This proves that the Islamic State is un-Islamic, no? After all, there is this hadith, depicting Muhammad forbidding burning people to death (in the process of mandating death for those who leave Islam): “Narrated ‘Ikrima: Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said, ‘If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, “Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).” I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.”’” (Bukhari 9.84.57)
Yet there is, as is so often the case, evidence on the other side as well. Ibn Ishaq’s eighth-century account of Muhammad’s conquest of Khaybar contains this account of Muhammad sanctioning the use of burning as an instrument of torture: “Kinana b. al-Rabi`, who had the custody of the treasure of B. al-Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came (T. was brought) to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, ‘Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?’ he said Yes. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr b. al-Awwam, ‘Torture him until you extract what he has,’ so he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead. Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head, in revenge for his brother Mahmud.” (Ibn Ishaq 515).
There is also this hadith, in which Muhammad says: “Certainly I decided to order the Mu’adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses.” (Bukhari 1.11.626)
“Islamic State burns mother and 4 children in Hawija,” by Loaa Adel, Iraqi News, January 14, 2017:
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) A security source in Kirkuk Province revealed that the Islamic State burned a family of five persons (a mother and four children) for leaving the land of caliphate, southwest of Kirkuk, Alsumaria reported on Saturday.
Members of the Islamic State burned a whole family that consisted of a mother and four children (three girls and a 9-month-old boy) in Hawija, for leaving the land of caliphate and fleeing toward Kirkuk, the source said.
The Islamic State captured the family on the road linking between al-Riyad area and Hamrin Mountains, and burned them in front of a group of civilians, who were in their way toward al-Alam area east of Salahuddin, the source added on condition of anonymity.
The members of the Islamic State tied up the mother and her children, then poured crude oil over them and set them ablaze, the source further explained….