Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the Kuwaiti-born American gunman who killed five Marines last week, sent a text message linking to an Islamic verse that declares war just hours before the attack, the FBI revealed. The shooter's family claims he was suffering from depression.
"Whoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him," the text reads, according to FBI agents who shared the information with The New York Times. The verse is one of the Hadith Qudsi, a quote from the Islamic prophet Muhammad which is not included in the Quran, but is considered just as holy.
The FBI is investigating Abdulazeez, who was killed during the attack on two military sites in Chattanooga on Thursday. The 24-year-old shooter drove up in a rented Ford Mustang outside a shopping center and fired at the Marine Corps Reserve Center, before he drove six miles to the Navy Operational Support Center, where he fatally shot five Marines. more >>
Evidence produced by the prosecution proves that espionage and other charges against two South Sudanese pastors facing the death penalty have no basis, a prominent witness told a court in Khartoum, Sudan, as the defense team closed the case.
Ex-army general and 2010 presidential candidate Abdul Aziz Khalid testified that the evidence presented by the prosecution was not classified, and therefore the security and espionage charges against the pastors were without basis, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide USA.
Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services charged pastors Yat Michael and Peter Reith, both from the Presbyterian Evangelical Church from the seceded nation of South Sudan, with at least six crimes including undermining the constitutional system, espionage, promoting hatred amongst sects, breach of public peace and offences relating to insulting religious beliefs. more >>
As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan came to an end on Friday, a monitoring group estimates that the Islamic State terrorist organization tortured at least 94 civilians, which included five children, for breaking their fast during daylight hours.
Reuters reports that the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group close to the ISIS conflict, said Thursday that ISIS punished at least 94 individuals by flogging them, putting them in steel cages, or "crucifying" them in the streets of three Syrian provinces that the group controls.
As The Christian Post previously reported, a video was posted to YouTube in early July that showed how ISIS crucified dozens of civilians by tying them to electric poles with signs hung around their necks stating the alleged offense they had committed. Meanwhile a Syrian activist explained how the group was humiliating fast violators by putting them in cages on the streets for the public to see. more >>
A Jewish Barron in Britain, who was rescued by Christians from his homeland of Austria during the Holocaust in 1938, says he has a favor to repay. He has established an effort to rescue over 2,000 Christians at risk of being killed by the Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria.
Ninety-five-year-old Lord George Weidenfeld once faced very similar circumstances as Christians in Iraq and Syria — the possibility of being martyred simply for one's faith.
Fortunately for Weidenfeld, he benefited from a group of caring English Quakers and Plymouth Brethren who took it upon themselves to evacuate Weidenfeld and other Jewish children to the U.K. to ensure their safe escape from the grips of genocidal Nazi Germany. more >>
A Baptist pastor in Tennessee whose young congregation is focused on evangelizing the state's growing Islamic community has stated that the great obstacle to evangelizing Muslims is the American Church's apathy on the matter.
Raouf Ghattas, founder and pastor of the Arabic Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, has sought to evangelize among the city's growing Muslim population.
"Many are apathetic, afraid, or just not sure how to approach a Muslim in witness. We work to train churches and individuals in how to reach out to Muslims, but they still have to be the ones to be active," said Ghattas to The Christian Post on Friday. more >>
A 10-year-old girl and an elderly woman carried out a suicide bombing in Nigeria on Friday at prayer grounds in Damaturu, killing 12 people. At least 64 people in total are dead following a series of attacks in Nigeria during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr celebration, marking the end of Ramadan.
The Associated Press reported that blasts took place at a market in Gombe as well, where 50 people were killed, and another 75 injured.
Officials are blaming terror group Boko Haram, which has been carrying out shootings and bombings in Nigeria since 2009, and has killed hundreds during this year's Ramadan alone. more >>