Following bombings which killed more than 100 Nigerians in late May, Christian groups have reached out to Muslims in an effort to reconcile the estranged communities.
The Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, regional secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, told World Watch Monitor that some in the Christian community had reached out to their fellow Muslims, whom they recognized were also likely grieving loved ones.
''We resolved to go to our respective areas and try to stop anybody from organizing revenge actions as a result of the bomb blast. We resolved to encourage people to live in peace, and to show sympathy with those who have lost their loved ones, and support them in whatever ways we can rather than [harboring] anger, revenge and bitterness,'' he said. more >>
A U.S. tourist who reportedly left a Bible in a hotel was detained in North Korea Friday for "hostile activities." The tourist, Jeffrey Edward Fowle, now joins two other Americans, 24-year-old Matthew Todd Miller and Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, who are being held under North Korea's reclusive regime.
A short report from the official Korean Central Central News Agency said Fowle was being questioned for violating visa regulations.
"US citizen in custody for committing anti-DPRK (North Korea) hostile activities," is written in the headline on the report. more >>
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother sentenced to death for apostasy, is challenging the court's ruling by claiming that there have been procedural errors in her case. She has also explained that she was raised as a Christian, and so did not convert from Islam.
Ibrahim's lawyer, Eman Abdul-Rahim, indicated that the imprisoned mother will be challenging the court, according to The Associated Press.
Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes and death for converting from Islam and marrying a Christian man, which goes against the country's strict Islamic laws that dictate children must follow their father's religion. The mother explained, however, that her Muslim father left when she was young, and so she was raised as an Orthodox Christian by her Ethiopian mother. more >>
The Christian mother in Sudan who is currently facing the death penalty for her faith "should be executed," her brother said in a recent interview.
Al Samani Al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah, brother to 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim, said in a recent interview that he turned his Christian sister in to the authorities because his family are "Muslim people" who "will not deny Islamic law."
"It's one of two; if she repents and returns to our Islamic faith and to the embrace of our family then we are her family and she is ours," he told CNN. "But if she refuses she should be executed." more >>
Christians and religious minorities face a "unique" form of religious freedom restrictions in Saudi Arabia, a persecution watchdog group says, noting that not a single church is allowed to exist in the country.
"Not a single church or other non-Muslim house of worship exists in the country," says Bandar al-Aiban, the director of the Saudi National Human Rights commission. Churches are not allowed to exist "because the entire country is a 'sacred mosque' for Islam's holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina."
International Christian Concern has highlighted the extent of the restrictions in Saudi Arabia, which is officially an Islamic state, and the consequences they have on the millions of Christians, who are mostly foreign workers, living there. more >>
North Korean Christians do not actually view their country as the worst place in the world to be a Christian, a ministry argues, and instead embrace their suffering as a means to show they are ambassadors of Christ.
"Our reckoning that North Korea is the worst place to be a Christian says more about our own understanding of Christianity than it does about North Korea," the Rev. Eric Foley, CEO of Seoul USA, said Tuesday.