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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Fun Fact: Most of the ISIS members seen in this video are now dead.

Author — Stephen


“Hey, brother, peace be upon you. What is this oxygen you’re breathing? Don’t breathe this oxygen. Ok. God bless”

Author — Salad Days


I don't think guns, cars, electricity, etc. are in the quran either.

Author — Sxy Sdmzr


The people on the street don't look happy to see them. Faking smiles.

Author — Melissa jones


It puts a smile on my face knowing that most of these guys are dead

Author — Fernand El Helou


"We dont want infidels, we want to oppose infidels" said, sitting in a japanese Toyota with a russian AK47 in his hand

Author — Pogodny


"God ordered women to wear a veil. We didn't invent that"

Author — dmstn


Who is here after the founder of ISIS killed himself?

Author — Raz & Daz


Those men are in jail because of alcohol. Imagine this in the UK? All Brits will be in jail. :D

Author — ko thet


They are not Their are devils. Under human What kind of rulers they impose....

Author — bala Chandra


Isis primary driving force is fear.
They are afraid of everything. Cowards.

Author — Kovačević Dobrina


everybody's a gangsta

until they get late to the prayer

Author — Raphus cucullatus


"Peace be upon you brother. Please don't stand there, that's a no standing zone. We're asking you nicely because you are our brother. And also we have AK-47s. Peace be upon you, and see you at the recruitment tent Inshaa Allah."

Author — Mark Aguilar


Upcoming tour soon : London, Berlin, Stockholm and Paris... Get your veils ready.

Author — Evgeny Dolgov


They don't want a poster of an infidel hanging in the street but they use a car and an AK47 that is invented and manufactured by infidels.
What a stupid lifestyle.

Author — tsrnfy


"Breaking Islamic laws"

Those idiots are breaking Islamic laws themselves.

Author — raf lo


"peace be with you, my brother" are you drinking water? Alah says: do not drink water. Stop drinking it now!

Author — captain vieques


Got arrested just because selling juice? Religion of peace they said..😂

Author — Aerobatra Gemilang


How insane is this guy I cracked on how he told his wife to change the fabric of the veil😂



Wait how in the hell did vice news get to do this

Author — canadian monarchist