A young girl in Rakka, Syria was stoned to death for committing a crime under Sharia law. What kind of terrible thing did this girl do to receive such a cruel sentence? Fatoum Al-Jassem reportedly did something that most teenagers have already done. She opened a Facebook account.
Al-Jassem appeared before a Sharia court after she was caught using the popular social media website.
The court decided that the girl’s use of the site deserved the same punishment that one would get if they committed adultery, so she was sentenced to death by stoning.
Reports claim that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, an Al-Quaeda group present in Iraq and Syria, is behind this cruel punishment. During the court proceedings, ISIS said that the girl demonstrated immoral behavior and deserved to die because of it.
Unfortunately, extreme punishments for things like this are not uncommon among extremist societies.
A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to three months in prison and 80 lashes for taking to Twitter to publicly accuse a Kuwaiti singer of adultery.
The Saudi man is reportedly a fan of a rival UAE singer named Ahlam, so in an effort to start rumors about singer Shams, he went on Twitter and accused the entertainer of committing adultery without providing any proof.
Shams filed a lawsuit against the Twitter user for making up the accusations, as well as posting fake pictures of her in compromising situations. Shams won the lawsuit, and now, the Twitter user, who claims he is “the lawyer of Queen Ahlam,” will face the consequences.
Under Sharia Law, anybody who accuses another person of committing adultery without proof will face lashes. Now that the Twitter user has been found guilty, he has been sentenced to 80 public lashes, three months in jail, and a fine of nearly $3,000.
A Saudi Arabia prince could face execution after the victim’s father rejected his plea for pardon, a newspaper reported Sunday.
According to Reuters, the English-language Arab News did not disclose the name of the prince or his victim, but said Crown Prince Salman, a senior member of the family and government, had “cleared the way for the possible execution of a prince convicted of murdering a Saudi citizen.”
“Shariah [law] shall be applied to all without exception,” he wrote in a message to Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Naif, Arab News reported.
“There is no difference between big and small, rich and poor. The powerful are weak before God’s law until others get their rights from them while the weak are powerful until their rights are protected.
"Nobody is allowed to interfere with the judiciary’s decision. This is the tradition of this state. We are committed to following the Shariah.”
King Abdullah reportedly decreed the prince stating that execution would be enforced if the prince and the victim’s family failed to reconcile.
The victim’s father said in a statement that he was not ready to pardon the prince and claimed the reconciliation committee was not fair to him.
UPI reported that the father was not happy with the amount of blood money offered by the committee.
Executions are common in the kingdom, which follows a strict version of sharia.
With beheading as the most common method, there have been 72 official executions in Saudi Arabia so far this year. The kingdom had executed at least 47 people as of May 2013, according to Amnesty International, compared to 82 in all of 2011 and a similar number in 2012.
An Egyptian man with an addiction to stealing (kleptomania) recently made a drastic decision to prevent him from stealing again: he cut off both of his hands.
Ali Afifi, 28, says he has fought a lifelong battle with his stealing addiction. As a child, he would impulsively take his classmates school lunches. But his problem grew more serious as he ages. As an adult, Afifi frequently stole from retail stores. He admitted to stealing phones and jewelry from shops on several occasions.
He would often sell the items he stole. Afifi said he doesn’t enjoy stealing, but he feels an irresistible urge to do so. To prove his disdain for his habit, Afifi donated the money he made from stealing to poor families in need.
But Afifi could no longer deal with the shame and guilt he brought himself by stealing. To fix his problem, Afifi laid his hands out on a set of train tracks as a train was getting ready to pass. The train severed both hands.
Many presume he punished himself in accordance with his interpretation of Sharia law. Interpretations of Sharia law vary from culture to culture, but in some countries hand amputation is an accepted punishment for theft.
Judicial amputation has been banned in Egypt for years, but who needs the law when you can, well, take matters into your own hands.
Two teenage Pakistani sisters were killed after recording themselves dancing in the rain, an act their stepbrother defended as an “honor killing.”
In the video, 15-year-old Noor Basra and 16-year-old Noor Sheza wore traditional shalwar kameez trouser suits and headscarves, and breaking sometimes in their dance to flash a smile at the camera. They were seen just outside their house in Chilas with two children and their mother.
On June 23, their 22-year-old stepbrother Khutore and four other gunmen allegedly shot and killed both sisters.
Khutore has since been arrested, and a second brother has filed a lawsuit against him.
"It seems that the two girls have been murdered after they were accused of tarnishing their family's name,” an officer confirmed.
The tragedy comes almost a year after four women were executed in Kohistan, a rural village in Northwest Pakistan. During a wedding party, the women were singing and dancing with men in an act their families considered fornication.
Tribal elders, who cited Sharia law, ordered the women’s execution. Women and men dancing are strictly prohibited in accordance of the law.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, at least 943 women and girls were murdered in 2011 for honor killings. Nearly four in five crimes are acquitted.