Representatives of the so-called Is-
lamic State (IS) are often shown enthusiastically upwardly pointing their index finger, symbolising the sovereignty of Allah and his function as a pillar of the world, as well as,
a justification for their destructive activities. This interpretation repre-
sents a modern innovation (Biddah) that was previously forbidden in Islamic dogma. In Islam, a slightly raised index finger in the direction of prayer (Quiba) is an invocation (Dua) toward receiving the blessings of Mohammed. All other “meanings” are ideologically coloured new interpretations.