Saturday, January 02, 2016

The lesser option

Statement issued by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior justifying the 47 executions today, including of the Shiite cleric Nimr Baqer Ameen Al-Nimr who seems to have been executed on the basis of linking dissenting statements to violence in which he played no direct role --

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran, ' The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off from opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter'.

A supporting statement from the Grand Mufti uses the same quote. One of the grounds on which aggrieved countries might dispute the executions is to query whether exile was considered.

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