Two daughters of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death in 2010 on accusations of blasphemy, say a mob of Islamist fanatics tortured them because of the allegation against their mother.
"My friends told me that people were torturing my mother at the fields where she used to work," Esham Masih, Asia Bibi's oldest daughter, told the U.K.'s Daily Mail, recalling how one day while coming back from school she found her mother being abused by a group of men. Esham was just 9 at the time.
"I rushed to the spot and found that she was being abused and tortured by men. They had even torn her clothes," she said, adding that she ran back home to get new clothes for her mother. When she brought the clothes, the men came back. "The angry men came back and started torturing us both and tore down her clothes again," Esham explained. more >>
Fifty-four people were killed in the Yemeni port city of Aden on Monday, after an Islamic State suicide bomber drove a car bomb into a military compound.
Al-Khader Laswar, the director general of Yemen's Health Ministry in Aden, told Reuters that at least another 67 people were injured in the attack, which targeted a school compound where conscripts loyal to the government had gathered for breakfast.
Amaq news agency, a media outlet that functions as a part of IS, said the terror group took responsibility for the attack in a statement reading: "Around 60 dead in a martyrdom operation by a fighter from ISIS targeting a recruitment center in Aden city." more >>
A Canadian Muslim man who was formerly radicalized revealed in an interview earlier this week that his jihadist views changed after he met with Taliban militants, which subsequently led him to fight terrorism as an undercover agent.
Mubin Shaikh said he got "bit with the jihadi bug," and described himself as someone who had been "radicalized," according to The Blaze.
He said that he even radicalized and recruited other young people to "this singular narrative." To accomplish that, he would often ask young Muslims, "There is a war on Islam. What are you doing about it?' he recalled in the interview with The Blaze in New York City on Tuesday. more >>
Some of the top Catholic and Iranian religious leaders in the United States issued a joint statement earlier this week condemning groups such as the Islamic State, saying that Christianity and Islam love life and oppose terrorism.
"The belief in One God unifies Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Serving God requires working for the welfare of all His creatures and the common good of humanity. Religious leaders must provide moral guidance and speak out against injustice and anything that is harmful to humankind," the declaration reads, as found on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"Christianity and Islam share a commitment to love and respect the life, dignity, and welfare of all members of the human community. Both traditions reject transgressions and injustices as reprehensible, and oppose any actions that endanger the life, health, dignity, or welfare of others. We hold a common commitment to peaceful coexistence and mutual respect," the interfaith statement adds. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice and other groups are calling on Christians to raise up their voices to support Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five whose death sentence appeal will be heard by Pakistan's Supreme Court in October.
Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 on allegations of blasphemy after two co-workers accused her of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court set a date in October for her final appeal hearing to determine whether she will be executed or not.
The ACLJ is urging Christians to sign a petition, which has over 417,000 signatures as of Thursday morning, describing Bibi's case as the "ultimate human rights violation," and calls for her release. more >>
A mob of radical Muslims vandalized multiple churches in northern Nigeria and beat a Christian student nearly to death after he was accused of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
International Christian Concern reports that the attacks revolved around an argument at Abdu Gusau Polytechnic in Talata-Mafara, Zamfara State, between a Christian and a Muslim student on Sunday.
The Christian was accused of blasphemy by other Nigerian students and was severely beaten by the angry mob. His life was saved by a fellow Christian and a compassionate Muslim who helped carry the victim to the hospital. more >>