Today, the Belgian newspaper ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ identified the 29th Belgian fighter who has died in Syria. Khalid Bali was 17 years old and lost his brother Mohammed last year already in the Syrian war.
“Breaking news: six fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham became martyrs last night near Deir Ez-Zor”, the Belgian ISIS member Hicham Chaïb — a.k.a. Abu Haniefa — announced last Sunday on his Facebook account. “One of them is Abu Hamza Al-Belgiki and another one Abu Usama Al-Hollandi. May Allah accept them as martyrs and grant them the highest rank in paradise!”
No further details were given about the identities of the deceased, but journalists from the Belgian newspaper ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ quickly discovered their compatriot was Khalid Bali, a teenager from the Antwerp suburb of Merksem who would have turned 18 at the end of July. Bali’s older brother Mohammed was one of the early members of Shariah4Belgium, an organization of radical muslims that is associated with a fair big amount Belgian fighters who went to Syria.
Reportedly, it was Mohammed who introduced the now imprisoned leader of Shariah4Belgium, Fouad Belkacem, to Brian De Mulder — the Flemish boy with a Brazilian mother who was raised as a christian, but became one of the most famous European fighters in Syria. Mohammed himself was killed in September 2013 near Homs at the age of 23. That same month, Khalid urged his comrades in Belgium to join him in a lengthy Facebook post.
“There’s nothing we can do in Belgium”, he wrote. “These days we are obliged to make hijra and revive our religion as in the time of our Prophet. That is only possible when we stand up and give our lives for Allah. This life is worth nothing, it is only a short period in which Allah is testing us. Be strong and grab your faith with both hands. I have merely come to Syria to seek the satisfaction of our Lord. You should know this life is short, while the life hereafter will last forever.”
There are at least two other Belgians with the name Bali who went to Syria: Brahim and Abdelaziz (both 27). They were mentioned in an affidavit of the Antwerp prosecutor’s office, charging 46 members of Shariah4Belgium with terrorist offences for recruiting or joining the jihad in Syria. Brahim and Abdelaziz are still supposed to be in Syria. Brahim appears to be a nephew of the deceased brothers. He was caught in Yemen while trying to join Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) back in 2012. After his expulsion to Belgium, he traveled to Syria with his wife Yasmina Zamrouni (23).
Belgian police meanwhile arrested two young women from Antwerp allegedly trying to leave for Syria. They were caught last week at Brussels Airport and are the first to be detained already in Belgium on the suspicion of wanting to join the jihad. Usually, it is very difficult to prove that intention. But thourough investigations, including telephone taps, seem to be sufficient in this case. The young women are 17 and 19 years old, one of them the sister of a young man already fighting in Syria, and according to extremist sources, their aliases are ‘Oum Abbas’ and ‘Oum Haneefa’.
UPDATE. Following details were released this morning about the two women by ‘Free Aseer Abu Imran’, the Facebook page supporting Shariah4Belgium leader Fouad Belkacem. The information is copy-pasted as published there:
“Oum Abbas is a young muslimconvert who had many trials from Allah Azzawadjal, but that she was not less firm. On the contrary, she was known for her strong will and Iman. And many sisters praise her for her fear of Allah (taqwa), honor and sincerity. That’s why Allah Azzawadjal chose her for this unique trial.
Oum Haneefa is the other dear sister, despite her young age, she had a huge ghierah for the deen that you rarely find these days with regular Muslims. She have been always active in helping and supporting the Muslims. She was known for her kheir towards the Muslim families of the usaraa (prisoners) and ofcourse the needy. If you were in need of something, she would be the first person you would like, whether it was her smile or phonecall or a visit to you. She was always there for you. And we wallahi we testify by Allah Azzawadjal that we will stand up for her, especially as she was always there for us, now that she’s a aseer.
From the Public Ministry is said they are arrested at the airport and they were prevented to travel to Turkey. They were as said on the radar and signaled to Interpol and that they were arrested immediately upon notification. Since then they are detained at the prison of Antwerp, Belgium. They were under suspicion in supporting the case of terrorism, because they supposedly were traveling to Syria.
May Allah ta3ala prevail the truth above all falsehood and lies.
For us, these sisters are truly innocent from the beginning till the end of this. Please keep share this information through your network and make alot of dua’a for them and all of the muslimprisoners.The exact age of the sisters is not mentioned, but from our sources we heard that they are around 18 years old. Oum Abbas is a belgian convert and Oum Haneefa is born in belgium with roots in Morocco.”
Only for those who want to see it: a picture of the Dutch ISIS fighter ‘Abu Usama Al-Hollandi’, who was killed near Deir Ez-Zor on Saturday evening. WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE!
Belgium’s largest daily newspaper ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ reported today about the writings of a Belgian jihadi recently killed while fighting for Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria — showing his poetic side.
“How beautiful are the characteristics of the mujahid. If he is bleeding, he says: Allahuma, take more. With his blood and his iman , he defies every danger. And his deepest wish is: Allahuma, let me be a martyr.” That’s one of the verses translated from Dutch, published this week by ‘De Basis‘ — a Facebook community of Dutch speaking members of Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria. They found the poetry on the laptop of Abou Handalah, killed on May 3 while he kept watch during the fighting in Sheikh Najjar, near the northern city of Aleppo.
The true identity of Abou Handalah isn’t known yet, although his brothers in arms already distributed a recognizable picture of him. Their conversations on Facebook do learn his first name must be Mohamed, and most of his friends and his acquaintances seem to come from the Belgian city of Antwerp. What his poems certainly are showing, is that Abou Handalah was fluent in Dutch. They contain numerous misspellings — but apart from that, he mastered the language clearly much better than the average Belgian fighter in Syria.
