The Islamic State is urging readers of its propaganda magazine to target U.S. and European Muslim leaders who endorse Western values — specifically mentioning Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Huma Abedin, a prominent aide to Hillary Clinton.
In the most recent issue of Dabiq, the Islamic State’s English-language periodical, the terrorist group includes Abedin and Ellison at the end of a lengthy article headlined “Kill the Imams of Kufr in the West.” The article also mentions several imams living in the United States and Europe who have been outspoken against the group and tells readers to “make an example of them, as all of them are valid — rather, obligatory — targets.”
“How can Muslims living in the West who claim to have surrendered themselves to Allah, completely accepting His rule alone, stand idly as these imams of kufr continue to spread their poison from atop their pulpits?” the article says.
Kufr is a term that refers to those who do not believe in Islam.
The FBI said in a statement that it “takes all threats to American citizens seriously and will continue to work in concert with our federal, state, and local partners to address them.”
Ellison, an African American convert to Islam, has said that the “social justice aspect” attracted him to the religion and that extremist ideologies espoused by some adherents “are completely foreign and strange to me.”
Ellison has received threats before — although he has said they typically come from people who object outright to Muslim officeholders.
In response to the threat issued by the Islamic State, also known by the Arabic acronym Daesh, Ellison issued a statement on Wednesday saying: “As millions of faithful Muslims flee Daesh’s imposed nightmare they call a ‘caliphate,’ Daesh takes the time to threaten Muslim public servants in the West. Daesh is a collection of liars, murderers, torturers, and rapists. No Muslim I know recognizes what they preach as Al-Islam.
“The fact that I’m on Daesh’s bad side means I am fighting for things like justice, tolerance, and a more inclusive world.”
Representatives for the Clinton campaign did not respond to a message seeking comment from Abedin.
Last year, after then-Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested that he would not advocate the election of a Muslim for U.S. president, Abedin tweeted: “You can be a proud American, a proud Muslim, and proudly serve this great country. Pride versus prejudice.”
In addition to threatening prominent, moderate Muslim leaders, the most recent issue of Dabiq praised people it claimed were involved in the Brussels terrorist attacks and warned more violence was on the way.
“Paris was a warning. Brussels was a reminder,” the article said. “What is yet to come will be more devastating and more bitter by the permission of Allah, and Allah prevails over His affair, but most people do not know.”