Archive for October, 2012

Study: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Muslim Americans Believe Anyone Insulting Mohammed Should Face The Death Penalty

10/31/2012 3 comments

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life determined in a 2009 survey that there were approximately 2.5 million Muslims living in the United States. During that same year, President Barack Obama stated that there were nearly 7 million Muslims in the US, while Newsweek previously claimed just a year earlier that the number was closer to 8 million. If, for the sake of argument, we use a figure of 5 million Muslims in America and if, for the sake of argument, the poll below correctly reflects the percentage of Muslims who believe that anyone insulting their prophet should face the death penalty, then the following number we can extrapolate from this data is frightening: The United States is home to 625,000 of your “average-all-American” Muslims who believe you should die for hurting their feelings. That’s more people than the number of military personnel on active duty in Australia, Canada, Germany, Poland and the UK combined …

Qur’an Sura 33:57, 61, “Lo! those who malign Allah and His messenger, Allah hath cursed them in this world and the Hereafter, and hath prepared for them the doom of the disdained … Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.”

By Bob Unruh – “Nearly half of 600 Muslim-American citizens polled who plan to vote in the 2012 presidential election believe parodies of Muhammad should be prosecuted criminally in the U.S., and one in eight say the offense is so serious violators should face the death penalty.

The results came in a groundbreaking scientific poll for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies. It was taken Oct. 22-26 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.98 percentage points.

The poll also found 40 percent of Muslims in America believe they should not be judged by U.S. law and the Constitution, but by Shariah standards.

And the big winner among Muslim-Americans in the presidential election is Barack Obama, the poll found. More than 72 percent said they are definitely supporting Obama, and another 8.5 percent are leaning that direction. Only 11 percent are for Romney.

Nearly 55 percent of the American Muslim voters say the U.S. is on the right track, and another 13 percent are uncertain. Virtually all of the respondents (98 percent) are American citizens and 97 percent are registered to vote.

‘Almost half of those Muslims surveyed – an astonishing 46 percent – said they believe those Americans who offer criticism or parodies of Islam should face criminal charges,’ said pollster Fritz Wenzel in an analysis of the survey’s results.

‘Even more shocking: One in eight respondents said they think those Americans who criticize or parody Islam should face the death penalty, while another nine percent said they were unsure on the question,’ he said.

Wenzel said even the 9 percent ‘undecided’ on that particular question is alarming.” Read more.

Flashback: ‘What Are You Waiting For?’ – Al-Qaeda Calls on US Muslims to Buy Guns and Start Killing Americans – “If an event were to occur in the world that would be eschatologically pivotal for Muslims this would be sure to awaken any radical elements within the Muslim population, regardless of where they live, and even radicalize some of those who were previously considered ‘moderate’. The arrival of al Mahdi, for example, could become the ‘triggering event’ that has the potential to precipitate a sudden surge in Islamic terrorism all over the globe. If we are complacent into believing that any such scenario could never happen or is highly unlikely, we don’t need to look far before we come face to face with the sobering reality that Islamic terrorist cells are, today, already forming within our own borders.” Read more.

Rick Wiles Interviews Walid Shoebat And Joel Richardson On ‘TruNews’

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Both Walid Shoebat and Joel Richardson have been interviewed recently by TruNews to share Biblical eschatology from an Islamic-paradigm perspective.

Click here to listen to the 10/24/2012 interview with Walid Shoebat.

Click here to listen to the 10/30/2012 interview with Joel Richardson.

The Telegraph: Christian Persecution Is Increasing Throughout The World, Churches May All But ‘Vanish’ From The Middle East

10/31/2012 12 comments

Matthew 24:22,27, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened… For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

Colossians 3:4, “When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”

By Rupert Shortt, The Telegraph – “Imagine the unspeakable fury that would erupt across the Islamic world if a Christian-led government in Khartoum had been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese Muslims over the past 30 years. Or if Christian gunmen were firebombing mosques in Iraq during Friday prayers. Or if Muslim girls in Indonesia had been abducted and beheaded on their way to school, because of their faith.

Such horrors are barely thinkable, of course. But they have all occurred in reverse, with Christians falling victim to Islamist aggression. Only two days ago, a suicide bomber crashed a jeep laden with explosives into a packed Catholic church in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 100. The tragedy bore the imprint of numerous similar attacks by Boko Haram (which roughly translates as ‘Western education is sinful’), an exceptionally bloodthirsty militant group.

Other notable trouble spots include Egypt, where 600,000 Copts – more than the entire population of Manchester – have emigrated since the 1980s in the face of harassment or outright oppression.

Why is such a huge scourge chronically under-reported in the West? One result of this oversight is that the often inflated sense of victimhood felt by many Muslims has festered unchallenged. Take the fallout of last month’s protests around the world against the American film about the Prophet Mohammed. While most of the debate centred on the rule of law and the limits of free speech, almost nothing was said about how much more routinely Islamists insult Christians, almost always getting away with their provocations scot-free.

