The Islamic State “Group’s” Cool New Coins
Did you know ISIS is a “group”? Yeah, like The Four Seasons, or the New Christy Minstrels, or the Rotarians. AT least that’s the hip, new descriptor the Associated Press has entered into it’s ever-hipper, constantly evolving stylebook.
Anyway, those increasingly imaginative ISIS guys have come up with a currency for their trendy new State, known as a ‘caliphate’. They are going to be issuing Islamic ‘dinars’. Get a load of these babies:
We owe a debt of gratitude to some guy named Maamoun Youseff, author of the AP article cited above, for introducing us to these cool new coins. Aren’t they beautiful? But more importantly for the rich historical and symbolic basis and background for the coins. This is information that everyone should know, and share with their loved ones.
According to photographs of coin prototypes, they carry the words in Arabic: “The Islamic State / A Caliphate Based on the Doctrine of the Prophet.”
One of the gold coins carries the symbol of seven stalks of wheat, mentioned in the Quran, while another has the map of the world, a reference to Islam someday ruling the entire world.
One of the silver coins shows a sword and a shield in a reference to holy war, or jihad while another has a minaret symbolizing Damascus mentioned in one of the Prophet Muhammad’s sayings.
Another coin carries the symbol of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, where the Prophet prayed. It’s revered as Islam’s third-holiest place, complete with the site’s iconic gold-topped Dome of the Rock, which enshrines the rock from which Muslims believe the Prophet ascended to heaven.
The copper coins carry the symbol of the crescent moon and three palm trees, also significant in Islam.
The posting said instructions from the Islamic State’s treasury department would be forthcoming, explaining to the people how to use the currency.
Did you catch that last part, about “explaining to the people how to use the currency”? See, we owe Maamoun and the AP a debt of gratitude for that, too. Well, “the people” owe them a debt of gratitude – the people of the Caliphate. For they now know that instructions will be forthcoming from the Treasury Department, the Treasury Department of the Islamic State, the Caliphate, on how to use the currency. So the people can rest easy now, knowing they will have all the information they need to own, use and cherish these cool new coins. These Islamic Dinars.
Oh, and one more debt of gratitude is owed to Maamoun and the Associated Press. And that is for explaining to that dunderhead Muslim wannabe, Barack Hussein Obama, what the new Islamic State and Islamic Currency and this Islamic “GROUP” Is all about.
While announcing that he’s expanding the campaign against the Islamic State extremist group into Syria, Obama said flatly that this group, which is trying to install a caliphate in the Middle East, “is not Islamic.”
And no, it wasn’t lost on us that the quote above from the Washington Post a couple of months ago, also talked about a …..”group.”
Lest we think the Associated Press is just some rogue outfit. A “group”, if you will.