Burning people alive 'contravenes Islam': Jordan minister

Earlier Tuesday, a video published online claimed to show Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasba being burnt alive by the ISIL.

Earlier Tuesday, a video published online claimed to show Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasba being burnt alive by the ISIL.

AMMAN – Jordan's Minister of Awqaf (Religious Endowment) Hayel Dawood has condemned the execution of a pilot held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), saying burning people alive contravenes Islamic teachings.

"Burning people alive is not permissible in Islam," Dawood told The Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, a video published online claimed to show Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasba being burnt alive by the ISIL.

The video, which has not yet been verified, shows a man wearing an orange suit standing in a cage surrounded by masked and armed men, who then set on fire the captured person.

"What ISIL did confirms that they are a terrorist group that must be obliterated," Dawood said.

"These terrorist acts prove that the demise of ISIL is too close," he said.

Jordanian authorities had tried to secure the pilot, but ISIL initially made his release conditional on the release from a Jordanian jail of would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi.

Last summer, the ISIL captured large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, killing thousands in the process. It later declared the captured territories to be part of a self-styled "Islamic caliphate."

Since the group captured the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June of last year, a U.S.-led coalition has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL targets in both Iraq and Syria.

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