[ by Charles Cameron — guide books for the perplexed ]
In his latest audiotape, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi offers two paths to those willing to follow him:
So there is no excuse for any Muslim who is capable of performing hijrah to the Islamic State, or capable of carrying a weapon where he is, for Allah (the Blessed and Exalted) has commanded him with hijrah and jih?d, and has made fighting obligatory upon him.
And we call upon every Muslim in every place to perform hijrah to the Islamic State or fight in his land wherever that may be.
Conveniently, there are two guidboos available in the Black Flags series, each of which deals with one of those paths:
My own recommendations would be somewhat different:
do no harm on the whole avoid anyplace mentioned in Robert Young Pelton‘s The World’s Most Dangerous Places, and find joy in the fleeting moment