Why is Daesh telling their British followers to wear crosses?!

Published January 12th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT

Daesh recently released a handbook for "wannabe terrorists" in Britain on how to blend in while planning a militant attack, in order to avoid being detected by police.

According to the report released on Monday in British newspaper The Mirror, the 58-page English-language booklet titled Safety and Security Guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen, was written in Syria was created so "non-Arabic speaking brothers ... may apply it to their blessed operations."

"No doubt that today, at the era of the lone wolves, brothers in the West need to know some important things about safety in order to ensure success in their operations," it reads.

Among the booklet's advice was to stay clean-shaven and not carry Islamic religious items on them.

"If you can avoid having a beard, wearing qamis (long tunic), using miswak (a teeth-cleaning twig) and having a booklet of dhikr (short devotional phrases and prayers) with you, it’s better."

The booklet then advised its followers to wear necklaces with a cross --but only those without Arabic names on their passports because "it may look strange."

"As you know, Christians - or even atheist Westerners with Christian background - wear crosses on their necklaces."

The handbook also gave permission for militant hopefuls to wear perfumes and colognes containing alcohol, something usually avoided since Islam prohibits the use and consumption of alcohol. 

"Don’t use the oily, non-alcoholic perfume that Muslims use, instead use generic alcoholic perfume as everyone does, and if you are a man, use perfume for men."

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material

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