Forgery: Alleged Islamic State Demand for Individual to Pay Zakat

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham

Indeed your trustee is God and His Messenger and those who have believed and those who establish prayer and give zakat and they are those who are humble in doing so.

To the brother

[redacted], it has been obligatory for you to pay zakat for a sum whose extent is [redacted] dollars to the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham. And if you do not pay the required sum, you will be a target for the Islamic State.

Beware of public exposure.

Islamic State
Wilayat al-Baraka
Military administration

[NB: there is also a faded stamp at the top of the document that is not legible]

[Comment: this document appeared to accompany an article on Jisr Press in November 2020 about alleged Islamic State extortion activities in Deir az-Zor countryside. However, there are multiple features of the document that make me sure that it is a forgery. First, the document uses the old name of the group (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham) that was cancelled in 2014. Second, the document uses an old provincial stamp (Wilayat al-Baraka) when in fact Islamic State currently designates all Syrian territories under the name of Wilayat al-Sham. It also makes little sense that a document demanding zakat should bear the stamp of a ‘military administration’ rather than a zakat department stamp or heading. It may be that someone found an old Islamic State stamp and used it to issue a threat to a local under the name of Islamic State].

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