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Syria - Islamic State Calls Slain Muslim American Soldier An 'Apostate'

Published on: July 31, 2016 12:30 PM
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Khizr Khan, who's son Humayun (L) was killed serving in the U.S. Army, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Khizr Khan, who's son Humayun (L) was killed serving in the U.S. Army, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Syria - Islamic State on Sunday condemned as an “apostate” a U.S. Muslim soldier killed in Iraq whose story has re-ignited debate in the 2016 presidential election on the role of Muslims in American life.

Dabiq, the militant group’s online magazine, showed a picture of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan’s tombstone in Arlington National Cemetery with a caption, “Beware of Dying as an apostate.”

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An accompanying article, penned by an unnamed “American convert in the Islamic State,” urged Muslims to resist Western influences and to either migrate to Islamic State-controlled lands or carry out lone attacks.

“Reject these calls to disunity and come together. Live the life of Islam, for which you have already left the path of falsehood,” the militant wrote.

“You are behind enemy lines, able to strike them where it hurts them most,” the article added.

Khan’s death in a bomb attack in Iraq in 2004 re-emerged as an election issue when his father gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday in which he paid homage to his son.

Khizr Khan, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin and a Muslim, also criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for proposing a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States and asked if the candidate had read the U.S. Constitution.

Trump rejected the criticism and questioned whether the soldier’s mother was allowed to speak during the couple’s appearance at the podium.

Ghazala Khan later said the outspoken billionaire was ignorant of Islam and of sacrifice.

Trump has stoked outrage during his unorthodox campaign by supporting racial profiling for Muslim Americans in the wake of a deadly shooting by a U.S.-born Muslim man killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June.

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has said the comments and other pointed remarks about American minorities show Trump is unfit to be president.



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 Jul 31, 2016 at 02:14 PM thetruthis Says:

It's about time that people proclaim the truth clearly- a non Orthodox Muslim can not speak for Muslims just as the Reform Jews can not speak for the Ribono Shel Olam and just like the Zionist leaders can not speak for the Jewish people.

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 Jul 31, 2016 at 03:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Islamic State has not a single connection with "religion". They are nothing more than a group of bloodthirsty savages, and they hide behind the flag of religion. No one associated with this terror gang can serve as a spokesperson about apostates or believers. Such statements deserve to be ignored by anyone with a positive IQ.

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 Jul 31, 2016 at 05:05 PM InsideOne Says:

The animals - ISIS and Trump - make good bedfellows in denying the ultimate sacrifice this Muslim family paid in protecting all of us and our freedoms.

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 Jul 31, 2016 at 06:13 PM thetruthis Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Islamic State has not a single connection with "religion". They are nothing more than a group of bloodthirsty savages, and they hide behind the flag of religion. No one associated with this terror gang can serve as a spokesperson about apostates or believers. Such statements deserve to be ignored by anyone with a positive IQ.

They are able to hide behind the "flag of religion" because their fraudulent religion was founded on violence and terror. How do you think Muhammad made so many people into Muslims? Through Arachim seminars?

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 Jul 31, 2016 at 11:43 PM thetruthis Says:

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InsideOne Says:

The animals - ISIS and Trump - make good bedfellows in denying the ultimate sacrifice this Muslim family paid in protecting all of us and our freedoms.

What does this family's private story have to do with the reality of the threats this country is facing? So, a Muslim fought in the American army. And he was killed. So what? Do you expect Trump - or any sane human being - to develop practical policy for a country based on that?

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 01:31 AM charliehall Says:

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InsideOne Says:

The animals - ISIS and Trump - make good bedfellows in denying the ultimate sacrifice this Muslim family paid in protecting all of us and our freedoms.

Sad but true. Trump is openly allied with the evil Putin and he also wants to have the US engage in Islamic state style war crimes.

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 01:35 AM Charles B Hall Says:

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thetruthis Says:

It's about time that people proclaim the truth clearly- a non Orthodox Muslim can not speak for Muslims just as the Reform Jews can not speak for the Ribono Shel Olam and just like the Zionist leaders can not speak for the Jewish people.

In that case you would agree that the Iranian mullahs can't speak for Muslims because they are shia. However, the Khans appear to be totally orthodox sunni Muslims; Ghazala even wears the hijab.

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