Researchers looking into the workings ISIS are of the opinion that once vanquished, its place would be taken by groups that are more violent and extremist. High on the list are the ‘Hazimis.’
In fact, many extremists have been communicating through the Telegram app, atoning for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and claiming that he is responsible for the defeat of ISIS because of his leniency in implementing Shariaa law.
The organization of the Hazimis gained its name from terrorist Ahmed bin Omar al-Hazimi, who was arrested by Saudi Arabia in 2015.
Hazimi’s popularity grew among terrorists after he challenged the ISIS Grand Mufti, Turki al-Binali from Bahrain.
ISIS Grand Mufti Turki al-Binali. (File photo: Al Arabiya)
According to the researcher in Islamic affairs Abdelali Raqad, the latter was killed last May in a Russian raid on al-Raqqa.