By Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani (From the video, “Message Of A Mujahid”)
Due to the influence of the media, this is a doubt which lingers in the minds of many people. Many people claim that Dawlah take houses from other Sunni’s and not from Shi’ahs. So is this the case? In a simple answer, no. Dawlah does not take houses of anyone illegally, nor do we kick people out of their homes to shelter our men.
Nay, we do not even take empty, abandoned houses left behind by civilians who died or fled to Turkey. The only houses we take are those which we rent, those which belong to the enemy once we kill them, or those which we build (yes Dawlah has many houses we are building from fresh, both flats and houses, but mainly flats).
I am currently residing in a rented house along with other injured brothers. Sometimes we stay in abandoned schools or office buildings or even old government buildings left behind by Bashar’s men, as these get counted as ghaneemah for the Mujaahideen.
The only time we take civilian houses are when we are in ribat and fighting a battle (and this is due to dire need) and the enemy on the other side does the same.
For example, to make it clearer for the reader, imagine five villages all one behind the other. We are in village one and the enemy is in village two. All the civilians evacuate both these villages and its purely us vs. them, shooting anything we see move, and vice versa. After we kill them and drive them back, they go to village three and we are now in village two. The civilians of village one return back home and the civilians of village three evacuate their homes.