalism," it says in the opening paragraph.

It also calls on Muslim women whose husbands are non-Muslims or fighting against ISIS to leave their husbands and family.

"It is not permissible for you in any case to remain under the same roof with someone who has removed the noose of Islam from his neck, and the marriage contract between you and him was nullified the moment when he apostatized from the religion of Islam," it states. "As such, any relationship you have with him is a relationship that is impermissible according to the Sharia. Rather, it amounts to zina (fornication), so beware."

The magazine also encourages Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters to leave their groups and join ISIS. It carries a fatwa saying Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar cannot claim to be caliph of the Muslim Ummah under Sharia.

The publication portrays ISIS as they see themselves, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Clarion Project. They boast of their victories and paint a romantic image of the restoration of an Islamic golden age and the heralding of a "glorious" new caliphate based on holy war.

Dabiq is a place in Syria believed to be the location for one of the final battles according to certain Muslim myths about a final apocalypse.

ISIS, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, is seeking to establish a caliphate in the Levant region and beyond, and is fast expanding its control in Syria and Iraq. Christian minorities are among its main civilian targets.

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