This church program is accused of abusing teens with extreme ‘boot camps,’ ‘fight nights’ and shame

Teenagers pitted against each other during “fight nights” staged by a youth pastor running a Christian leadership training program.

“Boot camps” where the trainees learn the Way of the Cross by exercising until they vomit or soil themselves — and by hefting heavy logs on their shoulders through the sweltering summer heat.

Participants who are Black or suspected of being gay being taunted with racist and homophobic slurs, and female interns being fat-shamed.

Those are just some of the alleged abuses that were described for this article by more than a half-dozen people who took part in the “220i” leadership program that Bethany Church, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ran from 2005 to 2013. The program promised to turn participants — referred to as interns — into minister material while providing them with marketable skills like media production.

Among those interviewed was a woman who felt the program was a cult from which she had to “rescue” her daughter.

NBC News reached out to them after the church’s current lead pastor, Jonathan Stockstill, posted an apology on his Facebook page on April 28 for the “painful experiences” many of the 500 or so young Christians endured in the program, the stated goal of which was to “train young leaders.”

“While there was some positive fruit that came from that ministry, there were also leadership and cultural flaws that led to painful experiences for many,” he wrote. “It’s obvious to me now and to the current leadership at Bethany Church that we significantly missed the mark in that program in many ways.”

The former interns — some of whom spoke on the record, while others used pseudonyms out of fear of retaliation from the powerful megachurch, which has thousands of members — said he was aware of what was going on and did nothing to stop it.

They said the ringleader was his older brother, Joel, who tormented the interns with the help of aides known as “second years,” as well as Joel’s late wife, Amy, and his current wife, Amie.

Founded by the Stockstill brothers’ grandfather Roy in 1963, the nondenominational Bethany Church grew from having Sunday services in the living room of the family home into one of the biggest megachurches in the country. It has more than 8,000 members spread across five campuses in Louisiana and is opening another in New Orleans, runs a television ministry and supports missions at home and abroad.

This church program is accused of abusing teens with extreme ‘boot camps,’ ‘fight nights’ and shame (nbcnews.com)

Azerbaijan Commits War Crimes Against Armenians

(International Christian Concern) –  According to lawyers at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), 19 Armenian prisoners of war were tortured and killed by Azerbaijani servicemen. Artak Zeynalyan and Siranush Sahakyan, who are representing all Armenian captives, accused Azerbaijan of war crimes and appealed to the ECHR. The list of 19 killed includes 12 civilians and seven servicemen.

Azerbaijan also continues to degrade Armenian heritage through the demolition of religious sites. Photos and videos confirm the vandalism against Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shushi. Angels sitting atop pillars at the main entrance were destroyed and a fence running along the perimeter of the property has been taken down. Just a few days later, photos indicate that the domes had been removed from the church as well.

Satellite imagery also shows the destruction of an Armenian cemetery in Mets Tagher. The site was in use when Armenians evacuated in late 2020. In the same village, not too far away from the destroyed cemetery, sits Surb Amenaprkitch church. Nearby construction appears to be threatening the 175-year-old church as land next to it has been leveled and trucks remain parked in the clearing.

In one incident of justice, two Syrian mercenaries were given life sentences in Armenia for criminal charges including terrorism. The two men, Muhrab Muhammad Al-Shkheir and Yousef Alabed Alhajj, pleaded guilty to the charges that took place during the Nagorno-Karabakh war. According to the court, the Syrians underwent military training from June to September 2020 before being sent to fight. Investigators claim they were recruited by pro-Turkish militant groups to “terrorize civilians” and commit war crimes. In addition to a fixed salary of $2,000, recruiters also promised an additional $100 for every Armenian killed. Some sources report different numbers, but regardless the Turkish-hired mercenaries were given incentives to mutilate or kill Armenians. Both Azerbaijan and Turkey deny the presence of any foreign mercenaries and Azerbaijan responded to the confessions claiming fraud.

Armenians are a predominately Christian community who have suffered multiple genocides because of their combined ethnic-faith identity. The events in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020 were reminiscent of the 1915 genocide which almost eliminated them from their native lands.

Azerbaijan Commits War Crimes Against Armenians | Persecution

Ashraf Alareed: “Slay them one by one; make the land a graveyard for their youths”

Ashraf Alareed (اشرف العريض) is a pro-Palestinian activist residing in Oakville, Onatrio. Self-employed as a commercial and residential painter Alareed also serves in the position of a Media Manger at SAV Canada-Syrian Community. Alareed is an outspoken supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada.

On April 29, 2021 Ashraf Alareed posted on Facebook (originally in Arabic):

O Allah! Count their number, and slay them one by one, and spare not one of them, and make the land of resurrection and gathering (on judgment day) a graveyard for their youths and heartbreaks for their women (say: ameen)

Alareed’s prayer to Allah came after three consecutive Facebook posts (ABC) in which he summarized media reports and commented on the stampede at a religious festival in Israel that claimed the lives of 45 orthodox Jews.

Related article: Canadian Islamic Sermons, Literature on Killing Jews and Enemies of Islam

Ashraf Alareed: “Slay them one by one; make the land a graveyard for their youths” (canadadocs.org)

NPR: Hamas-linked CAIR covered up Florida chapter top dog Hassan Shibly’s serial abuse of women

“Muslim Civil Rights Leader Accused Of Harassment, Misconduct,” by Leila Fadel, NPR, April 15, 2021:

Hassan Shibly, once the prominent head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Florida chapter, resigned after allegations of domestic abuse were made against him. Since then, other women have come forward with accusations of their own. Shibly has denied the allegations.

For months, stories swirled around a prominent Muslim civil rights leader, alleging secret marriages, bullying, sexual harassment.

Then, late last year, some of the allegations against 34-year-old Hassan Shibly burst into public view. In a video posted on GoFundMe, Shibly’s estranged wife, mother of their three children, looked directly into the camera and begged for help. She said her abusive husband had cut her off financially.

“For years, I’ve been in an abusive relationship, and the situation at home has become unbearable,” Imane Sadrati said. “I finally decided to build the courage to start over for my children and I.”

The accusations were shocking not only in their content but in the public airing of a nationally recognized Muslim leader’s personal drama. For a decade, Shibly led the prominent Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. It’s a nonprofit rights watchdog known for defending Muslim civil liberties in the post-Sept. 11 era.

Within 15 days of his estranged wife’s video going live, Shibly resigned from his high-profile job at CAIR’s Florida chapter. In an interview with NPR, Shibly denied abuse allegations, including that he twisted Sadrati’s arm, slapped her and shoved her against a wall during one incident last summer that Sadrati detailed in court documents. Shibly also denied all other allegations of misconduct.

His resignation, though, didn’t put the matter to rest. Shibly’s departure emboldened a slew of women to come forward with their own accusations of emotional abuse and sexual misconduct by him and of workplace discrimination at CAIR’s national office and several prominent chapters.

NPR interviewed a half-dozen Shibly accusers and reviewed internal CAIR documents, social media posts and email exchanges. Together, the accounts portray Shibly as a man who used his position to seduce women and bully critics with impunity.

Shibly’s critics say his alleged actions were shrouded by a culture of silence, rooted partly in Muslim taboos about discussing personal scandals and partly out of fear that the fallout would fuel vicious anti-Muslim hostility.

When concerned parties brought allegations to senior CAIR officials in Washington, D.C., and Florida, former employees said, there was little, if any, follow-up action. They said leaders were aware of some of the allegations as early as 2016.

Laila Abdelaziz, who worked under Shibly at the CAIR Florida chapter, said she resigned in 2016 in part because Shibly sexually harassed her. She said she believes CAIR leaders have failed to adequately address the situation, partly because Muslim communities already face such a barrage of discriminatory and sometimes violent anti-Muslim hate.

“When your community is being attacked and diminished and demeaned every single day,” Abdelaziz said, “it’s difficult to invite even more of that.”

“Muslims do turn to them in crisis”

In 1994, a handful of young Muslim activists in Washington, D.C., decided to push back against what they saw as the growing demonization of Islam in politics and pop culture.

The result of their organizing was CAIR.

Nearly 30 years later, CAIR has grown into the largest and most recognized Muslim civil rights group in the U.S., with some 33 independently operated chapters nationwide. CAIR leaders show up on TV to defend Muslim civil liberties, and they speak out against anti-Muslim hate and authorities targeting Muslim communities.

