Kidnapping infidels and releasing them for ransom or enslaving them, as well as killing them if that option is deemed most 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.
“Islamic State group kidnaps three Christian workers,” Asia News, July 20, 2015:
Sirte (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The Islamic State (IS) kidnapped three Christian men from Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana, this according to a statement the group posted on social media with their passport pictures.
The three men were seized in Noufliyah, an IS stronghold southeast of the city of Sirte, said a local source, who asked not to be named for security reasons. A representative for the internationally recognised government based in Tobruk confirmed the abduction.
In a similar incident, four Italians who worked at the Eni-owned Mellitah oil and gas complex in western Libya, were abducted in the nearby Zuwara, a city under the control of Islamist militias that back the Tripoli government. The four men were on their way back from Tunisia….