After ISIS released the video yesterday of 1st Lt. Muath al-Kasaesbeh being burned to death in a cage, U.S. news reports were musing about the method of his murder as cremation is not permissible in Islam.
Pundits and anchors steered toward the conclusion that the fire was intended to be the ultimate insult to the pilot called an apostate by his captors.
ISIS supporters, though, defended burning him alive by claiming the principle of “qisas,” claiming that he burned children with airstrikes so should burn himself. They bulldozed rubble over his body, again symbolizing the airstrikes.
Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper provides a lengthy primer on qisas: “The Quran provides two options to deal with someone who is found guilty of intentional murder: qisas (ie that he/she be killed in the manner in which the victim was murdered) and forgiveness by the heir/s of the victim.”
ISIS and its supporters, which had been using the Arabic hashtag #SuggestAWayToKillTheJordanianPilotPig right after the pilot’s capture to suggest murder methods, particularly put social media effort into defending the murder of al-Kasaesbeh, himself a Muslim, as keeping with Islamic laws. There was also some debate on Twitter.
Concerning the issue of burning as a part of qisas in the Shari’ah, as explained by Ibn Hazm pic.twitter.com/dwlvaXtAOV
— Al-Qillawri (@AlQillawri) February 4, 2015
If it was qisas, then why didn’t they use an rpg or mine and explode him.. really don’t get it.. can someone explain..
— Hussain (@bu_hussain_hind) February 4, 2015
I rejoiced at the burning of the murtad yes REJOICED if you did not read up on qisas and if you still disagree you can #dieinyourage
— Abu 3antar Britânī (@AbuzakariyyahIs) February 3, 2015
Muath’s Barbecue was the best Qisas.He got Burnt then buried in the rubble.Just like his victims.That truly healed my heart
— Abu Rikaz (@zarqawi__) February 3, 2015
It is forbidden under Islam to burn even ants. Qisas has a limit, and the method burning exceeds that limit. pic.twitter.com/CnH5uCrgv4
— مقدم الشام ‘Tripoli’ (@macroarch) February 3, 2015
Teenage fanboys giving rulings on what qisas is and when it applies
— Abu Al Baik (@M_Ullah) February 3, 2015
Did you realized seconds after muadh got burned alive, buldozer pouring ruins onto him so what he got was similar to what he’ve done #qisas
— abu desert™ (@abu_desert) February 4, 2015