BAGHDAD — Human rights groups have condemned an Iraqi bill that would permit girls younger than nine from the country's majority Shiite population to marry.
"Passage of the Jaafari law would be a disastrous and discriminatory step backward for Iraq's women and girls," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement. "This personal status law would only entrench Iraq's divisions while the government claims to support equal rights for all."
Known as the Jaafari Personal Status Law, the bill was approved by Iraq's Council of Ministers on Feb. 25, and would permit girls to marry, with their father being the only authority who could approve or deny the partnership. The proposed legislation would affect the country's Shiite population, which makes up between 65 and 70 percent of the country's 32 million people. more >>
A new autobiography tells the conversion story of a Western Muslim who risked everything to become a born-again Christian. The book reads like a murder-mystery novel, in which a committed follower of Muhammad researches the historic facts of Islam and Christianity to find the truth about Jesus Christ.
"It is no understatement to say that Muslims often risk everything to embrace the cross," writes Nabeel Qureshi in his new book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity.
Those who leave Islam for Christianity are cut off from their families and friends, may face death (the hadith, second only to the Quran in determining Muslim law, orders Muslims to kill apostates), and risk eternal damnation for the "only one unforgivable sin, shirk, the belief that someone other than Allah is God." more >>
Three Christian villages were burned down in an attack Friday night in Nigeria's Kaduna state, with reports stating that more than 100 people were "hacked and burned to death," allegedly by Muslim gunmen.
"We are still picking bodies out of the bush, but so far there are more than 100 killed," said Daniel Anyip, vice chairman of the Kaura local government authority, according to Reuters.
Chenshyi village chief Nuhu Moses revealed that the entire village was burned down, with gunmen having killed more than 50 people. more >>
The first time I heard about Khalid bin al-Walid-the 7th century Muslim jihadi affectionately known in Islamic history as "The Sword of Allah"-was when I was in college researching for my MA thesis on the Battle of Yarmuk, when the Muslims, under Khalid's generalship, defeated the Byzantines in 636, opening the way for the historic Islamic conquests.
Nearly a decade and a half later, Khalid, that jihadi par excellence, has come to personify a dichotomy for me-how the jihad is understood in the West and how it really is: officially, Western academia, media, and politicians portray it as defensive war to protect Muslim honor and territory; in reality, however, jihad is all too often little more than a byword to justify the most primitive and barbaric passions of its potential recruits and practitioners.
Based on the English language sources I perused in college, Khalid was a heroic, no-nonsense kind of jihadi-fierce but fair, stern but just. He was the champion of the Apostasy Wars, when he slaughtered countless Arabs for trying to leave Islam after the death of Muhammad. more >>
The United Arab Emirates confirmed Thursday that it will not be showing the upcoming "Noah" film in its country, citing a necessary respect for the Islamic religion as the reason the film has been banned.
"There are scenes that contradict Islam and the Bible, so we decided not to show it," Juma Al-Leem, director of media content at the National Media Center in the United Arab Emirates, told the Associated Press this week. "It is important to respect these religions and not show the film."
Paramount Pictures also confirmed to the AP that censors in Bahrain and Qatar also agreed not to show the film in their countries because it violated the teachings of Islam, which state that neither Allah nor prophets of Allah can be personified. The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, depicts the biblical story of Noah and his building of an ark to save mankind from a massive flood. more >>
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans is calling on the federal government for help as thousands of Nigerians flee the country to escape attacks by Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram.
CANAN shared in a statement on Thursday its concerns that "the federal government of Nigeria and the governments of the affected states are not doing enough to cater for the refugee situation that have been created by the Boko Haram situation."
Over 4,000 Nigerians reportedly fled to Nigeria in the past four weeks, while close to 57,000 people in total have left because of Boko Haram's attacks since May 2013. A U.N. refugee agency has expressed its concern at the humanitarian impact of continuing violence in northeastern Nigeria, and revealed that newly arrived refugees in Niger have spoken out against the atrocities being committed by terrorists in the islands and shores of Lake Chad in northeast Nigeria's Borno state. more >>