A Muslims family that went to Olive Garden for a Christmas Day dinner were surprised when they were told a stranger paid for their bill, saying that it "touches their hearts."
CBS News reported on Tuesday that when Georgia resident Eslam Mohamed and his family were finishing dinner at a local Olive Garden restaurant they asked for their bill, and a waitress handed them the note that had large words written across reading: "Paid. Merry Christmas. Beautiful family."
Mohamed took to Facebook to express his gratitude, and explained that his group at the table consisted of seven adults and five children. He said that he suspected everyone in the restaurant could tell they were Arab Muslims, due to their language and the hijabs that the women were wearing. more >>
In an attempt to curtail "violations" in the treatment of female sex slaves, a religious ruling by so-called theologians of the Islamic State specifies when "owners" of enslaved women can have sex with their captives.
The ruling, or fatwa, was discovered among a collection of documents seized by U.S. Special Operations forces during a raid targeting a top official of the terror group in Syria back in May, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The document states that some IS militants have "committed violations in the matter of the treatment of the female slaves" and details an extensive list of bulleted items regarding the handling of female captives. more >>
Although the Islamic State has its eyes set on becoming a global caliphate that spreads into Europe, a journalist who spent 10 days with the terrorists says there's just one country the militants are afraid of — Israel.
German reporter Jürgen Todenhӧfer, a former member of the German parliament who spent 10 days last winter in IS-controlled Iraq and Syria interviewing a number of militants and made it out alive, told the British news site Jewish News that although IS militants are not afraid of the western military power of the United States or European countries, the group's fighters fear military capabilities of Israel.
"The only country ISIS fears is Israel," Todenhӧfer explained. "They told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them." more >>
The Deaf Bible Society, an organization reaching out to deaf people in the Middle East, has said it is trying to minister to the people before they can be manipulated by the Islamic State terror group.
"The Lord's really given us an opportunity to make an impact with the Gospel among the deaf, today unlike any other time in history," says J.R. Bucklew, president of Deaf Bible Society, in an article published by Mission Network News on Monday.
"While the hearing community is pushing the deaf aside," Bucklew added, "the deaf Church has an opportunity to grow exponentially. more >>
The Iraqi army has declared a victory against the Islamic State, having reportedly retaken a city once held by the terrorist organization.
After a battle that lasted several days, Iraqi forces claimed victory after raising a national flag at a government complex in Ramadi, a major city occupied by IS for several months.
Many Christians are wondering whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God, after Wheaton College suspended a professor recently for making that claim and sparking a national debate. The professor, Dr. Larycia Hawkins of the political science department, is refusing to back down from her claim and some students and alumni are calling for her reinstatement. Meanwhile, others are thanking Wheaton for remaining a "Christian liberal arts college that is dedicated to sound theology."
In part one of my interview with former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi, he explains the theological problems with asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. In part two, the itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries discusses Islam's link to violence. He also discusses why Muslims today are especially open to the Gospel.
Julie Roys: Let's talk a little bit about terrorism and its link to Islam. On one hand, we hear President Obama saying that Islam is a religion of peace and that Islamic extremism represents only a tiny fraction of Muslims. On the other hand, I read a Pew poll that found that 63 million Muslims in 11 countries support ISIS. And, if you take into account all of those who are undecided about ISIS, the number grows to about 224 million. So, is Islam a religion of peace — or does it in fact promote violence? more >>