Following the gruesome beheading of 21 Coptic Christians captured on video and released for all the world to see recently, Islamic State militants in Libya released more evidence of their continued rash of extreme behavior this week in photos depicting the burning of "un-Islamic" musical instruments in the north African country.
The Daily Mail reported Wednesday that the photos were released by the local "media wing" of the terrorists group and shows the burning of musical instruments near the port city of Derna in eastern Libya. A message that came with the release said the instruments were seized by the religious police in the city of Derna and "burnt in accordance with Islamic law."
Akhtarul Wasey, a professor and director of the Zakir Husain Institute of Islamic Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India, explained in a New York Times blog from Feb. 5, 2013, that while he wasn't sure if there was any passage in the Quran explicitly stating that it's un-Islamic to listen to or play music, religious scholars have long asserted that the practice is un-Islamic. more >>
Even though her village was seized by the Islamic State and she's now living a rough life in an unfinished mall in Kurdish-protected Northern Iraq, a displaced Christian refugee child is asking God to "forgive" the ISIS militants.
After ISIS seized most of the Mosul region of Iraq last June, over 400 mostly Christian displaced Iraqi families from the villages of Qaraqosh, Bartella and Kharamles descended upon the Kurdish capital of Erbil to live in a half-built mall in the in the Christian neighborhood of Ainkawa.
As the families had picked up and fled their villages in a hurry before the ISIS militants reached their towns, the families could only afford to bring bare necessities and are now living in the mall without much more than the mattresses, blankets and other handouts they receive from humanitarian organizations. more >>
Concerned about reports that some idealistic Christian sympathizers have been moving to Iraq and Syria to join the fight against ISIS, the Vicar of Baghdad, Rev. Canon Andrew White, warned against the trend this week because, he said, the Christian militia fighting against ISIS in Iraq is "hopeless at fighting."
Recounting a conversation he had with one of his Iraqi Christian guards to Christian Today while on a fundraising mission in Tennessee, White explained that the Christian fighters are "universally hopeless at fighting, let alone fighting ISIS."
"I said to him (Iraqi Christian guard), 'What would you do if ISIS were coming toward us?' He said, 'I would rip off my uniform and run.' So I said, 'Why do you do this job?' He said, 'I do it because I need the money,'" said White. more >>
Islamic State militants in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa are subjecting their wives and sex slaves to "brutal" and "abnormal" sexual acts, which are causing many women to seek medical attention for their sex-related injuries.
The monitoring group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group of Syrian activists who report on the militant group's atrocious behavior from inside the caliphate, was informed by doctors and physicians that ISIS militants, especially foreign militants, suffer from "sexual anomalies" that cause them to have "brutal instinctive desire for sex."
Although ISIS claims to promote conservative principles and even punishes women for not wearing the appropriate head covering in public, this "brutal" appetite for sex causes militants to seek multiple wives and even buy captured women to use as sex slaves. more >>
A number of the 21 Coptic Christians who were recently shown being beheaded in a horrific video by Islamic State militants in Libya were reportedly whispering the name of Jesus as their heads were being hacked off their bodies.
Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza, who called the 5-minute video released by ISIS Sunday "diabolical," told the Fides news agency that although the militants intended to "spread terror" through the massacre, they actually made the men martyrs for their faith.
"In the moment of their barbaric execution," he explained, some of the Christians were mouthing the words "Lord, Jesus Christ." more >>
Jihadists from terror group ISIS have reportedly burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, though local police forces have been unable to identify yet who the victims are.
Police chief Col. Qasim al-Obeidi said that he believes some of the victims are members of Iraqi security forces who could have been captured when ISIS took a large part of al-Baghdadi last week, BBC News reported on Tuesday.
Obeidi asked the Iraqi government and the international community for help, noting that a compound that houses the families of security personnel and local officials is under attack. more >>