Disillusioned ‘jihadi’ gets death threats for exposing recruiters

Updated 13 May 2014

Disillusioned ‘jihadi’ gets death threats for exposing recruiters

Blurring the line between reality and fiction, a former member of a terrorist group has made a movie slamming those in the Kingdom who recruit young Saudis to fight abroad.
The fictional account of a Saudi deceived by one of these men to fight in Syria has lit up the Internet, and resulted in Abdulrahman Ayel, the filmmaker, getting death threats.
The 15-minute film tells the shocking story of a terrorist organization whose pursuit of twisted ideological goals results in nothing but brutality, misery and heartbreak.
Ayel, who once fought in Iraq for a terrorist organization, directed the movie that focuses on supposedly peace-loving men who are involved in recruiting youngsters to fight in Syria and Iraq. The movie raises many questions about the religious credibility of the recruiters. The movie opens up at the headquarters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Deir Al-Zour, Syria, showing several guards in black clothes and covering faces holding military weapons. In the background, a person can be heard reciting poetry encouraging adherents to disrupt public peace and join anti-government uprisings.
As the reciter’s voice fades, the ISIS men bring in a blindfolded man recruited by a local preacher.
He pleads for his life and for the “good” cause that brought him from abroad to support fellow “jihadis.” However, after a short trial he is convicted of espionage and sentenced to death. Fellow fighters carry out the sentence.
“We should not feel sympathy for traitors from our homeland,” says an executioner, as he brandishes a blood stained knife.
The story then shifts to a mosque in Riyadh, where the dead man’s father receives a call from an anonymous person who says his son has died “a martyr.”
Later, the young man’s invisible “spirit” goes to Riyadh to search for answers behind his recruitment and participation in the futile cause abroad. With blood dripping from the gash in his neck, he goes to his family home in a run-down neighborhood and apologizes to his grief-stricken family.
“I was not aware of what was really going on,” he says to his distraught father, mother, brother, and sister. He weeps bitterly when he realizes that none of them can hear or see him.
Then he goes to the office of the recruiter, and finds him taking more money from unsuspecting believers who simply want to fund a good “jihad” cause. He reprimands the recruiter for sending him to die for nothing, but his anger falls on deaf ears. To the recruiter, he remains nothing, neither in life nor in death. Frustrated, the young man goes to a mosque to ask Allah’s forgiveness. “Oh Allah, please forgive me,” he intones. “I never knew that I would be killed at the hands of fellow Muslims.”
The movie closes with the sheikh attending the young man’s funeral and preaching about the blessings of jihad.

Ayel says the movie is a reaction to the many young men who have engaged in mercenary wars in Syria and Iraq, fighting for someone else’s political beliefs, only to bring grief to their families and the entire nation.
“The second part of the movie is going to shed light on the real culprits in society who have relentlessly pushed young men into a politicized war outside their country to serve their own agenda of power and control,” he says. “These culprits live among us and continue to call for jihad through social media networks and their jobs.”
Ayel says he has received death threats by e-mail and on social media networks because of his movie. “These threats are ideologically motivated and we are taking them seriously,” he says. “I will seek legal advice on such threats and how to deal with them.”
Ayel says the movie should be a warning and wake-up call for people to guard against suspicious appeals for jihad in conflict zones without permission from the ruler, who is the ultimate authority in Islam for declaring a holy war. “Those who patronize and support such bogus calls for jihad must be brought to justice and punished, and not left to cause more damage,” Ayel says.


Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

Updated 26 October 2020

Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

  • One civilian injured by shrapnel after Saudi-led coalition intercepts four flying bombs launched from Yemen

JEDDAH: Houthi militias and their Iranian backers were condemned on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition intercepted four explosive-laden drones in two attacks launched from Yemen targeting the south of the Kingdom.

Three of the drones were destroyed early on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday. Shrapnel that fell in Sarat Abidah governorate injured a civilian, and damaged five homes and three vehicles, said civil defense spokesman Capt. Mohammed Abdu Al-Sayed.

Iran was increasing its support to the Houthis to undermine efforts for peace, Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, the political analyst and international relations scholar, told Arab News.

“They want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.”

Iranians want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, political analyst and international relations scholar

Al-Shehri said the situation in Yemen would remain the same unless the legitimate government was returned to Yemen, Security Council Resolution 2216 was put into practice and the Houthi militia were removed.

“Without these things, the Yemen crisis will not end and the whole region will remain in tension.”

The Houthis did not differentiate between military sites and civilian locations, he said.

“Their objective is to damage all places they can reach in Saudi Arabia, and their latest attempts to attack a populated area are nothing new.

“They have also targeted airports and some Aramco oil facilities. If the Aramco attack had not been contained, the damage would have affected the whole Eastern region. They have also attempted to target Makkah, where pilgrims and worshippers were performing their rituals.

“They don’t care. If you look back at what the Revolutionary Guards did at the Grand Mosque, you will realize it is not strange that the Houthis are trying to destroy everything in Saudi Arabia. The strange thing is the silence of the world toward what is happening.”