Jihad in the shadow of the coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world, some radical Islamic clerics believe the virus was perhaps sent by Allah because of the disobedience and sins of mankind. Other clerics claimed that the pandemic is edging the world closer to the Day of Judgement.

Some Shia clerics, find in the pandemic signs that are expected with the emergence of the return of the Mahdi – the Muslim savior, including widespread economic issues, deaths and all-round chaos.

Scientific studies show that conspiracy theories have a tendency to arise in relation to periods of crisis and uncertainty in society. These are the same conditions produced by virus outbreak, which explains the spread of conspiracy theories in relation to coronavirus.

The global coronavirus outbreak gave Islamists a new opportunity to spew antisemitism and conspiracy theories about their perceived enemies. Even though the virus has hit the United States and Israel, many Islamists insist on seeing a conspiracy behind everything.

But, leaders and military commanders of terror groups are pre-occupied by the coronavirus crisis and the need to take care for their people’s health and well-being.

In the coronavirus’ shadow, Islamic terror group’s leaders had to change priorities and to act on a presumption that the priority must now be given to the war against the coronavirus and suspend temporarily terror attacks.

Hassan Nasrallah the leader of Hezbollah said in a speech that “today we are facing an enemy whose threat is clear, large and wide. This threat does not stop at borders, but rather involves the world. We are in midst of a warfare, it’s a global war being fought by people and exposing world governments as a priority to be handled.” Nasrallah added that “in any battle, there’s a target and an enemy, the problem in this battle is that the enemy is “coronavirus” which is anonymous in all its aspects. Its threat has become obvious to all people.”

Source: Artcle by by Shay, Shaul (Dr.), International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) https://www.ict.org.il/