ISIS Child Soldiers: Lion Cubs of Khilāfah

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

The terrorist organization ISIS is creating a next-generation force to participate in jihād by training the young kids.

By Rakesh Raman

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has embarked upon a unique exercise to train the children who will participate in militant activities.

The kid fighters of ISIS are called “Lion Cubs of Khilāfah” and they have already started showing their military skills in violent pursuits. ISIS has detailed their role in the new issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq.

“It is these young lions to whom the Islamic State recently handed over two agents caught spying for Russian Intelligence and an agent caught spying for the Israeli Mossad, to be executed and displayed as an example to anyone else thinking of infiltrating the mujāhidīn,” ISIS revealed in Dabiq.

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The terrorist organization is creating a next-generation force to participate in jihād by training the young kids.

“As the mujāhidīn of the Islamic State continue their march against the forces of kufr there is a new generation waiting in the wings, eagerly anticipating the day that it is called upon to take up the banner of īmān. These are the children of the Ummah of jihād, a generation raised in the lands of malāhim (fierce battles) and nurtured under the shade of Sharī’ah, just a stone’s throw from the frontlines,” explains ISIS.

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It further says that the Islamic State has taken it upon itself to fulfill the Ummah’s duty towards this generation in preparing it to face the crusaders and their allies in defense of Islam and to raise high the word of Allah in every land.

It has established institutes for these ashbāl (lion cubs) to train and hone their military skills, and to teach them the book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam), ISIS stated in Dabiq.

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Justifying its decision to involve children in brutal fights, ISIS says that children’s participation is required as it has been ordained by Allah.

“As expected, the kuffār were up in arms about the Khilāfah’s use of “child soldiers.” Yet this was the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam), who would allow those capable from amongst the young Sahābah to participate in his battles against the mushrikīn,” ISIS argues in the newly released eighth issue of Dabiq which has 68 pages in the digital format.

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Meanwhile, a new digital magazine promises to expose the reality of ISIS in order to educate the Muslims about the misguided Islamic ideology that ISIS follows.

Christened Ḥaqīqāh, the new magazine is believed to be an attempt to counter the ISIS propaganda which the terrorist outfit spreads with its monthly magazine Dabiq.

The inaugural issue of Ḥaqīqāh (an Arabic word which means reality or truth) has been released by a group of Islamic scholars from Britain.

By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company

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