A 10-year-old boy in Pakistan was allegedly tortured with a stick by his Islamic school teacher after he refused to do construction work on a mosque in the Punjab province.
The Pakistani news site Dawn.com reported that the boy, named only as Tayyab, who is a student at Jamia Ishadal Quran seminary in the Noorpur village in the town of Pakpattan, was brutally beaten by an Islamic cleric until he passed out on Sunday.
Rozi Khan, Tayyab's father, told local media that he was alerted that his son was being physically assaulted when two of his son's classmates came to him and told him that Tayyab was being held by the cleric. more >>
Controversial Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth author, Reza Aslan, has hit back against atheists like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Bill Maher, who've blamed Islam and religion as a whole for violence and terrorism around the world, arguing that conflicts are much more complex than a single cause.
"New Atheists like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins are not atheists, they are anti-theists. They don't just not believe in God, they believe that religion is an insidious evil that has to be forcibly removed from society. And their views about religious people and religion in general are extreme and in no way representative of the majority or the mainstream view of atheists," Aslan said in an interview with the Vancouver Observer published on Tuesday.
He added that such anti-theists get their ideas "from the most simplistic, the most unsophisticated and the most knee-jerk reaction to the very real problem of religious violence around the world," and argued that it is "nothing less than idiotic to blame religion for religious violence without recognizing the multiple factors that are involved in violence of any sort." more >>
Duke University's Islamic Studies Center director says the "violent and savage attacks" being carried out by ISIS terrorists during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan "shocks the decency" of Muslims around the world, and all slaughter of innocent life is a "great affront" to the teachings of Islam.
Omid Safi told The Christian Post on Tuesday that ISIS' brutal attacks and slaughter or Iraqis, Syrians and humanitarian aid workers has shown that it "abides neither by the letter nor by the spirit of Islamic teachings."
The jihadists, who have captured significant territory across Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility of three separate terror attacks on Friday, carried out in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait, in which dozens of people were killed. more >>
The al-Shabaab terror group, which back in April murdered 152 people, mostly Christian students, have vowed to attack "non-believers" throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a pledge echoing ISIS' threats.
News 24 reported that at least 15 people were killed on Monday in clashes between al-Shabaab and Somali and African Union troops near the southern port of Kismayo, though eight Islamic militants were also killed in the battle.
Nearly six months after Islamist attacks in and around Paris that left 17 people dead in January, France may have suffered another "terrorist attack" Friday morning after a man carrying an Islamist flag beheaded one person and injured several others at a gas factory in Grenoble, eastern France.
According to AFP, the suspected attacker entered the factory and set off small explosive devices. A decapitated body was also reportedly found near the factory and the head, according to local media, was "found hanging on the fence of the Company enclosure."
"According to the initial findings of the enquiry, one or several individuals on board a vehicle drove into the factory. An explosion then took place," said one source to the AFP. more >>
Islamic militants claiming to be representatives of terror group ISIS in Jerusalem have threatened to "cleanse" Israel of all Christians and "non-believers" unless they leave the country. The extremists are accusing Christians of encouraging Muslims to abandon their religion.
"Those who work with the Zionists also encourage Muslims to leave their religion and become more secular and open, and they spread evil," Arabic-language leaflets warns, according to The Jerusalem Post. "They take these Muslims away from us. ... We know where they are, but we need help to find them all — all those Christian collaborators."
The message continues: "ISIS soldiers will work to kill these people so this country is clean of them and ... will clean this country and the Muslim Quarter from these Christians during this holy Ramadan." more >>