“Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.” (Qur’an 5:33)
While people in the West, because of Christianity, generally think of crucifixion as the nailing of a live person to a cross, in Saudi Arabia we have seen crucifixion as the stringing up of someone who is already dead, to serve as an example to others — as here.
“Left as a warning to others, suspected ‘U.S. spy’ killed by al-Qaeda militants is chained to football goalposts after being shot dead,” by Sara Malm for the Daily Mail, March 6 (thanks to Kind Dave):
Al Qaeda militants have executed a Yemeni man accused of being an infiltrator and tied him to a football goal as a ‘warning’ to others, security officials say.
The unidentified man was accused of spying on al Qaeda for the U.S. and was shot dead in the town of Shahr in Yemen’s southeastern Hadhramout province.
Security officials say the man was killed on Thursday by a militant firing squad and his body was tied to the goal for public display by the militants.
An al Qaeda flier distributed to residents said the execution was in ‘retribution’ for anyone who deals with Americans.
The flier claims the man had been placing microchips in cars and safe houses used by al Qaeda members to guide missiles fired by U.S. drones.
Al Qaeda wields significant power in some remote areas in southern Yemen, where state authority is almost non-existent.
The area is unstable, with government forces and militant rebel groups, with al Qaeda just one, are clashing on a regular basis….