As U.S. bombs fell in Syria for the first time last night, the "official spokesman of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham" reportedly released a far-ranging 11-page message to its fighters, American opponents, and Muslims worldwide. It makes a tough read, unless you've got a glossary handy.

Here is a list of salient terms and phrases that spokesman Shaykh Abū Muhammad Al-'Adnānī Ash-Shāmī is credited with using in the speech, "Indeed Your Lord Is Ever Watchful," which appears to be a pretty detailed explication of ISIS' philosophy and aims.

"Dangerous condition."

A deplorable state of crisis of faith in which a Muslim hesitates to kill or spit upon a non-Muslim. Ex.:

If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him. Do not lack. Do not be contemptible. Let your slogan be, "May I not be saved if the cross worshipper and taghūt (ruler ruling by manmade laws) patron survives." If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or business. Or destroy his crops. If you are unable to do so, then spit in his face. If your self refuses to do so, while your brothers are being bombarded and killed, and while their blood and wealth everywhere is deemed lawful by their enemies, then review your religion. You are in a dangerous condition because the religion cannot be established without walā' and barā'.


What Iraqi Sunni Muslims should do to their children if they join the pro-American "sahwa" militias. Ex.:

So prevent your sons, and whoever of them refuses to listen, let him not blame anyone but himself if there comes to him a day in which he digs his grave with his own hands, his head is cut off, and his house is demolished.

Disbeliever, blood of a.

The basis for killing in ISIS's theological militancy. Ex.:

If you can kill a disbelieving American or European—especially the spiteful and filthy French—or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be. Do not ask for anyone's advice and do not seek anyone's verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling.

Both of them are disbelievers. Both of them are considered to be waging war [the civilian by belonging to a state waging war against the Muslims]. Both of their blood and wealth is legal for you to destroy, for blood does not become illegal or legal to spill by the clothes being worn… Blood becomes legal to spill through disbelief...


A name for the one true God of the Islamic State. Ex.:

We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted.

[Also acceptable: #exalted]

"Guardians of the jews."

Soldiers of the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. See also: "Nusayrī (alawite) dogs." Ex.:

… exposing the reality of the farce of having destroyed chemical weapons belonging to its nusayrī (alawite) dogs, the guardians of the jews.

"Guards of the jews."

Egyptians. See also: "Pharoah." Ex.:

Let us not forget before ending to praise our mujahidin brothers in the bold Sinai Peninsula, for hope has emerged in Egypt and good news has loomed with their blessed operations against the guards of the jews, the soldiers of Sisi, the new Pharaoh of Egypt.

"Guard dogs for the jews."

Saudi allies of the U.S. Ex.:

So pay attention, O Sunnis. For the army that they have decided to prepare today by Āl Salūl (the Saudis) is nothing more than a new set of guard dogs for the jews, and a stick in the hands of the crusaders to be used against Islam and the mujahidin.

Islamic State, enemies of.

See: "the jews, crusaders, rāfidah, nusayriyyah, hindus, atheists, and apostates, in Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Burma, Nigeria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Indonesia, India, China, the Caucasus, and elsewhere."


Reward for killing of non-Muslims. Ex.:

And Allah's Messenger (blessings and peace be upon him) said, "The disbeliever and his killer will never gather in Hellfire." And he said, "Whoever kills a disbeliever, then he can have his loot [which is on his person]."

"Mule of the jews."

President Obama. Ex.:

And O Obama, O mule of the jews. You are vile. You are vile. You are vile. And you will be disappointed, Obama… Have you not realized, O mule of the jews, that the battle cannot be decided from the air at all?

"Nusayrī (alawite) dogs."

See: "Guardians of the jews."

"O crusaders."

Americans and their Western allies. Ex.:

O crusaders, you have realized the threat of the Islamic State, but you have not become aware of the cure, and you will not discover the cure because there is no cure.

Phallus, implied.

Metaphor used by all armies. Ex.:

Then know that our knife is sharp and hard. It cuts off the hands and strikes the necks.

"Uncircumcised old geezer."

Secretary of State John Kerry. Ex.:

Likewise Iran, as it emerged that it had allied itself with its "great Satan," when the uncircumcised old geezer, Kerry, recently declared that Iran had a role in the war against the Islamic State.


To the extent that Kerry, the uncircumcised old geezer, suddenly became an Islamic jurist, issuing a verdict to the people that the Islamic State was distorting Islam, that what it was doing was against Islamic teachings, and that the Islamic State was an enemy of Islam.

"Your agents and dogs."

Allies in the region, particularly elements of the Free Syrian Army. Ex.:

Send arms and equipment to your agents and dogs. Prepare them with the most modern equipment. Send them very much, for it will end up as war booty in our hands by Allah's permission. You will spend it, then it will be a source of regret for you, then you will be defeated.

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