Demand al Qaeda-Linked Group Stop Executing People for Heresy

Azerbaijan Protest

Target: al Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front

Goal: Demand Nusra Front stop executing people for heresy

According to the Syrian Observatory, a human rights group based in Britain, a 15-year-old boy was recently executed for heresy. Heresy is defined as the rejection of the accepted religious doctrine of a particular state. The human rights group reported that an al Qaeda linked Islamist group murdered the teenager for stating that he did not believe in the existence of Prophet Mohammad. Even though the teenager’s statement could have been insulting, he did not deserve to die for his opinion. The al Qaeda-linked Islamist group must stop murdering people for their opinions.

The al Qaeda-linked Islamist group was identified as Nusra Front. The group had overheard the teenager, Mohammad Qataa state that he did not believe in the Prophet. According to the report conducted by the Observatory and reported by Reuters, the exact translated words were: “Even if the Prophet Mohammad comes down [from heaven], I will not become a believer.” Members from this group immediately took action and kidnapped Qataa, who was working as a coffee vendor at the time of his statement.

Qataa was brought back to his mart with whip marls all over his skin. The members of the group then proceeded to announce that Qataa was guilty of heresy. In front of Qataa’s parents, the members of the group shot him in the face and in the neck, murdering him. The report stated that one member of Nusra Front said: “Generous citizens of Aleppo, disbelieving in God is polytheism and cursing the prophet is a polytheism. Whoever curses even once will be punished like this.” The report also revealed that Qataa’s face and jaw were already bloodied before he was shot. His mother had pleaded for his life.

Qataa only expressed his opinion and he was murdered for it. The Nusra Front cannot be allowed to kill people for their beliefs and they must stop their violent acts now.


Dear Nusra Front,

I realize that religion is a very serious matter. When Mohammad Qataa stated that he did not believe in the Prophet Mohammad, it must have sounded very offensive. However, his opinion and his words did not harm anyone. He said those words in the heat of an argument according to the Syrian Observatory.

Qataa’s statements did not deserve a death sentence. He was brutally beaten and then murdered mercilessly in front of his parents. The execution was not only brutal, it was also unjustified.

You must stop these senseless executions immediately.


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