A Christian pastor ignored the threat of possible violence to feed 200 poor, disabled Muslims and their relatives to celebrate their holiday of Eid in Kaduna, Nigeria, according to Voice of America.
The pastor, who worked with clerics to provide food to the city's most destitude, was part of a larger team of Muslims and Christians not only to observing the holiday together but also working to end the religious violence that has ravaged the country for years by serving alongside one another.
"We want peace in northern Nigeria, in Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and the world entirely," Pastor Yohanna Buru told Voice of America. more >>
A Pakistani bishop has claimed that the United State's drone strike campaign against the Taliban has inflamed the relationship between Islamists and Pakistan's Christians by drawing the minority religious community "into global politics."
Bishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi asserted that in the terrorists' perception, "The whole West — Europe or America — are all Christians."
A recent Arabic article appearing in Egypt's Al Ahram newspaper titled Is Terrorism Jihad? written by Islamic law expert Dr. Abdul Fatah Idris offers important lessons-from the fact that jihad does involve subjugating non-Muslims to why the Western mentality is still incapable of acknowledging it.
Idris, professor and chairman of Al Azhar University's Department of Comparative Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Sharia Law, is a well-reputed legal scholar. He begins his article by defining terrorism and quoting several international bodies that, in his words:
define terrorism as an act of violence or threat of violence coming from an individual either on his own volition or in participation with other individuals. It targets people or organizations or places or means of transportation or the general public in order to threaten or cause injuries or deaths of the people or simply to cripple the effectiveness of international organizations or to cause the loss or damage of those places or properties or to tamper with transportation to interfere in the friendly relations between countries or between the inhabitants of several countries or to extort concessions from some countries. more >>
A controversial court ruling in Malaysia has decided that a Christian newspaper is not allowed to use the word "Allah" to refer to God, a move which has been met by strong criticism from Christians.
"The usage of the word 'Allah' is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity," chief judge Mohamed Apandi Ali ruled on Monday, The Guardian reported. "The usage of the word will cause confusion in the community."
Christians in Malaysia, who according to the CIA Factbook make up only 9 percent of the population, have historically used the word "Allah" to refer to God, as has the Malay language version of the newspaper the Herald, but many Muslims, who make up 60 percent of the country, have protested to such usage in publications. more >>
Atheist students at the London School of Economics were forced to cover up their T-shirts depicting Jesus Christ and Mohammed earlier this month because the images were deemed offensive by the administration.
Chris Moos and Abishek Phadnis, both members of LSE's Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Student Society, wore T-shirts depicting the web comic "Jesus and Mo" during the student union's Freshers' Fair event that introduces new students to the groups that are available on campus.
According to Moos, he and Phadnis were confronted by campus officers and university staff, one of whom "started removing material from their stall," and were ordered to cover or remove their T-shirts – because officials said students had complained the T-shirts were "offensive," – or be "physically removed from the premises" for noncompliance. more >>
Three Muslim men have reportedly been arrested after forcing a Christian family to convert to Islam at gunpoint earlier this week, Pakistan's local police force is reporting.
Local police official Abdul Ghafoor reported that the men, all in their 30's, had broken into the home of a large Christian family and tortured them, forcing them to convert to Islam at gunpoint. The family members tortured by the men were allegedly related to the recently deceased Boota Masih, a 58-year-old gold scavenger who was attacked and stabbed in the Karachi's Liaquatabad Gold Market earlier in September. Masih had been accused of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed, and his throat was allegedly slit by a Muslim extremist as policemen and security guards looked on.
Police official Ghafoor told The Hindu that the three men, one of whom has been described in reports as an Islamic extremist, were arrested in the suburbs of Islamabad, the country's capital, earlier this week after attacking Masih's family members. Masih is survived by five daughters and two sons. One of his sons, George, told Morning Star News previously that he and his brother live in fear of going to work after their father's death, fearing they too will be targeted by Islamic extremists. more >>