A 14-year-old Syrian boy was beheaded by the Extremists of the Islamic State, or as they are better known — ISIS. The beheading happened in the northern city of Jarablus after he was accused of apostasy for missing his prayers. Making matters even worse is that ISIS beheaded the teenage boy right in front of his parents.
According to Mirror, the boy missed his Friday night prayers at the city’s central mosque, and it forced him to be brought to death by ISIS.
Apostasy is defined as the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief. Due to the fact that the boy simply missed prayers on Friday night, ISIS believed that he had completely renounced his faith and could no longer be trusted.
According to the Gateway Pundit, civil rights activist Nasser Taljbini reported that the Sharia Court, which is led by ISIS, ordered militants to carry out the beheading. Not only did the order come about to do it, but to have it done in public.
“Dozens of people attended the brutal execution, including the victim’s parents who were forced to witness the beheading of their own son.
“ISIS is trying to prove that it is still powerful despite all the military defeats. The group is trying to terrorize people through conducting such public punishments.”
One of the main things that ISIS is trying to do is mold teenagers into the proper type of soldier for the future. ISIS is said to see teenagers as future jihadis, and they need to get the proper Shari education. This, in turn, will keep them committed to the message of the caliphate.
Beheading is far from an uncommon practice with ISIS militants. The Hindu reported that they just recently beheaded 20 of its own fighters for desertion after the fighters allegedly attempted to flee a war zone in Mosul, Iraq.
These killings were also carried out in public as a way for ISIS to send a message to others that desertion would not be tolerated.
“The dissidents were arrested at a checkpoint in the vicinity of Mosul on Friday evening.
“After being identified as fighters who have left their positions at the fighting front in western Mosul, they were transferred to the Sharia Court for prosecution.”
The militants were interrogated for a short period of time and then the Sharia Court decided to behead them for treason and desertion. Hundreds of people gathered in the center of Mosul to witness the brutal punishments carried out.
Back in December, ISIS had already beheaded at least 10 of their own militants for a similar reason. Those fighters had left their posts on the battlefront without first obtaining permission to do so. All of those men were arrested on charges of high treason.
Shortly after, the men were executed by beheading.
ISIS beheading the 14-year-old boy in front of his parents is being seen as yet another message, and not just since he missed his prayers. They are letting it be known that if they’re willing to kill a teenager in public for such a matter, then they are willing to do the same to anyone that goes against their orders or betrays them.
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