Recently the Islamic State (IS) released a video via its media wing al-Itisam Media, which primarily targets Arabic-speaking audiences (notably producing the series 'Windows on the Land of Epic Battles'). The video, entitled 'Message to the People of Bahrain', advertised the presence of Bahraini fighters in its ranks, with predictable denunciations of e.g. the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa as a 'kafir [disbelieving] tyrant'. The Bahraini contingent has already been around for some time- for example in 'Saleel al-Sawarim 4', a Bahraini fighter could be seen destroying his passport as part of IS' rejection of the conventional nation-states of the world. The series of tweets from an IS source translated by me below relate to the life of one Abu Qutayba al-Bahraini (of Bahrain), whose real name was Ibrahim al-Awaḍi. He was killed in an American airstrike.
Ibrahim al-Awaḍi aka Abu Qutayba al-Bahraini
1. Abu Qutayba al-Bahraini grew up on obedience of God, amid the mosques, Qur'an circles, and knowledge sessions.
2. He was following the guidance of al-Salf [Salafi principles] in general principles and subdivisions: jurisdiction, al-wala wa al-bara' [i.e. trying to take up what pleases God and reject what displeases Him], names and qualities [i.e. believing in all of God's names and qualities], distinguishing virtue and vice, and jihad.
3. He recognized his embrace of neatness according to Shari'a from white clothing and hood, just as he recognized his hostility to tawagheet and his exposing of the disbelief within them, thus...
4. He wrote on the portrait of Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa which appears on school books: 'taghut'. And when the teacher asked: 'Who did this?' Ibrahim said, 'I did.'
5. When they brought him before a verification committee, he made clear in front of them that the tyrant Hamad is not someone ruling by God's law! This led to his expulsion from the school.
6. Ibrahim's pure creed was the definite result of his refraining from the councils of postponement and only attending the sheikhs of tawheed. Thus should his loved ones do.
7. When Ibrahim became determined to make his journey [to Iraq/Syria], he undertook preparations of all sorts: in faith, in Shari'a, and in physical terms, and this is what his peers observed in him in his last days.
8. Finally he left the land the statutes of disbelief have come to dominate, and he came to the abode of Islam the statues of Islam have come to dominate, even as it is forbidden to travel [there].
9. And in the abode of Islam he learnt the arts of fighting and moved about in the spring of the Islamic State searching for death in his presumptions.
10. Until the situation established him as a murabit [i.e. on the ground] and mujahid in Fallujah, neither worn out nor bored and a son of the 17th year of his age.
11. One night one of his companions said to him: "I ask God that you die in the path of God"; and he replied trusting in God: 'Amen.'
12. Our beloved went out as a murabit on the area targeted by America and its allies from the Arab apostates. The first round of bombing came on them and they were steadfast.
13. Then their amir ordered them to spread out and they spread out, and Ibrahim was among a group of his companions on a path when a missile fell exactly on them.
14. This led to the scattering of the corpses of all of them in pieces separated from each other except that of Ibrahim al-Awḍi, for his flew into the sky and fell prostrating before God, thus his dignified soul passed away.