Imagine you live in a city seized by ISIS. Death and chaos are all around the caliphate. The entertainment you used to enjoy is banned, just when you need an escape more than ever.
One man in the besieged ISIS capital of Raqqa tried to provide that for residents. Make kids smile with a card trick, when everywhere they psychotic gunmen.
This horrible story from the Daily Mirror:
A street magician had his head chopped off by Islamic State thugs for entertaining passers-by with his tricks.
The talented performer, loved by children, was dragged away while performing in the jihadists’ “capital” of Raqqa in Syria.
He was later beheaded in a public square after his harmless stunts, similar to those of Bradford-born superstar Dynamo, were deemed to insult Islam.
A local who fled to safety in Turkey called his murder “barbarism and butchery.”
The street magician was arrested by IS thugs during an impromptu ‘show’ on a street corner as he tried to bring some much-needed cheer to the Syrian city.
He was beheaded in public in a square after the religious fanatics branded his harmless tricks as anti-Islam and an insult to God because they created ‘illusions and falsehood’.
They denounced the terrified magician’s show as haram – or forbidden by the Koran – because it was idle entertainment and kept locals from praying and attending the mosque.
The activist who fled said: “The magician was a popular man who entertained people with little tricks on the street like making coins or phone disappear.
“He was just called Sorcerer by people and children loved him. He was doing nothing anti-Islamic but he paid for it with his life.”
The story noted that before ISIS moved in, Raqqa was so tolerant it even had a casino.