'Jihad is so simple': Norwegian posts Isis vid
A 29-year-old ethnic Norwegian Islamist has called on other Scandinavians to travel to Syria to join the terror group Isis, in a propaganda video posted online on Sunday.
Michael Nikolai Skråmo, who styles himself Abo Ibrahim Al Swedi, appears in the video wearing desert camouflage and clutching an assault rifle, and proceeds to give practical and motivational encouragement to would-be jihadis.
“My brothers, ‘hijra’ (migration) and ‘jihad’ are so simple. It only costs a few thousand ‘lapp’ [Swedish kroner],” he says in Swedish. “Do you not wish in in your heart to fight and show God what you have to offer him? The door to jihad is standing there waiting for you. It’s the fastest way to Jannah [Paradise]."
Skråmo, who has two Norwegian parents but was born and grew up near Gothenburg in Sweden, moved to Raqqah, the capital of the fledgling Islamic State in Syria, back in September with his wife and two children, hoping to fight alongside Islamic State soldiers.
According to Sweden’s Expressen newspaper, the 29-year-old got in contact with his Norwegian father in the autumn, asking him for help renewing his Norwegian passport. Norwegian newspaper VG said it had failed to discover whether he had succeeded in getting a new Norwegian passport.
Skråmo trained as a chef in Gothenburg before converting to Islam in 2005, after which he travelled widely in the Islamic world, learning Arabic and studying the religion.
According to an article on the blog of Svenksa Dagbladet journalist Per Gudmundson, Skråmo became a well-known radical preacher at the Multicultural Youth Centre at Gothenburg's Bellevue mosque, and was an open supporter of the American-Yemeni al-Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki before he was killed in a missile strike in 2011.
“My brothers and sisters” he begins his video after a short recital in Arabic. “What’s going on in the world is a war against Islam. You know it and I know it.”
At the end of the video, Skråmo becomes more emotional.
"I want you to be here with me. I want us to hang out in Jannah. My wonderful brothers, take this decision, trust in Allah, sacrificing your money and your life for Allah, and you will receive the highest from Allah ".