REVELATION 20 AND ISLAM'S PRACTICE OF BEHEADING
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been BEHEADED because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years (Revelation 20:4).
Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me (Matthew 24:9).
All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you (John 16:1-4).
And on Islamic Internet forums, mostly used by radicals, beheading has been a popular topic in recent weeks, with many participants describing it as the "easiest" way to kill an American or a Saudi from the ruling family.
"You can't do it like the idiots on TV. The right thing to do is slit the person's throat, not cut off the entire head" ("Beheadings Allowed by Islam, but Only in Extreme Situation," by Julia Duin. The Washington Times, June 24, 2004).
Aba Hakam was severely wounded but still alive when Abdullah, the servant of Muhammad, ran up, put his foot on Aba Hakam's neck, got a hold of his beard and started insulting the fatally wounded man whom his own people had named "the father of wisdom." Abdullah cut off Abba Hakam's head and carried it to his master. "The head of the enemy of Allah!" exclaimed Muhammad joyously; -- "Allah! There is no other god but he!" -- "Yea There is no other!" responded Abdullah, as he cast the severed head at the Prophet's feet. "It is more acceptable to me;" cried Muhammad, hardly able to contain his joy, "than the choicest camel in all Arabia" (Ali Sina, The Examples of Muhammad http://www.faithfreedom.org/Articles/sinaawa40621.htm).
Then they (Qurayza) surrendered and the apostle confined them in Medina...Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches...They were 600 or 700 in all, though some put the figures as high as 800 or 900...This went on until the apostle made an end to them (A. Guillaume, The Life of Muhammad. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, p. 464).
Abu 'Ubayda told me on the authority of Abu 'Amir the Medinain, when the apostle (Muhammad) got the better of the sons of Qurayza he seized about four hundred men from the Jews who had been allies of Aus against Khazraj, and ordered that they should be beheaded. Accordingly Khazraj began to cut off their heads with great satisfaction. The apostle saw that the faces of the Khazraj showed their pleasure, but there was no such indication on the part of Aus, and... when he saw that there were only twelve of them left he gave them over to Aus, assigning one Jew to every two of Aus, saying, "Let so-and-so strike him and so-and-so finish him off" (ibid., p. 752)
The Arabic word for slaughter presents the picture of a farmer harvesting his crop with a scythe. In other words, Muhammad was telling them, "Cut their heads from their bodies as you would cut fruit from the branch of a tree" (Jesus and Muhammad, Lake Mary Charisma House, 2004, p. 60)
Sura 3:31 (Shakir): If you love Allah, then follow me (Muhammad).
Sura 33:21: Ye have indeed in the Apostle of Allah a beautiful pattern of (conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day.
In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful. From Khalid bin al-Walid to the governors of Persia. Embrace Islam so that you may be safe. If not, make a covenant with me and pay the Jizyah tax. Otherwise, I have brought you a people who love death just as you love drinking wine (Al-Tabari, Vol. XI, The Challenge to the Empires).
Some of Khalid's men proclaimed to him:Khalid said, "O Allah, if you deliver their shoulders to us, I will obligate myself to you not to leave any one of them whom we can overcome until I make their canal run with their blood." Then Allah defeated them for the Muslims and gave their shoulders to them. Khalid then commanded to his herald to proclaim to his men, "Capture! Capture! Do not kill any except he who continues to resist." As a result the cavalry brought prisoners in droves, driving them along. Khalid had detailed certain men to cut off their heads in the canal. He did that to them for a day and a night. They pursued them the next day and the day after, until they reached the Nahrayn and the like of that distance in every direction from Ullays. And Khalid cut off their heads (http://www.muhammadanism.com/Islam/islam_beheading.pdf).
"even if you were to kill all the population of the earth, their blood would still not run...Therefore send water over it, so that you may fulfill your oath." Khalid had blocked the water from the canal. Now Khalid brought the water back, so that it flowed with spilled blood. Owing to this it has been called Blood Canal to this day (ibid.).
In 680, the Prophet's favorite grandson, Hussein bin Ali, had his head chopped off in Karbala, central Iraq, by the soldiers of the Caliph Yazid. The severed head was put on a silver platter and sent to Damascus, Yazid's capital, before being sent further to Cairo for inspection by the Governor of Egypt. The Caliph's soldiers also cut off the heads of all of Hussein's 71 male companions, including the one-year-old baby boy Ali-Asghar.
Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire, who is revered as a paragon of Muslim tolerance by modern revisionist historians, recorded the following in his autobiographical "Baburnama," about infidel prisoners of a jihad campaign: "Those who were brought in alive [having surrendered] were ordered beheaded, after which a tower of skulls was erected in the camp" (The Baburnama -- Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor, translated and edited by Wheeler M. Thacktson, Oxford University Press, 1996, p. 188).
In 1842 the Afghani Muslims overtook the British garrison in Kabul and beheaded over 2,000 men, women and children. The heads were placed on sticks around the city as decorations.
In 1992, the mullahs sent a "specialist" to cut off the head of Shapour Bakhtiar, the shah's last prime minister, in a suburb of Paris. When the news broke, Hashemi Rafsanjani, then president of the Islamic Republic, publicly thanked Allah for having allowed "the severing of the head of the snake" (ibid.).
