The Islamist terror group, Jabhat al-Nusra – the Al Qaeda affilate in Syria – executed a woman in the main square of the village of Ma'arrat Misrin after accusing her of adultery. In a video made of the execution (see below), the woman appears to be in her forties.
Before being executed by a gunshot wound to the head, a man stands near the executioner reading out the sentence. He quotes the Quran (Surah 5:33) as the source for the punishment:
“Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides.”
The woman can be heard begging to see her children one last time, a request that is ignored. The man continues, saying:
“It has been proven with clear evidence that this woman, may God forgive her, was one of the people that corrupted the land with adultery, God forbid. This sharia sentence, was approved by the group of the brothers, the noble scholars, after it was proven to them that she corrupted the land through adultery, God forbid. We ask the Lord, may His name be praised, that this punishment should be an atonement for her crime in this world and that it should purify her so she is able to meet God in a way that He is satisfied with her and that He will forgive her and make all the Muslims keep their honor, because the honor of the Muslims is very precious to us. We swear in the name of Allah that it hurts us very much when the honor of one Muslim woman is violated.”
The executioner is given the go-ahead and he proceeds to shoot the woman in head at point blank range.
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Warning: Very graphic scene (viewer discretion advised)