A French Muslim who designed headlines when he went on national tv in France to declare jihad on Islamic State (IS) extremists says he is not deterred by the death threats he has received considering that.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, Mohammed Chirani, a specialist in religious radicalisation, delivered an impassioned speech telling IS that Allah would not protect them.
“Know that our dead, the innocent French citizens, are in paradise,” he stated.
“And your dead, the terrorists, are in hell.”
Holding up a copy of the Koran and his French passport, he mentioned he would use both to wage jihad against the extremists.
“I’d like to say we’ll wage jihad against you with the Koran,” he said.
“I’d like to inform the traitors who deceived France, betrayed their nation and burned their IDs, that we are kissing our documents.”
His address received national acclaim in France, but he also received death threats from Islamic State.
Mr Chirani told Lateline that he was not worried
“I think in God. Till I obtain my destiny I will not leave this life I am positive of that,” he said.
“I lived in Nigeria throughout the civil war from nine to 19 and I was ready all my life for this confrontation against fanatics.
“So I am not shocked and I am ready.”
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