Even mentioning ISIS can send shivers down the spine, how then, are so many Muslims settled in western countries, running to Syria to support the organization? A recent report by the Business Insider, reveals the story of a twenty-year old Alabama girl, who left her comfortable life and family to join ISIS recently- which has become an increasingly big problem in many western countries.


The report states that Hoda Muthana reached out to the militant group through social media and decided to join them. She had been distancing herself from the other Muslims in her locality for a year and had reportedly become highly religious in the recent past. According to Buzzfeed, this was after she started to follow Islamic lectures on the internet.


According to Muthana’s father, she started exploring social media just two years ago, when she was gifted a smart phone in 2013, after graduating high-school. Coming from a conservative family, she wasn’t allowed to have social media accounts or put up pictures of herself but this did not stop her from getting in touch with the group she recently joined.


Hoda Muthana (Second girl from left) Picture By: Al.com
Hoda Muthana (Second girl from left)
Picture By: Al.com

According to a report by the DailyMail, she used the money saved for her college education to flee to Turkey and then to Syria. She later married an Australian Jihadist Suhan Abdul Rahman, who was recently killed in an airstrike. Birmingham News reported her classmate saying that Muthana was a quiet girl in class and usually kept to herself.


According to the DailyMail, she tweeted, “Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriot, Memorial etc Day parades..go on drive by’s + spill all of their blood or rent a big truck n drive all over them. Kill them,” inciting other Muslims living in western countries to join her.


Her family, needless to say, is devastated and believes that she has been brainwashed by the group. According to Business Insider, a family spokesperson said that the family has “been going through unimaginable pain and hardship for the past few months,” but are continuing to work with the authorities.


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