"He is a wonderful enemy," is what radical Jamaican cleric Abdullah el-Faisal had to say about United States President Donald Trump. Reacting to the travel ban imposed by Trump, Faisal said that this decision would ultimately encourage Muslims to wake up.
SITE Intel Group reported that Faisal discussed the travel ban and predicted that the policy would ultimately encourage Muslims to 'wake up'. His statements come just a few days after pro-Islamic State operatives called on Muslims to wake and hit America.
Faisal, a one-time imam of south London's Brixton mosque has been a fervent online champion of the IS, even supporting the kidnapping and rape of Yazidi minority women in Iraq. Since 2010, counter-terrorism agents in New York and Washington have been keeping tabs on a Jamaican imam whose death-spewing sermons in English raised fears of him radicalising American Muslims
Recently a video titled The Americans will turn on the Muslims had gone viral in jihadi circles following the ban on all immigration and visa holders who are citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.
The IS handles and social media groups too debated the Trump imposed ban. Use this as a recruitment tool said one group recruiters to their followers. Another channel, the Telegram which is used most by the IS termed Trump as the 'best caller to Islam'.
The IS has termed Trump as an evil crusader and wants its followers to use the issue to recruit as many people as possible. Intelligence officials say that the ban imposed by Trump could have a flip side to it as well. "It is already being used as a recruitment tool. America is being portrayed as the evil crusader and the IS now says that this issue has led to a battle between the West and Islam," says an official.