An ISIS propaganda video features a pint-sized Muslim preacher exhorting fellow Muslims to hurry and “purchase your place in paradise” by becoming a martyr for Islam.
The video was discovered by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors media in the region.
The preacher, apparently about 9 or 10 years old, is identified as Abu Jafar.
His message: “Make haste and purchase your place in paradise, my dear brother. Go to the battlefields of jihad and kill the enemies. Kill [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad and the enemies of Allah and of our religion. Destroy them, and if you die, you will become a martyr.”
He said any martyr “will be married off to 72 wives from among the black-eyed virgins.”
“Indeed, he will be married off to 72 black-eyed virgins. Indeed, how beautiful is martyrdom, brother,” Abu Jafar said.
“See how men today chase half-naked women, and forget all about the black-eyed virgins, any of whom can light everything between heaven and earth with a look or a smile,” he said. “So what’s the point of chasing the women of this world? Forget about those women. Go for the black-eyed virgins. How can you be chasing half-naked women, and forget about those who are much prettier? Dear brother, if you want a beautiful woman, make hast toward the black-eyed virgins.”
MEMRI reports propaganda from ISIS, the Islamic terror army operating in Syria and Iraq, “frequently features children and teens” who have various roles within the organization.
“Children are central to ISIS; they are the future generation of the defenders of the caliphate and they will continue its legacy,” the report said. “ISIS children receive military training, both in camps conducted by the organization and individually, with ISIS fighters.
“There is little discussion, in the organization and among its supporters, over whether children should be undergoing military training, or even fighting in actual battles. Although there is little documentation of the latter, there is evidence that children are indeed participating in fighting,” the report said.
MEMRI reports ISIS often uses children in its social media presentations, and many times “they are brandishing weapons.”
“ISIS supporters use such images to prod other Muslims – that is, adults who have not yet done so – to join the jihad. Photos of children reenacting in play some ISIS atrocities, such as the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley, are also widely shared via social media.”
As for the children, they are “continuously exposed to ISIS doctrine and actions, and are encouraged to take part in some of those actions,” the report said.
“For example, children are often seen among the crowds attending ISIS’ public executions – in some cases, holding ISIS banners mere feet away from the bloody events.”