Sheikh Abdul Aziz, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, has claimed that Daesh militants are actually Israeli soldiers. He also expressed his confidence that the Saudi-led coalition of 34 nations would defeat the extremist group.
His theory comes in the wake of Daesh releasing an audio recording which purports to be a speech by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s elusive leader. In this recording, Baghdadi threatens Israel directly, saying, “We are getting closer to you day by day.”
Aziz, however does not believe any of it. He told the Saudi Gazette in a telephone interview that “This threat against Israel is simply a lie. Actually, Daesh is part of the Israeli soldiers.”
The bizarre theory is nothing new, and has been making the rounds on the Internet for quite some time. Numerous social media posts have cropped up claiming to show that the acronym “ISIS” actually stands for “Israeli Special Intelligence Service” instead of “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (Daesh).
The Grand Mufti has denounced Daesh repeatedly, noting that their actions have nothing to do with Islamic teachings and that they are harming Muslims and damaging Islam.
He does, however, occasionally come out with more controversial statements. Last year he asserted that the marriage of girls below 15-years-old is permissible.
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