Canadian IS Fighter Calls Countrymen to Execute Lone-Wolf Attacks or Travel to Join Group
The Islamic State (IS) released a video from a Canadian fighter identified as "Abu Anwar al-Canadi" calling upon his fellow Muslim countrymen to carry out lone-wolf attacks and take Martin 'Ahmad' Rouleau as an example, who travel to join the ranks of the group.
His speech came in a 6 minute, 13 second video produced by the IS' al-I'tisaam Media Foundation, and was distributed on Twitter and jihadi forums on December 7, 2014. It is the fifth episode in its "Message of the Mujahid" series. Standing amidst the ruins of an unidentified area, Abu Anwar warned Canadians that their leaders' embroiling their country in the war on the IS through the U.S.-led coalition will bring revenge attacks upon them, and pointed to the incidents in Montreal and Ottawa in October 2014. He said:
"O people of Canada, you are said to be an educated people, so what is preventing you from being able to put two and two together and understanding that operations such as that of brother Ahmed Rouleau of Montreal and the storming of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, are carried out in direct response to your participation in the coalition of nations waging war against the Muslim people?"
Abu Anwar questioned Canadian Muslims how they can remain living in their country, a "land of war," at this time when the Islamic Caliphate has been declared. He told them: "So the mujahideen continue to call you to one of two options: Hijrah [immigration] or jihad. You either pack your bags, or you prepare your explosive devices. You either purchase your airline ticket, or you sharpen your knife. You either come to the Islamic State and live under the laws of Allah, or you follow the example of brother Ahmed Rouleau and do not fear the blame of the blamers."
Following is a transcript of the video:
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Message of the Mujahid
[Abu Anwar al-Canadi]
All praise belongs to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad, his family, and his Companions.
Peace be upon those who follow the guidance.
O people of Canada, you are said to be an educated people, so what is preventing you from being able to put two and two together and understanding that operations such as that of brother Ahmed Rouleau of Montreal and the storming of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, are carried out in direct response to your participation in the coalition of nations waging war against the Muslim people? Your leaders, - those men and women whom you have elected to represent yourselves in the running of your country's affairs, have gone far out of their way to involve themselves in the global war against the Islamic State. Your representatives and your leaders have voluntarily chosen to join the coalition of countries waging war against the Muslims. So it should not surprise you when operations by the Muslims are executed where it hurts you the most - on your very own soil - in retaliation to your unprovoked acts of aggression towards our people. You have absolutely no right to live in a state of safety and security when your country is carrying out atrocities on our people.
The more bombs you drop on our people, the more Muslims will realize and understand that today, waging jihad against the West and its allies around the world is beyond a shadow of the doubt a religious obligation binding upon every Muslim. And the more Muslims living amongst you whom you oppress by imprisoning them and spying on them and preventing them from migrating to the Islamic State, the more they will be inspired to punish your citizens with the likes of that which you are afflicting upon our citizens. Your people will be indiscriminately targeted as you indiscriminately target our people.
I warn you of punishment in this worldly life at the hands of the mujahideen, and I would also like to warn you of a greater punishment, and that is the eternal punishment of hellfire promised for those who die not having submitted as Muslims to the one true god of all that exists.
I was one of you. I was a typical Canadian. I grew up on the hockey rink and spent my teenage years on stage playing guitar. I had no criminal record. I was a bright student and maintained a strong GPA in university. So how could one of your people end up in my place? And why is it that your own people are the ones turning against you at home? The answer is that we have accepted the true call of the prophets and messengers of God, a call to worship no deity except the one true god alone, who created us to worship Him who has no partners and no son, and to whom we will all return on the Day of Judgment. And then it is either eternal Paradise for the believers, or eternal hellfire for those who deny and disbelieve.
And after submitting to God and accepting the religion of truth, we have answered the call to jihad, striving with our wealth and our selves for the sake of god, in obedience to Him to establish His laws on the earth, because the right to legislate laws for the creation belongs only to the creator.
I warn you, and I warn you clearly: The promise of our Lord is true, the Day of Judgment will come, so I sincerely advise you to read the Qur'an and search for the truth yourself.
To the Muslims who are still residing in Canada, I say to you: How can you remain living among the disbelievers, under their unjust, manmade laws which are slowly but surely eliminating the rights of the Muslims, especially now that the Caliphate has been established? And furthermore, how can you stand to live among them peacefully, when their leaders, who represent the masses, are waging a Crusade against your Muslim brothers and sisters at this very moment? According to Islamic principles, you are living in a land of war, a land that is relentlessly oppressing, and constantly in support of the oppression of Muslims all around the world. A Muslim has absolutely no place living in a land such as Canada or America or Europe today, except to carry out his duty of fighting in Allah's cause. Do not be deceived by Western leaders telling you that they have nothing against Islam and Muslims, and that they're only fighting terrorism. The results of their carpet bomb airstrikes speak for themselves. They are attacking the Muslim people as a whole.
Have you forgotten that Allah tells us how the disbelievers will behave towards the believers? Allah says that the disbelievers will never cease fighting you, they will never cease fighting you until they turn you back from your religion if they are able to do so. So the mujahideen continue to call you to one of two options: Hijrah [immigration] or jihad. You either pack your bags, or you prepare your explosive devices. You either purchase your airline ticket, or you sharpen your knife. You either come to the Islamic State and live under the laws of Allah, or you follow the example of brother Ahmed Rouleau and do not fear the blame of the blamers.
I ask Allah to guide us to the straight path, and may peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad, his family, and his Companions.
Peace be upon those who follow the guidance.