“There is a certain brand recognizability,” said Zareena Grewal, a historical anthropologist at Yale University who has written extensively on U.S. Muslim communities. She said many CAIR chapters do excellent grassroots work that’s seen as vital. “Muslims do turn to them in crisis.”

Still, Grewal said, there have been growing pains and an apparent lack of accountability. Externally, CAIR has had to fend off vicious and unfair Islamophobic political attacks. Internally, it has faced turmoil too, including thwarting employees’ efforts to unionize in the national office in 2016.

“They’ve been very resistant to growing and letting a new generation of leaders come in who may have a much deeper commitment to things like reckoning with sexual harassment or gender bias, corruption and things like unions,” Grewal said.

Parvez Ahmed, a former chairman of the CAIR national board, left over a decade ago and has since been critical of CAIR leadership over issues like inclusion and gender equity. He said the Shibly case offers CAIR an opportunity to show the people it serves that “they are doing everything within their power to take these allegations seriously.”

“The leadership of CAIR owes the community an explanation as to who knew what and when and how those complaints were handled,” Ahmed said.

Shibly agreed to a more than two-hour interview with NPR on the condition that it not be recorded. He denied that he ever hurt his wife, Sadrati, or cut her off financially.

He provided a photo of himself with a black eye, saying he was injured by Sadrati during a fight. (The incident was not reported to police, and NPR has no way to independently verify it.) Sadrati denies it.

“Her accusations are absolutely and blatantly false,” he said. “She’s using my position and the legal system to gain advantage in our ongoing legal divorce process.”

He noted that the temporary restraining order Sadrati requested was not granted and instead a hearing was set. According to court documents, Sadrati has since withdrawn the request for a restraining order on the condition that a no-contact order be included in their divorce proceedings. Shibly also shared a letter from the Florida Department of Children and Families. It said the agency found no indication of “intimate partner violence” that threatens the children.

Shibly said the couple separated more than two years ago. He said they divorced in Islamic tradition about eight months ago. They filed for legal divorce after Sadrati’s public allegation of domestic abuse.

As for the other allegations of misconduct against him — including workplace sexual harassment and bullying — Shibly said they are part of a campaign to “humiliate me and hurt me” and to smear CAIR and his work with the organization.

“I’m speechless,” Shibly said. He contends that many of the allegations “are verifiably false,” adding he has “faith that the way I was misrepresented online doesn’t reflect who I am.”

Shibly said that he did enter into religious marriage contracts with women outside his legal marriage when he and his wife were separated and prior to that — with her permission and when he felt their marriage was essentially over. He denies that any of the relationships were secret or abusive and described them as courtships.

Most religious scholars do not see a conventional Islamic marriage as legitimate unless it is publicly declared, and having more than one wife is generally frowned upon in jurisdictions where that’s not allowed under local law.

Sadrati declined to be interviewed by NPR beyond denying Shibly’s counteraccusations. She said her desperate online plea for help speaks for itself.

“The GoFundMe is there for a reason, an honest reason,” she said. “I’m standing by my statement.”

In response to NPR queries about the claims involving Shibly and others, CAIR’s national office sent a written statement saying that leaders “take any allegations of misconduct against our staff or volunteers seriously.” It also noted that chapters operate independently….

NPR: Hamas-linked CAIR covered up Florida chapter top dog Hassan Shibly’s serial abuse of women (jihadwatch.org)

Comparing Islam and Christianity

Comparing Islam and Christianity
Muhammad…Jesus…
Stoned women for adultery.
(Muslim 4206)
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
(John 8:7)
“I have been commanded to fight
against people till they testify that there
 is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad
 is the messenger of Allah”

(Muslim 1:33)
“He who lives by the sword
will die by the sword.”

(Matthew 26:52)
Permitted stealing from unbelievers.
(Bukhari 44:668, Ibn Ishaq 764)
“Thou shalt not steal.”
(Matthew 19:18)
Permitted lying.
(Sahih Muslim 6303, Bukhari 49:857)
“Thou shalt not bear false witness.”
(Matthew 19:18)
Owned and traded slaves.
(Sahih Muslim 3901)
Neither owned nor traded slaves.
Beheaded 800 Jewish men and boys.
(Abu Dawud 4390)
Beheaded no one.
Murdered those who insulted him.
(Bukhari 56:369, 4:241)
Preached forgiveness.
(Matthew 18:21-22, 5:38)
“If then anyone transgresses
the prohibition against you,
Transgress ye likewise against him”
(Quran 2:194)
“If someone strikes you on the right
cheek, turn to him the other also.”
(Matthew 5:39)
Jihad in the way of Allah elevates one’s position in Paradise by a hundred fold.
(Muslim 4645)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for
they will be called Sons of God”
(Matthew 5:9)
Married 13 wives and kept sex slaves.
(Bukhari 5:268, Quran 33:50)
Was celibate.
Slept with a 9-year-old child.
(Sahih Muslim 3309, Bukhari 58:236)
Did not have sex with children.
Ordered the murder of women.
(Ibn Ishaq 819, 995)
Never harmed a woman. 
“O you who believe!  Fight those of the
 unbelievers who are near to you
and let them find in you hardness.”

(Quran 9:123)
“Blessed are the meek, for
they shall inherit the earth.”

(Matthew 5:5)
Ordered 65 military campaigns
and raids in his last 10 years.
(Ibn Ishaq )
Ordered no military campaigns, nor
offered any approval of war or violence. 
 
Killed captives taken in battle.
(Ibn Ishaq 451)
Never took captives.
Never killed anyone.
Encouraged his men to rape enslaved women.
(Abu Dawood 2150, Quran 4:24)
Never encouraged rape.
Never enslaved women. 
Demanded captured slaves and
a fifth of all other loot taken in war.
(Quran 8:41)
“The Son of Man came not
to be served, but to serve.

(Matthew 20:28)
Was never tortured, but tortured others.
(Muslim 4131, Ibn Ishaq 436, 595, 734, 764)
Suffered torture, but never tortured anyone.
“And fight them until there is no more persecution and religion is only for Allah”
(Quran 8:39)
“Love your enemies and pray
for those who persecute you

(Matthew 5:44)
Blessed the brutal murder of a half-blind man
(al-Tabari 1440)
Healed a blind man(Mark 8:28)
Ordered a slave to build the very pulpit
from which he preached Islam.
(Bukhari 47:743)
Washed his disciples feet.
(John 13:5)
What are the Greatest Commandments?
“Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause”
(Muslim 1:149)
What are the Greatest Commandments?
“Love God and love thy neighbor as thyself.”
(Matthew 22:34-40)
Demanded the protection of armed bodyguards, even in a house of worship
(Quran 4:102)
Chastised anyone attempting
to defend him with force.
(John 18:10-12)
Died fat and wealthy from what was
taken from others in war or
demanded from others in tribute.
Demanded nothing for himself. 
Died without possessions.
Advocated crucifying others.
(Quran 5:33, Muslim 16:4131)
Was crucified himself.
According to his followers:
Had others give their lives for him.
(Sahih Muslim 4413)
According to his followers:
Gave his life for others.
(John 18:11 and elsewhere)

Contrast Between
Early Muslims and Christians
Muhammad’s
 Companions…
Jesus’s 
Disciples…
Lived as warriors.Lived like harmless hippies.
Slew and persecuted religious minorities.

(In the early days of Islam you
could be killed for not being Muslim)
Were slain and persecuted
 as a religious minority.

(In the early days of Christianity you
 could be killed for being Christian)
Emphasis on Jihad (the way of Muhammad)

“He who fights that Allah’s word should
be superior fights in Allah’s cause”

(Bukhari 53:355)
Emphasis on Evangelism (the way of Jesus)

“Go ye into all the world and preach
the gospel to every creature”

(Matthew 15:16)
Attacked and conquered the populations in
parts of 28 modern countries in just the first
three decades following Muhammad’s death.
Did not resort to violence of any sort,
despite tremendous persecution.
Declared holy war on the people of five
major world religions in just the first
100 years following Muhammad’s death.
Went centuries without declaring ‘holy war’.
Plundered and lived off the wealth of others.Gave away their possessions to those in need.
(Acts 2:44-45)
Captured and enslaved non-Muslim people.Considered themselves to be slaves of others.
Waged war to keep members from leaving
 the religion.  Put apostates to death.
No record of aggression toward apostates.
Muhammad’s own family members quickly
fell into armed warfare against each other.
Jesus’ disciples never resorted to violence
against one another (or anyone else).
First 240 Years:
11 of the first 32 caliphs were
murdered by fellow Muslims.
First 240 Years:
14 of the first 25 popes were martyred by
 pagans (none by fellow Christians).
Caliphs were polygamous and maintained  harems of hundreds of captured sex slaves.Popes were expected to be celibate.
Islamic mosques sustained by taxes forced from subjugated non-Muslims (the jizya).Christian churches sustained
by voluntary tithes from Christians.

