ISIS learned the hard way this week that Twitter may not be a future option for attempting to reach out to fellow Muslims for his international jihad.
Earlier this week, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued a call for Muslims worldwide to join his drive for an international caliphate.
“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,” said the audio recording, described as by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The authenticity of the message, posted on Saturday on Twitter accounts that have published Islamic State statements in the past, could not be verified.
“If it was an Islamic coalition, it would have declared itself free from its Jewish and Crusader lords and made the killing the Jews and the liberation of Palestine its goal,” the message said.
Anti-oppression activist Iyad El-Baghdadi translated portions of the speech and posted them to Twitter, including one quote from al-Baghdadi reading: “ISIS leaders: We urgently call upon every Muslim to join the fight, especially those in the land of the two shrines (Saudi Arabia), rise.”
Twitter users — including quite a few Muslims — mocked the request, filling El-Baghdadi’s Twitter timeline with hilarious insults, with one user stating, “Sorry, but I can’t trust a group that uses a deflating football and Arabic comic sans as their logo.”
— Jay Zadeh (@JayLikesIt) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi Sorry Darth Vader is marching through my living room as I write this. I kinda have my hands full.
— Barbara Ilari (@CrowWomanHealer) December 29, 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 my mom is saying no. Could you come and ask her for the permission?
— ismailsafrin (@ismailsafrin) December 29, 2015
— Coolhand Luke (@Coolhand_Comedy) December 28, 2015
— Diabomim (@Diabomim) December 29, 2015
El-Baghdadi is still pointing out that he is not, in fact, the terrorist leader you’re looking for:
— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) December 29, 2015