In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State, ISIS religious police known as “hisbah” carry out public beheadings, stonings, executions, and amputations in line with sharia law. The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on July 23 from “Wilayat Khayr,” aka Deir ez-Zor, Syria. The video appears to show recently captured, morbidly obese ISIS executioner “The Bulldozer” carrying out a beheading.
The video also compares ISIS’ brutal “jurisprudence” to Saudi Arabia, a country that beheaded nearly 157 in 2015.
The video begins by showing the hisbah in a mosque. Hisbah is short for “Rijaal al-hisbah” and translates to “men who guard against infringements.” “Infringements” in this context refers to anything seen as non-Islamic by sharia law interpretation. According to the Learn to Read the Quran, hisbah police duties includes the monitoring of:
1- Free mixing of the sexes and wanton display of beauty (tabarruj) which are forbidden according [to sharia.]
2- Imitation of either of the sexes by the other.
3- Men making approaches to women either verbally or by their actions.
4- Profane, obscene or indecent speech.
5- Playing radios, TVs or recorders etc. near mosques or in such a way as to disturb the worshippers.
6- Non-Muslims openly manifesting their beliefs or the symbols of their religion, or showing disrespect towards the symbols and rulings of Islam.
7- Displaying or selling pictures, books or video or audio recordings which go against Islamic etiquette or Islamic beliefs.
8- Displaying 3-D or promiscuous images, or the symbols of non-Islamic religions such as the cross, the star of David, images of the Buddha, and the like.
9- Manufacturing or promoting or trading in intoxicants.
10- Means that lead to immoral actions such as adultery, homosexuality and gambling, or running houses and places where evil and immoral actions may be committed.
11- Manifest bid’ah (innovation), such as venerating certain times and places for which there is no sanction in sharee’ah, or celebrating innovated, un-Islamic festivals and occasions.
12- Practising witchcraft, magic and trickery in order to consume people’s wealth unlawfully.
13- Cheating in weights and measures.
Later, the hisbah are shown doling out lethal and non-lethal punishments, including the amputation of an alleged thief’s hand, the execution of multiple men via gunfire, a public stoning, and the beheading of a man with a giant sword.