Muslim doctor from Canada joins the Islamic State, urges Muslims to “get on the path of jihad”

Robert Spencer

It is taken for granted among mainstream counterterror analysts that poverty causes terrorism, yet there is a steady stream of affluent people who join the jihad. And Dr. Youssef Al Majeerteyn seems somehow to have gotten the idea that jihad involves violence against unbelievers. Where did he learn that? Is his mosque in Canada being investigated? Or are such concerns being waved away with the claim that he was “radicalized on the Internet”?

“ISIS video allegedly shows doctor from Canada urging ‘jihad,’” by Stewart Bell, Global News, January 23, 2019.

A video released Wednesday by the ISIS affiliate in Somalia showed a man it said was a doctor from Canada urging supporters to “get on the path of jihad.”

The 15-minute propaganda video introduced him as Dr. Youssef Al Majeerteyn and said he had “died bravely.” A man then spoke to the camera in Canadian-sounding English.

Wearing a stethoscope and seated in front of a rifle and ISIS flag, he encouraged “brothers and sisters” to join the terrorist group, which has a small presence in Somalia.

“What will you say to Allah on the day of judgment when you are asked what have you done for the ummah [community] while your fellow Muslims are being bombed by the kuffar [disbelievers] and murtadeen [apostates] day and night?” he said.

“Get on the path of jihad and book yourself the highest places in jannah [paradise].”

It did not say how he died but the United States military has been conducting airstrikes in Somalia targeting ISIS and Al Shabab, which claimed responsibility for last week’s attack in Nairobi.

Canadian terrorism researcher Amarnath Amarasingam said the video was one of the first to acknowledge that Western foreign fighters were active in the so-called Somalia province of ISIS….

The government’s 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada, released last month, said extremists “inspired by violent Sunni Islamist ideology” remained Canada’s top terrorism threat.

The report said an estimated 190 “extremist travelers” were abroad — about half of them in Syria, Iraq and Turkey while another 60 have returned to Canada.

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