AL-WALA' WAL BARA' “Loyalty and Disavowal” TRUE
Wala': love of God, Prophet Muhammad, and your protectors, i.e., family, friends, etc.; Bara': disavowal of all immoral things
Loyalty understood in absolute terms — “Us vs. Them”; standing with them, and disavowing all non-believers, including other Muslims
UMMAH / JAMA'AH “One Community” TRUE
Ummah: humanity, united by a shared belief in God; Jama'ah (quorum): representing the Muslim majority
Claim to be the only rightly guided Muslims who speak on behalf of the entre ummah
KAFIR / TAKFIR “Unbeliever” TRUE
Kafir: an “unbeliever” who denies the existence of God; Takfir: “excommunication”
An unbeliever who is accused of apostasy (perceived “enemy” of Muslims), whose killing is “justified”
BAY'AH “Allegiance” TRUE
Pledge of allegiance given to the Prophet before entering Mecca; not required for Muslims
A rite of passage for all Daesh recruits, signaling their belonging to the group and designating them as “true Muslims”
JIHAD “Struggle” TRUE
To struggle for the sake of God. Highest form of jihad is the struggle with one’s own ego; lesser jihad is to fight back in self-defense only.
Define preemptive attacks as “self-defense” in an attempt to justify killing of innocent people
HIJRAH “Migration” TRUE
The Prophet Muhammad's migration from Mecca to Medina to flee religious persecution; also, the first year of the Islamic calendar
Promoted as an obligation to migrate to the so-called caliphate, to aid in their state-building operation
SHAHEED “Martyr” TRUE
A shaheed is one who witnesses the Truth of God. It can also mean a martyr, e.g., one who is slain while upholding God's justice. Someone who commits suicide to kill others is not a shaheed.
Claim that those who kill themselves to create chaos, death, and destruction will become shaheed.
KHALIFAH / KHILAFAH “Successor” / “Caliphate” TRUE
All humans are placed on earth as khalifah (individual stewards of God on earth). Khalifah also refers to a successor of the Prophet, who led the Muslim community. The word khilafah does not appear in the Qur'an.
Claim that all Muslims automatically fall under the authority of the self-declared Khalifah, and it is the collective obligation of Muslims to migrate to the newly created khilafa (caliphate).