ISIS Campaign Of Executing Homosexuals – By Stoning, Shooting, Throwing Off Roofs, Public Torture: In Accordance With Shari’a Law As Explained By Influential Mainstream Islamic Preachers, Scholars On Leading Arab Media Outlets, Including Al-Jazeera, Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV – WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES
In recent months, the Islamic State (ISIS) has publicly executed men they have convicted of homosexuality in Iraq and Syria, including by burning them alive and by stoning them to death. The most common method of execution, however, has been throwing them off tall buildings; if they survive, they are usually shot or stoned, sometimes by the crowd of observers. This punishment for homosexuals was detailed, featured, and praised in the latest issue (published February 2015) of ISIS’s English-language magazine Dabiq, in an article titled “Clamping Down on Sexual Deviance.”
According to majority interpretations of Islamic shari’a law, homosexuality is indeed punishable by death; this has been clearly stated by well-known and highly influential Sunni Muslim authorities, sheikhs, professors, and Muslim Brotherhood leaders. These have included leading Sunni authority and head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi; highly influential Kuwaiti Islamic preacher and Muslim Brotherhood leader Tareq Al-Suweidan; Saudi cleric and Islamic University professor ‘Abd Al-Qader Shiba Al-Hamad; and many others. Such punishments are also based on the Biblical story of Lot, which is often cited by both mainstream sheikhs and ISIS to justify the killing of homosexuals. These statements and teachings regarding the death penalty for homosexuality appear in Muslim school curricula, on mainstream television, and in mosque sermons across the Arab and Muslim world, and are also expressed by Muslim authorities in the Wes. They have also been expressed by jihadi leaders, including Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who was reportedly directly involved in the prosecution and death of a youth accused of homosexuality in the 1990s. Recent examples of executions of homosexuals by Al-Qaeda and ISIS using these methods – stoning to death, throwing off high buildings, and shooting – are documented in this report; it should also be noted that ISIS has continued to use U.S. social media, particularly Twitter, to disseminate to its supporters online images of its executions of homosexuals.
To date, there has been very little discussion in the Arab media about these executions, and there has been no significant Arab or Muslim religious or political leader who has denounced them.
Muslims In The West: Homosexuality Is Punishable By Death
Norwegian Islamic Leader Fahed Qureshi: All Muslims Believe In Death Penalty For Homosexuals
In a May 19, 2013 address in Norway, Fahad Qureshi, founder of the Norwegian Islam Net Organization, which has chapters in Oslo and four other cities, stated that it was not just radical Islamists who support the death penalty for homosexuals, and that this belief is commonly held by average Muslims as well.
Qureshi asked the packed hall: “How many of you agree that the punishments described in the Koran and the Sunna – whether it is death… whatever it is… If it is from Allah and His Messenger, that is the best punishment ever possible for humankind, and that is what we should apply in the world. Who agrees with that?” Most of the people in the audience raised their hands.
View VIDEO on MEMRI TV here.
Vanderbilt University Professor And Muslim Chaplain Awadh Binhazim: Homosexuality Is Punishable By Death
In February 2010, controversy erupted over comments by Dr. Awadh Binhazim, who was at the time an adjunct associate professor in pathology and Muslim chaplain at Vanderbilt University. Asked during a Q&A session with students whether he accepted the Islamic teaching that homosexuality was punishable by death, Binhazim grudgingly admitted, “I don’t have a choice as a Muslim to accept or reject teachings. I go with what Islam teaches.” Asked point blank by a student whether under Islamic law homosexuality is punishable by death, he replied, “Yes.”
View this clip here.
Leading Islamic Scholars Explain Islamic Law On Executing Homosexuals By Stoning, Burning, Shooting, Throwing Off Tall Buildings
Saudi Cleric ‘Abd Al-Qader Shiba Al-Hamad Cites Koranic Verses And The Prophet Muhammad’s Companions, States: Homosexuals Should Be Flogged, Stoned, Beheaded, Or Rolled Down A Mountain
Saudi cleric ‘Abd Al-Qader Shiba Al-Hamad, professor at Islamic University in Saudi Arabia, appeared on Saudi TV explaining in detail what the Koran teaches about Islamic law and homosexuality, and discussed how homosexuals are to be executed, in a January 27, 2005 program: “[Homosexuality] is a great corruption. A great corruption. Our Lord was not satisfied – when He tortured the tribe of Lot – with merely killing or burning them. Since what they do goes against human nature, [the Koran says], ‘We turned the city upside down and rained upon them brimstones hard as clay.’
