The terror attack at Orlando gay nightclub by an American-born man, Omar Mateen, claiming to have ties with Islamic State, shooting down 50 people, coincidentally happened during the holy month of the Muslim calendar, Ramadan. This seems to be a deliberate action plan and not a mere coincidence from the part of IS during Ramadan, which is a pattern usually followed by the extremists group.
A source also confirmed that Omar was working for the Islamic State.
During May, IS had sent out a 31 minute long audio clip warning the nations of more terror attacks during the Ramadan month. Ramadan for 2016 is from June 5 to July 5.
The attacker, told a 911 operator that he was pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. In the group’s nomenclature, that pledge is a central part of the ISIS protocol. The Orlando killing was the third time the loyalty pledge was known to be invoked in the United States.
The US had published a notice last week for Americans travelling across the country to say watchful for any small scale attack triggered by the IS.
“Make it, Allah permitting, a month of hurt on the infidels everywhere,” said Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, a spokesman for the Islamic State.
Adnani also said, “The smallest action you do in the heart of their land is dearer to us than the largest action by us,” he said, “and more effective and more damaging to them,” targeting the US.
US has warned people after the release of Adnani’s speech that “martyrdom during the month may hold a special allure to some”.
The attack pattern has been following for the past few years, last year in Tunisia, Kuwait, and France terror attacks took place during the holy month.
“It wouldn’t seem to be simply by coincidence that they occur during a period that increases the fervor that some feel about their religious obligations,” said Marvin Weinbaum, a resident scholar at the Middle East Institute.
Terror groups like Al-Qaeda and Hamas use the holy month as a means of escalating high profile terror attacks, but IS has more significance to Ramadan since 2014, because it declared its caliphate on the first day of the Month, back in 2014. But these people pervert the holiest month of the year to justify terrorism and murder.
CAIR, the country’s largest Muslim organization, sponsored a blood drive for Orlando victims just hours after the incident.
Jihadists celebrated the attack and spilled their happiness all over the internet. They shared screenshots of Mr. Adnani’s speech calling for lone wolf attacks during Ramadan. And in an act of tribute, several changed their profile pictures on Twitter to a photograph of the Orlando attacker.
Muslims all over the world are saddened by the attacks because generally Ramadan is the time to focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, and religious devotion, in addition to fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. Muslims during this month refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting.