Local media sources narrate a confusing story of the Islamic State treasurer Abu Ubaidah, who fled with a large sum of money belonging to the terrorists. It still remains a mystery whether Ubaidah became disenchanted with the Islamist ideology or had planned to rob the terrorists blind since the very beginning.
Ubaidah, an Egyptian national, was serving as a "prince" of the chamber of Zakat and the treasurer of the Syrian arm of the Islamist organization. Zakat is a traditional taxation imposed on Muslims in order to support the poorest members of the community. Referring to the longstanding Islamic tradition, Islamists imposed Zakat taxes on merchants and manufacturers in the occupied Syrian territories – the north-eastern countryside of Aleppo.
Since Islamic State members often use teaching of Koran as a cover for their ruthless policies, Muslim countries across the world have repeatedly blasted the terrorists for violating the rulings of Islam. The media resources cite Abu Mohammed al-Maqdesi, recognized by al-Qaeda as a prominent scholar and "spiritual leader," who blasted the Islamic State for burning Muath Kasaesbeh to death in an interview with a Jordanian media outlet. He stressed that the killing of the Jordanian pilot could neither be accepted nor justified by any religion. It is worth mentioning that al-Maqdesi was arrested in October 2014 by Jordan authorities, after he criticized the government for joining the US-led anti-ISIL coalition. However, shocked by the Islamic State's hideous methods, the jihadi preacher has changed his stance regarding the so-called "state of God."
Meanwhile the King of Jordan, Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein, outraged by the horrific execution of Muath Kasaesbeh, has pledged "relentless war" in retaliation against the Islamic State.
Take notes Arab leaders… King Abdullah leading an air strike on ISIS pic.twitter.com/M6K4puf4xy— khaled (@khaled_als) 5 февраля 2015
The question remains open, whether the extremist organization would be exterminated by the external forces or the Islamist leaders would destroy their "dream" by their own hands.