ISIS Treasurer Reportedly Steals $1M From Group, Flees To Turkey

| by Arthur Kogan

An Egyptian man named Abu Obeida al-Masri has reportedly fled to Turkey with more than $1 million belonging to ISIS.

Obeida al-Masri was secretary of the Zakat bureau and treasurer of the ISIS Syrian branch before fleeing with the money, notes the IBTimes UK. The amount he stole reportedly reached one billion Syrian pounds.

According to the Hidaya Foundation, Zakat is an obligatory act that has to be performed by every adult and able-bodied Muslim. It is an important pillar among the five pillars of Islam. Zakat is a part of the wealth and property that Muslims must pay annually to help the poor of their community. One of the main purposes of Zakat is to keep those who are wealthy clean, monetarily, from sin. It is a form of Sadaqah (charity) which is obligatory for Muslims.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS "has forced the merchants and industrialists to pay 2.5% of each sale."

When the merchants told ISIS militants that they are already helping and supporting the poor families with money and aid, ISIS did not exempt them from paying the 2.5 percent. 

"The money paid to the poor without reference to the Zakat Chamber is an act of charity, but it doesn't exempt traders from paying to the Zakat Chamber," an ISIS source reportedly stated.

As a result of this incident, rumors claim that ISIS militants have issued an order to no longer recruit any Egyptian jihadists. 

This financial blow to ISIS is not the only breaking news from the terrorist group, as a recent video was released on Tuesday which showed Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh being burned alive. This has sparked European and United States outrage against the terrorist group.

Jordanian officials have sworn vengeance against the Islamic State terrorist group for murdering al-Kasaesbeh. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has also issued a statement condemning, "in the strongest possible terms, the brutality and violence that ISIL has consistently shown to its captives and to the people of Iraq and Syria." 

“ISIL is trying to build this overarching caliphate through which there is no diversity of thought, of religion, values or culture,” says Gianni Pittella, member of the European Parliament. “The fact remains that ISIL is a very pernicious entity.”

Sources: Hurriyet Daily News, IBTimes UK, Hidaya Foundation, U.S.News 

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