ISIS murders captured Jordanian pilot. Update: fatwa issued justifying burning

Posted by: Phineas on February 3, 2015 at 3:41 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Lt. al Kasasibah at the moment of his execution

Lt. al Kasasibah at the moment of his execution

(Photo courtesy of The Long War Journal)

They burned him alive:

In what is perhaps its most brutal execution video to date, the Islamic State burned alive a Jordanian pilot who was captured in late December 2014 after his warplane was purportedly shot down over Syria.

The Islamic State murdered First Lieutenant Mu’adh Yusuf al Kasasibah, the Jordanian pilot, at the end of a lengthy 22-minute-long video that was released by the group today, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

“The video shows media footage of Jordan’s involvement in the U.S.-led coalition against IS [Islamic State] and then shows al Kasasibah discussing Jordan’s operations in a news-style monologue bearing a black eye,” according to a summary by SITE.

“Afterward, the video goes back and forth between shots of al Kasasibah surrounded by fighters and shots of aftermath of bombings. At the end of the video, al Kasasibah stands inside of a cage and is burned alive by fighters,” SITE noted.

Kasasibah, who is dressed in the same orange shirt and pants worn by other prisoners who have been executed by the Islamic State, cries out in horrible pain as he is burned alive.

Jordan has threatened to retaliate against jihadist prisoners in their custody, speaking up their trials and (presumably) their executions. In the politics of the Arab Middle East, they almost have to go through with this, or be seen as weak and unwilling to protect or take revenge for their own soldiers. That is not a good thing to have happen.

Jihad Watch points out something not mentioned in The Long War Journal’s article: the Islamic justification for this atrocity offered by ISIS. The video opens with a quote from Qur’an 9:14:

“Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you over them, heal the breasts of Believers.”

…a verse cited by other jihadists, including here in the US.

More germane, though, is the cited example of Muhammad himself, from the earliest biography of him, by ibn Ishaq in the 8th century:

…there is this story from Muhammad’s conquest of Khaybar: “Kinana b. al-Rabi`, who had the custody of the treasure of B. al-Nadir, was brought to the apostle [Muhammad -pf] 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).

In other words the man was burned alive to make him give up his tribe’s gold. Islam declares Muhammad to be the perfect man, whose words and deeds provide an example for all time. Thus ISIS could cite this story as precedent.

It would be nice if, for once, all these Islamic groups so concerned about their religion being misunderstood (CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, &c.) would preach publicly about why ISIS and other jihadists have it wrong, using citations from the Qur’an and hadiths to prove their case. Simply saying “we condemn this” is not enough, and, until they do, we have to assume that the self-proclaimed “caliph,” who is said to hold a PhD in Islamic Studies, may well know what he is talking about and that his followers are acting with his approval.

Is there no one who will stand up to ISIS and destroy these monsters?

In the meantime, God rest poor Lt. Kasasibah and his family.

UPDATE: From Raymond Ibrahim, word of a fatwa (a ruling in Islamic law) justifying the manner of the murder of Lt. Kasasibah. An excerpt from his analysis:

The main point of the fatwa is that “the Hanafis and Shafi‘is [two of Sunni Islam’s four orthodox schools of jurisprudence] permit burning” people. The fatwa also cites the tafsir, or exegesis, of Muhalab ibn Safra concerning a statement attributed to the prophet of Islam: “Fire does not punish them but Allah.” According to the tafsir, Muhammad’s assertion is not a ban on burning people but rather meant to demonstrate humility—pointing out that only Allah can truly torment.

Next the fatwa quotes Hafiz ibn al-Hajar who comments that “the deeds of the companions [of Muhammad] evince the permissibility of burning, and the prophet put out the eyes of the men of Urayna with heated iron, and Khalid bin al-Walid burned some of the people who apostatized.”

Again, if Muslim leaders in the West are concerned about their religion being misinterpreted, where are their learned criticisms when ISIS (or al Qaeda, or any other jihadist group) cites Islamic texts for the justifications?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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6 Responses to “ISIS murders captured Jordanian pilot. Update: fatwa issued justifying burning”


  1. formwiz says:

    I guess the beheadings and Babi Yar-style mass executions weren’t having the desired effect.

    Consider what Douglas MacArthur did when this happened to American POWs on Palawan in the Philippines.

  2. Carlos says:

    Animals, just as simple as that.

    Except that animals don’t treat their captures like that.

    So now the question is, what is lower and more useless than thieving, lying murderous animals?

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    The apologists say the radicals in muslime society do not represent the view of the majority. The only problem with that bit of falsehood is that the radicals outnumber every other element of their society. Silence is complicity.

    CAIR =Council on American Islamic Rancor

  4. Jack Whitney says:

    When I see 150,000 of the so-called members of the “Religion of Peace” on the Mall at Washington, DC, or 100,000 similarly gathered at Central Park, NYC making 3 (Three) simple demands of their Faithful as follows:

    1. An end to the violence and killing of Christiains, Jews and peace-loving members of he Islamic Faith the world over by members of Radical Islam.

    2. An end to the teaching in the Madrassas of violence against Christains and Jews the world over.

    3. An end by the Imams in the Mosques of preaching of violence against Christians and Jews the world over.

    Then I’ll believe this “Religion of Peace” palaver. Till then, the silent majority of those members of the Islamic Faith who do or say nothing, is as complicit as the radicals who kill, burn, maim and rape we infidels and crusaders.

    It’s just that simple. And they will undestand that message better than any politician or media member in this country can deliver the message to them.

    Harsh? Absolutely! But that message will be unequivocally understood better than any message we’ve sent.

    Thank You Sister.
    Very respectfully,

  5. ST says:

    Phineas wrote:

    Again, if Muslim leaders in the West are concerned about their religion being misinterpreted, where are their learned criticisms when ISIS (or al Qaeda, or any other jihadist group) cites Islamic texts for the justifications?

    Question of the decade.

  6. Carlos says:

    And again, I point out that “moderate” or “civilized” muslimes are a fantasy. Who wants to be a follower of a religion that reveres the most colossal liar in history (Jesus) as a “prophet?” Either Islam is dead wrong or Jesus was a liar, in which case Islam is dead wrong anyway.

    Jesus’ message was clear: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Light. No man comes to the Father except through Me.”

    Personally, I wouldn’t want any part of a religion that glorifies liars.