Human rights organizations claim that only 76 people were executed in 2012 under Sharia law in Saudi Arabia. Even the human rights organizations, who do nothing to oppose Muslim brutality imported into the West, have not done their research. Not 76 but thousands of people are executed in Saudi Arabia every year. Muhammad Saad al-Beshi admit to performing up to seven beheadings per day and there are many executioners across the Arabian peninsula. Executions are suppose to be applied to murderers and drug-trafficking but has become common for even small offences. In addition to murder, Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty for crimes not considered “serious” under international norms.
The death penalty can be imposed for a wide range of offences including murder, rape, false prophecy, armed robbery, repeated drug use, apostasy, adultery (for women), witchcraft and sorcery and can be carried out by beheading with a sword, or more rarely by firing squad, and sometimes by stoning. Saudi’s commits so many executions they had vacancy ads running for weeks in the beginning of 2013. To speed up the backlog firing squads are being considered to replace the head choppers. This will also reduce time and errors when executioners miss to cut the head in one blow. Popular executioner Muhammad Saad al-Beshi, who gets paid per beheading, says he is not worried to get unemployed if his job tasks are replaced by firing squads.
If the West had Sharia based law, there would be very few Muslims left in our countries. Considering the most severe volume of third degree crimes are committed by Muslim men in our society, their desire for Sharia justice could be contracted to Arabia – and Muslims criminals can be sent there to meet the justice they admire so much, rather than waste our taxpayers monies.
In addition to executions, there is crucifixion as an additional death penalty. An executed persons body is often hung on public display, or hung from a helicopter for all to see. When executioners are not busy killing people, they are busy cutting hands and feet off people accused of theft. In Riyadh there is a list of executions performed each day starting at 9 am in Chop Chop square, which turns into a bazaar after the beheadings are finished. In other parts (ex. Asir, Abha, Tabuk) there are executions lined up either daily or after Friday prayer, every week. A person condemned to be beheaded can be pardoned although this is not too common. Muslims don’t do compassion well.
Many victims are of course women (and foreign workers) since women are automatically accused of causing the crimes committed by men. A raped woman, for example, is punished for adultery. The rapist is not punished and can continue raping more women – except if he is from an illiterate working class. Men can also murder their wives and children without any worry of penalties. The law is quickly applied to the poor while the rich are often spared any form of punishment even for severe crimes.
Although Muslims always defend Sharia executions as a fair way of dealing with crime, they refuse to acknowledge murder of women, rape, assault and incest as worthy of punishment. These acts are not a crime under Sharia. They also have no punishment to the hundreds of thousands of Arab employers who severely abuse and enslave their maids, sometimes killing them. In other words; executions are fair if they are applied to women, a foreign worker, or someone from a poor background.
The job as an executioner is mainly appointed to what Arabs consider ‘unclean’ people. One favored new executioner is Muhammad Saad al-Beshi, a black slave descendant from the Arab slave trade in Africa. His father was an executioner and al-Beshi witnessed his first execution as a child. His only reaction as a small boy was the desire to see the digestive system of the dead body [what to expect of these savage, barbaric people! Any emotions, any sympathy?]. He worked in the Saudi prison system and wanted to be an executioner. He was contracted in 1998 and now execute at least seven people per day (2,555 per year) and work under a non-disclosure agreement. An executioner is not employed on payroll by the government per say since the act is considered unclean, but is rather outsourced/contracted for the work. He is paid per successful execution. They are also compensated for the sword and accommodation.
A major problem in this horrid Sharia system is that the accused can easily be accused for crimes he never committed, since there is no stringent requirement for evidence, no access to legal representation or the opportunity to appeal. Often the case is brought to the attention of authorities based on a ‘witness’. But witnesses can be purchased for a couple of hundred dollars in a corrupt system. With this system a completely innocent man or woman can be beheaded for baseless accusations based on sheer imagination, accusations based on revenge, based on competition, or based on completely fabricated charges. Recently foreign maids who had been severely abused by their employers were executed for fighting back. Some even killing their employer in self-defense, trying to protect themselves from abuse and assault. No charges of penalty was added on the employer since a non-Arab has no support from the “justice” system in a Saudi Sharia court system. There is no record keeping in Arabia of neither crimes or court proceedings.
Tell us what you think: should the West sign agreements with Saudi Arabia to expedite the permanent removal of criminally charged Muslim men to face punishments in Arabia on their own terms, and stop wasting our tax monies and legal system?
