BREAKING: Authorities Urging Americans To Be On HIGH ALERT- Here’s What We Know

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Law enforcement officials and counter terror agencies around the world are on high alert this week as ISIS is calling for a massive surge of civilian attacks during Islam’s “Night of Power,” the holiest day on the Islamic calendar.

Known in Arabic as “Laylat al-Qadr,” it marks the night during the holy month of Ramadan that Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad received the first revelations of the Quran, Mark Saunokonoko at 9 News reports.

Laylat al-Qadr falls on the 27th day of each Ramadan month and holds special importance to many Muslims.

The Night of Power is when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Mohammed in the 7th century, according to some Islamic scholars.

Laylat al-Qadr is seen as a good night for prayers to be made and answered. It is also an opportunity for carefully crafted Islamic State propaganda to urge violent terrorist attacks as a religious duty.

Last year, when the Night of Power fell on July 2, IS terrorists burst into a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a venue popular with foreigners.

They butchered 20 people with long knives.

Nine Italians, seven Japanese, two Indians, an American and Bangladeshi were slaughtered after they were unable to recite verses of the Quran to the attackers.

Hollie McKay at Fox News reports that on the same day, ISIS fighters detonated a massive truck bomb in a popular Baghdad shopping district, killing at least 200.

Pro-ISIS messages are said to be circling on encrypted apps such as Telegram this week, calling on Muslims to “wake up, the war is starting,” especially in the wake of Sunday’s mosque attack in London.

The pattern of jihadists using the Night of Power to attack has caused Western interests to take security precautions. Starting in 2013, many U.S. embassies across the Middle East started closing for the occasion and encouraging staff to remain indoors.

“ISIS and other Islamists preach that the obligation of jihad is multiplied during Ramadan, as is the reward if you die carrying it out,” Ryan Mauro, national security analyst at the Clarion Project, told Fox News.

So far during Ramadan this year, which will end Saturday, there have been a dozen Muslim terror attacks – including at least 31 dead in a Baghdad ice-cream parlor bombing, a truck explosion in Kabul that killed 150, an attack on Iran’s Parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine in Tehran that left 12 dead and a further eight lives lost in a London Bridge rampage.

Robert Nicholson, executive director of The Philos Project, which focuses on religious engagement in the Middle East, cautioned that it is a mistake to associate this night with terrorism, but that there is “always a chance that a malicious few will use it to amplify their terrorist acts.”

“It makes sense to elevate security precautions, but it is excessive and unhelpful to talk about it as a catalyst for terror. For the vast majority of Muslims, it’s just not,” Nicholson told Fox News.

Nevertheless, as ISIS gets edged out of its Iraqi and Syrian hubs, its calls for violence abroad are getting louder.

“They’re under siege and getting desperate. That causes them to lash out where they can around the world, to hit their enemies on their own turf,” Nicholson added. “But it also inspires unaffiliated sympathizers living in foreign countries to act out their own acts of terror without any real direction from [the ISIS “capital” of] Raqqa. We may be able to take Raqqa and defeat ISIS, but the idea of ISIS – the establishment of a caliphate and the restoration of Islam to its rightful place in the world – will live on.

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