In 1996 in Ben-Talha, a suburb of the capital Algiers, Momo cut off a record 86 heads in one night, including the heads of more than a dozen children. In recognition of his exemplary act of piety, the GIA sent him to Mecca for pilgrimage. Last time we checked, Momo was still at large somewhere in Algeria (ibid.).
Rival Sunni and Shite groups have made a habit of sending chopped off heads of each other's activists by special delivery. By one estimate, over 400 heads have been chopped off and mailed since 1990 (ibid.).
The Saudi government beheaded 52 men and one woman last year for crimes including murder, homosexuality, armed robbery and drug trafficking...A condemned convict is brought into the courtyard, hands tied, and forced to bow before an executioner, who swings a huge sword amid cries from onlookers of "Allahu Akbar!" Arabic for "God is great" (CBS News, Saudi Arabia's Beheading Culture, June 27, 2004).
Narrated Ash-Sha'bi: Abu Juhaifa said, "I asked Ali, 'What is (written) in this sheet of paper?' Ali replied, it deals with The Diyya (compensatory blood money paid by the killer to the relatives of the victim), the ransom for the releasing of the captives from the hands of the enemies, and the law that no Muslim should be killed in Qisas (equality in punishment) for the killing of (a disbeliever) -- Emphasis mine (Volume 1, Book 3, Number 111).
The kaffirs (unbelievers) have been attacking Muslim countries killing Muslim people from the beginning of time...when we have done nothing. Like the people of Israel attack the Muslims from Palestine because they do it for the land and because they hate Arabs/Muslims...we defend them for Allah. We try and spread Islam, the one and only true word of Allah. They rejected it, therefore we are allowed to kill them. It is not haram (forbidden/illegal) to kill a kaffir. Of course we want to Inshallah (by the will of Allah) peacefully live with them and Inshallah teach them about the beautiful religion (http://forums.gawaher.com/index.php?showtopic=4154&). -- Emphasis mine
Surah 9:5 (Shakir): So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the obligatory charity, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. -- (emphasis mine)
The four months mentioned in this verse refer to the four-month grace period mentioned in an earlier verse: "So travel freely for four months throughout the land." Allah said next, "So when the Sacred Months have passed," meaning, upon the end of the four months during which [Allah] prohibited you from fighting the idolaters, Muslims are to, "fight and kill the idolaters wherever you may find them." "Whenever you find them" means, on the earth in general...Allah said here, to execute some and keep some as prisoners. "Besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush" means, do not wait until you find them, rather, seek and besiege them in their areas and forts, gather intelligence about them in the various roads and fairways so that what is made wide looks ever smaller to them. This way, they will have no choice, but to die or embrace Islam...Abu Bakr [Muhammad's closest friend and successor upon Muhammad's death] used this and other honorable verses as proof for fighting against those who refrained from paying the obligatory charity tax. This verse allowed fighting people unless, and until, they embrace Islam and implement its rulings and obligations (Tasfsir Ibn Kathir Surah 9:5 available at http://www.tafsir.com/Default.asp).
(Guide) the believers to what they should employ in their fight against the idolaters, Allah says, "So, when you meet those who disbelieve (in battle), smite their necks," which means, when you fight against them, cut them down totally with your swords. "Until you have fully defeated them," meaning, you have killed and utterly destroyed them. This is referring to the prisoners of war whom you have captured (ibid.).
What's the verdict? "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement" (Joseph Farah, World Net Daily, IslamicTerror.com? Muslim Websites in West Defend Bin Laden, Call for '5th Column', November 13, 2001).
Whoever wishes to be delivered from the fire and enter the garden should die with faith in Allah and the Last Day...He who swears allegiance to a Caliph should give him the pledge of his hand and the sincerity of his heart (i.e. submit to him both outwardly as well as inwardly). He should obey him to the best of his capacity. If a man comes forward, disputing his (the Caliph's) authority, they (the Muslims) should behead the latter (Sahih Muslim, Book 20, Number 4546). -- Emphasis mine
The Noble Prophet said: 'It is obligatory upon a Muslim to listen and obey (to the authority of the Caliph) whether he likes it or not...One who has already taken an oath of allegiance to one leader (Imam) and has committed his hand and heart to him, should obey him as much as may be possible for him. If somebody else opposes and contests the authority of that leader (Imam), the said opponent should be beheaded" (Saudi Arabian Islamic Affairs Department website: Rights Dictated by Nature -- The Rights of the Rulers and the Ruled Ones. http://www.iad.org/The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia). -- Emphasis mine
Firstly Pearl is a Jew, a Munafiq, [a hypocrite] a Spy, and a Kaffir [unbeliever]. Do not be fooled by these people. Their hatred for Islam can be seen from their mouths and what their heart conceals is much worse. I do not see where the sick part is in slaughtering...In Islam we...can't even torture the kaffir -- we just slit their throat, and it's proven when you pass a special area in the neck, they no longer feel pain...And remember when we Muslims capture a Muslim munafiq, we do the same to him, we slaughter him. What do you think of a Dirty Jew, Stupid Munafiq, Two-Timing Spy, and a Kaffir? We do the same to him. Walhumdulilah. [Thanks be to Allah] And Remember the Rasoul [Muhammad] slaughtered a great number of Jews in one battle; the best of creation did this, because the Jews backstabbed Prophet Muhammad. And if you think this is still sick, InshaAllaahi [I hope by the will of Allah] you're alive when Mahdi is around cause your going to see many Jew/munafiqqin [Jews/hypocrites] heads on the floor.