Islamic State to enforce Sharia in Syria’s Raqqa

ISIS fighter at a parade in the Syrian city of Raqqa. File photo

ARA News

Beirut, Lebanon – Leadership of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the Syrian city of Raqqa issued a document including what the group called “legislations to regulate people’s lives according to the Islamic Law of Sharia”.

The document, which was issued on Saturday and distributed to the public institutions in the IS-held city of Raqqa in northeastern Syria on Sunday, included rules and regulations that oblige people, who were named as “subjects to the Caliphate”, to abide to.

The document also clarifies the relationship between the residents of the IS-held city of Raqqa and Jihadists.

According to IS, the 13-item document aims to revive the glory of the Islamic Caliphate.

In the first item, IS pointed out that the group is “concerned with people’s public behaviour not with their inner beliefs”, mentioning, in its second item, “People live safely under our rule”.

“It is our Islamic rule that guarantees rights and justice to people,” the document read.

The third item talked about financial matters in Raqqa,emphasizing “Public money is owned by Muslims’ Treasury where the Muslim Caliphate decides how to be spent”.

The item also threatened thieves of severe penalties if “they steal from the public money or even blackmail people or take tributes”.

The document threatened people of dealing with the regime. It also gave the opportunity to army soldiers and police members to repent, based on IS conditions.

The document expressed clearly IS objection to any councils, assemblies or flags.

IS also commanded women in the document to wear loose garments and to stay at home, unless necessary.

In its last item, the document showed the difference between IS rule and the former systems, saying: “The unjust secular government exploited people and confiscated their rights and dignity. Today, you will see the difference under the rule of Imam Abu Bakr al-Qurashi.”

The Islamic State had already issued a number of similar documents in some Iraqi provinces which fell under its control.


Reporting by: Hussam al-Zeer

Source: ARA News

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