There is a hadith that makes this appear to be un-Islamic behavior: “Narrated `Ikrima: Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to `Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn `Abbas who said, ‘If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) forbade it, saying, “Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).” I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ), “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.”‘” (Bukhari 9.88.6922)

But then there is this: “Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘No doubt, I intended to order somebody to pronounce the Iqama of the (compulsory congregational) prayer and then I would go to the houses of those who do not attend the prayer and burn their houses over them.’” (Bukhari 3.44.2420)

The Taliban also may have been reasoning from Qur’an 5:45: “And we prescribed for them in it, Life for life, and eye for eye, and nose for nose, and ear for ear, and tooth for tooth, and retaliation for injuries. But whoever forgoes it, this will be expiation for him. Whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such people are wrongdoers.” If she burned dinner, she could be given a like punishment, and burned in response.

“Taliban fighters set an Afghan woman on fire for ‘bad cooking,’ report says,” by Joshua Zitser, Business Insider, August 21, 2021 (thanks to Darcy):

An Afghan woman was reportedly set on fire by Taliban fighters because they weren’t satisfied with a meal she prepared, according to The Telegraph.

A former judge, Najla Ayoubi, told Sky News that she had received multiple reports of violence against women by the insurgent group, The Telegraph reported.

This particular incident, Ayoubi alleged, involved a woman in the north of the country who was “put on fire because she was accused of bad cooking,” the paper said.

“They are forcing people to give them food and cook them food,” she continued.

Ayoubi also said that women are being used as sex slaves, according to Metro.

“They also force families to marry their young daughters to Taliban fighters,” she added. “I don’t see where is the promise that they think women should be going to work when we are seeing all of these atrocities.”…


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