The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies (RISSC) released a list of the top 5 extremists in Islam who are spreading terrorism around the world. All the terrorists on the list are either part of are or are connect to Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS) or al-Qaeda. The two terror groups themselves have a lot of differences. ISIS “is not a branch of the al-Qaeda group .?.?. does not have an organizational relationship with it and [al-Qaeda] is not the group responsible for their actions,” al-Qaeda’s General Command said in a statement early this year.
Here is the list of the top 5 Muslim extremists, according to RISSC. It is an independent research entity affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, an international Islamic non-governmental, independent institute headquartered in Amman, Jordan.
1. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
al-Baghdadi is the leader of ISIS and a self-proclaimed Caliph of the Muslims, although this has been denied and mocked by all Muslims around the world. He is a new entrant to the list but is first, a fact which shows the sheer terror with which the group has managed to spread. Another proof of their savagery is that the al-Qaeda themselves disavowing their connection with ISIS for being too extreme.
2. Ayman al-Zawahiri
The former right hand man of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin-Laden has now become the chief of the international terror group. He has been a radical since the age of 15 and became part of al-Qaeda after his group, Egypt’s Islamic Jihad merged withe the Afghani terror outfit in 1998.
3. Abubakar Shekau
Shekhau is the head of Boko Haram, an affialiate of al-Qaeda in Nigeria. Boko Haram has murdered more than 5,000 people in five years till June 2014. They gained world wide coverage when they kidnapped hundred of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria. The savagery made al-Qaeda disavow the allegiance to the terror group.
4. Abu Bakar Bashir
Abu Bakar Bashir is an Indonesian Muslim cleric and the head of Indonesian Mujahideen Council. He has pledged allegiance to al-Baghdadi’s ISIS in August this year.
5. Abu Muhammed al-Maqdisi
Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi is a Jordanian-Palestinian Salafi leader who was a mentor for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the initial leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. A writer who spreads his propaganda with his writing, Al-Maqdisi was recently found guilty on terrorism charges and sentenced to five years in prison by a Jordanian court.