ISIL compels Christians in Aleppo to pay fees of non-Muslim subjects

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ISIL group imposed strict regulations on civilians in ISIL-held areas in Syria. File photo: Activists

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Kobane, Syria – The group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) issued on Saturday a statement announcing what it called “the completing of the Rituals of Islam” in areas which fall under its control in the eastern countryside of Aleppo city, north of Syria.

According to the statement issued by the Sharia Board of the ISIL, “men will be obliged to hold prayers in mosques, rich people will be obliged to pay Zakat (obligatory practices of charitable giving), women will be obliged to comply with the Islamic dress code and will be prohibited to show their charms to strangers, and mixing between men and women will be prevented”.

The ISIL also issued a decision compelling Christians to pay “protection fees which non-Muslim subjects have to pay according to the Islamic Sharia law” in areas which fall under the group’s control in Aleppo province, particularly in Manbij city where an Armenian Christian minority live.

Notably, most of the Armenian residents of Manbij city recently migrated, while some of them still live there.

The statement also referred to “the prevention and removal of pagan (non-Islamic) acts like visiting shrines, practising witchcraft, wearing amulets, drinking alcohol, smoking, pornographic images, listening to music and the mixing between men and women”.

Noteworthy, al-Qaeda splinter group of  ISIL imposed similar decisions in Raqqa province, the biggest ISIL stronghold in Syria. Detention and torturing of those who violated the ISIL decisions have been reported, in addition to imposing financial penalties on them. Reportedly, the ISIL burned down the Istiklal Church in the city of Tel Abyad in Raqqa province and later turned it into an advocacy office in the end of October, 2013.

 

Reporting by: Sadruddin Kino

Source: ARA News

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