Contrast Between
Islamic Teaching and Christianity
The QuranThe Bible
External sources (the Hadith and Sira) necessary for translating the QuranHistorical context contained
within the text of the Bible
Must know Arabic in order to “fully understand” the Quran (according to Muslim apologists)Universal.  Can be translated into other languages without excessive commentary.
Chronological progression of the
Quran is from peace to violence.
Chronological progression of the
 Bible is from violence to peace.
The words ‘torture’ and ‘punishment’ appear six times more often in the Quran than in the New Testament.The word ‘love’ appears five times more often in the New Testament than in the Quran.
Contains not a single original moral value.The ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and others.
Suffering is an excuse for violent revenge
and establishment of Islam by force“And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]…and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”
(Quran 2:191)
Suffering builds character“We also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering
produces perseverance; perseverance,
 character; and character, hope”

(Romans 5:4)
Emphasis on this World“And Allah has made you heirs to their land
and their dwellings and their property”

(Quran 33:27)
Emphasis on the Next“Mine is not a kingdom of this world”
(John 18:36, see also Luke 14:33)
Kill, convert or subjugate Christians and Jews.
(Quran 9:29)
Share one’s faith with gentleness and respect.
(1 Peter 3:15)
Martyrs as Killers

“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain”
(Quran 9:111)
Martyrs as Martyrs

“As it is written, For thy sake we are
killed all the day long; we are
counted as sheep for the slaughter”
(Romans 8:36)
Killing Apostates

“They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them”
(Quran 4:89, also Bukhari 52:260, 83:37…)
Letting God Judge Apostates

“For we know Him that has said,
‘Vengeance belongs unto me, I will
 recompense,’ says the Lord.  And again,
‘The Lord shall judge his people'”
(Hebrews 10:25-30)
Punishment“Let not compassion move you
 from carrying out God’s law…”
(Quran 24:2)
Mercy“Love is patient.  Love is kind…
It keeps no record of wrongs”
(1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
Charity and Non-BelieversMercy toward fellow Muslims – ruthlessness toward unbelievers.  Muslims are warned not to befriend those outside the faith.  They must even ensure that their charity tithe (zakat)
stays within their own identity group.
(Quran 48:29, 3:28, Sharia)
Charity and Non-BelieversChristians are specifically told that even
 those who hate them are entitled to
kindness and charity.  They should be loved
and cared for as surely as any fellow believer.
(Mark 10:25-37)
The Qur’an explicitly instructs men to
beat disobedient wives – as a last resort.
(Quran 4:34, Sahih Muslim 2127)
“Husbands, love your wives and
do not be harsh with them.”
(No permission to beat women)
(Colossians 3:19)
Explicitly allows Muslim men to rape their female slaves, even those already married.
(Quran 4:24, 70:29-30, 23:5-6…)
Tells masters and slaves to serve
each other as if serving God.
(Ephesians 6:7-9)
Muhammad is the messenger
 of Allah. And those who are with him
are ruthless to the unbelievers”
(Quran 48:29)
“Do good to them that hate you”
(Luke 6:27)
Allah wills unbelievers to stray and be lost
(Quran 16:93)
God wants all people saved
(1 Timothy 2:4)
Warns Against Questioning Faith. 
(Quran 5:101-102)
Welcomes Intellectual Challenge. 
(1 Peter 3:15)
Violence as Virtue“Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye
dislike it.  But it is possible that ye
dislike a thing which is good for you, and
that ye love a thing which is bad for you.
  But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”
(Quran 2:216)
Violence as Sin“Do not take revenge, my friends, but
leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:
 ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy
 is hungry,  feed him… ‘”
(Romans 12:19-20)
Hell for unbelief. 
Good deeds count for naught
(Quran 18:102-107)
Hell for bad deeds and the
failure to do what is right(Romans 2:6-8, Matthew 16:27, Matthew 25:41-45)
Judging“Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites!  Be harsh with them…”
(Quran 9:73)
Judge Not“For when you pass judgment on another person, you condemn yourself…”
(Romans 2:1)
Taking wealth from others“Allah promiseth you much
booty that ye will capture…”
(Quran 48:20)
Working for and giving wealth to others“The thief must no longer steal but must
work hard and do what is good with his
own hands, so that he might have
something to give to the needy.”

(Ephesians 4:28)
Calls down Allah’s curse on Christians
and those of other religions.(Quran 9:30)
Calls down God’s blessing on
those who curse Christians.
(Matthew 5:44)
Arrogance & Privilege“Ye are the best of peoples,
evolved for mankind”

(Quran 3:110)
Humility & Servitude“If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.”
(Mark 9:35)
“O you who believe! do not take My
enemy and your enemy for friends:
Would you offer them love while they deny what has come to you of the truth?
(Quran 60:1)
“Love your enemies…”
(Luke 6:27)

Contrast Between the Islamic
and Christian-Based Worlds
Muslim LegacyChristian Legacy
Countries that Muslims want to escape from.Countries that Muslims want to escape to.
Madrassahs that indoctrinate Muslim
children with bigotry and terror.
Mission schools that teach reading and
writing to Christians and Muslims alike.
Suicide bombings for AllahNo suicide bombings for Jesus
International terror organizations.International charities.
No formal charities for non-Muslims.Leading provider of disaster relief to Muslims.
Murder of aid workers.Supply of aid workers.
Christians in jail for apostasy or blasphemy.Religious freedom.
Modern-day slavery in the name of Islam.Abolition in the name of Christianity.
Muslim clerics who engage
in or condone terrorism.
Christian clerics murdered each year by
terror groups rife with Muslim clerics.
Some converts who become terroristsNo converts who become terrorists
Daily religious violence against Hindus.None.
Daily religious violence against Jews.None.
Daily religious violence against Buddhists.None.
Daily religious violence against Muslims.None.
Ritual slitting of animals’ throatsEnding of animal sacrifice
ReligionTechnology & Medicine
CensorshipFreedom of speech
Intolerance for criticism of Islam.Tolerance for religious dissent.
Restricting other religions from preaching faith.Allowing all religions the
same right to evangelize.
Conversions allowed to Islam only.Freedom of conscience.
Converts to Christianity beheaded.No dead converts to Islam.
Most famous Muslim: Osama bin Laden.Most famous Christian: The Pope.

Muslim Migrant Threatens to Kill Daughters Who Do Not Wear Islamic Veil

A Muslim migrant from Algeria living in the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec is said to have repeatedly threatened to kill his daughters if they refused to wear the Islamic veil.

The 47-year-old, who lived with his family in Montreal, was convicted of threats and violent acts toward his four daughters, with the incidents taking place between 2016 and 2018.

“They were forced to wear the veil, and he regularly threatened to kill them if he saw them ‘like Quebec women,’” Judge Josée Bélanger said, Canadian newspaper Le Journal de Montreal reports.

According to the newspaper, the crimes began in 2016, shortly after the man and his family moved to Canada from Algeria, with the girls being beaten when they refused to obey their father.

The father’s abuse of the girls came to the attention of the teacher of one of the girls, who reported the 47-year-old to police.

During the trial, the Algerian migrant claimed that he was the victim of a conspiracy. He will remain in custody until he is scheduled to be sentenced. The man’s wife has also separated from him, and the man is said to have lost custody of his daughters.

Cases of “honour” violence have been seen in several Western countries in recent years, such as Sweden, where a man is said to have beaten his daughter with a kebab spit and forced two of his children to wear the Islamic veil.

According to the two girls, their father, an asylum seeker from Iraq, labelled them “whores” if they refused to wear the veil. The Iraqi migrant was sentenced to two years in prison for his actions last year.

