ISIS publishes yet another 'guide' this time serving as a warning for those who have the misfortune of residing in the areas they've taken over.
Moderate Islamic views remains hidden from the global spotlights as ISIS takes centre stage attempting to show that it not so different than the good friend to the West, Saudi Arabia.
On December 16th ISIS published and began circulating a list of crimes and their punishments that are eerily similar to those practiced in Saudi Arabia. The guide comes "as an explanation and warning" for all those living in the territory.
The document defines hadd crimes that are considered “against the rights of God" and have set punishments derived from the Quran and the hadith, a collection teaching and saying of Prophet Mohamed.
Although this list of punishments seem similar, the way they are enforced are quite different. Saudi Arabia tries to hide their actions from the media understanding that their punishments are not globally accepted and attract the scorn of a plethora of human right watchdog groups. Trying to hide the truth, Saudi authorities have gone so far as to arrest a police officer accused of videoing the recent public beheading of a women in Mecca that went viral. Conversely, ISIS strongly and absurdly believe that their executions are the righteous thing to do, and have released one brutal video after another showing them performing heinous executions as promotional videos of their radical beliefs. The most recent of which was a video of showing them throwing alleged homosexuals off the roof of a mosque and to their deaths.
Although both ISIS and Saudi Arabia derive their punishments from Wahhabism, an ultra-conservative interpretation of Islamic scripture, they are far from becoming allies. ISIS often alludes that Saudi Arabia is a corrupted state under the thumb of the al-Saud monarchy, and believes they are offering a modern-day form of Wahhabism. At the same time, Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned ISIS, as their publicised executions continue to draw comparisons to Saudi Arabia’s legal system, resulting in an outpouring of global backlash demanding an end to these barbaric practices.