A missing family of 12 has turned up in the Islamic State — and confirmed their move with a statement urging others to pack up and make the same family vacation.
The family ranges in ages from a 1-year-old baby to a 75-year-old patriarch.
The Mannan family were reported missing to British authorities after they failed to return to their home in Luton following a May trip to their native country, Bangladesh. Their flight stopped over in Turkey.
Bedfordshire Police released photos of the missing family members and has been investigating the disappearance. Remaining family members in the UK released a statement calling the move “completely out of character” for the family. “We can only think they have been tricked into going there, it is no place for elderly or young people.”
But on Friday, the Mannan family released a statement online confirming they were in the Islamic State, “a land that is free from the corruption and oppression of man made law and is governed by the shariah, the perfect and just laws of Allah.”
“Yes, all 12 of us and why should this number be shocking, when there are thousands and thousands of Muslims from all corners of the world that are crossing over land and sea everyday to come to the Islamic State? That are willingly leaving the so called freedom and democracy that was forced down our throat in the attempt to brainwash Muslims to forget about their powerful and glorious past and now present,” the statement said.
“Or is it shocking that those attempts have clearly failed? That regardless of being born and bred in the west, the epitome of democracy, our Islam was not washed away? And despite the totalitarian rules that are in place, Muslims are still awaking to their obligations?”
It’s a PR move for ISIS, which has been trying to get would-be jihadis to bring their families into the war zone to build out the Islamic State.
“Don’t be shocked when we say that none of us were forced against our will. In fact it is outrageous to think that an entire family could be kidnapped and made to migrate like this. It wasn’t by the command of a single person in the family but by the command of the Khalifah of the Muslims. Who has called all Muslims, whether young or old, single or in families, to make hijrah to the state of Islam,” the Mannan family statement continues. “A land that has established the Shariah, in which a Muslim doesn’t feel oppression when practising their religion. In which a parent doesn’t feel the worry of losing their child to the immorality of society. In which the sick and elderly do not wait in agony, tolerating the partiality of race or social class.”
“…We say to those that are concerned for our safety to put your hearts at rest for we feel safer than we have ever felt before. We call all Muslims, to rush to the command of your khalif. Race to your state. Race to what will give you honour in this life and the hereafter. Hasten to the obedience of Allah. Do not fear losing the life you built for yourselves by making hijrah but fear losing your Imaan and Islam whilst residing in darul kufr and not making hijrah.”