In Italy, meanwhile, a 14-year-old girl living in Bologna had her head shaved by her own mother because she refused to wear an Islamic headscarf when she left the house. The parents of the girl, both originally from Bangledesh, were brought up on charges of abuse

Muslim Migrant Threatens to Kill Daughters Who Do Not Wear Islamic Veil (breitbart.com)

Woman born to Muslim father and Buddhist mother wins appeal to be declared non-Muslim

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 5 — A woman who was born out of wedlock to a Muslim father and a Buddhist mother today won her appeal in the Federal Court to be declared a non-Muslim.

Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, chairing a nine-member bench, delivered the 7-2 majority decision in allowing Rosliza Ibrahim’s appeal and granted the declarations sought by her.

She held that Rosliza is not a person professing the religion of Islam because there is no proof that she is a Muslim by original faith

Justice Tengku Maimun also said that both Rosliza and her mother were never Muslims.

Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Rohana Yusuf and Federal Court judges Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan, Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli, Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof, Datuk Mary Lim Thiam Suan and Datuk Rhodzariah Bujang concurred with Justice Tengku Maimun.

Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed and Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Hasnah Mohammed Hashim agreed with Justice Tengku Maimun on the answers to the two legal questions but departed on the reliefs to be granted to Rosliza.

In her originating summons filed in 2015, Rosliza sought for a declaration that she was not a Muslim and therefore the Syariah Court had no jurisdiction over her as she claimed that she was born out of wedlock to a Muslim father but raised as a Buddhist by her late Buddhist mother.

Rosliza, 38, lost her case in the Shah Alam High Court as it was dismissed on June 22, 2017 and her appeal at the Court of Appeal was also dismissed on April 25, 2018.

On Jan 20 last year, the Federal Court granted Rosliza’s application for leave to appeal on the two legal questions for determination by the Federal Court.

BERNAMA – Woman born to Muslim father and Buddhist mother wins appeal to be declared non-Muslim

Iranian attack on Israeli embassy in Africa foiled

An Iranian attack against an Israeli embassy in eastern Africa was foiled last month, Kan 11 reported Monday evening.

Western intelligence sources familiar with the details of the case say that Iran sent agents to the same country in Africa, whose job it was to gather intelligence on the Israeli embassy, ​​the United States embassy, ​​and the United Arab Emirates – to investigate the possibility of an attack on one of them. Some of those agents were European citizens who also held Iranian citizenship at the same time.

As part of thwarting this operation, some of the agents were arrested – some in the same African country, and some in other countries. According to intelligence sources, this action by Iran was taken as part of an attempt to respond and avenge the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and nuclear scientist Mohsaen Fahrizadeh.

Iranian attack on Israeli embassy in Africa foiled – Israel National News

Greece: Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens says Islam is not a religion but a political party

“Archbishop of Athens: Islam is not a religion but a political party,” Orthodox Times, January 15, 2021:

Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and all Greece gave an interview regarding the contribution of the Church to the Greek Revolution of 1821.

The interview was given by the Archbishop at the Monastery of Saint Loukas, where according to Archbishop Ieronymos, great figures “who gave everything for the Revolution” lived.

Archbishop Ieronymos also referred to the role of Patriarch Gregory V in the Greek Revolution.

As he stressed, “the actions of Gregory V have been misunderstood. Only those in positions of responsibility can understand what the role of the Patriarch was, as every small revolution meant the massacre of the Patriarch.”…

The Archbishop of Athens stressed that Islam was not a religion but a political party. “They are the people of war,” he said….

He underlined once again the important contribution of the clergy in the Greek Revolution of 1821, saying that every signal of revolution was initiated by a monastery and a clergyman.”

According to the Archbishop, “we were not talking about a nation but about Orthodoxy and faith. When the Christians revolted, it was a struggle against the conquerors.”

He even referred to Rigas Feraios, who had said that “what will unite us is the cross,” as well as the oath of the fighters of 1821 “for the faith of Christ, and the freedom of the homeland.”…

Christian Sisters In Pakistan, Killed For Refusing To Convert To Islam, Found Dead By Police

On Jan. 4 in Lahore, Pakistani police found the remains of two Christian women. The culprits are their Muslim supervisors, a report says, and the motive for killing is because the women refused to embrace the religion Islam.

The victims were sisters Sajida Mushtaq and Abida Qaiser, reports Morning Star News. They had been reported missing since Nov. 26.

They were found dumped in a drainage ditch, bound inside a sack.

In his interview with the police, Mushtaq Masih, Sajida’s husband, said that his wife complained that she was being inconvenienced at work because of her Muslim supervisors.

“My wife often complained of harassment by her supervisors, but she used to tell me that she was handling the situation well,” Masih said.

“After she went missing, one of my relatives shared with us that Sajida had confided in her that her supervisors, Muhammad Mumtaz and Naeem Butt, used to pressure her and Abida to convert to Islam and marry them,” Masih told Morning News.

When the sisters did not return home from work, Masih immediately went to the police.

The police then questioned the two supervisors, Mumtaz and Butt, mentioned by Masih’s wife prior to her death. They were also told that Mumtaz would always harass the two women, pressing them to marry him. The investigation for the case was led by Officer Iftikhar Hussain.

After the interrogation, Muhammad Mumtaz and Naeem Butt eventually confessed their crimes.

“During interrogation, Naeem confessed that they had abducted the sisters, and after keeping them hostage for a few days for satisfying their lust, had slit their throats and thrown their bodies into the drain,” Hussain told Morning Star News.

When Masih was asked to identify the bodies, he said that he could not bear the sight of his wife’s decomposed body.

“You can imagine the emotional and mental trauma our children and all other family members have been suffering since Sajida and Abida had gone missing. When police informed us that they had identified the two bodies as those of our loved ones, it seemed that our entire world had come crumbling down,” Masih added.

Sajida left behind three sons and a daughter with the eldest at 11 years old and the youngest at age 5. Her sister Abida left a nine-year-old daughter.

Ejaz Alam Augustine,Punjab Province Minister for Minorities and Human Rights attended the sisters’ funeral to comfort the bereaved family.

“No words are enough to condemn the barbarity meted out to the two innocent women,” he said.

The ministeradded that with the rise of the number of Christian women and girls in Punjab being coerced to convert, officials are legislating laws that will punish perpetrators.

Christian Sisters In Pakistan, Killed For Refusing To Convert To Islam, Found Dead By Police : World : Christianity Daily

Thailand: Muslims and police in Yala enforce Sharia, unmarried couples can be arrested even for private conversation

This has been coming for years, and now that it has arrived in Yala, it will not end. Now will come the jihad to impose Sharia upon the rest of Thailand as well.

“Alarm over enforcement of Sharia in southern Thailand,” UCA News, January 5, 2021:

Islamists in the southern Thai province of Yala have reportedly joined forces with local police to enforce strict Sharia rules in what rights activists see as a worrying development.

The prime targets of Islamists include young unmarried couples who show any forms of affection in public, such as holding hands, and violators of the Muslim moral code of Sharia face the prospect of religiously prescribed punishments.

Those found guilty in the predominantly Muslim province could also face criminal prosecution on grounds that they have violated laws against obscenities committed in public.

Unmarried men and women could potentially be detained simply for speaking to each other in private without anyone else present.

“We are not preventing people from communicating or talking. But if they are talking, then there should be a third party,” Sutimat Mahamad, the imam of the Yaha Central Mosque, told Thai news media.

“If there is a third party, we will not get involved at all. But if they are talking one on one, the police will arrest them.”

One couple were detained for talking in public and taken to the mosque where they were scolded for their allegedly “immoral” conduct.

“They were talking on a balcony, just whispering between the two of them. We told them not to do it again,” Sutimat said.

Such draconian enforcement of Sharia law is virtually unheard of in Thailand where most Muslims, who number around 3 million in a predominantly Buddhist nation of 70 million, practice socially moderate streams of their religion….

“Our objective is to teach youths to act within religious traditions and rules, far away from drugs, and decrease their risk from being led by those with bad intentions,” said Anucha Waedayi, a member of the Yala Central Mosque’s committee….

