I missed this post when it went up back in June.
I have a pretty strong stomach, but the video is unbelievably gruesome.
A former Muslim who had refused to recant his Christian faith was beheaded by a masked man while a narrator chants Arabic verses/phrases. During the actual decapitation, the chant of Allahu Akbar - "God is great" is repeated several times.
In Islam, beheadings are often done with a knife or similar instrument. Heads are not chopped off - they are sawed off. This takes several minutes to accomplish. The victim is shown in the video being held down. He does not struggle or show any degree of fear that one would expect from a person about to undergo such horrific suffering. The murderer begins sawing from the throat and moves towards the back of the neck. The victim shows indescribable bravery and does not cry out even once. God no doubt graced him with tremendous courage and a sense of peace.
The link to the video will be at the bottom. The video link can also be found on Raymond Ibrahim's post which is linked at top. Once the video link is clicked, the viewer will have to check a content warning box indicating that he desires to proceed and watch the video.
If you decide to watch the video, you should take a few deep breaths, brace yourself, and thank God that we do not live in such a country.
-From Raymond Ibrahim's post:
Bolding is added. For those who still subscribe to the party line of the West that Islam is a religion of peace and that executions of apostates is not mandated by Mohammed himself, read what is contained below and research more on your own. No Muslim can do anything that is opposed to what Mohammed said. He is the paragon of righteous living. The particular method of decapitating by sawing off of one's head itself may not be required, but forget about the details of the murder - apostates must be killed.
"A young man appears held down by masked men. His head is pulled back, with a knife to his throat. He does not struggle and appears resigned to his fate. Speaking in Arabic, the background speaker, or "narrator," chants a number of Muslim prayers and supplications, mostly condemning Christianity, which, because of the Trinity, is referred to as a polytheistic faith: [Islam holds that Trinitarian Christianity is not monotheistic and that three persons in one God is three gods]"Let Allah be avenged on the polytheist apostate"; "Allah empower your religion, make it victorious against the polytheists"; "Allah, defeat the infidels at the hands of the Muslims"; "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger."
Then, to cries of "Allahu Akbar!"—or, "God is great!"—the man holding the knife to the apostate's throat begins to slice away, even as the victim appears calmly mouthing a prayer. It takes nearly two minutes of graphic knife-carving to sever the Christian's head, which is then held aloft to more Islamic cries and slogans of victory.
Visibly distraught, Tawfiq Okasha, the host, asked: "Is this Islam? Does Islam call for this? How is Islam related to this matter?...These are the images that are disseminated throughout the electronic media in Europe and America…. Can you imagine?" Then, in reference to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis, whose political influence has grown tremendously, he asked, "How are such people supposed to govern?"
In fact, only the other day a top Egyptian Salafi leader openly stated that no Muslim has the right to apostatize, or leave Islam, based on the canonical hadiths, including Muhammad's command, "Whoever leaves his religion, kill him." Islam's most authoritative legal manuals make crystal clear that apostasy is a capital crime, punishable by death.
The first "righteous caliph," a paragon of Muslim piety and virtue, had tens of thousands of people slaughtered—including by burning, beheading, and crucifixion—simply because they tried to break away from Islam. According to the Encyclopaedia of Islam, the most authoritative reference work on Islam in the English language, "there is unanimity that the male apostate must be put to death."
Finally, a word on the "prayers" or supplications to Allah made by the Muslim executioners in the video: these are standard and formulaic. It is not just masked, anonymous butchers who supplicate Allah as they engage in acts of evil; rather, top-ranking Muslim leaders openly invoke such hate-filled prayers."
In my posts from the last few months concerning the current state of the Middle and Near East, I have noted that, as Christians are being murdered, kidnapped, raped and gang-raped, and forced/burned out of their homes and Churches, their coreligionists of the free world must take some action. Our requirement to turn the other cheek does not mean that we should stand by while innocents are being slaughtered. I have called for Christian Churches to put aside their doctrinal differences and take a stand, but I don't know if that will happen or what they would do next when the barbarism continues; which it undoubtedly will.
A move such as this could possibly even reduce the likelihood that Israel and Iran will go to war in the near future.