The Incineration of Persons in Jihad

 The Incineration of Persons in Jihad ;
Criminal Penalties and Reprisals. New,
*[A5] Hardback with Dustjacket - 164 pages,
by Dr. Gibril Fouad al-Haddad,
Foreword by Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi,
by Islamic & Strategic Studies Institute.

Description :

The Incineration of Persons in Jihad, Criminal Penalties and Reprisals. A Critique of ISIS's Argument in Light of the Sources.

On February 3, 2015 a video emerged online showing the young Jordanian airforce pilot Muath Al-Kasasbeh being burnt to death by "Islamic State of Iraq and Sham" affiliates (ISIS or IS).

Another I.S. live burning video was released on December 22, 2016, this time of two Turkish prisoners of war. I.S. quoted the Syrian theologian Ibn Taymiyya in support of the licitness of the publicised burning alive of war captives as revenge and intimidation. The same argument was developed in prior and concurrent pro-I.S literature and fatwas online and in print.

This book shows that such as argument, fatwas, and act are in fact unislamic and have no basis whatsoever in the Qur'an, the authentic Sunna and acts of the Companions, or Islamic law in its totality, and that the burning of enemy captives, whether for retaliation, deterrence, or any other reason, is forbidden by consensus in the rulings pertaining to the conduct of war.

About the Author :

Dr. Gibril Fouad al-Haddad holds scholarly licences (ijaza) from 150 shaykhs and has authored dozens of books and hundreds of articles in Islamic hermeneutics, doctrine, hadith, biography and heresiology. He was hailed in the inaugral edition of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World as one of the clearest voices of traditional Islam in the West.

His recent works include The Four Imams and Their Schools, Sunna Notes III: The Binding Proof of the Sunna (with Ibn Hajars' 50 page commentary on the hadith on Islam, Iman and Ihsan), and The Muhammadan Light in the Qur'an and Sunna and Companion Reports. He currently resides in Brunei, Darrussalaam.

Table of Contents :

---Foreword by Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi
---About the Author,

---Contextualizing the Crime of Incineration and the Side Issues of Apostasy and Sodomy Laws,

[1]. Prophetic Hadiths on Burning,
---Hadiths mentioning post-mortem burning,
---Burning as fire and smoke in military sieges,
---Ayyubi and Mamluk works on thermal war technology,
---A spurious report on qiṣāṣ burning and drowning,
---Conclusion on the above reports.

[2]. The Qur'an on Proportionality, Restraint and Fairness, 
---The talion-law principle in the Qur’ān,
---The majority excluded burning from qiṣāṣ,
---Positions of the schools on burning .... as talion punishment,
---Ibn Taymiyya’s legitimisation and ISIS’s distortion,
---"No burning in talion (qiṣāṣ)" (Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal),
---No burning of prisoners of war in Islam by consensus.

[3]. Seventeen Hadiths Prohibiting Burning, 
---The claim that prohibition is only preferential,

[4]. Alleged Burnings by Abu Bakr, Khalid b. al-Walid,
---The burning of apostates in the Ridda Wars,
---The burning of a catamite upon 'Ali's advice,
---The supposed consensus of the Companions,
---Abu Bakr's alleged burning of al-Fuja'a,

[5]. Alleged Burnings by 'Ali b. Abi Talib,
---Ibn 'Abbas's disapproval of burning and 'Ali's reaction,
---The post-mortem burning of 'Ali's murderer,

[6]. Abu Bakr and 'Ali executed only by Sword or Stoning,
---'Ali's sentence against sodomites was stoning, not burning,
---Ahmad, ibn Rahuyah and Tabari on the sodomite report,
---Al-Tabari on 'Abd al-Aziz b. Marwan's burning of a man,
---A fatwa of live burning for the Prophet's contemners,
---Conclusions on the above reports.

[7]. The Corruption of Ibn Taymiyya's Text in the video "Healing the Believers' Chests"

[8]. The  I.S. Article "The Burning of the Murtad Pilot" and other Justificative Pieces,
---The 2016 I.S. video of the burning of the Turkish soldiers,
---The innuendo of sodomy and the assimilation to dogs,
---The firebrand hadith as a talion-law basis for live burning,
---The abrogation/supercession of the firebrand hadith,
---The claim that Abu Bakr and Khalid used live burning,
---The claim that Ibn al-Jubayr and Hisham burnt sodomites,
---The claim that Abu Musa and Mu'adh burnt an apostate,
---External (transmissive) inauthenticity of this report,
---Table 1: Isnads for the versions with 'killing'
---Table 2: Versions with 'beheading' and 'burning'
---Table 3: Isnads of the report through Humayd b. Hilal,
---Table 4: Isnads through Sa'id and Talha b. Yahya,
---Internal inauthenticity: implausible deductions of Ibn Hajr,

[9]. Conclusions,
---Burning is paganism and those burnt to death are martyrs,
---I.S. as a new religion,
---The Wahhabi connection,
---The spectacular Huntingtonian smokescreen,
---End-time perversions of jihad,

---Index of Qur'anic Verses,
---Index of General Terms.

Other works of Gibril Fouad Haddad,
Also see Refutation of ISIS in Current Affairs.

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