ISIS Video Warns U.S.: 'Convert to Islam' or 'You Will Have to Pay the Jizya Tax'

By Lauretta Brown | October 7, 2015 | 7:36pm EDT
ISIS (AP Photo)

( – The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group released a video on Sunday that concluded with a message for “America, the defender of the cross."

“Convert to Islam, and no harm will befall you,” the narrator said, “but if you refuse, you will have to pay the jizya tax

The video depicted Christians in the recently captured western Syrian town of Qaryatayn being forced  to choose between converting to Islam or signing a “dhimma” contract pledging to pay a jizya tax and be subservient to ISIS.

The video was translated in part by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and featured an ISIS member narrating the events taking place in the conquered Christian town.

“Praised be Allah, who bestowed His blessings upon His supporters, and granted them victory and the conquest of the town of Qaryatayn,” the ISIS member said. “Islamic law has taken over the town, and its inhabitants from among the People of the Book became submissive.”

The narrator says the town’s Christians were given “four options.”

“One, for the men to be killed and the women and children to be enslaved, two, to be exchanged [for prisoners, money, or booty], three, to be pardoned [provided they leave the Caliphate],” he says, “Four, to pay the jizya and live as dhimmis under the rule of the Caliphate.”

“Some of the town's Christians converted to Islam, while others chose to sign the dhimma contract and pay the jizya tax,” he said. “They preferred to live in peace and security under Islamic rule in the Islamic State.”

The video featured scenes of an ISIS fighter throwing a cross off the roof of a church and showed the inside of a ransacked church.  

“The Caliph of the Muslims displayed kindness and generosity, and agreed to accept their jizya tax,” the narrator claimed, “and to allow them to live under the rule of the Caliphate as part of the dhimma contract.”

“He also gave the Christians who fled the town an opportunity to return to their homes and fields within a month from the signing of the dhimma contract,” the narrator said.

The video concluded with “a message to all the Christians in the East and West, and to America, the defender of the cross.”

“Convert to Islam, and no harm will befall you,” the narrator said, “but if you refuse, you will have to pay the jizya tax. As our Sheikh Al-'Adnan said: The payment of the jizya is a thousand times less than the Christian investment in the futile war against the Islamic State.”

Last month, MEMRI translated the Dhimma contract that Christians in Qaryatayn are being forced to sign. The contract contains 11 articles which include a ban on public “religious rituals” and displays of the cross.

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