For those captured by ISIS, claims of allegiance to Allah of little help
Editor’s Note: At the end of this story is a graphic video that reveals the execution by beheading of a Christian by ISIS. Please use extreme caution.
WASHINGTON – “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”
This is the statement that fighters in ISIS demand of captured Christians if they don’t want to be summarily executed, mostly by beheading.
But now Raymond Ibrahim, writing for the Gatestone Institute, says that if a Christian is captured by ISIS and makes such a profession, they more than likely will be beheaded anyway.
It is a trend that is on the rise among ISIS militants and groups that are swearing allegiance to the Islamic army despite outrage expressed even by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and some Muslim clerics.
ISIS’ ruthlessness became apparent in a recent example Ibrahim detailed when ISIS fighters cut off the head of a Christian man after compelling him to say the shehada, the Islamic profession of faith to Allah and to Muhammad as his messenger.
Generally, he says, once the shehada is spoken before Muslim witnesses, the speaker becomes Muslim and “thus, in theory, safeguards his life and possessions from the jihad.”
In a very graphic video, the man’s renunciation of his Christian faith and profession to Islam wasn’t good enough for ISIS fighters, who followed his statement with his summary execution.
Before he was beheaded, however, a militant upon hearing the oath said that the man wouldn’t be shot.
“He will not be killed by shooting because it is merciful for him,” the militant is quoted in English subtitles in the video as saying.
“He will be beheaded because he is a Kaffir, non-Muslim, sided with the government and was not praying at all. Everyone like him will have the same end, beheading,” the militant said.
A militant then grabs a machete, grabs the young man by his hair from behind and begins to slice off his head as blood begins to gush out amid cries from the group around them of “Allahu Akbar.”
ISIS seeks to force everyone in territories under its control – it says it’s a caliphate – to convert to its Wahhabi doctrine or face death. According to Shariah and as outlined in the Quran, non-Muslims, particularly Christians, can either convert, leave, or enter into a dhimma, or a “protection” contract, in which they must pay a jizya, or tax.
Those who don’t comply are to be killed. Already, however, tens of thousands of Christians, Yazidis, Kurds, and Shiite Muslims have been summarily slaughtered without the choice of conversion or paying a jizya.
ISIS militants apparently are skipping that critical step of giving Christians and others that option.
A British female who did convert to Islam recently threatened to behead Christians “with a blunt knife,” according to the Daily Mail.
Umm Hussain al-Britani, formerly Sally Jones of Chatham and a member of an all-girl rock band, warned in apparent emails: “You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at Raqqa (Syria)…Come here. I’ll do it for you.”
The bloody violence is striking in light of comments by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a recent event at Georgetown University.
Written by F. MICHAEL MALOOF
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