February 1, 2015
Under Sharia law, adultery is an offense so sinful it is punishable by death. Fornication outside of marriage is taken so seriously that even the family of the accused typically approves of such extreme measures, as the adulterer, whether guilty or falsely accused, has brought shame upon their family and is worthy of honor killing.
Because women are considered sinful by nature and are wholly responsible for purposefully or accidentally seducing men into sexual sin, they are most commonly the ones who receive punishment.
Since Islamic law requires adulteresses to be stoned to death by their community, a Syrian woman living under the rule of ISIS in Raqqa could not escape her fate after being accused of sleeping with a man to whom she does not belong to in marriage, Daily Mail reports.
Insurgents buried the woman up to her torso and “stoned her until they thought she had died,” according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
(Graphic Video of a woman being stoned)
The woman, however, did not die from the numerous rocks hurled at her head.
The militant Muslims ceased pelting her, giving the woman a chance to free herself and flee.
“An ISIS militant was about to open fire at her when an Islamist jurist intervened and stopped him saying it was God’s will that she did not die,” the Observatory reported.
The ISIS jurist told the woman that she survived only by divine intervention, and that she must “repent” if she wants to live.
The woman’s survival is indeed miraculous, as it is nearly unheard of for a person to live through a proper Islamic stoning. Since July, at least 15 people have been stoned to death by Islamists in Syria, 9 of them women.
The Quran is clear about whose fault it is to keep men from sexual sin:
“Wives of the Prophet, you are not like other women. If you fear God, do not be too complaisant in your speech, lest the lecherous-hearted should lust after you. Show discretion in what you say. Stay in your homes and do not display your finery as women used to in the days of ignorance.” [33:32-3]
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