ISIS Hunts Followers of Sufi and Sentences them to Death


During the past few days, ISIS group waged a campaign of arrests affected many chieftains of Sufi in Raqqa, most notably Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Hussein “Almaghet”, his family has been informed about his death after an arrest for eight days, there is also uncertainty about the fate of the other detainees with the same charge of following Sufi.

Series of pursuing adherents of Sufi thought began before the control of ISIS over the city, they started with the arrest and killing of Sheikh Hassan the Imam of Grand Mosque in Raqqa, who taught a lot of young men to read the Koran, later they detained Sheikh Hussam al-Ahmad al-Hasan al-Hussein for several days, and the arrest of a number of other Sufi sheikhs by the group which released them or kept them detained up till now.

After they seized the city of Raqqa, ISIS has intensified chasing Sufi sheikhs, where they arrested Mr. Mohammed Ajjan Al-Hadeed, the biggest Sufi chieftains in Raqqa and north of Syria, the group killed him after arrest for months, and after negotiations to release him in exchange for dozens of kilograms of gold.

During this year, ISIS arrested and executed more than 30 people accused of witchcraft in Raqqa and its countryside, most of them were Sufi adherents. The group didn’t pursuit only owners of Sufi thought, but they also chased chieftains of Salafi ideology in Raqqa accusing them of cowardice, they put some of them under house arrest or prevented them of rhetoric or giving religious lessons, while the fate of others are not known until now, including Judge Abdullah Al-Assaf (Abu Abdul Rahman) who was arrested by the group in 10/16/2013.

Today, anyone who opposes ISIS ideas and its ideology are exposed to death or arrest at any time, thus ISIS security system still rules people with weapons and fire.

media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".