Islamic State (ISIS) to Christians in Syria: “Pay Jizya (non-Muslim tax) or you will be executed and your wives will become our sex slaves”

On October 3, 2015, the information office of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Damascus Province posted a five-minute video titled “[Fight Those Who Do Not Believe In Allah] Until They Give The Jizya Willingly While They Are Humbled” (from Koran 9:29).

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MEMRI  The video, posted on Archive.org and disseminated via social media, including on Twitter under the Damascus Province hashtag, deals with ISIS’s imposition of a dhimma contract and the jizya poll tax on the Christian residents of the city of Qaryatayn, Syria, which it recently conquered. The video is accompanied by footage of ISIS removing crosses from churches and destroying them, as well as video of the signing of the contract.

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The video opens by showing ISIS fighters entering Qaryatayn and marching through its streets. A narrator stresses that after it was “liberated” by ISIS fighters from the “the tyrant’s soldiers [army of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad],” shari’a law had returned to the city and its Muslim residents are smiling again.

The narrator says that some of the city’s Christians had chosen to convert to Islam, while others preferred signing the dhimmi (non-Muslim slave of Islam) contract, paying the jizya tax, and living in peace and security in the Islamic Caliphate state. Images are shown of ISIS fighters throwing a cross off the roof of a church and of a church hall destroyed by ISIS.