Thailand: Muslims and police in Yala enforce Sharia, unmarried couples can be arrested even for private conversation (jihadwatch.org)

Muslim Teens Charged with ‘Murder’ of Calgary Cop…

Two teenagers sought in connection with the death of Calgary Sgt. Andrew Harnett have been arrested after they surrendered to police on Friday.

Harnett died on New Year’s Eve after police said he was struck by the vehicle of a driver trying to flee a traffic stop.

On Friday evening, police said Amir Abdulrahman, 19, and a 17-year-old male youth turned themselves in to police at about 5:30 p.m. MT and were arrested. Police allege the youth was driving the vehicle that struck and killed Harnett. 

CBC News previously named the 17-year-old after police took the unusual step of making an application to the youth division of the Calgary Provincial Court in order to identify the youth wanted in this case.

CBC News has since removed his name and photo now that he is in custody.

By Friday afternoon, a tactical unit descended on a Calgary home on Martindale Crescent N.E. 

A large police presence were in front of the home, and multiple people were removed from the home with their arms above their heads.

It’s not known at this time whether the operation is related to the investigation.

Area resident Sunil Verma said it was frightening to see police activity unfold in his neighbourhood.

2 teens arrested after death of Calgary Sgt. Andrew Harnett | CBC News

‘It’s a cult’: Ex-Hillsong members claim church demanded ‘slave labor’

This house of God is run more like a corporation — or a sweatshop — than a place of worship.

So say former members of once-celebrity-beloved megachurch Hillsong, who continue to come forward with stories slamming the institution as more “slave labor” than sanctuary after the bombshell firing of adulterous pastor Carl Lentz

“It’s like you work for a major company” — only worse, Nicole Herman, who helped found Hillsong LA in 2013, told The Post.

Herman alleges the “abuse of volunteers and real, amazing people” by Hillsong leadership to fulfill their “petty needs” (a practice called “honoring”) reminded her of instant Cup Noodles: Leaders think they can just add water, no emotional investment necessary, and get a flock of loyal, unpaid laborers. 

A former service pastor — “I was beneath [the senior pastors] but I did everything” — Herman says that, in her seven years working for the Australia-born temple chain, she routinely watched its cult of personality enchant wide-eyed parishioners. 

This weekend Herman made her Instagram public, so anyone could reach out with church-related complaints. “I’m here to help anyone with a broken heart as well as a million other amazing people who left this cult,” she wrote in an Insta Story on Saturday.

She says she has since been inundated with traumatic Hillsong stories.  

Yolandi Bosch was so disturbed by her time at Hillsong that she and hundreds of other former staffers, students and volunteers are looking for representation so they can take a complaint of what they claim is “industrial slave labor” as defined by the Parliament of Australia.

Ex-Hillsong members claim church is ‘cult’ with ‘slave labor’ (nypost.com)

The “Justified” Sexual Abuse of Boys in Muslim Countries

Last week, a total of 333 boys from the Government Science Secondary School—an all-boys boarding school—were kidnaped by Boko Haram in the northwestern state of Katsina, Nigeria.

While this story got some news coverage, one tragic account, among many of the like, that hardly got any recognition by the mainstream media was yesterday’s report of the raping of a twelve-year-old boy in the predominantly Muslim Nigerian state of Kaduna—the incident occurred in September.

The boy’s mother, Adara, said that her son had been suffering from repeated night terrors. Upon examining him some months back, it had taken her a moment to digest what she had seen. He had a festering wound and his underwear was stained with semen.

Her son told her that a tailor in the neighborhood and his friends had been abusing him in their shop since a partial coronavirus lockdown began in March. Adara knew the perpetrators—men in their early 20s who lived in the same community. The twelve-year-old said he had been scared to tell anybody. The men gave him sweets and money and warned that if he said anything, they would kill his entire family, he said.

In fact, while some may claim this as an isolated incident, in the Imam Ahmad Bun Hambal School, which Adara’s son attended, hundreds of boys were reported sexually abused last year. While one would think in a so-called Muslim conservative region, the sexual abuse of boys by adult men would be a taboo since Islam “officially” condemns homosexuality. Yet the sodomizing of boys tends to be more rampant in Islamic countries than one would think.

Dr. Shuaibu Musa, a pediatrician in Kaduna state at the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, recounts that on a Tuesday evening in September, he had just arrived home from work when an alert he received sent him right back to the hospital. A five-year-old boy had been admitted with diarrhoea. But the medical team suspected it was an assault.

Musa has become used to such alerts. “The sort of abuses we see, you will be shocked,” he says.

Doctors here say they treat children who have been sexually abused every day. It is why Musa and other professionals set up a committee to tackle such cases. Medically, treatment is often focused on the injuries sustained, as some attacks are violent.

Child victims of this type of rape sometimes lose the ability to control their bowel movements. “When we probed and probed it turned out to be child sexual abuse.” The parents, in order to avoid further shame, try to keep the abuse of their boys quiet.

Abuse of Boys in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

In May, the Associated Press reported how in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan there were numerous accounts of sexual harassment, rape and physical abuse by Islamic clerics teaching in madrassas (religious schools) throughout the country, where many of the country’s poorest study—a large majority of the reported cases are boys who have not or have barely reached the age of puberty. Among recent cases:

  • Muhimman, an eleven-year-old—who can only write his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time—earlier this year, a cleric at the religious school he faithfully attended in the southern Punjab town of Pakpattan took him into a washroom and tried to rape him.
  • Yaous, an eight-year-old from Pakistan’s remote northern Kohistan region, who near the end of December last year—most students were away because it was a holiday at the madrassa; only Yaous and a handful of students had stayed behind because his village was hours away, and the cost of transportation home was too much for his parents—while the other students had gone to wash their clothes, he was dragged into a room by the mullah who then locked the door and abused him. “It was so cold. I didn’t understand why he was taking my warm clothes off,” Yaous said.

There are more than 22,000 registered madrassas in Pakistan, teaching more than 2 million children. But there are many more religious schools that are unregistered. They are typically started by a local cleric in a poor neighborhood, attracting students with a promise of a meal and free lodging. Regrettably, there is no central body of clerics that governs madrassas.

More than eight children were subjected to sexual abuse on average every day in the first six months of 2020 in Pakistan, according to child protection NGO Sahil.

Out of the total reported cases, 62% were from rural areas and 38% reported from urban areas

At least 173 children were gang-raped, whereas there were 227 reports of attempted sexual assault.  Moreover, 38 children were killed after they were sexually abused—of the total children who were subjected to sexual abuse, 53% were girls and 47% boys. 

The sexual molestation and prostitution of boys is also a rampant phenomenon in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. 

Justifying the Abuse

In what is called Bacha Bazi (boy play), boys are dressed like women and dance for their would-be male predators—primarily Sunni Pashtun Afghan males. The practice often includes child pornography, sexual slavery and prostitution.

It is believed by some that this corrupt behavior stems from “[t]he seclusion of women and the practice of polygamy [which] limit[s] the access of young men to normal heterosexual outlets for their urges, so Islamic societies, particularly in the less developed areas, have come to resemble prison culture with their sexual predators and [defenseless young males].”

Butchered in an “Atrocious Way”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, October 2020

by Raymond Ibrahim

The following are among the abuses Muslims inflicted on Christians throughout the month of October, 2020:

Slaughtered Christians and Terrorized Churches

France:  On October 29, a Muslim man wielding a knife entered the Notre Dame Cathedral of Nice and, while shouting “Allahu Akbar [Allah is greater],” beheaded a Christian woman and stabbed two others to death.  According to one report:

Married Nadine Devillers, 60, was the first person attacked by Tunisian knifeman Brahim Aoussaoui, 21, who slit her throat near the baptismal font.  After he tried to decapitate Devillers [other reports state the beheading was complete], Aoussaoui hacked 54-year-old sacristan Vincent Loques to death as he prepared for the first Mass of the day.  Brazilian-born Simone Barreto Silva, 44, was then stabbed multiple times but managed to escape the church, running to a nearby burger bar where she succumbed to her injuries. The mother-of-three’s last words to paramedics were: ‘Tell my children that I love them’.  On arrival, French police shot Aoussaoui 14 times as he screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ … a phrase he kept shouting even after being sedated and put into an ambulance.

According to an interview with his mother, the 21-year-old murderer had “start[ed] praying and taking his religion more seriously a few months ago.” A Koran and several extra knives were found in his possession after the attack.

