by Robert Spencer

Video Address:

Sharia in practice: Father (in white) Helps Muslim Cleric Stone Daughter (in brown, back to camera)

Stoning adulterers is not "extremist"; it is Islamic law. The caliph Umar, one of Muhammad's closest companions, even maintained that it was originally in the Qur'an:

'Umar said, "I am afraid that after a long time has passed, people may say, "We do not find the Verses of the Rajam (stoning to death) in the Holy Book," and consequently they may go astray by leaving an obligation that Allah has revealed. Lo! I confirm that the penalty of Rajam be inflicted on him who commits illegal sexual intercourse, if he is already married and the crime is proved by witnesses or pregnancy or confession." Sufyan added, "I have memorized this narration in this way." 'Umar added, "Surely Allah's Apostle carried out the penalty of Rajam, and so did we after him." (Bukhari 8.82.816)

"Allah's Apostle" is, of course, Muhammad, who did indeed carry out stonings. Here is the hadith in which he challenges the rabbis about stoning, and in which there is amidst the barbarism and brutality a final act of love and compassion:

The Jews came to Allah's Apostle and told him that a man and a woman from amongst them had committed illegal sexual intercourse. Allah's Apostle said to them, "What do you find in the Torah (old Testament) about the legal punishment of Ar-Rajm (stoning)?" They replied, (But) we announce their crime and lash them." Abdullah bin Salam said, "You are telling a lie; Torah contains the order of Rajm." They brought and opened the Torah and one of them solaced his hand on the Verse of Rajm and read the verses preceding and following it. Abdullah bin Salam said to him, "Lift your hand." When he lifted his hand, the Verse of Rajm was written there. They said, "Muhammad has told the truth; the Torah has the Verse of Rajm. The Prophet then gave the order that both of them should be stoned to death. ('Abdullah bin 'Umar said, "I saw the man leaning over the woman to shelter her from the stones." (Bukhari 4.56.829)

Even the monkeys practiced stoning, according to another hadith :

During the pre-lslamic period of ignorance I saw a she-monkey surrounded by a number of monkeys. They were all stoning it, because it had committed illegal sexual intercourse. I too, stoned it along with them. (Bukhari 5.58.188)

Muhammad's example is, of course, normative for Islamic behavior, since "verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembereth Allah much" (Qur'an 33:21).

"ISIS releases sickening video clip showing Syrian woman being stoned to death by group of men — including her own father," by John Hall, Daily Mail, [October 21, 2014, here.] (thanks to Pamela Geller here.):

Sharia in practice: Father (in white) Helps Tie Rope Around His Daughter (in brown, back to camera)

The militants fighting in Syria and Iraq have released a sickening video of a young woman being stoned to death by a group of men — including her own father.

The shocking footage is understood to have been filmed in the city of Hama and shows a bearded cleric ranting at the woman in Arabic and accusing her adultery while she pleads for her life.

The woman turns to her father and begs his forgiveness but he coldly rejects her, saying he would rather please God. He then turns to the men to give the signal for his daughter's murder to begin.

Minutes later, as the men rain rocks down upon the helpless woman, her father steps forward with a large stone and the video fades to black.

It is believed he had been granted the barbaric 'honour' of being allowed end the life of the daughter he felt had betrayed both him and her religion.

In a separate incident a man was executed in Idlib province in an area controlled by Islamist groups including the Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official affiliate in Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence on all sides of Syria's civil war.

It is the first documented case of a man being stoned to death for adultery since Syria descended into civil war in 2011 and hardline Islamic groups emerged as powerful players in areas that slipped from government control, the Observatory said.

The sickening five-minute video emerged on ISIS-affiliated social media pages this morning. It is not clear when the footage was actually shot and has not been independently verified.

The exact accusations against the woman remain sketchy, although the cleric who appears at the start of mobile phone-filmed clip accuses her of committing adultery.

The militant orders her to be 'content and happy' that she is about to be stoned to death because, he says, her death has been ordered by God and is therefore required under Islamic law.

Asking her is she is now willing to 'submit to God' and be stoned to death, the young woman replies 'yes', before pleading with her father to forgive her.

After initially ignoring her, the man is eventually prompted into responding by the militant.

'Don't call me father,' he tells his daughter, who responds by asking him to pray for her.

