Washington, July 23 ANI | 1 year ago

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a Sunni terror group that has wrecked havoc in Iraq and Syria, has now issued a decree asking Iraqi shopkeepers in Mosul to cover the faces of all mannequins.

According to the Washington Times, the terrorist group came up with the new rule saying that doing so is in line with Sharia law. Members of the group assert that the human form is not to be depicted in statues or artwork.

One of Iraq's prominent Christian politicians, Yonadam Kanna, said that this was ethnic cleansing but nobody was speaking up.

He further said that it was the first time in the history that something like this had happened, adding that Muslims and Christians used to live together.

Islamist militants have been forcing Iraqi Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam or pay 'protection tax' to save their lives.

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), earlier, made an announcement in city mosques that called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.

ISIS has control of large parts of Syria and Iraq and said last month it was creating an Islamic caliphate.

The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as 'dhimma,' under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a 'jizya', the BBC reported.

ISIS said that they are offering Christians three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword, the report said.

(Posted on 23-07-2014)

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