Extremist supporters of Islamic State have been handing out leaflets promoting the establishment of a “Kahlifah” and calling on Muslims to “obey the Kahleef”, on the streets central London this week, becoming threatening and abusive when challenged, according to witnesses.
One of the leaflets given out by the supporters calls for Muslims to “spread the Khalifah [caliphate] across the world,” forming a new Islamic State governed by an Imam executing Islamic Sharia law.
Asmaa Al-Kufaishi, a British-Iraqi doctor, tweeted images she said were of the group canvassing around the busy shopping area of Oxford Street on Saturday, with materials using symbolism associated with the fundamentalist militant group Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, which has declared a “caliphate” across parts of Syria and Iraq.
“My sister noticed the circle logo ISIS use on its flags and we then asked them why they were using it,” Al-Kufaishi told Newsweek. “Initially they were cagey but then a guy with the ginger beard said there was nothing wrong with ISIS or anything they were doing in Iraq and Syria. That’s how it started because I took offence to that and when we questioned him and his colleagues we were abused regarding our Iraqi nationality and the fact we were a different Islamic sect to them. We were told that we were kuffar (non believers) and that we should be killed like those Christians and Muslims in Iraq.”