Innocence of Muslims, the production that spurred all the outrage, has been rightly dismissed as contemptible trash. What, though, of a website such as ‘Guardians of the Faith’, run by Salafist extremists in Cairo? Among many posts, it has carried an article entitled ‘Why Muslims are superior to Copts’. ‘Being a Muslim girl whose role models are the wives of the Prophet, who were required to wear the hijab, is better than being a Christian girl, whose role models are whores,’ it declares. ‘Being a Muslim who fights to defend his honour and his faith is better than being a Christian who steals, rapes, and kills children.’ Hateful messages breed hateful acts. Is it any surprise that mobs have set fire to one church after another across Egypt in recent years?

The deeper truth masked by all the ranting – and, it should be added, by the blinkers of many Western secularists – is that Christians are targeted in greater numbers than any other faith group on earth. About 200 million church members (10 per cent of the global total) face discrimination or persecution: it just isn’t fashionable to say so. In 2010, I set out to write a chronicle of anti-Christian persecution on several continents. Published in my book, Christianophobia, the results of my research are even more disquieting than I expected.

Abu Hamza, the 7/7 ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan and other totemic figures were allowed to practise their religion openly in Britain, yet there is scarcely a single country from Morocco to Pakistan in which Christians are fully free to worship without restriction. Muslims who convert to Christianity or other faiths in most of these societies face harsh penalties. There is now a high risk that the Churches will all but vanish from their biblical heartlands in the Middle East.” Read more.

Egypt: Child Preacher Glorifies Death For The Sake Of Allah As Incumbent Upon All Muslims, ‘It Is Your Path For Salvation’

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Revelation 6:8a, “And I looked, and behold a pale [green] horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth …”

Proverbs 8:35-36, “For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD … All those who hate me love death.”

Revelation 20:14a, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire …”

Child Preacher Ibrahim Adham: “Oh Islamic nation, oh all Muslims, by virtue of ‘There is no god but Allah’ in the hearts of all monotheists, martyrdom on the path of Allah is a religious duty incumbent upon you, oh believers. It is your path for salvation in the eyes of the Lord. Pray: ‘Oh Allah, destroy Israel.’ May Jerusalem live on until the Day of Judgment. Oh Allah, destroy Israel…”

Flashback: Al-Qaeda: ‘Raise Your Children In The Cult Of Jihad And Martyrdom … Instil In Them A Love For Religion And Death’ – “The wife of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has congratulated Muslim women for the role they have played in the Arab Spring and urged them to raise their children for jihad. ‘I congratulate all Muslim women for these blessed revolutions,’ Umaima Hassan Ahmed Mohammed Hassan wrote in a letter posted on the Al-Fajr website on Friday. ‘I advise you to raise your children in the cult of jihad and martyrdom and to instil in them a love for religion and death,’ she wrote.” Read more.

New York Post: The Mysterious Media Benghazi Bugout

10/31/2012 1 comment

Even though “Benghazigate” isn’t going away any time soon, too many are still choosing to ignore it. This is a major cover up and the complicity of the mainstream media should be an embarrassment to journalists everywhere. What is happening right now serves nothing other than to diminish the integrity of journalism itself as a whole in America, and it’s no wonder why the majority of Americans today no longer trust the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. This whole fiasco is a prime example of complete delinquency and failure in leadership of the highest order, yet by and large the liberal media has so far purposefully chosen to see, hear, and say nothing that could negatively impact their liberal President’s chances for re-election.  Obama did nothing prior to Benghazi when asked, did nothing during Benghazi when asked, and is now scrambling to do nothing but sweep it all under the rug. And the mainstream media is more than happy to hand him the broom …

Behold: The "Obamedia" And The Death Of Transparency

Behold: The “Obamedia” And The Death Of Transparency

By Jonah Goldberg, New York Post – “Where is the Benghazi media feeding frenzy?

I don’t think there’s a conspiracy at work. Rather, I think journalists tend to act on their instincts. And, collectively, the mainstream media’s instincts run liberal.

In 2000, a Democratic operative orchestrated an ‘October surprise’ attack on George W. Bush, revealing that 24 years earlier, he’d been arrested for drunken driving. The media went into a feeding frenzy.

‘Is all the 24-hour coverage of Bush’s 24-year-old DUI arrest the product of a liberal media almost drunk on the idea of sinking him, or is it a legitimate, indeed unavoidable news story?’ asked Howard Kurtz on his CNN show ‘Reliable Sources.’ The consensus among the guests: It wasn’t a legitimate news story. But the media kept going with it.

