Strong body, but 'weak faith’? Daesh is recruiting its next fitness instructor

Published April 20th, 2015 - 04:22 GMT

A British jihadist who fled the UK to join extremists in Syria has posted a list of Isis (Daesh) "jobs" online for supporters who do not want to fight.

A man writing under the name of Abu Sa'eed Al-Britani insisted that an aversion to battle was a “sign of weak faith” but there was work available for press officers, fitness instructors and bomb makers.

According to the list of 10 jobs released earlier this month, volunteers are needed to indoctrinate children in Isis-held territories, implement its violent interpretation of Sharia law and care for injured fighters.

Number one on the list is press officers for the so-called Islamic State’s “media centre".

Accusing the Western media of “negative propaganda” against Isis, Al-Britani writes that the group needs to garner support from the masses through “internal media”.

Its workings have already been seen in the glossy propaganda videos showing the murders of foreign hostages at the hands of Jihadi John, and recruitment magazine Dabiq.

Other posts needing filling for Isis apparently include doctors, chefs and mechanics to keep its military operations running.

Less routine is the “bomb making department”, which includes making explosives and being willing to wear them as a suicide bomber.

Describing the post as a “beautiful job for those who truly wish to reap rewards”, Al-Britani writes: “The brothers in the bomb making department are the core and backbone of nearly every operation… imagine the reward in preparing a car packed with explosives for a brother to go detonate in enemy lines - you would get the same reward as the brother who pushes the button and sends 50 kuffaar (unbelievers) to hell.”

The list also stipulates the need for jihadists to man checkpoints in Isis-held territories, “a fun and rewarding job” searching cars for banned items like cigarettes and evidence of any contravention of its laws.

Islamic police are also required, the document claims, to patrol the streets to violently enforce strict Islamic dress codes and rules.

“They are the ones who carry out the public lashings and beheadings,” Al-Britani writes.

“They walk the streets with their sticks, punishing all those who break the law.

“They ensure all shops are closed for salaah times, and if women are dressed unislamicly (sic), then their fathers, brothers or husbands are punished for not ensuring they keep their womenfolk within the confines of the law.”

Isis’ Sharia courts are also in need of admin staff, caretakers and prison guards, although the list carried a warning that “spies get executed on the spot” directed at any “kaffir reading who thinks he can get in”.

But the group’s attempt at domination does not stop with adults – it extends to children. The jobs list advertises for school teachers to teach the “next generation…the correct Islamic teachings”. Al-Britani writes: “Imagine the reward in nurturing a child upon tawheed (oneness with God) and jihad (holy struggle)!

“All his efforts and deeds he does due to you teaching him will earn you huge rewards. And many of these children are the sons and daughters of Mujahedeen and martyrs."

The last of the 10 jobs on the list is fitness trainers who make jihadists do “sit ups, jogs, sprints, muscle building”.

Al-Britani wrote: “Some brothers come in with a lot of extra 'barakah' on them which needs to be burnt off, likewise some training camps also teach grappling, knife attacks and defenses, and all sorts of other defence tactics.”

Al-Britani is a name used by Omar Hussain, a former Morrisons security guard from High Wycombe who fled to Syria in January 2014 and initially trained and fought with al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra before defecting to Isis.

Believed to be in his late 20s, he has previously appeared in propaganda videos urging the West to send ground troops so extremists could send them “back one by one in coffins”.

In the same footage, he urged Muslims in the West to launch attacks on home soil to “cause terror in the hearts of the kuffar”.

In August following the beheading of US journalist James Foley, Hussain appeared on BBC Newsnight under the pseudonym Awlaki to condone the murder.

“I hate the UK,” he said. “The only reason why I would intend to return to the UK is when I want to come and plant a bomb somewhere.”

By Lizzie Dearden

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