The Islamic State terror group has released an official video praising the deadliest shooting in U.S. history on Sunday, where 49 people were shot down at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which it said was "revenge" for Muslims.
"Omar Mateen one of Islamic State's lions, set out to restore the glory of the Ummah and avenge the death of Muslims. He shook the head of kufr (unbeliever) America, terrorized it and shed its blood," the video states.
"Allah enabled him to inflict heavy casualties amongst the filthy Crusaders," it adds. "He killed and injured over a hundred of them. This is the biggest raid to be carried in America after the raid of Manhattan 16 years ago. All praise to Allah." more >>
Olando shooter Omar Mateen who frequented the Pulse nightclub for three years before killing 49 people on Sunday had homosexual tendencies, according to his ex-wife and a former police academy recruit.
Sitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for four months, said he had a violent temper, but could not confirm whether his pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group was the main driving force behind his actions on Sunday.
While the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, the relationship of Islam to terrorism, including violence toward gays, mustn't be ignored, Nabeel Qureshi, a former Muslim who became a Christian says.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Qureshi offered these words in response to the massacre where 49 were reported murdered at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando:
"As we are clouded by agendas and struggling to react, two opposing positions are coming to the fore: 'Islam is a religion of peace and Mateen's actions therefore have nothing to do with Islam,' or 'Islam is inherently violent therefore we must see all Muslims as latent threats.' more >>
Muslim villagers in a Pakistani community are helping to build a church for their Christian neighbors, seeking to show peace and solidarity in a country deeply troubled by religious persecution of minorities.
"After local riots we are trying to bring people together even more," villager Ijaz Farooq told BBC News in an interview posted on Monday, referring to 2009 riots in the nearby city of Gojra against Christian homes, which left 10 people dead.
"We have increased our activity so we don't have to face something like that. By building this church we want to show that we are united as a community," he added. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a former prisoner in Iran punished for his Christian faith, believes the Orlando gay nightclub massacre on Sunday night has proved right his warning that the U.S. must limit immigration for Muslim people.
"Yesterday in my interview with BBC, I was asked about Donald Trump's speech on limitations for Muslim refugees, especially the ones from Syria that Obama wants to bring to the United States next year ... 100,000 Muslim refugees. Ted Cruz asked for U.S. police to be active in Muslim neighborhoods," Abedini shared on his Facebook page on Monday.
"They asked if I am OK with this or not? And my answer was yes, we need to limit Muslim Immigration into the USA, and we need police forces to be active in Muslim neighborhoods. It is a serious time in America. We are ripe for a terrorist attack," the pastor added. more >>
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has called on surveillance on mosques across America in the wake of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting that left 49 people dead, after news emerged that the shooter, Omar Mateen, worshiped at a Florida mosque that has now been connected to two terrorists.
Trump told Fox News that the U.S. needs "intelligence gathering like we have never had before," and said that "we have to be very strong in terms of looking at the mosques."
He further told "CBS This Morning," that the Muslim community knows "who the bad apples are, where the bad seeds are." more >>