One could go on and on. In September 2004, former CBS titan Dan Rather gambled his entire career on a story about Bush’s service in the National Guard. His instincts were so powerful, he didn’t thoroughly check the documents he relied on, which were forgeries.

Oh, there have been conservative feeding frenzies: about Barack Obama’s pastor, John Kerry’s embellishments of his war record, etc. But the mainstream media usually tasks itself with debunking and dispelling such ‘hysteria.’

Last week, Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported that sources on the ground in Libya say they pleaded for support during the attack on the Benghazi consulate that led to the deaths of four Americans. They were allegedly told twice to ‘stand down.’ Worse, there are suggestions that significant military resources were available to counterattack, but requests for help were denied.

If true, the White House’s concerted effort to blame the attack on a video crumbles, as do several other fraudulent claims.” Read more.

Related: Gingrich: Senator Told Me Networks May Have White House Emails Commanding Counterterrorism Group to Stand Down on Benghazi Rescue

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer: My Sources Tell Me Obama Was In The Room Watching Benghazi Attack

Muslim Persecution Of Christians: September, 2012

10/31/2012 1 comment

Matthew 10:22, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

By Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute – “The aftermath of collective punishment for Pakistan’s Christians—the inevitable byproduct of the notorious Rimsha Masih blasphemy case, concerning a possibly mentally challenged, 14-year-old Christian girl falsely accused of desecrating a Quran—was more dramatic than the blasphemy case itself. Indeed, knowing what was in store for them, some Christians even held a symbolic funeral procession, carrying a Christian leader in a coffin and digging a grave for the ‘deceased.’

Their apprehension proved too true—especially after another pretext for Muslims to riot emerged: the YouTube Muhammad video. After Friday prayers, Muslims attacked, killed, and robbed the Christians in their midst, who account for a miniscule 1.5% of Pakistan’s population. St. Paul’s Church in Mardan was attacked by hundreds of Muslims armed with clubs and sticks. After looting and desecrating the church, they set it on fire (see picture here). Next, Muslims raided a nearby church-run school; they looted and torched it, as well, and burned down a library containing more than 3,000 Christian books. Although the library also contained thousands of books on Islam—making the Muslim mobs’ actions blasphemous under Pakistan’s law—’the attack continued for more than three hours, with minimal efforts by the authorities to stop it.’

Separately, gunmen on motorbikes dressed in green (Islam’s color) opened fire on the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral in Hyderabad , where they murdered at least 28 people. Their immediate target appears to have been a nun, Mother Christina. Days later, unknown men reportedly threatened workers at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Hyderabad. ‘We will teach a lesson to the Christians,’ they said, and destroyed the hospital’s windows and doors. Naeem Samuel, the bishop of Trinity Evangelical Church was assaulted, severely beaten, and injured as he exited his church.

Meanwhile, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, far from condemning such outrages, validated them by falsely accusing the Muhammad movie for all the violence—even as they exposed their double standards by refusing to denounce paintings offensive to Christians, such as ‘Piss Christ.’ The New York Times also exposed its bias by defending the anti-Christian ‘Piss Christ’ as ‘art,’ while condemning the anti-Muslim Muhammad movie as hate-speech.

Categorized by theme, the rest of September’s stories of Christian persecution around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and in country alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity.

Church Attacks

Bahrain: Long considered the most tolerant nation in the Arabian Peninsula, with a 30% non-Muslim population of foreign workers, Bahrain is the latest Muslim nation to exhibit intolerance toward churches: Sunni clerics strongly opposed the planned construction of a Catholic church, ‘in a rare open challenge of the country’s Sunni king. More than 70 clerics signed a petition last week saying it was forbidden to build churches in the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.’ One prominent cleric, Sheik Adel Hassan al-Hamad, proclaimed that ‘anyone who believes that a church is a true place of worship is someone who has broken in their faith in God.’

Egypt: Kasr El-Dobara, the largest evangelical church in the Middle East, located in Egypt, was besieged by ‘unknown people’ hurling ‘stones and gas bombs.’ The first gas bomb thrown at the church was described as an ‘error’ by police, but it was soon followed by Read more…

Syria: Islamist Rebels Burn Down Church In Aleppo, Ten Christians Kidnapped

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Armenia Now – “The St. Gevorg church in Aleppo’s Armenian-populated district of Nor Kyugh was set ablaze on Monday, reported, quoting a representative of the local Armenian prelacy.

Speaking to the online paper, the spokesman, Zhirayr Reisian, confirmed that the church had become a target of rebels and that it had almost been reduced to ashes.

Reisian also said that the Mesrobian Armenian school adjacent to the church has been seriously damaged, too.

Earlier on Monday a blast near an Armenian district of Syrian capital Damascus reportedly killed 10 people and wounded around 50. Armenians were feared to be among both dead and wounded.

Later Reisian told state-run agency Armenpress that a group of 10 Christians, including seven Armenians, was kidnapped near Aleppo.

