“We tell Christians everywhere that the Islamic State will spread, God willing. It will reach you even if you are in fortresses.” — ISIS cleric Abu Malik Anas Al-Nashwan in a video portraying the murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya, 15 beheaded and 30 shot.
“You will not have safety, even in your dreams, until you accept Islam,” declares a masked figure, speaking English with an American accent and pointing a revolver at the camera. “To the nation of the cross: We are back again.”
Al-Nashwan presents Christians with two options if they do they do not accept Islam. “Those who embrace Islam or jizya will be safe,” he says. An Islamic provision that subjugates Christians living in areas under Islamic rule, the payment of a jizya head tax allows them to live in the land and practise their religion, but always in the knowledge that they owe their very lives to those who rule over them.
If, however, Christians refuse to accept the dhimmi status offered to them through the jizya, they “will have nothing from us but the edge of the sword,” says Al-Nashwan. “The men will be killed, the women and children enslaved, and the money seized. That is Allah and the prophet’s judgment.”