The work of God
Decent pay, flexible hours, good benefits package – but being Saudi Arabia’s state executioner does have its down side, as Muhammad Saad al-Beshi tells Mahmoud Ahmed
Muhammad Saad al-Beshi beheads up to seven people a day. “It doesn’t matter to me: Two, four, 10 – as long as I’m doing God’s will, it doesn’t matter how many people I execute,” says Saudi Arabia’s leading executioner. Al-Beshi began his career at a prison in Taif, where his job was to handcuff and blindfold the prisoners before their execution. “Because of this background, I developed a desire to be an executioner,” he says. When a position became vacant, he applied and was accepted immediately. His first job was in 1998 in Jeddah. “The criminal was tied and blindfolded. With one stroke of the sword I severed his head. It rolled metres away.” Of course he was nervous, he says – there were a lot of people watching, after all – but now stage fright is a thing of the past. He says he is calm at work because he is doing God’s work. “But there are many people who faint when they witness an execution. I don’t know why they come and watch if they don’t have the stomach for it. Me? I sleep very well.”Does he think people are afraid of him? “In this country we have a society that understands God’s law,” he says. “No one is afraid of me. I have a lot of relatives, and many friends at the mosque, and I live a normal life like everyone else. There are no drawbacks for my social life.”Before an execution, none the less, he will visit the family of the victim of the criminal to obtain forgiveness for the man about to die. “I always have that hope, until the very last minute, and I pray to God to give the criminal a new lease of life. I always keep that hope alive.”
Al-Beshi will not reveal how much he gets paid per execution, as this is a confidential agreement with the government. But he insists that the reward is not important. “I am very proud to do God’s work,” he says.
However, he does reveal that a sword costs something in the region of 20,000 Saudi riyals (£3,300). “It’s a gift from the government. I look after it and sharpen it once in a while, and I make sure to clean it of bloodstains. It’s very sharp. People are amazed how fast it can separate the head from the body.”
By the time the victims reach the execution square, they have surrendered themselves to death, he says, though they may hope to be forgiven at the last minute. Indeed, the only conversation that takes place is when he tells the prisoner to say the Shahada, their covenant with Allah. “Their hearts and minds are taken up with reciting the Shahada. When they get to the execution square, their strength drains away. Then I read the execution order, and at a signal I cut the prisoner’s head off.”
He has executed a number of women without hesitation. “Despite the fact that I hate violence against women, when it comes to God’s will, I have to carry it out.”
There is no great difference between the execution of men and women, except that the women wear hijab, and no one is allowed near them except Al-Beshi when the time for execution comes. When executing women, he has a choice of weapon. “It depends what they ask me to use. Sometimes they ask me to use a sword and sometimes a gun. But most of the time I use the sword,” he says.
As an experienced executioner, 42-year-old Al-Beshi is entrusted with the task of training the young. “I successfully trained my son Musaed, 22, as an executioner and he was approved and chosen,” he says proudly. Training focuses on the way to hold the sword and where to hit, and consists mostly of the trainee observing the executioner at work.
But an executioner’s work is not all killing; sometimes it can simply be an amputation. “I use a special sharp knife instead of a sword,” he explains. “When I cut off a hand, I cut it from the joint. If it is a leg, the authorities specify where it is to be taken off, so I follow that.”
Al-Beshi describes himself as a family man. He was married when he became an executioner, and his wife did not object to his choice of profession. “She only asked me to think carefully before committing myself,” he recalls. “But I don’t think she’s afraid of me. I deal with my family with kindness and love. They aren’t afraid when I come back from an execution. Sometimes they help me clean my sword.”
A father of seven, he is a grandfather already. “My daughter has a son called Haza, and he’s my pride and joy,” he says. “Then there are my sons. The oldest one is Saad, and of course there is Musaed, who will be the next executioner.”
· Reprinted with permission from Arab News.
Reenactment of a story of a Saudi man sentenced to ‘retribution’ by beheading (in Arabic)
About 1.5 million Indonesians work in Saudi Arabia – many of them as domestic maids. But there have been rows over the alleged mistreatment of maids in the recent past. The beheading of Ruyati binti Sapubi caused an outcry in Indonesia, where MPs called for a ban on workers being sent to the Middle East. The 54-year-old maid confessed to killing her boss with a kitchen knife after suffering extreme abuse and having no documents to leave the country or any means to escape.