Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, the brother of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is the Caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, has converted to christianity, reports Al-Jazeera this morning.
The move has brought the man an unprecedented backlash from the Salafist Sunni community that has ordered a fatwa, or death-sentence, on the man as soon as the news was spread in media around the muslim world.
«He is no more my brother then the miscreant American pigs we slay everyday» told the self-proclaimed Caliph to a large crowd of his followers. «Let Allah not forget this treacherous swine when he pleads on his knees to enter the gates of Heaven and is thrown back into the pits of Hell» he cried out, before issuing a death-sentence on his own brother’s head.
Abu Bakr al-Baghadi obtained his BA, MA and PhD degrees in Islamic studies from the Islamic University of Baghdad and became a cleric at the Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal Mosque in Samarra at around the time of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
«It is definitely during the time of the Iraq war that both brothers took very different paths, one becoming an Oil engineer in Texas and the other becoming more of a prominent religious fanatic» explains Middle-East political analyst Jim Stern. «The two men who have not spoken for the past 14 years have relatively nothing in common» he adds.
Mohammed Bakr al-Baghadi and his family are now under the Witness Security Program that has since 9-11 opened up not only to witnesses testifying against criminal organization members but who will also testify against terrorist organizations that are less organized and more dangerous.