At this point her father turns to the ISIS fighters, who help him tie a rope around her neck and drag her to a pit, where the stoning begins.

The exact accusations against the woman remain sketchy, although the cleric who appears at the start of mobile phone-filmed clip accuses her of committing adultery.

As the militants rain down rocks on the defenseless woman, her father steps forward and picks up the largest rock before using it to strike and kill his daughter.

The exact moment of her death is not caught on camera as the footage fades to black moments before her father strikes her.

ISIS militants often use stoning to murder women they accuse of committing adultery.

Earlier this year the extremists stoned two women to death in Raqqa after accusing them of having sex outside marriage. Both were placed in holes in the ground before a lorry arrived to dump large rocks for the men to use to brutally murder the women.


One reader, gravenimage, pointed out that,

"[...] And horrifying as it is, the involvement of the victim's father should not surprise. In the film the Stoning of Soraya M. — based on a true story — the victim's father literally casts the first stone, even though he is so elderly and frail he can barely stand.


And even the accusation of 'adultery' may not mean what most Westerners would think—victims have been accused of 'Zina'—often translated as 'adultery', but actually referring to all 'unlawful sexual activity', including premarital sex, talking with unrelated boys, and even being a victim of rape."


ISIS Member: You are the first woman in this area on whom we are implementing the punishment of stoning for adultery. We hope that this will serve as a lesson for other women.


This punishment is the result of the actions you did of your free will. Nobody forced you to do this. Therefore, you should be satisfied with the ruling decreed by Allah, and submit to Allah. Islam means submission and obedience to Allah, okay? Are you pleased with the punishment decreed by Allah?

Woman nods her head


He turns to the father of the woman

Is there anything you would like to say to your daughter?

Father: No.

Woman: Ask him to forgive me.

Father: I won't!


I am not your father anymore.

ISIS Member: Okay, you are not her father anymore, but you can still forgive her.

Woman: Forgive me.

Father: No.

ISIS Member: She'll be delivered to Allah anyway.

Father: There is God in the heavens.

Woman: Forgive me.

Father: You expect me to forgive you for your mistake?!

Woman: Forgive me.

Father: No.

ISIS Member: Forgive her.

Father: I'm sorry, but my heart won't let me.

Woman: God will forgive me.

Father: Hopefully God forgives you, but I won't.

ISIS Member: The Lord is more merciful than us all. Allah willing, you will be rewarded for forgiving her. She is going to die. Please, forgive her.

Father: My heart won't let me.

Woman: Please, father...

Father: Don't call me "father"!

ISIS Member: Okay, but forgive her. Tell her you do.

Father: Fine, I forgive you.

ISIS Member: Okay, that's it.

Woman: Hold my hand.

Father: That I won't do.

ISIS Member: Dear sister, now that we are on the verge of implementing one of Allah's punishments, what do you want to say? What advice do you have? Say your last words before you leave this world for the next. Go ahead.

Woman: I advise every woman...

ISIS Member: Speak up!

Woman: I advise every woman to guard her chastity as much as she guards her life.

ISIS Member: Good.

Father: So why didn't you?

Woman: Enough with that!

I advise fathers that when they marry their daughter off, they should examine to what environment they send them.

ISIS Member: This is a message to all married men form a married Muslim woman, who was driven to do what she did by the mistake of some men. Don't leave your women alone beyond the period designated by the shari'a.


If you leave your wives alone for a year, two years, or even three years — what will happen with those women? Satan will toy with them as he pleases. Return to Allah, brothers, and take care of your wives.

Woman: Forgive me. Forgive me.

ISIS member, as the father ties the woman's arms to her body: God will forgive you. Go down there, and tie her legs. Go down there, and tie her legs.

Woman: Forgive me. Forgive me.

The father leads the woman by a rope and has her kneel down as he ties her legs up

ISIS Member: Tie her up. Put the blanket on her head. Sheik, tie her up.

Say that there is no god but Allah. Say that there is no god but Allah. Say: There is no god but Allah, and I ask forgiveness from Allah. We now begin the implementation of the first stoning punishment for adultery in the rural area east of Hama.

The woman is pelted to death with large stones by her father and the men surrounding her


Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch, is a scholar of Islamic history, theology, and law. His latest book is called "Stealth Jihad". This article was published October 21, 2014 on Jihad Watch and is archived at The original title is "Video: Islamic State stones woman to death for adultery."

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