“Every single attack is as a marriage proposal for me”, he also wrote. “Waiting for your answer to my request. Wondering when the noble martyrdom will reach me and I will enter the hearts of green birds. When the houri will descend from heaven and remove the dust from my face. Oh my Lord, decorate me with the beauty of purity. All I’m asking from you, my beloved, is your satisfaction.” The poetry of Abou Handalah is always religious and rather combative, yet a lot more sophisticated than the blunt cries about fights and beheadings to which most of his peers seem to limit themselves.
A few days ago, the well known Belgian ISIS fighter Hicham Chaïb published a video message on his Facebook account. ‘Abu Haniefa al-Belgiki’ was one of the leaders of Shariah4Belgium before he went to Syria for the jihad. Following are some excerpts, translated from Dutch.
“Dear brothers and sisters, I am your brother Abu Haniefa from Belgium. Since I get a lot of questions about Dawla Islamiya*, how we live and what’s the situation here, I wanted to give a little clarification.”
“I am in the city of Ar-Raqqah at this moment and my dreams have come true. The sharia is implemented, the salat is called and the zakat is paid. Amr bil maroof is done and nahi anil munkar is done. Many people think that Dawla Islamiya is an organization only bearing that name, but it truly is a state. Thank God he has given me the honour to be with the brothers of Dawla Islamiya and practice sharia every day. We do carry the sharia, even when the kuffar and the munafiqun hate it. We make no compromises.”
“All the world may be against us, but as long as we have the satisfaction of Allah, we don’t care what other people say about us. They come with a lot of lies about Dawla Islamiya, so I want to give a warning to the brothers and the sisters who are not here in Syria. You should fear Allah, and since you do not know what’s going on here, you should support your brothers and defend their honour or remain silent. Do as the Prophet taught us: say good or keep your silence. If the news comes from a miscreant, then make sure to verify it to avoid regrets.”
“I have never felt myself so much a muslim as I do now, and even if the death will come — with heart and soul.”
* Reference to the Arabic name of ISIS: Dawla Islamiya fi Iraq wa Sham — the Islamic State in Iraq and the Greater Syria
A Belgian woman who accompanied her husband to Syria for the jihad, calls for the assassination of far right politician Filip Dewinter. “May Allah enlighten our eyes with the slaughter of this swine.”
Filip Dewinter, pictured above, is one of the leaders of Belgium’s far right party ‘Vlaams Belang’. He has angered muslims by presenting a game on the internet in which immigrants and muslims can be clubbed down. It is titled ‘Minder, Minder’ — ‘Fewer, Fewer’, a reference to the slogan his Dutch counterpart Geert Wilders recently used to promote the expulsion of foreigners.
Yesterday, already more than 50 people had filed an official complaint against Dewinter for his racism. But that didn’t please Umm Haniefa, the wife of a well known Belgian islamist. “Don’t you know that filing a complaint is against islam? A true muslim doesn’t lean upon kuffar in fighting other kuffar”, she decried on her Facebook page. “It would be better that a second Mohammed Bouyeri rises among you to deal with this pig as was dealt with the swine Theo van Gogh.”
Bouyeri was the Dutch muslim who ten years ago shot and stabbed to death film director van Gogh, known as an outspoken foe of islam. Umm Haniefa’s husband, Abu Haniefa, was one of the leaders of the now disbanded ‘Shariah4Belgium’. His real name is Hicham Chaïb and several months ago, he left his home town Antwerp with his wife to join the radical ‘Islamic State in Iraq and Shaam’ (ISIS). Apparently, they are in Ar-Raqqah now.
Politician Dewinter already announced that he will file a complaint against the woman.
As already mentioned on Twitter by the well informed Pieter Van Ostaeyen, another Belgian fighter has been killed in Syria. And on the same day, a new one arrived
The dead Belgian apparently belonged to Jabhat al-Nusra and he was slain last friday while manning a lookout in Sheikh Najjar near Aleppo. His true identity remains unknown, but in the meantime a picture has surfaced on Facebook.
According to original poster ‘De Basis’ — a collective of Dutch and Belgian jihadis in Syria — the picture was taken the day before the fighter’s death. “He agreed to be filmed and photographed for a dawah project, and soon a video will be published showing more from him.”
Several comrades who knew him personally, already paid their respects. “A truly beautiful brother”, Abu Muhammad stated. “You should take a look at his mobile phone, because he wrote marvellous poems”, the Aleppo based fighter from the Dutch city of Den Haag elaborated.
His Belgian compatriot Abou Fudayl Shami yesterday wrote that the slain fighter was using the alias ‘Abou Handalah’ and will be deeply missed. “I can testify about your nobility and your commitment to jihad. I’ve seen how you proved that. May the mighty God give us more lions like you.”
According to Van Ostaeyen’s research, this fighter is the 27th Belgian who has died in Syria. There may be some double countings, but the list of the Belgian fighters who are/have been in Syria contains already 396 names.
The case of ‘Abou Sabir Al Belgiki’ proves that there are still new departures. That 24 year old from the Antwerp neighborhood of Borgerhout announced last friday on his Facebook account that he had reached his goal.
“Mother, I’m in Syria now. I can’t come back after all the efforts I’ve made. Allah would not forgive me and I hope you can accept that”, he wrote. Yesterday, he also posted some pictures on which he’s posing with a weapon.
Conversations with his comrades learn that his real first name is Fahd and an older picture on his Facebook account is showing his face. He seems to be of Moroccan descent and clearly is a supporter of the disbanded radical organization ‘Shariah4Belgium’.