Jihadists Execute Syrian Man for 'Blasphemy'

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Jihadist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have executed a man in Syria's Idlib province after accusing him of blasphemy, a monitoring group said Monday.

"ISIL executed Ibrahim Qassum, a heating oil vendor, by shooting him in the head... on allegations of blasphemy, two days after their forces arrested him," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

ISIL has its roots in the Islamic State of Iraq, al-Qaida's Iraqi affiliate, and has been involved in numerous alleged abuses of civilians in Syria.

The Observatory said the man was reportedly suffering from mental illness and was arrested by ISIL fighters in the city of Saraqeb, in western Syria, after they accused him of watering down his fuel.

"The fighters bought fuel from him and asked him why it was impure. He responded in the colloquial dialect by saying 'How should I know? What am I, the God of fuel?'" the Observatory said.

The group said the fighters arrested Qassum, executed him and on Sunday threw his body, with several bullet wounds to the head, in the streets of the town.

In June, the Observatory said ISIL had executed a teenager in front of his parents after accusing him of blaspheming against the Prophet Mohammed.

The jihadist group has been criticized by many within the Syrian opposition for a string of abuses in areas under its control.

But it remains a potent fighting force in Syria, where nearly 126,000 people have been killed since the conflict began in March 2011, according to the Observatory.

Comments 15
Thumb _mowaten_ 09 December 2013, 12:37

takfiris bringing freedom to syria, one execution at a time.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 09 December 2013, 13:06

mowaten... with all due respect, and I am not saying what they did is right.. but blasphemy is a crime punishable by death in many a Muslim countries, including, but not limited to KSA and Iran.

Thumb _mowaten_ 09 December 2013, 13:52

sorry but so what? does it make it right? syria is a secular country, that was one of the good thing about it. now not only are they not bringing democracy of freedom, but on top of that they want to take down secularism.
also, they have no legitimacy to try anyone, who gave them the right to be judge jury and executioners?
and this has nothing to do with law justice or religion, please dont pretend you're buying that excuse!it is nothing more than a mafia-like payback for an oil deal that went wrong.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 09 December 2013, 13:56

whoa peeps.. again I do not believe anyone has the right to kill in the name of God for anything.. including an insult to God.. wether this was an oil deal gone wrong is another topic all together... but just pointing out that blasphemy is punishable by death in many a country and is not a monopoly of the takfiris as you put it.

Thumb _mowaten_ 09 December 2013, 13:59

and just one more thing arzak, i tried looking up cases of capital punishments for blasphemy in iran and didnt find any that went through.
they were usually short prison sentences (still not justified in my opinion) and a couple of death sentences that were handed down in 2007 and 2004 but were reversed and turned into 2 and 3 years sentences.

Thumb _mowaten_ 09 December 2013, 14:00

i'm not saying it's a monopoly, but they sure are big players in the death market.

Thumb _mowaten_ 09 December 2013, 14:04

and do you the story of the kid who was executed with a bullet in the mouth and one in the head, for blasphemy?
he actually refused to give them a special discount that they were asking for, and they insisted saying that he MUST give them a discount because they are the soliders of god or whatever. the kid answered "even if mohammad himself came down on earth i wouldn't give him that discount". that was what he was "tried" and sentenced to death for.
very similarly to the present case, it seems the islamic law happened to be very conveniently aligned with their financial interests, showing once more if needed that they are just a bunch of self-glorified looters and rapists.

Thumb BeautifulMind 09 December 2013, 14:21

We should thank those God defenders. It is all Baath fault for secular culture full of no-crime terrorists. Baath made Syria: a religousless peaceful punch of terrorists who barely had a crime. What a filthy culture: no raping women, no molesting children, no harrassing Christians, no beheading for stealing, no atrocity on the poor, free education for all... Vdry bad system that Baath and thanks to Saudi-M14 now, we have the God defenders

Thumb _mowaten_ 09 December 2013, 16:30

yes arzak i saw those and read them. "selected cases" section in the "blasphemy in iran" link is what i based my previous comment on when i said death sentences were not being applied.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 09 December 2013, 17:25

mowaten, in the second link it clearly states that the punishment for blasphemy is death penalty or imprisonment...
this is from the penal code of Iran. and you can find it in the Islamic Republic chapter, under the Hadd Crimes section.

This should be a given... Iran, like KSA follows Sharia Law, and as such, and under Sharia Law, blasphemy is punishable by death.

Thumb _mowaten_ 09 December 2013, 17:47

arzak habibi i didnt say it's not punishable by death.
you're arguing over a point which i actually acknowledged when i said death sentences were handed down in iran but then reversed.

and you dont need to preach me over that because i said that even prison sentences are not justified, so obviously i completely oppose death sentences in those cases.

however there is a big difference between having it in the law and applying it.

Default-user-icon JJ (Guest) 09 December 2013, 16:54

Mowaten, they do have this in Iran, they stone "adulterers" (especially women, even without concrete proof. Google The Stoning of Soraya M.), they gave a girl 16 lashes for wearing a mini-skirt in her own party and they cut the hands of thieves... Click the links by Arzak-ya-Libnan above ^^

BeautifulMind, "no raping women, no molesting children, no harrassing Christians"? Your precious Baath did all these things here in Lebanon which they OCCUPIED. Yeah, they're really nice guys alright...

Thumb saturn 09 December 2013, 12:41

They are merely cleaning up mentally ill people.

Missing 10452 09 December 2013, 13:23

This happens everyday in Iran, Pakistan, and the like
It's actually the main motive for Abu Fadel Al Abas brigades to kill syrian freedom fighters.

Naharnet: hundreds are dying in the most atrocious ways, we will start questioning your motives from displaying such unrepresentative news

Default-user-icon Sammy (Guest) 09 December 2013, 14:43

Thanks to Facebook, all the Rapists, Thieves, Extremists,Llunatics of this world have congregated in one place together; SYRIA. Maybe it's a chance of life time to get rid of all of them.