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An Afghan man who helped mutilate his young daughter-in-law
after she tried to flee her marriage has been arrested for abetting the crime.
The father-in-law, named Suliman, is being held in an Afghanistan jail, according to Women for Afghan Women
, and has confessed to holding a gun to the young girl’s head while her nose and ears were cut off.
Ayesha, the young woman, is safely in the United States where she is undergoing a series of reconstructive surgeries
Police are still searching for her husband and her brother-in-law, who performed the mutilation.
Once known only as “Bibi,” Ayesha’s story has become an example of the brutality of the Taliban
and also the resilience of a young woman.
— a hate group consisting of despicable barbarians
who have deluded themselves into thinking they represent true Islam
— have warned of a possible terrorist attack against the Netherlands, according to a press report Monday, in the wake of the government’s decision to form a minority government backed by the anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders
‘If the Netherlands enforce its anti-Islamic policies
, it will ensure that they will be the target of an attack by a jihadist
group,’ Taliban spokesman Sabiullah Mujahid told
the de Volkskrant
More than 80 worshipers of a minority Muslim sect, the Ahmadis
, were killed and more than 110 wounded Friday in a coordinated assault by seven well-trained attackers on two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city, the authorities said.
The target was the Ahmadis, a group of about two million Muslims in Pakistan who are considered heretical by many mainstream Muslims because the Ahmadis believe that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who founded their movement in 1889, was the messiah foretold by Muhammad, the prophet of Islam
In a letter sent to the Christian community in the northeastern city of Sargodha, Taliban militants said Christians should convert to Islam, pay an Islamic tax imposed on religious minorities, known as ‘Jizya tax’, or leave the country.
If Christians refuse to accept these choices, Christians “will be killed, their property and homes will be burnt to ashes and their women treated as sex slaves,” said the letter.
A Pakistani Christian charged with abetting blasphemy against Islam was denied bail for his own safety last week after an Islamist
lawyer allegedly threatened his life in a court hearing.
Insulting Islam is a dangerous activity in the conservative nation of 170 million, but with the spread of the Taliban, non-Muslims fear their very existence will make them a target to fundamentalists.
control hits pockets of Pakistan and threatens the nation’s stability, Christians
worry their province could be the next to fall under Islamic law
Christians in Taiser town, near Karachi, noticed on the walls of their church graffiti that read, “Long Live the Taliban” and calls for Christians to either convert to Islam or pay the jizye, a poll tax under sharia (Islamic law) paid by non-Muslims for protection if they decline to convert.
Today’s Religion News Roundup includes stories about elves, a ship operated by a religious sect, mosques facing the wrong direction, and mosques possibly spied upon by the FBI.
Also: “I’m Perfect, You’re Doomed.” Yes, it’s about Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Further, the definitive book on the Columbine High School massacre. Germany’s main Neo-Nazi party faces collapse, and according to the Vatican the Knights Templar hid the Shroud of Turin.