Last week, we reported on a blog post affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) advocating Bitcoin as a means to “enable jihad on a large scale”.
The post was originally reported by Sky News, which does not provide a link to it. Theo original was sought to verify its content and explore additional details of this thought-provoking story.
On a post on Motherboard, writer Ben Makuch says that the post was on Al-Khilafah Aridat and “has been since removed”, although the precise timing is unclear. However, he provides a link to what is likely a copy of the original post, titled “Bitcoin wa Sadaqat al-Jihad”, “Bitcoin and the Charity of Violent Physical Struggle”.
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As an intro to Bitcoin, the drawbacks of certain types of fiat, or “kafir (=infidel) currencies”, for funding operations are described. “One cannot send a bank transfer to a mujahid or suspected mujahid without the kafir governments ruling today immediately being aware.”
Silk Road is described as “an online black market that could have potentially be used for anything from purchasing weapons to donating to mujahideen, though most kufar used it to intoxicate themselves.”
Bitcoin, especially via Dark Wallet, is touted as the solution to fiat’s shortcomings, as reportedly earlier. The post ends of stating: “This system has the potential to revive the lost sunnah of donating to the mujahideen, it is simple, easy and we ask Allah to hasten it’s usage for us.”