In an article titled “Death by Fire Is an Islamic Punishment,” Yasmin Al-Khatib (right), a liberal Egyptian writer and artist, criticized the fact that, following every brutal execution carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS), Muslims around the world are quick to claim that these actions have nothing to do with Islam. She noted that Muslim history – including the history of the Prophet and his followers – is rife with stories of grisly executions and beheadings, which indicates that such actions are not foreign to Islam.
MEMRI She said that Christianity, too, had a very violent history, however, Christianity changed over the years by choosing the path of enlightenment, and Islam must do the same, otherwise thousands of Islamic-based organizations like ISIS will emerge.
The following are excerpts of her article, which was posted on the website of the daily Al-Tahrir:
“I do not understand why, after every perverted act of]execution carried out by ISIS, most Muslims (and Western leaders) insist that these actions have nothing to do with Islam. After all, Muslim history is rife with terrifying forms of execution, similar or even identical to those used by ISIS.
I am not talking of executions motivated by revenge, such as the crucifixion of Al-Khallaj, the killing of Suhrawardi, or the slaughter of Ibn Al-Muqaffa. [Nor am I speaking of] the mutilation of dead bodies, such as the practice of displaying the heads of decapitated [victims], which was invented by the Umayyad [caliphs]. The most famous [victim of this] was the greatest rebel in Islamic history, Hussein bin ‘Ali.
I am talking of execution methods used in the early Islamic period, a period which most of our clerics regard as the essential source for Islamic legislation, such as execution by fire or by being cast from a high place – two punishments that were set out for homosexuals.
It was the consensus among the Prophet’s companions that homosexuals had to be put to death, but they disagreed on the method. Some thought [a homosexual] should be burned alive, others advocated toppling a wall over him and leaving him to die under the rubble, and yet others thought he should be cast from the highest wall in the village and then, to complete [the task], pelted with stones.
The last [method] has actually been applied by ISIS to a homosexual who was cast from a tall building in Baghdad. [The first and fourth caliphs,] Abu Bakr and Ali bin Abu Talib, ordered to burn homosexuals, and this was done.
A book by the historian Al-Tabari states that Abu Bakr ordered his commanders, during the wars against the apostates, to burn several of them, and the book Futuh Al-Buldan (“Conquest of Lands”) states that [Muslim military leader and companion of the Prophet] Khaled bin Al-Walid also burned some apostate hostages.
This demonstrates that Islamic thought is not totally free of responsibility for the notion of execution by fire – a fact that some people ignored, either deliberately or out of ignorance, after the execution [by fire] of the Jordanian pilot Mu’adh Al-Kasasbeh.
These people justified [their position] by quoting the hadith of the Prophet – ‘none is permitted to torture by fire but the Master of fire [Allah]’ – even though this starkly contradicts the accounts mentioned above of the Prophet’s companions executing people by fire. I myself question this hadith, since it first orders to burn people and then says the opposite – fickle [behavior] that does not befit a Prophet who was sent by Allah to guide his creations on the straight path.
Here is the full text of the hadith: ‘The Prophet dispatched a squadron [of warriors], telling them: “If you find the man named so-and-so and the man named so-and-so, burn them both in fire.” Later he said: “I had ordered you to burn those two men in fire, but none is permitted to torture by fire but the Master of fire, so if you find them kill them.”‘
“In any case, the Umayyad caliphs continued meting out the punishment of death by fire, and later the Abbasid [caliphs] even improved upon it and used to roast the condemned over a slow fire until he expired, just like you roast a slaughtered animal.
As for torturing people to death, there is the well-known story about the men of Urayna who took the Prophet’s camels and killed the man who was tending them by gouging out his eyes with a sharp sword, cutting off his arms, legs and tongue, and then leaving him to die.
When the Prophet heard of this, he ordered to cut off their arms and legs and gouge out their eyes with a red-hot iron and then cast them out into the street until they died. This [punishment] was according to the principle of subjecting [the perpetrator] to whatever he did to others, no matter how atrocious the act.
Enlightenment is our only weapon to defeat ISIS, because our real war is not against [this organization] but against extremist Islamic thinking, and if we do not confront it and beat it, a thousand other ISIS-type Islamic organizations will emerge.”
Obama, Cameron, CAIR, and the sharia-compliant media keep trying to convince you that ISIS has “nothing to do with Islam.” The Prophet Mohammed insists that it does. Who will you believe?