By Guest Author

‘I was shocked to hear Islamic State terrorist (and media darling) Shamima Begum say that seeing her first severed human head in a bin did not “faze” her at all and that she supports the rape of captured Yazidi women, used as sex slaves. After all, she said, such things were justified by what she believed was the Muslim faith and, on the raping of captives, “Shia do the same in Iraq.”

Looking at how such actions could be justified by ISIS, we have this evidence from the Muslim scriptures:

Quran [47:4]
So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either confer favour afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens.

Muhammad told his followers, when they fought Unbelievers, to smite ‎at their necks at length, meaning that many enemies had to be smitten in the head or ‎beheaded before the cessation of conflict could occur. Not until there had been much ‎bloodshed and the enemy thoroughly subdued could captives be taken alive and bound ‎firmly. Only then could generosity be shown (setting free a captive who accepts Islam) or ‎a ransom be accepted (releasing a captive to a tribal relative after receiving payment).

It is acknowledged by the most respected Islamic scholars and Qur’an commentators that the interpretation of Quran 47:4 is precisely that beheading is justified by this verse.

And it is important to note that within Islam [Quran 33:21] the behaviour of Muhammad is the example which Muslims are to follow. No sincere Muslim would ever say or believe otherwise than this. And thus we have a further justification (within Islam) for the practice of beheading. Namely, that Muhammad himself commanded it. At the massacre of the Jews of the Qurayza tribe in Medina in the year 627, Muhammad ordered that hundreds of Jewish captives be beheaded.

“Then they [the Qurayza Jews] surrendered and the apostle [Muhammad] confined them in Medina…Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches”

Quran [5:33]
The punishment for those who fight God and His Messenger, and strive to spread corruption on earth, is that they be killed, or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or be banished from the land.

There are many Muslims who find such executions abhorrent, but it is suggested that they are able to object only on a personal basis, not as a matter of Islamic theology.

Rape of captured females
Reliance of the Traveller is the classic manual of Islamic Sacred Law is an important part of the Shariah, including the Quran and the Hadiths (the words and example of Mohammad). Organizations such as ISIS base their law on a strict fundamentalist version of Shariah.

K32.1 Women and children of the land that has been conquered are considered booty of the war and they are considered slaves.

K32.3 The master who owns a woman slave can use her in any way for his sexual pleasure.

Islamic State supporters believe that many Muslims are unbelievers. These “unbelievers“ include Shia Muslims and all Sunni Muslims who do not subscribe to the ISIS version of Sunni Islam.