It seems that even cats are not safe from ISIS anymore.
A new law has been issued, banning the breeding of cats inside of homes, according to Iraqi News. The Islamic State is claiming that cats are against their “vision, ideology, and beliefs.”
The new fatwa is already being enforced as soldiers have been observed visiting homes and removing cats and kittens from the premises.
“‘The so-called Islamic State’s Central Fatwa Committee issued a fatwa (Islamic legal decree) prohibiting the breeding of cats inside houses in Mosul. ISIS called on the residents of Mosul to obey the fatwa and not violate it. ISIS issued dozens of fatwas in Mosul based on its vision, ideology and beliefs,’ Al Sumaria added.”
The central committee within ISIS is comprised of influential clerics and members of the terrorist group, making them the masterminds behind the ban of cats and kittens from homes.
as if 2016 couldn’t make any less sense, here’s ISIS & their relationship to cute cats https://t.co/btfoCI8tu6
— Tauriq Moosa (@tauriqmoosa) October 6, 2016
Individuals that are living in the caliphate have received warnings that they are not to violate the feline ban. To enforce the fatwa, ISIS fighters have already started going door to door to confiscate any cats that are found.
Metro shared that the fatwa is shocking due to the number of images portraying ISIS fighters caring for kittens. However, it was discovered that the images were simply a ruse used in recruiting new ISIS fighters. The imagery seems to have worked.
A report issued by the United Nations revealed that nearly 15,000 jihadists from 80 countries traveled to Syria and Iraq in 2014, simply because the images of cats and AK-47s caught their eye and mustered their curiosity.
ISIS took advantage of an online favorite, the Internet and cats, to promote their cause in an effort to recruit new militants.
“…the terror and recruitment value of multi-channel, multi-language social and other media messaging…”
ISIS felt that the imagery of cats and their jihadists made the organization more approachable.
In a viral recruiting campaign, ISIS soldiers were adamant about posing with their guns and the cats, showing a softer side of the terrorist group while still showing their ability to convey force when needed. A particular ISIS recruiter, A British man, named Omar Hussein, shared an image of his cat resting upon a suicide bomb belt. The caption was disturbing as he proclaimed he would use the belt to blow up a building.
“Come closer and I’ll blow the entire house down!”
Other recruiters have used kittens in similar fashions, finding themselves being followed by hundreds, sometimes thousands, of potential recruits and possible wives.
— CATS TV (@CatsTVApp) September 18, 2016
Although it can be assumed that all kittens collected will be systematically murdered by the ISIS soldiers, the real fate of the felines has not been fully revealed.
Despite the rough exterior of the ISIS operatives, many have genuinely fallen in love with their feline friends, showing sincere adoration to the cats in the images that they share. Those that choose to allow their feline companions to perish in a suicide bombing would do so in an effort to advance their cause and allow their cats to become martyrs for the cause. However, few seem to actually want their cats to be slaughtered at the hands of the terrorist group that they serve.
The fatwa seems to be based upon the notion that the kittens and cats are making the men of ISIS soft and taking away the fear that the masses might allow to linger.
What are your thoughts?
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