Islamic State militant releases statement denying executing his mother in public

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A militant from Islamic State Ali bin Uqbah bin Shaheen bin Usud al-Saqr has released a statement denying the public execution of his mother Leena Abdul-Hamid. (Not Leena al-Qasim as stated in some media). The press release posted on social media could not be independently verified.

The New York Times reported the man had allegedly “killed his own mother in front of a post office in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa this week” and claims were made that she “she tried to persuade him to leave the extremist group”.

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Statement denying the killing reads as follows,

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

God Almighty says:
“O you who have believed, if there comes to you an unrighteous person with news, you should verify it, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.” [Surat al-Hujurat, verse 6]

The prophet (peace be upon him) said: “It’s enough of a lie for a person to narrate everything they hear.”

I hereby say: The fabricated news shared by the media/press -that I executed my mother- is a baseless lie, I was shocked when I heard it on the TV.

If I was the one who has killed his mother, I’d boldly tell. Why? Because someone who is willing to do such a thing, won’t be embarrassed to admit it.
But it’s not surprising that the anti-Islam media is telling lies all the time.
Al-Arabiya broadcasted a report on me, accusing me of killing my mother, I was sleeping during that time.. Where’s their evidence? Do they even have any? Where did I kill my mother and how? And was her encouraging me to leave the Islamic State (if she ever did that) an enough reason (in Sharia law) to kill her or to make Takfir on her? Who was the *reliable source* of these lies? and how did you, O’ criminals, share the news without verification?
It just proves your enmity and hatred for Islam & Muslim.
And here and now, I renew my ba’yah to the Islamic State, so die in your rage!

My name: Ali bin Uqbah bin Shaheen bin Usud al-Saqr.
City: Tabqa.
Birth year: 1993
My mother’s name: Leena Abdul-Hamid. Not Leena al-Qasim!

End

An account by the name of A Ibrahim that posted the statement tweeted further updates,

LIES EXPOSED The Syrian soldier who allegedly killed his mother in Raqqa Eng translation (posting statement)

“They spread the false news on purpose because a woman (regime agent) was killed 4 days ago in

“My mom is Alawite. She’s compelled to do istitabah (repentance), &will be released from detention soon insha’allah”

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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