Enforcing Sharia in Raqqa: The Islamic State

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The Islamic State now governs its caliphate from the north central Syrian city of Raqqa, which was once a relatively westernized agricultural hub. As the State’s power base, Raqqa is where it imposes its version of Sharia law throughout large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

The “Hisbah” are the new Sharia police. In the latest episode of The Islamic State, VICE News joins them on their daily patrols during Ramadan, and witnesses how they check on shops and scrutinize produce, while at the same time ensuring their strict rules on women’s appearances are adhered to.

We are also taken to an Islamic State prison and speak with inmates accused of abusing drugs and selling alcohol. There we learn firsthand of the prisoners’ punishments, and how they have since “rediscovered” their devotion to the Islamic faith since their incarceration — but are yet to be granted permission to declare their allegiance to the caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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20 thoughts on “Enforcing Sharia in Raqqa: The Islamic State

  1. These fighters aren't even Syrians, they're all foreigners. The driver with the sunglasses is Tunisian, Tunisia is one of the most modern and western countries in North Africa, why did he join them…. And that guy who keeps smiling is most likely Indonesian or Malaysian. All of these people are not Syrians, they're people from foreign countries who flocked like birds to Iraq and Syria from Turkey and Iran to establish "a caliphate" and failed. The Ottoman Empire isn't coming back buddy, you were born too late.

  2. This is wrong Why intimidate a person to live by laws they probably don’t believe in?
    people should be able to live there life as they please & be free to choose there own religion without one be forced upon them, these people are clearly living in fear.

  3. imagine the actual gods are actually more into animals and plants and harmonic living…
    oh wait…the food chain is real.

    "the human god sure is hungry"

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