Australia: Muslim decided to join the Islamic State after making pilgrimage to Mecca

He ultimately didn’t go because the Islamic State was, in his view, not tough enough on unbelievers. But in any case, what does this reveal about the pilgrimage to Mecca? What did Amin Elmir hear there that made him decide to join ISIS? No doubt asking such a question is “Islamophobic,” but Western leaders should start asking them nevertheless, or they will be condemning their citizens to a future full of strife and bloodshed.

“Australian Muslim, 29, backed out of travelling to Syria to join terrorists because his views were even MORE extreme than ISIS,” Australian Associated Press, June 28, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A Sydney man who planned to fight for Islamic State overseas got cold feet because his views were even more extreme than the terrorist group’s, a judge has heard.

Amin Elmir pleaded guilty in February to preparing to travel from Turkey to Syria to engage in hostile activities for IS between April and June 2016.

The 29-year-old, from Bass Hill, did not cross the border and was arrested and charged six months after returning to Australia.

Crown prosecutor Trish McDonald SC told the NSW Supreme Court on Friday evidence shows Elmir backed out because of a ‘theological argument’ and not because he realised IS did ‘terrible things’ such as beheadings.

The disagreement concerned unbelievers, she said.

‘It would appear the offender had a stricter view that ignorance is not an excuse.’

Justice David Davies asked: ‘Indeed, his view was more extreme than he thought the Islamic State was?’

Ms McDonald replied: ‘Yes, your honour’.

Defence barrister Greg Scragg said the dispute was over nothing more than who was and who was not a Muslim.

He submitted Elmir had made the ‘spontaneous, impulsive and reckless decision’ following a religious pilgrimage to Mecca with his family, as they returned to Sydney….

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