An article appearing in the French edition of the terror group’s monthly propaganda magazine “Rumiyah” addresses all Muslims in France stating: “Don’t forget your duty as a Muslim. Choose a candidate to kill & polling station to burn.”
MEMRILikening Western democracies to ‘?âghût‘ or idol worship, the Islamic State advises supporters to instead put their faith in Allah over a ‘false deity’ and not vote in this weekend’s crucial runoff between Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and his rival, Right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen in which Macron is widely expected to emerge the winner.
Following is an excerpt of the article, translated from French:
“1. Do not participate in any way and for any reason in these elections, otherwise you will become unbelieving idolaters. By voting, you accept the idol-worshipping democratic system, and you elect and support a taghut (false god) which will be placed as an equal to Allah in matters of legislation and judgement. Yet our faith is based on two principles: disbelieve in taghut (al-kufr bi at-taghut), and to believe in Allah (al-iman billah). [Follows quotes from Quran and Hadith supporting this argument]
“As for those using the rule of the ‘lesser evil’ to misguide the Muslims and incite them to vote for the least bad candidate, we tell them: This rule can only apply when one is forced to choose between two evils that are not acts of disbelief. Here, we are asked to choose between worship of a taghut or worship of another taghut who could be less bad, when in fact there is another choice – the choice to worship Allah alone without associating anything to him. This was the choice of our father Ibrahim, who said: ‘We disavow you, and between you and us there has appeared enmity and hate forever, unless you come to have faith in Allah alone.’ [Quran 60:4]
“2. And for those who will have chosen to remain Muslim by following our father Ibrahim, we remind them that the latter did not merely declare his hatred and his enmity towards his idol worshipping people, but that he also destroyed those idols with his own hands: ‘So he broke them into pieces’ [Quran 21:58] […] Therefore we call upon you to destroy the places of idolatry that are the polling stations, those places where the idolaters come to show their support and their love for their divinities. To all our brothers who fear being killed or imprisoned by doing so, we remind them that such is the way of the prophets and the messengers. […] Thus, burn down these places of idolatry, kill the candidates, the voters, the personnel of the polling stations, and do not spare a single unbeliever. May Allah grant you success and count you among the martyrs.”