The potential release of Christian mother of five Asia Bibi, who recently saw her death sentence in Pakistan temporarily suspended, could be a "watershed moment" for all Christians falsely accused of blasphemy, a watchdog group has said.
"This could be a watershed moment as never before has a Christian blasphemy law victim had to appeal to the Supreme High Court, the majority are released at High Court. However the legal precedent that may be created as a consequence of a successful appeal could provide protection to future Christian victims faced with cases championed by aggressive, hatred fueled Islamic imams, while actual false eyewitnesses fail to appear during any stage of the court process," Wilson Chowdhry, president of the British Pakistani Christian Association, told The Christian Post on Monday.
"Moreover, a precedent could also limit the type of allegation that will be accepted by courts as a potential blasphemy. For instance, Asia Bibi's appeal focuses on the question she asked 'My Christ died for me, what did Muhammed do for you?' Despite 500 clerics in Pakistan believing the contents of the sentence was blasphemous, the majority of liberal imams outside of Pakistan believe the question exhibits little that could be construed as a blasphemy," Chowdhry added. more >>
The Islamic State's most famous executioner, "Jihadi John," notorious for being featured in videos last year that purportedly showed him beheading Western journalists, aid workers and other innocent victims, is now allegedly on the run from the terror group amid fears that other ISIS militants are out to kill him.
Mohammed Emwazi, a 26-year-old Kuwaiti-born former London resident who is more commonly known by his alias of Jihadi John, became infamous late last summer when a series of widely publicized videos allegedly showed him executing Americans Steven Sotloff, James Foley and Peter Kassig, as well as British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning.
The videos, in which Emwazi also recited ISIS' propaganda messages before killing his victims, were arguably the first real glimpses into just how barbaric the Islamic State really is when it comes to implementing its brand of jihad. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has released a new propaganda video showing a baby-faced child soldier, dressed in black, shooting a suspected Iraqi spy in the head from point blank range, according to an anti-ISIS citizen journalism website.
The video shows the "accused," dressed in orange, making a confession that he spied on the terror group in the Iraqi town of Al-Qa'im, Daily Mail reported, citing a report by the citizen journalism website, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently.
The man seems to be under duress as he says he regrets being involved in the covert operation and urges the United States-led coalition to stop airstrikes in ISIS territory. more >>
Photos have been posted online purporting to show the Islamic State's new attack strategy — using innocent chickens and hens as suicide bombers to kill their enemies.
The Daily Mail reports that both pro-IS and anti-IS tweeters have shared pictures of what appears to be chickens with improvised explosive devices strapped onto them.
According to the British news agency, claims have been made that IS is equipping chickens with explosives in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. The chickens are then encouraged by the militants to venture into the opposition's territory, where IS militants remotely detonate the explosives and kill opposition fighters that are within the striking distance of the birds. more >>
Over a 23-year period in the early 600s AD, a man went alone to a cave in present-day Saudi Arabia and claimed that an angel revealed to him sayings from God that he was instructed to memorize. No witnesses heard or saw the angel tell him these sayings over this 23-year period.
The illiterate man in the cave was called Muhammad. He told others who later wrote down the sayings he recited onto scraps of parchment or camel bones. These writings were later transcribed into what became the Qur'an ("It is We (Allah) Who have sent down the Qur'an to thee (Muhammad) by stages." (76:23).) Those who submit to the Qur'an's instructions are Islamists.
Christian and Jewish concepts are referred to throughout the Qur'an: more >>
Christian churches in Niger are facing a lack of resources and difficult conditions in rebuilding six months after the wave of angry Islamist attacks destroyed at least 70 houses of worship in revenge for Charlie Hebdo's drawings of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
"Since these incidents, it is as if life had stopped," said Rev. Jacques Kangindé, leader of the Baptist "Roundabout" church in Niamey. "The church has become a source of curiosity for passers-by and a hide-out for idlers. Unfortunately our current church finances don't allow us to begin the reconstruction."