Hours after the attack, police shot and killed another man, who was also shouting “Allahu Akbar,” while threatening passers-by with a handgun in Montfavet.  And two weeks earlier in Paris, an 18-year-old Muslim beheaded a teacher, Samuel Paty, for showing a cartoon of Muhammad as part of a discussion of free speech and expression in class.

Discussing the recent church attack, Nice’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, said “Enough is enough.  It’s time now for France to exonerate itself from the laws of peace in order to definitively wipe out Islamo-fascism from our territory.”  France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that France was “at war with Islamist extremism… an enemy that is both internal and external.”

Democratic Republic of Congo: On October 28, Islamic militants raided a village where they slaughtered at least 18 people “in an atrocious way,” and torched their church to the ground. “It really creates pain in our hearts, a total panic in the village,” said a local official. “We don’t know if tomorrow the ADF will come back here again.” ADF is an acronym for the Allied Democratic Forces, “an Islamist militant group” which has been terrorizing the Christian majority nation and slaughtering Christians for more than two decades.

Armenia: Armenian churches that have come under Azerbaijani control have been desecrated—despite promises from the authorities to protect them.  In one instance, a soldier—unclear whether an Azeri or a jihadi mercenary from Syria or Iraq—was videotaped standing atop a church chapel, where the cross had been apparently broken off, and triumphantly shouting “Allahu Akbar!

Days earlier, on October 8, the Azerbaijani forces shelled and destroyed Holy Savior, an iconic Armenian cathedral which was “consecrated in 1888 but was damaged during the March 1920 massacre of Armenians of the city by Azerbaijanis and experienced a decades-long decline.”

Syria: An unknown person hurled a grenade at an Armenian church in Hasakh; two people were injured.  No group claimed the attack.   Arguing that “Armenians have always been targeted in the region,” the report elaborates:

In November of 2019, Armenian priest Hanna Ibrahim, and his father Ibrahim Hanna Bido were shot and killed by sleeper-cells on their way from Hasakah to Deir al-Zor in order to restore the Armenian memorial church in Deir al-Zor…  This is a clear example of extremists groups specifically targeting religious Armenian figures and sites.   That being said, the recent conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is likely to give added fuel to the fire when it comes to persecution of Armenians.  Especially when you consider the claims that Turkish-backed Syrian rebel groups are being sent to Azerbaijan.

Austria: On October 29, a Muslim mob consisting of some 50 people entered and rioted inside a church in Vienna while screaming “Allahu Akbar.”  Police acted fast and managed to disperse the crowd—much of which had gathered around the baptismal font and confessionals—and make some arrests.  Discussing this incident, Integration Minister Susanne Raab remarked: “Parallel societies are the breeding ground for violence. We have to fight every form of extremism and Islamism right from the start in order to prevent it from getting worse. It is good that the police intervened….”

Two days later, on October 31, another Muslim man, a 25-year-old Afghan, stormed into St. Stephen’s Cathedral where he started to cry out “Islamist slogans.”

Italy: A “half naked,” 25-year-old Muslim man of North African origin broke into and terrorized a convent for nuns.  According to the October 3 report, the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” several times while breaking down the front door of the Heart of Jesus Convent in the historic center of Mazara del Vallo.  On entering, he turned the rooms where the nuns live “upside down” and hurled some of their property outside a window.   Luckily, the nuns were not in their rooms but rather eating in the refectory; they eventually fled and hid outside the building.  Due to all the “bustle and screams,” an Italian living near the convent alerted police, who arrested the Muslim as he tried to flee the scene.  The same report states that a few weeks earlier, another North African migrant created fear and panic by screaming Allahu Akbar and pretending to be armed in the streets of Ferrara, Italy.

Mali: After spending nearly five years in captivity of an Islamic group, and after rejecting invitations to embrace Islam, Beatrice Stöckli, a Swiss missionary who had been evangelizing in Mali and assisting mostly women and children since 2000, was executed. Another French charity worker who was also abducted in 2016, converted to Islam during her captivity, and was released on October 8 shared this information.  A later report offers more details:

[Stöckli] was killed … by members of the Islamist terrorist organisation Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslim (JNIM). An affiliate of al-Qaeda in Mali and West Africa, JNIM has been responsible for numerous attacks on Christians and Westerners since its formation in March 2017. Beatrice Stöckli was kidnapped by armed men from her home in Timbuktu in northern Mali in January 2016. She had been previously abducted in April 2012 and endured nine days of torture and threats at the hands of jihadist group, Ansar al-Dine, before she was freed. On her release, she decided to return to Timbuktu to continue her missionary work.

Armenia/Azerbaijan/Turkey: Although the region of Nagorno-Karabakh is ethnically Armenian, it was allotted to Azerbaijan after the dissolution of the USSR, causing problems since and culminating in open war throughout October.   Several reports and testimonials, including by an independent French journalist, confirmed that Turkey was funneling jihadi groups that had been operating in Syria and Libya—including the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Hamza Division, which kept nakedsex slave women in prison—to this latest theater of conflict.  Discussing why Turkey was so heavily involved, Nikol Pashinyan, Armenia’s prime minister, said Turkey had returned “to continue the Armenian Genocide.”

Anti-infidel rhetoric and logic also motivated the mercenaries funneled into the theater of war by Turkey.  A captured one confessed that he was “promised a monthly 2000 dollar payment for fighting against ‘kafirs’ in Artsakh, and an extra 100 dollar for each beheaded “kafir.”  (Kafir, often translated as “infidel,” is Arabic for non-Muslims who fail to submit to Islamic authority, which makes them enemies by default.)

Attacks on Converts to Christianity

Iran: On October 14, Mohammad Reza Omidi (Youhan), a Christian convert, received 80 lashes for drinking wine, as part of holy communion.  As the report explains,

It is illegal for Muslim Iranians to drink alcohol, but exceptions are made for recognised religious minorities, including Christians. However, Iran does not recognise converts as Christians. This lack of recognition is also the reason Youhan spent the last two years in prison and is now living in internal exile—because of his membership of a house-church, which is the only available Christian fellowship for converts in Iran.

This is not the first time Youhan was whipped.  He first received 80 lashes, alongside another convert, in 2013 and for the same reason: sipping wine during communion.

Somaliland: During an October 5 press conference, a Somaliland police colonel announced that a husband and wife had been arrested for being “apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity.”  Police reportedly entered the couple’s house after being alerted by “suspicious activities.”  On finding Christian materials inside their home, police apprehended and hauled away the couple, who have three children.  During the same conference, the police colonel reiterated that “whoever dares to spread Christianity in this region, should be fully aware that they won’t escape the hand of the law enforcement officers and that the spread of Christianity will not be allowed and is considered blasphemy.”  He further encouraged citizens to report on those they suspect of being Christian.

Somalia:  On October 9, Muslim youths mauled and hospitalized the 7-year-old child of a Christian convert. “My son was attacked by three boys who beat him and injured his private parts,” the father, whose name is withheld, explained: “He suffered a swollen and injured face as well as an injured left hand from a knife. My son lost a lot of blood and was rushed by one of the secret believers to a nearby dispensary in Dhobley.”  After explaining how his son, who spent three days hospitalized, “is still suffering the effects of the attack and needs specialized medication,” the father discussed how he and his family, which includes five children, have been on the run since 2012, when “Muslims [first] discovered my new faith in Christ.”  Early on, his wife also converted and, when her Muslim father learned of it, “He was so furious he forcefully entered into my room and destroyed some of my belongings, beddings and utensils.  Then he turned to my wife and began slapping her and beat her with a stick, which led to a miscarriage of a 6-month fetus.”  The Muslim father seized his daughter, along with her husband’s possessions, and went to a distant location.  Years later, after the convert and his wife, who had remained Christian, were reunited, in November 2018, “my father-in-law and other Muslims organized to kill me while I was coming from the market.  Three men stopped me and started beating me with sticks and blows. I became unconscious.”  In July 2019 his father-in-law again “entered my house and started quarreling and uttering abusive words and immediately began slapping her [his wife] in front of me, and then he took her away the second time and locked her in his house while she was eight months pregnant.”  The husband reported the abduction and police eventually recovered his wife. “After three days, she gave birth.  My father-in-law was locked down in the jail cell [in Kenya]. The Muslims threatened to kill me, so I requested the police to release him, which they did.”  The family has since been still on the run:

It is not possible to get justice in this part of Somalia where almost everyone is a Muslim.  We are being hunted down like wild animals because of putting our faith in Issa [Jesus]. Always our security is at stake. We need prayers and financial support for the treatment of my son.

