The Islamic States Justification for Burning the Jordanian Pilot Alive


Not too long ago ISIS posted a video where they burned a Jordanian pilot alive in a cage.

The Islamic State’s justification of the horrific execution was translated by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi.

In the literal sense, it was an ‘eye for an eye’.

An ISIS source in Ninawa province said to consider this explanation on the burning of the Jordanian pilot alive:

“They say that IS burnt Muadh the apostate alive, and have forgotten that Muadh is the one who was burning children of the Muslims alive. [This is when] he was bombing them with heat missiles.”

Here is the translated document circulated by the Islamic State’s al-Eftaa wa al-Buhuth committee on the subject of the burning alive of the Jordanian pilot described the rulings and justification put forth by ISIS:

This committee is responsible for providing Islamic textual justifications for various decrees on the acceptability of certain acts.


Question: What is the ruling on burning the kafir [disbeliever] with fire until he dies?


Answer: […] The Hanafis and Shafi’is* have permitted it, considering the saying of the Prophet ‘Fire is only to be administered as punishment by God’ as an affirmation of humility. Al-Muhallab** said: “This is not an abslolute prohibition, but rather on the path of humility.”


Al-Hafiz ibn Hajar*** said: “What points to the permissibility of burning is the deeds of the Companions, and the Prophet put out the eyes of the Uraynians with heated iron…while Khalid ibn al-Waleed**** burnt people of those who apostazied.”


And some of the Ahl al-‘Ilm have been of the opinion that burning with fire was prohibited originally, but then on retaliation it is permitted, just as the Prophet did to the people of Urayna, when he put out the eyes of the Uraynians with fire- in retaliation- as is related in Sahih [reliable] tradition, and this brought forth the words together among the proofs.

ISIS’ al-Eftaa wa al-Buhuth committee is a religious body within ISIS that cites Islamic texts to justify the things that ISIS does.

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