This is one interesting interview. This is the executioner who beheads “criminals” of Sharia. It’s def a job for him but what I can’t get over is how he just talks about executing people all the while his children sit on his lap. If a country wants to behead people for crimes we give people the death penalty for then fine but for stealing or committing adultery? Yeah I don’t know about that. Here is the vid and the transcript below.
LBC TV (Lebanon)
Novermber 4, 2006
Narrator: This is the most renowned executioner in Saudi Arabia, Abdallah Bin Sa’id Al-bishi, who carries out the executions. His sword delineates the border between seriousness and play. There is no negotiating with him, once the heads have ripened. When it’s harvesting time, he is the most suited for the job.
Abdallah Bin Sa’id Al-bishi: I started to work in this field after the death of my father about a week or ten days after his death, in 1412 (1991-92). I was surprised when the people who supervise this field summoned me, saying I had a mission. Allah be praised.
Of course, I did not have swords or anything back then, but I used the swords of my father, may he rest in peace, and carried out the execution. My first mission was to execute three people.
Narrator: Abu Badr’s swords have cut off a hundred heads and more. His eldest son, Badr, is training in the same profession. He inherited this profession from his father, Sa’id al-Bishi. He remembers how when still a small boy he accomplanied him to the beheading of a criminal in Mecca. That sight, Abu Badr says, was the turning point in his life.
Abdallah Bin Sa’id Al-bishi: I was at school, and an execution was set for my father in Mecca. It was to take place in front of the King Abd Al-‘Aziz Gate. Before all that happened at the Al-Haram Mosque the executions were held there. We showed up. I was a little boy.
The first thing that came to my mind, when people talked about executions, was the digestive system. I wanted to see it. At that time, we had an exam at school on the digestive system, and we had to explain about the digestive system and whatever . . .
So I came along and the moment my father executed the man, I ran to see the digestive system, but all I could see was the man’s head flying and where the neck used to be, there was a kind of a well. It went down. That’s it I couldn’t take it anymore. I woke up in the car on the way home.
At night, I tried to go to sleep, but couldn’t. I had nightmares, but only once. Then I got used to it, Allah be praised.
Narrator: He carries the memory of many events which naturally could have an effect on people, but one sees that he relates to some of them with humor. He denies that the executioner is cruel. He considers himself one of the most compassionate people, and all the stories about him come from rumors.
Abdallah Bin Sa’id Al-bishi: Let’s start with “the Sultan.” I began with this Sultan. This is the sword I sued on my first day at work. This is an old sword. This is a “Jowhar” sword. All my swords are “Jowhar.” “Jowhar” are the strongest swords used for beheadings. It is not affected by the number of people beheaded with it. It is made strong iron, not the kind that breaks or anything. This sward is also a “Jowhar.” Every sword, of course, is different in its own way, and is suited for its task.
We have this sword – this “Qaridha” to be precise – which is used for vertical strokes. This stroke is, of course, different from the horizontal one. The horizontal stroke goes like this. These are different strokes.