Top Islamic clerics in Saudi Arabia have spoken out in outrage against the Islamic State terror group following three suicide bombings in the country, including one near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, which is Islam's second holiest site.
The Senior Council of Ulema said the bombers "violated everything that is sacred" in their attacks against the holy sites. BBC News noted that four security guards were killed in the bombing in Medina, though only the terrorists died in two other separate attacks in Jeddah and Qatif on Monday.
IS has carried out a number of violent attacks throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in predominantly Muslim countries, such as Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq. more >>
Bangladeshi Islamist terrorists, who held hostages at a cafe in the national capital of Dhaka Friday through Saturday, spared and provided meals to those who were able to recite a verse from the Quran, but hacked to death the other 20 hostages, who were mostly foreigners and included a U.S. citizen, according to the father of a Muslim survivor.
"The gunmen were doing a background check on religion by asking everyone to recite from the Quran. Those who could recite a verse or two were spared. The others were tortured," Rezaul Karim, father of Hasnat Karim who was held hostage inside the Holey Artisan Bakery along with others, told The Daily Star.
The survivor, his wife Sharmin Karim, 13-year-old daughter Safa and eight-year-old Rayan were at the Spanish restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone to celebrate Safa's birthday. They were among the 13 hostages who were freed in a joint-rescue operation by the military, paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh, police and elite force Rapid Action Battalion. more >>
In the U.S., the end of the month-long Ramadan of Muslims, popularly known as Eid al-Fitr, will be celebrated on Tuesday,July 5, 2016, a day after the 4th of July.
Muslims in the country are expected to wake up early to pray inside a mosque or a designated praying ground. The occasion is marked with colorful costume celebrations and food gatherings.
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In its latest gruesome publicized execution video, the Islamic State terrorist organization beheaded five men accused of spying after forcing them to reenact the crimes they were accused of.
According to Heavy.com, a website that documents and republishes IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) execution and propaganda videos, the barbaric militant organizations released a new video on various pro-IS media platforms Tuesday titled "Story of Slaughter." The 21-minute video, features five men accused of being members of the U.S.-backed New Syrian Army rebel faction being executed as spies.
In the video, the men were each forced to reenact their crimes against IS in cinematic scenes that imitate criminal reenactments seen in Western television crime dramas. more >>
An Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. has been welcoming Muslims into their sanctuary for Friday prayers for eight years, and the men who meet there now outnumber the church's congregation.
The Rev. Elizabeth Gardner of the Church of the Epiphany said the congregation felt called to open the church to the Muslim community because they were in need of a place to worship.
An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has claimed responsibility for the slaying of a Coptic priest who was murdered in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday.
According to AFP, the IS branch (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) in the Sinai Peninsula posted a statement on its social media accounts claiming that a "squad" of its gunmen were responsible for shooting and killing 46-year-old Coptic Priest Raphael Moussa in the town of El-Arish.
Reports indicate that Moussa might have been followed before he was killed. According to church spokesman Boulos Halim, Moussa had earlier left a church where he attended mass. more >>