Just when you thought that ISIS could not get more twisted in its perverted use of Islam to excuse rape and murder, it does. The BBC and other media outlets are airing a report that an Islamic State militant, Ali Saqr, 21, carried out a public “execution” of his own mother, Lena al-Qasem, 45, after she asked him to leave the group. The reported execution occurred in Raqqa, according to some activists. ISIS has also announced the execution of the first female journalist for reporting from ISIS territory.
Lena al-Qasem reportedly told her son that the US-led military alliance fighting IS would “wipe out” the group, and tried to convince him to leave the city with her. He told other ISIS fighters and was reportedly then told to execute her. One activist said that she had been missing for a while and that she was suspected of being a spy. The execution if verified offers a chilling example of how religious extremism can supplant even the most instinctual and basic human feelings.
This atrocity follows a report in November of ISIS killing 200 children.
The announcement of the execution of outspoken reporter, Ruqia Hassan, is the fifth journalist killed by the radical Islamic group. She was extraordinarily brave. Her last words on Facebook included “When ISIS arrest and kill me it’s ok because…it’s better than [living] in humiliation with ISIS.” When folks lump all Muslims together with ISIS, it is important to remember people like Ruqia Hassan who have risked everything to resist them.