Yesterday, April 29th 2014, a lot of commotion arose on Twitter. Aymenn J. al-Tamimi tweeted two pics of ISIS captives in their stronghold of ar-Raqqa in eastern Syria (see A and B). The story was picked up shortly after by renowned journalists like Jenan Moussa and Harald Doornbos.
The only reason I didn’t talk about this event was that I wanted a full grip of what had happened; I prefer being objective rather than reacting emotionally. Today, I have gathered enough sources to report on what actually happened.
In total seven people were executed; two of them were crucified:
ISIS said it held the seven responsible for a grenade attack on one of its fighters earlier this month in the Euphrates Valley city of ar-Raqqa.
“Ten days ago, attackers on a motorbike threw a grenade at an ISIS fighter at the Naim roundabout. A Muslim civilian had his leg blown off and a child was killed,” the group said on Twitter.
“Our fighters immediately set up a roadblock and succeeded in capturing them. They were then able to detain other members of the cell.”
One of them blindfolded had a banner wrapped round his body proclaiming: “This man fought against Muslims and threw a grenade in this place.”
Here are the pictures (shot by an anti-ISIS activist in ar-Raqqa) and a short video about the crucifixions:
At first I thought the two men got crucified because of the Hadd on Qat’ at-Tarīq (highway robbery) or Qisās (retaliation id est ‘an eye for an eye’); yet an ISIS account on Twitter quoted the Qur’ān.
This verse from the Qur’ān (Sūrat al-Mā’idat 5:33) can be translated as:
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
One question still remains; why were there only two out of seven crucified ?