The Islamic supremacists in Mali are characterized as “extremists,” but what they are doing here is strictly Qur’anic:
“This is the recompense of those who fight against God and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land. That is a degradation for them in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement” — Qur’an 5:33
“And the thief, male and female: cut off the hands of both, as a recompense for what they have earned, and a punishment exemplary from God; God is All-mighty, All-wise.” — Qur’an 5:38
“Islamists conduct amputations in Mali,” by Baba Ahmed and Rukmini Callimachi for the Associated Press, September 10 (thanks to Kenneth):
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Islamic police said they used a stage in a public square to amputate the right hand and left foot of five accused thieves in a city of Mali on Monday, in the latest application of Sharia law in the country’s north.
That region of Mali, an area the size of Texas or France, was overrun by rebels allied with al-Qaida five months ago.
Despite a loud outcry from the international community and protests from locals, the Islamists have applied an extreme interpretation of Islam, and have stoned to death an adulterous couple, cut off the hand of another thief and publicly whipped people accused of other transgressions….