General Hate for and Abuse of Christian Minorities

Pakistan: On October 13, Ali Azhar, 45, kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam, and “married” Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Christian girl.  On that same day her parents registered a kidnapping case with local police.  Two days later, on October 15, “we were summoned to the station,” explained her father Raja Lal, “where we were shown documents which claimed that Arzoo was 18 and had willingly converted to Islam after marrying Ali Azhar.”  Despite the fact that the National Database and Registration Authority records Arzo as being born on July 31, 2007 and is therefore 13-years-old, and despite the fact that sexual intercourse with girls under 16 is statutory rape and carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison in Pakistan, on October 27, the High Court of Sindh ruled in favor of the kidnapper/husband by relying on a Sharia stipulation that abrogates all the rules for those who convert to Islam.  According to the court order,

The petitioner [the 13-year-old] initially belonged to the Christian religion. However, after the passage of time, the petitioner understood and realized that Islam is a universal religion and she asked her parents and other family members to embrace Islam but they flatly refused.  Subsequently she accepted the religion of Islam before the religious person of Madressah Jamia Islamia. After embracing Islam, her new name is Arzoo Faatima; per learned counsel, petitioner contracted her marriage to Azhar of her own free will and accord without duress and fear.

On hearing this decision, Rita Masih, the girl’s mother—who was apparently banned from entering the courthouse and who, with her husband, had fallen at and “even touched the feet of police to meet their daughter”— cried for her daughter with open arms outside the courthouse: “Arzoo, come to your mama. He will kill you.” She eventually fainted on the concrete.  Earlier, when the girl saw and tried to go to her mother, her Muslim abductor/husband snatched and took her into the courtroom.  Discussing this matter, Samson Salamat, the Christian chairman of an interreligious organization, explained how he was “distressed and disappointed with the position taken by the honorable court”:

I am distressed and disappointed with the position taken by the honorable court.  A sexual act with a minor is felony even if she is willing. The court has validated a rape despite the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2014 that punishes contractors of child marriage with up to three years’ imprisonment.  Can a judge, an army officer or a Pakistani politician tolerate handing over their minor daughter to a middle-aged man? What is the future of minority girls in Pakistan? Our courts favor the powerful. We still don’t have strong calls from a joint minority platform on forced conversions.

This is the second forced conversion/marriage of an underage Christian girl in Karachi alone. In order to justify marriage to Huma Younus—a 14-year-old Christian girl who was also abducted, forced to convert to Islam, and wed to a Muslim man— on February 3, 2020 the Sindh high court in Karachi ruled that men may marry underage girls once they have their period, in direct compliance with Sharia, but against Karachi’s own laws.  “Our daughters are insecure and abused in this country,” Huma’s mother later remarked. “They are not safe anywhere. We leave them at schools or home but they are kidnapped, raped, humiliated, and forced to convert to Islam.”

Similarly, in August 2020, Maira Shahbaz, a 14-year-old Christian girl, escaped from the home of Mohamad Nakash—her kidnapper, whom the Lahore High Court had recently ruled is her legitimate husband despite her and her family’s objections.  She fled to a police station, where she gave testimony, including on how she was being “forced into prostitution” and “filmed while by being raped,” with threats that the tape would be published unless she complies with the demands of her rapist/husband and friends. “They threatened to murder my whole family,” the girl said. “My life was at stake in the hands of the accused and Nakash repeatedly raped me forcefully.”  She and her family are currently in hiding.

In a separate incident of “religious hatred” in Pakistan, a Muslim man and his son beat and humiliated a Christian woman in public for arguing with him. On October 12, Balqees Bibi, the Christian woman, called out in public to a relative—whose name is distinctly Christian—thereby angering Muhammad Abass Butt.  “Abbas was [always] full of religious hatred against my mother,” her son explained. “He often expressed his anger against Christians in the street, but everyone ignored him to avoid disputes.”  On that day, “Abbas started abusing my mother saying, ‘Oh choori! Shut your mouth!’ When she argued with him, he slapped her and dragged her into the street.”  The report adds that

Abbas was angry that Bibi, a person he considered socially lower than him due to her religious identity, had argued with him in public. As Abbas beat Bibi, he also used an extremely derogatory slur for Christians which labels them as untouchables. After the attack, Bibi and her family registered a police complaint against Abbas (FIR # 372/20). However, there [sic] police have yet to arrest Abbas or his son who reportedly joined his father in beating Bibi.

Egypt: On October 3, Magda Mansur Ibrahim, a 20-year-old Christian, disappeared while traveling to her college.   Three days after her parents contacted and pressured police and local officials to act, a video of the missing girl appeared on October 6.   In it she claimed that she had secretly converted to Islam six years ago and had now married a Muslim man and therefore wished to be left alone.  In an interview, however, her father said he was convinced that the video was made under duress. He also asked if it was reasonable to believe that a 14-year-old girl could be theologically attuned enough to secretly convert to and clandestinely practice Islam for six years within a Christian household.  Moreover, “How am I to believe,” the girl’s father inquired, “this video when Rania ‘Abd al-Masih and the Alexandrian girl [Christine Zarif] both previously published similar videos and in the end they returned and we learned that they had acted under pressure?”   (This is a reference to two other Christian women in Egypt who, after disappearing, also reappeared on videos as eager converts to Islam, only for the truth—that the videos were made under duress—to come out later.)  The father then made an impassioned plea:

As an Egyptian, I have rights—including the right to see my daughter and sit with her and make sure she is okay. If she wishes to follow another path [Islam], that is her right, but my right is to see her ….  I therefore ask State Security, the Minister of Interior and President Sisi to look into [the plight of] my daughter because I know that she is not safe and is under pressure. I will never forfeit my daughter ….  She is not some “chicken” I can forget about; she is my flesh and blood….  I am poor and at death’s door [literally, “God’s door”], but … even if they were to publish a million such videos, it is my right to see her.  As for the video, I am a father and know well how my daughter talks, and she [appeared] terrified and her face changed.   As the very least reflection of my rights as a citizen, State Security should move and investigate [the whereabouts] of my daughter.  Is it that hard for the Egyptian police to return the girl?

A few days later, Magda was reported as having been returned to her family.  However, and as with the case of Ranya ‘Abd al-Masih, the 20-year-old’s return seems to be conditional on the family not asking questions, speaking to the press, pressing charges, or even knowing the responsible parties.

In a separate incident in Egypt, on October 5, Muslim mobs attacked Christian homes and beat their inhabitants in the village of Dabous in Samalout.  “The cause of the story,” explained Mina, a Christian resident, occurred two days earlier, when “two Muslim men who don’t belong to our village beat a young Coptic kid [aged 10]. The Coptic men didn’t accept that,” and a fight erupted: Muslims—and their dignity—were injured.  Two days later, “retaliatory” attacks began with one Muslim man striking a Christian father and his son with a hose while they were traveling on motorbike; they fell and were injured. By the end of that day, on October 5, “all of the Muslims gathered to beat the Copts,” said Mina. “They damaged the windows and doors, and injured around five or six persons.”  Another local Christian man described the incident:

The attack started with a Muslim woman screaming. The extremists attacked the Copts’ houses, [even though] there were security bodies whose job it is to protect the church. They did not call the police, but the Copts did. Then the police came, and the extremists escaped to the farms and grass.

While discussing how a car belonging to a Christian man was destroyed, Mina said that village Muslims had promised to make amends, and that “my father has gone to the police station to follow the situation, but I will stay home. They are treacherous and traitorous.”

Raymond Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again and Sword and Scimitar, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and a Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

About this Series

The persecution of Christians in the Islamic world has become endemic.  Accordingly, “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed in 2011 to collate some—by no means all—of the instances of persecution that occur or are reported each month. It serves two purposes:

1)          To document that which the mainstream media does not: the habitual, if not chronic, persecution of Christians.

2)          To show that such persecution is not “random,” but systematic and interrelated—that it is rooted in a worldview inspired by Islamic Sharia.

