Victim #4, Edward Henning

Victim #4, Alan Henning

Alan Henning, a British man who volunteered for an aid-convoy to Syria, has been beheaded by the Islamic State. Henning is the fourth western hostage to be beheaded by the group, following the filmed beheadings of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and Scottish aid worker David Haines. At the conclusion of the Henning video, a masked militant states, “Obama, you have started your aerial bombardment of Sham, which keeps on striking our people, so it is only right that we continue to strike the neck of your people.” The next planned beheading is then revealed, Peter Edward Kassig, captured in October 2013.

A statement by Kassig’s parents, Ed and Paula Kassig of Indianapolis, confirmed that he was a hostage. They said he was captured in October last year, while undertaking humanitarian work in Syria. …

“We ask everyone around the world to pray for the Henning family [the family of the 4th victim], for our son [Peter Kassig], and for the release of all innocent people being held hostage in the Middle East and around the globe,” the Kassig family said. The statement referred to him by the name of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, saying he had converted to Islam in captivity.

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In another article, the parents state:

Ed and Paula Kassig

Ed and Paula Kassig

“As Muslims around the world, including our son Abdul-Rahman Kassig, celebrate Eid al-Adha, the faith and sacrifice of Ibrahim, and the mercy of Allah, we appeal to those holding our son to show the same mercy and set him free,” the Kassig parents said in a written statement. … Ed Kassig, who works as a school teacher, said in his part of the video message that his son could not control US policy. “There is so much that is beyond our control,” Ed Kassig said. “We asked our government to change its actions, but like our son, we have no more control over the US government than you have over the breaking of dawn.”

My heart goes out to the parents of Peter Kassig. In news reports today the two of them are seen visiting a mosque for prayers. The mother is wearing the traditional Muslim head covering as she pleads with ISIS to release her son.

I thought non-Muslims were given two options: convert to Islam or die. Qur’an 9:5 states,

When the [four] forbidden months are over, wherever you encounter them, kill them, seize them, besiege them, wait for them at every lookout post; but if they turn [to God], maintain the prayer, and pay the prescribed alms, let them go on their way, for God is most forgiving and merciful. 6If any one of the idolaters should seek your protection [Prophet], grant it to him so that he may hear the word of God, then take him to a place safe for him, for they are people with no knowledge [of it]. Haleem translation. (See Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, p 50 and sources cited thereunder)

Kassig was non-Muslim when he was captured. Having now converted to Islam why is he not afforded “a place safe for him” as provided by Qur’an 9:6?

“People of the Book,” i.e., Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians (Yazidis were Zoroastrian) were given a third option: pay the “jizya,” the annual humiliation tax, and agree to submit to all Muslims. Qur’an 9:29 states,

Fight those of the People of the Book who do not [truly] believe in God and the Last Day, who do not forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden, who do not obey the rule of justices, until they pay the tax and agree to submit. Haleem translation.

Peter Kassig has converted to Islam so why does the threat of the “smite to the neck” remain? Qur’an 47:4 states,

When you meet the disbelievers in battle, strike them in the neck, and once they are defeated, bind any captives firmly —later you can release them by grace or by ransom —until the toils of war have ended.

I am not surprised that the pleas for mercy of a mother and father are unheard. But does not the Qur’an bespeak of “mercy of Allah”? Is it possible that Islam is not the religion of peace it is made out to be? When the “Dhu al-Faqar “or “Cleaver of Vertebrae” of the Islamic State falls upon the neck of another, will the world wake up to the reality of Islam?

Jesus come quickly.