“The group has a conservative and brutal brand of Islamic law that it has imposed upon the populations under its control in northern Iraq and eastern Syria.” And where does this “conservative and brutal brand of Islamic law” come from? Why, from the Qur’an: “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth 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.” (5:33) The Islamic State has apparently decided that to violate the Ramadan fast is to “wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth corruption.” It would be refreshing if some moderate Muslim spokesman were to explain why that is a misuse of the Qur’an verse. But none will.
Fighters from the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) are crucifying residents “every day” for violating fasting rules during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, according to a monitoring group.
Rami Abdelrahman, the director of the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR)—which uses an extensive network of sources and contacts on the ground in Syria—confirmed to Newsweek that ISIS caged, lashed and crucified two people last week in the Syrian town of Mayadin in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. The group also crucified a person in the town of Bukamal.
Another monitoring group, the Syria-based Justice for Life Observatory, also reported the crucifixions. SOHR confirmed that such incidents are now becoming routine as the Islamic holy month continues in the group’s self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
Islamic State flag An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration from February 18. A monitoring group has said that the radical Islamist group is crucifying and lashing residents who violate the Ramadan fast.
“Every day this happen, not only one day,” Abdelrahman says. “Every day we publish it. Many times this month.”
Fasting norms during Ramadan dictate that worshippers do not consume food or drink during daylight hours. ISIS is punishing those caught breaking these rules.
He says that ISIS are lashing the victims dozens of times after a Sharia court issues their sentence. The group has a conservative and brutal brand of Islamic law that it has imposed upon the populations under its control in northern Iraq and eastern Syria.
Crucifixions are already a common form of punishment across the ISIS caliphate as a way to spread fear among residents and fighters considering leaving the de-facto state….