“Therefore, the jurisprudents among the Prophet’s companions disagreed upon what should be done to anyone who commits sodomy. Some hadiths, in Bulough Al-Maram and other places, say… ‘Anyone caught committing sodomy – kill both sodomizer and sodomized.’ However, when the Prophet’s companions received word that some in Greater Syria were committing this heinous crime, they disagreed about what to do. They couldn’t even imagine that one of their own could commit such an act – one of the first believers.
“When word came from Syria, the Prophet’s companions convened and wondered what to do. One group said that they must be punished according to the punishment for fornication: A fornicator who was a virgin is flogged, and a non-virgin fornicator is stoned. A second group said, no. Let’s put them… Let’s behead them by sword – both his neck and hers… The man’s neck… I mean the necks of both men are cut with a sword. Then they are placed on a coffin, and the coffin is burned. Their coffin is burned after they were killed. A third group said: Neither this way nor that. Let’s climb to the top of the highest mountain and roll them down the mountain until they are killed, just like when Allah turned [Sodom and Gomorrah] upside down.”
View this clip on MEMRI TV here.
International Union Of Muslim Scholars Director And Leading Sunni Authority Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi: Homosexuals Should Be Punished Like Fornicators
Leading Sunni authority Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi heads the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), which he founded in 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. IUMS members have met with U.S. officials. Al-Qaradhawi has been called “the single most influential living Sunni Islamic figure” by Foreign Policy magazine.
On June 5, 2006, Al-Qaradhawi, who is also strongly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, explained on his regular show on the Qatari Al-Jazeera TV channel how a homosexual or a lesbian be punished: “The same punishment as any sexual pervert – the same as the fornicator… The schools of thought disagree about the punishment. Some say they should be punished like fornicators, and then we distinguish between married and unmarried men, and between married and unmarried women. Some say both should be punished the same way. Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom. Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement… The important thing is to treat this act as a crime.”
View this clip on MEMRI TV here.
Hugely Popular U.S.-Educated Kuwaiti Television Preacher And Muslim Brotherhood Leader Tareq Al-Suwaidan: Homosexuals Should Be Stoned To Death Or Thrown Off A Mountain
Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a popular Islamic television preacher and motivational speaker, was formerly general manager of Al-Resala TV, an Islamic channel broadcasting from Kuwait that is owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. He was fired from his position by the prince in August 2013 after he declared that he was a Muslim Brotherhood leader. According to Forbes magazine (Arabic edition: Forbes Arabia), Al-Suwaidan ranks second in annual net income among Islamic motivational speakers in the Muslim world and has, as of this writing, 4.16 million followers on Twitter.
On April 22, 2005, Al-Suwaidan spoke on Qatar TV about Islamic law and how to punish homosexuals: “Anyone committing sodomy, kill both the sodomizer and the sodomized. The clerics have decided how a homosexual should be killed. They said he should be stoned to death. Some clerics said he should be thrown off a mountain… Governments and countries must enforce the law strictly against anyone committing such an abomination… this could cause the deviation of society as a whole…”
View this clip on MEMRI TV here.
Syrian Scholar Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi On Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV: Homosexuality Carries The Death Penalty
On April 28, 2011, Syrian scholar Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi advocated the death penalty for homosexuals on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV, saying: “Homosexuality involves a filthy place, and does not generate offspring. Homosexuality leads to the destruction of the homosexual. That is why, brothers, homosexuality carries the death penalty. There are thousands of notions around the world, according to which a homosexual is a normal person, with homosexual genes.”
View this clip on MEMRI TV here.
Kuwaiti Islamist Sa’d Al-‘Inzi: Homosexuals Should Be Tortured In Public Squares; Death Is Too Good For Them
On December 10, 2007, Kuwaiti Islamist Sa’d Al-‘Inzi said on Kuwait’s Al-Rai TV, which bills itself as a family oriented channel: “When a person commits an abominable act, like homosexuality, for example, or lesbianism, in the case of women’s parlors – this constitutes ‘spreading corruption in the land,’ and should be punished by death.”
Asked what else should be done to homosexuals besides execution or life imprisonment, Al-‘Inzi replied: “According to Islamic law, a homosexual should be thrown from a tall building… To be honest, death is too good for them. They should be gathered in a public place, to be flogged and tortured, so the truth about these people is made clear and they serve as a lesson to others, because they are an epidemic plaguing society.”
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