ISIS Telling Supporters To “Avoid Beards”

ISIS has created a nearly 60-page instruction booklet for UK-based jihadis to avoid being detected by law enforcement when planning and carrying out terrorist attacks.

The booklet, entitled “Safety and Security Guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen” outlines ways to blend in and avoid standing out. At the top of the list is to avoid growing a beard.

“If you can avoid having a beard, wearing qamis (long tunic), using miswak (a teeth-cleaning twig recommended by Prophet Muhammad) and having a booklet of dhikr (short devotional phrases and prayers) with you, it’s better.”

The English-language guidebook was designed for non-Arabic speaking supporters of ISIS in the hopes it will apply “to their blessed operations.” It goes on to suggest wearing necklaces boasting a cross, as “Christians – or even atheist Westerners with Christian background – wear crosses on their necklaces,” and to use alcohol-based perfumes, which are not typically used by Muslim practitioners. reports that the disturbing document encourages the planning of more Paris-style attacks, even going so far as to suggest targeting nightclubs because there is loud music.

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