Kidnapping infidels and releasing them for ransom or killing them — whichever is more advantageous for the Muslims — is fully sanctioned in Islamic law: “As for the captives, the amir [ruler] has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first to put them to death by cutting their necks; the second, to enslave them and apply the laws of slavery regarding their sale and manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. Allah, may he be exalted, says, ‘When you encounter those [infidels] who deny [the Truth=Islam] then strike [their] necks’ (Qur’an sura 47, verse 4)” “” Abu”l-Hasan al-Mawardi, al-Ahkam as-Sultaniyyah (The Laws of Islamic Governance), trans. by Dr. Asadullah Yate, (London), Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd., 1996, p. 192.
“Somali Islamists threaten to execute Kenyan hostages,” from AFP, January 24 (thanks to Twostellas):
Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents issued an ultimatum to Kenya on Wednesday to release all prisoners held on terrorism charges or they will execute all Kenyan hostages they hold.
Issuing a February 14 deadline, the extremist group demanded in messages posted on Twitter the release of “all Muslim prisoners held on so-called terrorism charges in Kenya”.
Kenya must also “secure the release of Muslims extradited to Uganda for terrorism charges”, it added, apparently referring to those jailed or on trial for the Shebab’s July 2010 twin bomb attacks that killed at least 74 people in Kampala.
The Shebab also released a video titled “the final message” with two men featured and a photograph of four others, who the Shebab said were Kenyan prisoners….
“Following the expiration of this period, all the kuffar (non-Muslim) Kenyan prisoners who appeared in the recent video will be executed,” the Shebab added on Twitter….
That’s their jihad. What’s yours?