Karen Boulos

Video of jihadists claiming Dahiyeh
attack fake, Sunni scholar says

An expert on Sunni Islam cast his doubt over the authenticity of the video issued by the so-called “Aisha, Mother of the Believers, Brigades for Foreign Missions,” who claimed responsibility for the Thursday car bomb that targeted the Beirut area of Dahiyeh.


Member of Lebanon’s Association of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Nabil Rahim said that he does not believe the video is authentic.


“Jihadists movements do not hang a white flag [in the background], they always hang a black one,” Rahim told NOW.


“Besides, the [Arabic] language that was used in the video is imperfect. He even read the Quran [verses] incorrectly… which means he did not take lessons in Quran reading, while Jihadists have a very good command of the Arabic language,” the Sunni scholar added.


Rahim also noted that the outfit of the men who appeared in the video were not the usual outfit worn by Jihadists.


“One of the men appearing in the video had two rings on his left hand, while Sunnis and Salafis wear only one ring on the right hand,” he said.


“Wearing two rings on the left hand is specific for another well-known [sect],” he added, in a reference to Shiite and Alawites.


Rahim also said that the video was forged and aimed at causing a strife in the country.


On Thursday, a group of masked men dubbing themselves the “Aisha, Mother of the Believers, Brigades for Foreign Missions” posted a video on YouTube claiming responsibility for the car bomb that hit Beirut’s Dahiyeh earlier in the day, as well as the July car bomb attack in the Hezbollah strong-hold.


A car bomb late Thursday afternoon went off on the main road between the Al-Roueiss and Bir al-Abed areas of Hezbollah’s Beirut stronghold of Dahiyeh, leaving 22 people dead and at least 200 injured.


This article is a translation of the original Arabic

Jihadists movements do not hang a white flag [in the background], they always hang a black one.