15th December 2009
This barbaric scene belongs in the Dark Ages, but pictures emerged today of a group of Islamic militants who forced villagers to watch as they stoned a man to death for adultery.
Mohamed Abukar Ibrahim, a 48-year-old, was buried in a hole up to his chest and pelted with rocks until he died.
The group responsible, Hizbul Islam, also shot dead a man they claimed was a murderer.
But the verdict was so shocking that it prompted a gun battle between rivals within the group that left three militants dead, witnesses said.
The executions took place yesterday in Afgoye, some 20 miles south-west of the capital of Mogadishu.
Hizbul Islam fighters ordered hundreds of residents to a field, where a rebel judge announced that the two men had confessed to murder and adultery.
A woman who had confessed to fornication had been sentenced to 100 lashes, he added.
'This is their day of justice,' the judge, Osman Siidow Hasan, told the crowd. 'We investigated and they confessed.'
But when some Hizbul Islam fighters wanted to delay the executions, a bloody gun battle broke out between the two factions, shocked residents said.
'Three Hizbul Islam fighters died and five others were injured after they fought each other," Halima Osman, an Afgoye shopkeeper, told Reuters in Mogadishu by telephone.
'Some wanted to delay the execution while the others insisted. They exchanged fire. The group that was against the execution was overpowered and chased away,' she said.
Once the gun battle was over, the militants coldly carried out the verdicts.
A relative of the murder victim shot the first as he lay on the floor.
'I could not watch,' local man Ali Gabow told Reuters. 'The lady who had been with the second man was only given 100 lashes because she said she had never married.'
The executions were the first time that Hizbul Islam guerillas had dealt out the type of punishments usually associated with the more hardline al Shabaab rebel group in Somalia.
The U.S. claims that al Shabaab is al Qaeda's proxy in the failed Horn of Africa state. That rival Islamic groups are beginning to align their practices with al Shabaab is a chilling twist in the already frightening militancy that is gripping the country.
President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed's Western-backed government controls just a few strategic sites in Mogadishu.
Western security experts say the country has become a safe haven for militants, including foreign jihadists, who are using it to plot attacks across the impoverished region and beyond.
There are some fears that Somalia could become the new pre-9/11 Afghanistan.
Al Shabaab, and to a lesser extent Hizbul Islam, are fighting the government to impose their harsh interpretation of Islamic Sharia law across the drought-ravaged country.
Al Shabaab clerics have banned movies, dancing at weddings and playing or watching soccer in the areas under their control, as well as carrying out executions and amputations.
Fighting has killed 19,000 Somali civilians since the start of 2007 and driven another 1.5 million from their homes, triggering one of the world's most acute humanitarian disasters.
The chaos has also spilled offshore, where Somali pirate gangs have made tens of millions of dollars in ransoms targeting commercial shipping in the Indian Ocean and busy Gulf of Aden.
Source: Daily Mail
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This is how you and I and our generations will have to face once we have 'islami nizam' in Pakistan......you might be aware that punishment of stoning to adulterers is not in Quran...where the punishment is stripping....then how the punishment of stoning came to
Islam?....some Hadees say that Khalifa hazrat Umar thought that this was Islamic way of punishing.....and then few Hadees were coined to help include this punishment during early Muslim empire...it is claimed in these Hadees that this method was enshrined in old testament....
This is a biblical practice, which found its way into the so called books of Hadith in Islam. Our mullah's are just following it blindly.
Old Testament, book of Leviticus 20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.
The people who commit this crime are murderers and should be tried in the court of law.
For Mr. Arief sb:
Islam is not a horse-rider, who comes riding from the West. Islam will certainly not change unless Muslims like us understand it differently and more correctly than we understand it at present. I live in a Muslim Mohalla in India, and the experiences I get to see every-day churns me from within. These pages will turn brown with bile, if I splash my findings here. But that will not serve my purpose. Besides, what is wrong in being lonely sometimes?
