Imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini has finally been allowed a visit by a family member in Iran after two months. His wife, Naghmeh Abedini, who was told about the visit, said that having to watch his two young children grow up only through photos is taking its toll on the pastor after nearly three years in prison.
In an update provided by the American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing Naghmeh, the imprisoned American's wife noted that the visit was "bittersweet," with Abedini being denied the opportunity to attend his grandmother's funeral, who died in the last few weeks.
What is more, Abedini also missed out on his daughter Rebekka's ninth birthday, and has come to realize how much of his children's growing up he has been away from. more >>
The crisis that European countries are facing has become worse over the past days that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has spoken out about the difficulty of handling the issue, pointing fingers at Western nations for their support of opposition groups in his country's civil war that has been going on for years.
In an interview with Russian news organizations, he said, "If you are worried about them, stop supporting terrorists. That's what we think regarding the crisis. This is the core of the whole issue of refugees."
The Syria conflict has taken the lives of more than 220,00 people, and the rest of the migrants are now struggling to get into European states in hopes of finding refuge in the developed countries. more >>
Last March, the Islamic State released a video featuring two hearing and speech impaired traffic policemen in an attempt to get in more deaf Muslims into their ranks. As a response to the new propaganda, a Bible group has stepped up to the plate to keep the deaf and mute from the terrorists.
In the video, the two fighters communicated their cause through sign language, convincing the deaf that they can do so much more if they pack their bags and have goals in line with the radical teachings of Islam.
According to The Christian Broadcasting Network, the deaf are most often than not ignored globally, particularly in developing countries. They are also one of the largest people groups across the globe who have not been reached with by any teaching, thus making it a good opportunity for the Islamic State to impose their teachings and beliefs in the deaf community once it is infiltrated. more >>
Anglican leader Justin Welby, as well as Christian persecution watchdog groups, have warned that U.K. government policies on granting asylum are discriminating against Christians who are avoiding entering formal refugee camps populated by Sunni Muslims amid fears of attacks by Islamic radicals.
"As countries like the U.K. debate how to deal with the refugee crisis, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said that their policy will discriminate against Christians. The policy takes those who are in camps, but many Christians fearing discriminant, violence, and intimidation have not been willing to enter formal camps that are largely populated by Sunni Muslims," International Christian Concern said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
The statement reflects concerns raised by Welby, who according to The Telegraph, warned British Prime Minister David Cameron last week that the refugee policy is discriminating against Christians. more >>
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has said in a series of recently released messages that although the Islamic State terror group is "illegitimate" and operating against his wishes, it is time for the jihadists on both sides to work together in cooperation against the West, and launch attacks "to the heart of the homes and cities" of America.
"I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate. We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America," al-Zawahiri says in one of the audio messages.
"We call for cooperation with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers," he continues, "to push back the attack of the enemies of Islam." more >>
Coptic Christian billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris has said that he's seeking to buy an island from either Greece or Turkey and use it to help thousands of refugees fleeing the Middle East. Sawiris said he'll name the island after Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy whose picture lying face-down on a beach was shared around the world.
"I actually must admit, it's the picture of Aylan that woke me up," Sawiris told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview Sunday.
"It was a very touching picture. In addition to that, the way these pictures were coming out of Hungary, the way these refugees were being treated by the authorities there, and being, you know, beaten and put into the trains and buses, I mean it was just too much." more >>