WATCH: New ISIS Video Threatens Bahrain & Gulf States, Shows Sharia Hand Amputation

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The Islamic State has purportedly released a video threatening Bahrain, titled, “Bahrain – Where is it Heading?” It also threatens Saudi Arabia. Intermixed in the video is footage of sharia law punishments. The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on December 6.

ISIS has previously threatened Bahrain before, which is headed by a Sunni monarchy that rules over a Shia majority. However, according to The Guardian, “This is not to say that all Bahraini Sunnis are rich or that being Shia is always synonymous with being poor. As many commentators will point out, Bahrain is home to economically powerful Shia families and high-ranking Shia government officials.”

ISIS has tried to play into the historic violence between Sunni and Shia in the Persian Gulf. Last year, Al-Masdar News reported that ISIS called on its sympathizers to attack Shia and their supporters in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

In the video, ISIS gives a brief, Islamist viewpoint of Bahraini history before moving on towards its place in the current political climate.

Over and over again, the video urges for violence against Shia.

At about 15:30, sharia law punishments are shown being carried out by ISIS religious police, known as “hisbah.” 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.

Hisbah enforce sharia law, which enforces “hudud.” Hudud means “boundaries” in Arabic.

At the end of the video, ISIS holds an “in memoriam” of Islamic State fighters who have recently died in the Sunni Islamist cause.

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angelcstanford

the gold books are on point, it reminds me of the oldest library in morocco i think (there for i am), putting the book back (cell) is indicative of the perceived prestige of the culture, the pharmaceutical drugs are on point, so is the internal revolution between militant classes, I think cognitive inflation (as in economic inflation) of militant ideology has drawn out true reflections of how they see themselves, now as each locus consumes the mass of their structure, and in resistance to that plague they themselves have destroyed infrastructure through the imagined paranoia, one presumes what they are saying is close to their cause goals.
What i see (if what i see is not inflation or mimicry), is a very definitive upper class, a smooth transition of voice, almost poetic, or entitlement, (tribal blood feud is rolling around my head), i think their is some nostalgic tribal prestige attached to this that through a narrative has become a myth and that myth has become a legend, it sort of tilts towards a legitimate state, in saying that, if entitlement is intoxicating, then a shadow state must exist just below a legitimate state, or at least a form of existence beyond the surveillance of capture.
If alcohol is prohibitive and entitlement is intoxicating and social camouflage reflective of alcoholic association them one could presume this is a step down from circumnavigating a government by using christian ideology.
i only say this because of this research i was doing, and i was reflecting on the deep contrasts with Greek myths and Christian myths, but more importantly the 12 trials of Hercules from the point to disestablish a government and defeating that government and taking control of that government, you would look for representation in the symbolism of the trials.
In essence, the class (clothes) and suicide belt at the end of the video, seems to me like a messenger willing to die rather than be captured, returning to the leadership to inform them of the structural integrity of their cause or perhaps a return to sleeping through their own blow-back,
you cannot exist secretly in society without masking that secret with an ideology you detest, i doubt they would embrace Christianity as it would appear repulsive, but probably haven’t ticked the null in void box,

Anonymous

Sometimes hidden in your comments are good points but they are surrounded by gobbledygook

Anonymous

if the bahraini gov increase the tax on alcahol and tobacco we will turn to terrorists its a matter of time ,lets hope they make a wise decision.

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