A coalition of leading Sunni Muslim scholars from across the world took a stand against the jihad waged by Islamic State militants by issuing a letter denouncing the terrorist group's claim that their war is in the name of God.
In a highly-detailed 17-page letter addressed to ISIS, also known as ISIL, leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his followers, 126 international Muslim educators and imams signed an agreement to refute ISIS' jihad. The letter is littered with quotes from the Quran debunking the militants' justification of their brutality under Sharia law.
"You have misinterpreted Islam into a religion of harshness, brutality, torture and murder," the letter states. "This is a great wrong and an offense to Islam, to Muslims and to the entire world." more >>
A teenage girl at a refugee camp in Iraq who escaped from ISIS militants has described some of the atrocities being committed by the terror group, including forced conversion to Islam and the rape of young women by ISIS leaders.
"In Mosul they tried to make us change our faith and religion," a 15-year old girl identified as "Aria" told CNN at the Khanke refugee camp in northwest Iraq. "They said to us, 'Read our Quran.' A couple of the girls said, 'We never went to school — we can't read.' I couldn't understand the Quran."
Aria was kidnapped over six weeks ago while her family was trying to flee by car from their home in Sinjar, knowing that ISIS militants were coming. A convoy of vehicles carrying the terror group's black flags surrounded them, and the young girl was taken. more >>
A French citizen who was kidnapped on Sunday has been beheaded by a jihadist group in Algeria, apparently in retaliation for France launching airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS targets.
"Our values are at stake," French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday after hearing about the video, but would not comment further at the time, The Association Press reported.
Herve Gourdel, a 55-year-old mountaineering guide from Nice, was captured by Islamic militants in the mountains of northern Algeria. The Jund al-Khilafah terror group announced later that Gourdel would be killed within 24 hours unless France ends its airstrikes. more >>
An ex-ISIS member, who lived and worked with the militant Islamic terror group in Syria, gave a gory and seedy glimpse inside the group's operation highlighting the brutal rape of Christian women after their husbands are beheaded and a promise of "72 eternal virgins in heaven" to fighters.
Speaking under the pseudonym Sherko Omer, the ex-ISIS member told yourmiddleeast.com in a report Friday that members of the terror group are promised eternal virgins and are allowed to have sex with non-Muslim women, even if they are married. Christian women, he explained, were sexually assaulted after their husbands were beheaded during the time he was with the group.
"We were promised women in heaven and on earth, too, based on IS jihadist teaching of the verses of some Suras of the holy book of Quran and hadiths by prophet Muhammad, all of which were explained through the Tafsir (explanation) by Islamic scholars like Ibn Majah, Bukhari and Ibn Kathir. We were told all non-Muslim women prisoners will be our wives and God wills it," said Omer. more >>
In a move that may prompt a new meaning to the phrase "monkey trial," a New York appeals court has set the date for arguments in a lawsuit where the plaintiff is a chimpanzee.
The Nonhuman Rights Project will get to argue its case on behalf of Tommy, a chimpanzee in New York state who supporters argue is being unlawfully held against his will.
Oral arguments in the lawsuit, which seeks to established legal rights for an animal, will be heard Wednesday, October 8 before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department. more >>
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is strengthening and increasing the brutality of its actions as a result of its growing connection with ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, the Executive Director of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has said. He also strongly urged President Barack Obama to add Boko Haram to the U.S.'s global anti-terror strategy.
Pastor Laolu Akande told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday that Boko Haram is "gathering a greater boldness in their brutality," commenting on news that the group, which has been carrying out attacks in Nigeria for over five years, has turned to capturing and gaining control of towns in Borno state.
He also commented on recent reports that have said that ISIS is giving advice to Boko Haram on establishing an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria, noting that this is worrying news for Nigerians, Americans, and all those who stand in the terror group's way. more >>