The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) executed six people after they condemned the terrorist group for burning Jordanian pilot Mu’ath Kasasbeh alive. Muslims from around the world condemned the burning because “such a form of killing was considered despicable by Islam, no matter the context.”
“ISIS executed the Imam of Nabi Yunis mosque, Sheikh Abdullah Fahad and the Imam of Kabir Mosque, Sheikh Ayub Abdul Wahab in Mosul,” said one source.
The militants murdered the clerics by firing squad. They also beheaded four civilians in another neighborhood.
“We have received reports and information, indicating ISIS beheaded four civilians in 17 Tamuz neighborhood of Mosul for criticizing the burning of the Jordanian pilot Mouath Kasasbeh via facebook,” said Mohamed Shawqi al-Nadawi, the spokesman for the Iraqi human rights observatory.
A Twitter account connected to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the group responsible for the massacre at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, said the murder of the pilot is “conclusive proof of Isis’ deviance.” Ahmed al-Tayib, Grand Sheikf of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, announced the militants “must face ‘killing, crucifixion and chopping of the limbs’” and called the group “satanic.”
Saudi Arabia, whose death penalties were compared to the Islamic State, called the terrorist group “enemies of Islam.” The United Arab Emirates said radical Islamic groups “represent epidemics that must be eradicated by civilized societies without delay.”
However, Twitter accounts associated with the Islamic State or jihad celebrated the death of the pilot. They also justified burning him alive. Despite the backlash, the Islamic State screened the film in front of audiences in Raqqa, Syria, while shouting “God is Great!” when al-Kasasbeh.