Just a few weeks ago, Daesh-affiliates in Egypt stormed into the Rawda Mosque in Bir al-Abed in north Sinai slaughtering over 300 and injuring 120 Muslims in a town of only 800. Carrying the black flag of the group, the assailants set off a bomb that ripped through the mosque as Friday prayers were finishing, before they opened fire on the worshippers.
Daesh has attempted to deny the attack, although there is sufficient evidence in at least two of their propaganda publications calling for this attack. In Rumiyah Daesh called to wage war against Sufis in the Sinai and al-Naba specifically mentioned the Rawda mosque as a target. This massacre is the deadliest in modern Egyptian history.
Moreover, a pamphlet emerged shortly after with fake information claiming that a Christian group was responsible for the attack. While the exact source of this pamphlet remains unknown, it is a further indication of extremist groups trying to sow discord and create fractures between Muslim and Christian communities in the region
Time and time again, we are faced with the fact that Muslims suffer the brunt of Daesh’s violence. In addition to this, the group has carried out some of the deadliest attacks during the holiest month, Ramadan. The last few years have been particularly brutal, as Daesh has attempted to transform the holy month into one of unsurpassed bloodshed. In 2016, they carried out a fatal attack in the holiest city, Mecca, during Ramadan.
Sadly, Ramadan this year was another bloody rampage. Daesh carried out deadly attacks against civilians in Karbala, Babil, Baghdad, Hit and Kabul. These attacks killed hundreds and injured thousands. While the brutality and devastation are alarming on their own, these attacks further highlight the sustained targeting that Muslims face across the region.
But their ruthlessness does not just stop at killing civilians. Daesh has destroyed historic copies of the Quran, priceless Islamic artefacts, and religious and cultural sites. In June, Daesh blew up the Grand al-Nuri mosque in Mosul. The destruction of this mosque, which dominated Mosul’s skyline for over 800 years was just another loss to the rich cultural heritage in the region.
Daesh’s level of brutality and destruction is representative of their warped modus operandi. The evidence is undeniable – Daesh has no regard to the fundamental tenets of Islam, nor Muslims.