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Stone-age Sentence: Islamic militants stone man to death for adultery in Somalia as villagers are forced to watch

Daily Mail

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.'

Somalia

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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  1. Doubt the reporter.
    By mohd yunus 25/07/2012 10:58:58
  2. 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

    By omar ali
  3. 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. 

    By ariel
  4. 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.

    Syed Rizvi

    Silicon Valley/ San Jose, California

    By Syed Rizvi
  5. 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? 

    By Syed Rizvi