For Mr. Syed Rizvi sb:
Defend these rascals? No way. I reiterate: I am short of words to condemn such rascals who do such acts. But I am dying to get the larger picture of Somalia, Darfur, Sudan etc.; and in matters Muslim, I cannot trust the reports of BBC and CNN entirely. I would also love to hear from you, your personal experience, but not of the hearsay kind. You have to say on oath of having seen a thing. We earnestly wish to educate (qualitatively) ourselves on these matters.
It's a pre-Islamic punishment that I believe is not mentioned in the Quran. In 1981 the Federal Shariat Court ruled that this punishment is not Islamic (PLD 1981 FSC 145 Hazoor Baksh; details in Asma Jahangir & Hina Jilani's book 'Hudood Ordinance: A Divine Sanction?' 1990, Lahore: Rohtas Books)Gen. Zia had the bench changed and the new bench upheld the punishment - politically the need of the hour as Zia had to prove his 'Islamic' credentials.
Stoning to death was just one of many cruel and bloody punishments/public entertainments that were common in previous centuries but which have become rare as our sensibilities have evolved. Unfortunately, the salafists have picked this up as one of their pet projects and we are likely to see more such examples as takfiri/salafist militants capture more territory. People who hanker for the "good old days" may want to rethink about some of the features of those good days (stoning to death, publicly burning alive, publicly torturing to death and collecting burnt skin as souvenirs ...the last being well documented in the American South well into the 20th century...complete with families picnicking while the unfortunate victim screamed his last).Omar
Do we want a world where we are forced to co-exist with these madmen who follow the religion best suited in the middle ages in the deserts of Arabia? Certainly not. If Islam does not change, the religion and its followers will perish. This is pre-ordained.
In response to the comment from Manzurul Haque Saheb:
"But how much of this report is true?"
Denial is the first line of defense.
Even if these pictures were doctored, can anyone deny that such things are happening? These things have happened even in Pakistan ( my former county of residence" ) Yes I was not there at that time but one can find many witnesses to this kind of things.
Silicon Valley/ San Jose, California
As stated by Juhi
"I think it is about time Muslims exercised their right and duty to evolve a new Shariah more suited to the times we are living in. Like Prophet Jesus said, the one without sin should cast the first stone".
It will be a good idea. But HOW?
How do we confront those who say Quran has come for all ages?
Those who appear to be barbaric in our eyes are following the scripture to its letters.
And if we decide to start interpreting the scripture in the light of the modern world, wouldn't we be finding ourselves on a slippery slope?
However, slippery slope or not, I think we must find some passage in Quran that allows us to interpret Quran in the new world. I think it can be done if we can find some passages that give preference to the essence and values rather than rituals and superficialities, which are hollow within. It may not be an easy feat. Just look, how much stress has been put on Namaz and Wadu as in comparison to giving values to helping poor and needy. Then also take a look Sheiks of the Gulf countries with the diamond decorated Mercedes parked outside the Masjids.
And also look at the elaborate new Masjids emerging not only in the Islamic countries but also in the west. As if God will be very happy to see these highly decorated Masjids with expensive materials. I think when we begin to value symbols more than the essence wouldn’t that be a form of idol worshiping?
I am short of words to condemn such rascals who do such acts. But how much of this report is true? Do Muslims have any mechanism to verify such incidents in the Muslim world independently, without recourse to the warring parties, that is, the extremist Muslims and the moderate Muslims or the referee, that is the Western governments or the Western media? If Muslims do not have such a mechanism despite all the petro-dollars that Allah has bestowed on this community, then shame, real shame.
This is indeed shocking!! How have these criminal elements taken charge of Islam?? They have reduced this great religion to a spectacle of torture and killing. These were old Jewish punishments that Christians and Jews outgrew a long time ago.
I think it is about time Muslims exercised their right and duty to evolve a new Shariah more suited to the times we are living in. Like Prophet Jesus said, the one without sin should cast the first stone.