Accordingly, whatever the anecdote of persecution, it typically fits under a specific theme, including hatred for churches and other Christian symbols; apostasy, blasphemy, and proselytism laws that criminalize and sometimes punish with death those who “offend” Islam; sexual abuse of Christian women; forced conversions to Islam;  theft and plunder in lieu of jizya (financial tribute expected from non-Muslims); overall expectations for Christians to behave like cowed dhimmis, or second-class, “tolerated” citizens; and simple violence and murder. Sometimes it is a combination thereof.

Because these accounts of persecution span different ethnicities, languages, and locales—from Morocco in the West, to Indonesia in the East—it should be clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Islamic Sharia law, or the supremacist culture born of it.

Previous Monthly Reports going back at least 5 years: CLICK HERE

(Source: raymondibrahim.com)

Creeping Sharia – Butchered in an “Atrocious Way”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, October 2020 (tumblr.com)

A Month of Islam in America: November 2020

Creeping Sharia – A Month of Islam in America: November 2020 (tumblr.com)

November 2020. The greatest coup in American history. A color revolution.

We Were Warned – For The Record (posted November 3rd)

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There was plenty of jihad activity in November, but the stolen election was, and continues to be, the crisis of most importance so we are posting that section first.

Due to recounts and challenges, it might be a while before we can officially determine how many jihad and sharia sympathizers were elected – legally or illegally. However, Hamas-linked, UAE-terror listed CAIR projects 57 Muslims won seats in November 2020 elections

Please click the links above/below for more details including a link to the original source (most often from the DOJ/FBI websites).

Election Jihad:

Joe Biden’s Biggest Fundraisers are Tied to Islamic Terrorists

Kamala Harris pledges to restore U.S. taxpayer funding to Palestinian terror (video)

MinneapolisMuslim city council candidate says she witnessed Democratic voter fraud (video)

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MichiganDemocrat Gun-Grabbing, BLM-Supporting Muslim State Rep-Elect Threatens GOP Canvasser’s Children in Racist Diatribe

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CaliforniaGrandson of Islamic terrorist (1972 Olympic’s Munich Massacre) projected to lose Congressional race

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IndianaRepublican House Speaker attacks newly elected Republican over anti-Islam, anti-Catholic, anti-Pope posts

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) Brutalizes Ilhan Omar in Devastating Tweets Over Her Illicit Brother Marriage

Jihad in America:

New YorkMuslim immigrant who funded & scoped out NYC landmarks for al-Qaeda granted “compassionate” release by judge – 8 years early!

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OregonMuslim immigrant who provided support to Islamic State (ISIS) for 5 years is charged…and released!

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IndianaElkhart woman who helped her husband and brother-in-law join ISIS & took her children to ISIS in Syria gets just 6 years prison

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OhioMuslims planned to attack Texas prison to free a convicted al-Qaeda jihadi – NO ONE ARRESTED!

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New Jersey:

Sussex County Woman – Former Army National Guard – Arrested for Sending Money, Weapons Advice to Syrian Jihad Group

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TennesseeISIS supporter arrested for jihad threats against Clarksville Police Department and the Fort Campbell PX Exchange

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UtahMuslim Pleads Guilty – Distributed Bomb Making Videos for ISIS Terror Attacks

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PennsylvaniaBangladeshi Husband and Wife Immigrants to US Plead Guilty to Helping Her Brothers Become ISIS Jihadis

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South CarolinaMan Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIS

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MinnesotaSuperseding Indictment Charges Two Anti-Police “Boojahideen” With Conspiracy, Material Support to Islamic Terror Group Hamas

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OhioCourt of Appeals upholds conviction of Jordanian immigrant who tried to join ISIS

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CaliforniaMuslim who stabbed 4 in 2015 jihad attack planned to praise allah while slitting the throats of Univ of California, Merced classmates, shoot others

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State Dept Designates 2 Senior al-Shabaab Leaders as Terrorists; Sanctions Hezbollah-affiliated “Christian” politician in Lebanon

More Jihad in America:

New York City Islamic foundation’s Arabic-language website calls for the killing of those who insult Muhammad

New JerseyMuslim supremacist removed from flight, arrested after altercation with passenger

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US Seizes 27 Additional Domain Names Used By Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps To Further A Global, Covert Influence Campaign

Previous monthly reports here.

Immigration Jihad also known as Hijra:

FBI’s 2019 “Hate Crime” Statistics Show anti-Muslim Crimes Decrease Again, While Crimes Against Christians and Jews Skyrocket

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MichiganDoctors arrested for helping more than 1,249 immigrants from jihad areas fraudulently enter U.S.

Trump still taking in refugees in 2021, ceiling capped at 15,000 with many exemptions

Most of 1,100 Muslim refugees denied entrance to Australia have, or will beresettled in the U.S.

Rape Jihad (caused by Immigration):

MinnesotaTwo Somali’s arrested in St. Cloud gang rape

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New York CityCab driver arrested for attempted rape, sexual assault on two women, released

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IllinoisConvicted Child Molester from North Carolina Arrested in Brideview After Passenger Drug Overdose

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VirginiaPakistani doctor who sterilized women, performed unnecessary, irreversible hysterectomies without consent is found guilty

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Fraud for Jihad:

TennesseeMemphis Physicians Agree To Pay More Than $340,000 for Alleged Over-billing

Texas7 Charged in $16M Covid-Relief Fraud Scheme

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CaliforniaBrother of San Bernardino terrorist gets 3 years probation in marriage fraud scheme

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Government collusion with and failure to prevent jihad:

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Course Features Pro-Sharia Muslim Speaker and DOJ Whitewashing Jihad

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Jihad in Education:

WashingtonMuslims use DOJ to shake down Federal Way Public Schools over alleged bullying

New York University virtual event featuring Islamic terrorist canceled by Zoom

Straight up sharia in America:

NYPD submits, ends policy requiring hijab removal for mug shots

VIDEOIslamic Censorship of The U.S. Constitution

Emails: Hillary Clinton plotted with Qatar to establish $100M ‘Voice of America’-like media channel for the Muslim Brotherhood

Previous monthly reports here.

Big Tech Jihad:

Twitter locks out Creeping Sharia for tweet exposing jihad risk of Joe Biden’s Muslim migration pledge

Sadly, it was worse overseas where hundreds were beheaded, killed, raped and brutalized by those seeking to impose Islam on the world yet governments continue to submit to sharia supremacists.

At least 110 dead – dozens beheaded – in Nigeria after Islamic terror group Boko Haram attack

Islamic State beheads more than 50 men and boys in jihad attack in Mozambique

AustriaMuslim kills 4, injures 17 in Vienna jihad attack; killer had been jailed for trying to join ISIS but released early!

New Zealand Police have introduced a hijab into their official uniform

If Patriots don’t stand and fight now with every ounce of energy they have, a Biden administration will be stacked with Muslim Brotherhood, jihad and sharia sympathizers where we’ll see a crackdown on Americanism and those who oppose Islam.

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Younus Kathrada shares prayer: “O Allah! Tear them [Jews] to pieces”

Sheikh Younus Kathrada is a South-African born Canadian Imam, Islamic Studies teacher, community and youth activist, counsellor, chaplain, and public speaker. He graduated with a BA from the College of Da’wah and Usool adDeen at the Islamic University of Medinah (1994) in Saudi Arabia. He has been involved in grassroots dawah [propagation of Islam] with the Muslim community of Canada, and of BC [British Columbia] in particular, for the last 20 years. He has presented many topics on Islaam at Universities in BC and Alberta for Islaam Awareness Week, and also presents “Introduction to Islam” courses for high school and middle school students. He was previously Imam of an Islamic centre in Vancouver. He was also the founder and teacher of Al Madinah Academy in Victoria, B.C, as well as the acting Imam of the Masjid [mosque] there. He then moved to Malaysia where he was a teacher and then Principal of Al-Tamimi International Islamic School in Subang Jaya for almost 7 years. While in Malaysia he continued to give talks at various universities and Masaajid [mosques]. He moved back to Victoria in 2016 and is currently the Imam of the Dar Al-Ihsan Islamic Center.

On July 8, 2014 Younus Kathrada shared on his official Facebook page Islamic prayers from “Dua Qunoot” by Mishari Rashid al-Afasy that was published on kalamullah.com. Here are some of these Islamic prayers (in Arabic, transliteration and English):