About four dozen Syrian Armenians have reportedly been killed since the start of the conflict in Syria in March 2011. Hundreds of an estimated 80,000 Syrian Armenian, mostly concentrated in Aleppo, have taken refuge in Armenia since fighting between government and opposition forces reached the city last July.” Source – Armenia Now.

Flashback: Syria: Christians Falling Into Severe Financial Hardship, Could Now Face Bloodbath From Islamist ‘Free Syrian Army’ – “The streets are most dangerous that is, unless it’s a Friday, when a few Syrian Christians dare to step outside of their homes amidst the persecution of Syria’s Christians by the Islamic rebels of the ‘Free Syrian Army. The Christians in Syria … could be facing a bloodbath. The signs are there right now, and only Russian and Chinese resistance to ‘the West’ is keeping the Syrian church from complete extermination. In many Syrian towns, lawlessness has become the norm. When government forces aren’t present, Muslims have been known to rob churches and kidnap, rape, or even kill Christian women.” Read more.

Iran: More Converts To Christianity Sentenced To Prison For Promoting The Faith Of Christ

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Mohabat News – “The initial trial of an AOG church pastor and three ministers of the church was held, while other Christian believers in other cities of Iran await their trial.

According to « Mohabat News » reporters, court session for four Christian converts was held in Ahwaz.

The official trial of four Christian converts was held on October 15, 2012 at Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz. The court was chaired by the judge Seyyed Mohammad Bagher Mousavi.

The four Christians who had been arrested on December 23, 2011 are: the pastor of the AOG church of Ahwaz, Farhad Sabokrouh and his wife, Shahnaz Jeizan together with two other church ministers, Naser Zamen Dezfuli and Davoud Alijani (Also known as David).

The reports received at Mohabat News indicate that in the first day of the trial, referring to the article 500 of the Islamic penal codes the judge announced these four Christian converts guilty and sentenced each of them to one year in prison, totally four years for all.

The Revolutionary Court announced their charges as ‘Converting to Christianity, inviting Muslims to convert, as well as propagating against the Islamic regime through promoting Evangelical Christianity’.

The article 500 of the Islamic penal code mentions, ‘Anyone who propagates against the Islamic Republic or in interest of groups and organizations opposing the Islamic regime in any ways may be sentenced to three months to one year in prison.’

Also, the two-page petition issued by the court says that the belongings of these Christians that are referred to as ‘the means of committing crime’ may be confiscated.

It is worthy to mention that as part of searching these Christians’ homes, security authorities confiscated their personal belongings including their computers, books, cellphones, DVDs as well as sound equipment and music instruments used at the church.” Read more.

Flashback: Iran: Islamic Republic Refusing Business License For Convert To Christianity, Orders Businesses Not To Employ Christians – “Iranian authorities refuse to allow a young man to start his own company because he converted to Christianity and was previously detained on charges of ‘apostasy’, or ‘abandoning Islam’, Iranian Christians said Saturday, July 14… Iranian Christians said the move is part if a wider government crackdown on non-Islamic minority groups, especially Christian converts, in society. At least dozens of Christians are known to have been detained in the country. Outside prison, government offices are reportedly ordered not to employ Christians and Christians have been deprived from high school or university education, or running their own schools…” Read more.

Sudan Imam: ‘We Will Never Forgive Christians For Not Being Muslims’, Suggests That Christianity Must Be Eliminated Throughout The North

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Morning Star News – “Amid threats of further losses, classes resumed this month at a Khartoum Bible school and church compound that Muslim extremists set ablaze in April, an area Christian source said.

Students and administrators at Gerif West Bible School in Sudan have yet to fully recover their losses from the April 21 attack, but the source said classes resumed on Oct. 15 even as area Muslims vie to take school land and anti-Christian messages emanate from a nearby mosque loudspeaker on most Fridays.

Muslim leaders have been asserting through the mosque loudspeaker that Christian institutions should not be permitted in Sudan, as the country should be a ‘purely Islamic state’ since the secession of South Sudan on July 9, 2011, he said.

‘We are expecting the level of persecution to rise in Sudan in the coming days,’ a pastor who works at the Bible school told Morning Star News by phone, adding that hostilities against churches and Christians were intensifying.

Islamist assailants shouting threats against Christians and ‘Allahu Akbar [Allah is greater]’ on April 21 broke down the Christian compound wall with a bulldozer and set fire to the school and a Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) building. Also damaged were a clinic, a home for the elderly and living quarters.

The hard-line Muslim sheikh who led the attack, Muhammad Abdelkrim, on Sept. 21 urged Muslims to tolerate no Christian presence and to have no dealings with them because they were ‘infidels,’ the source said.

‘We will never forgive Christians’ for not being Muslims, the imam declared during a mosque service on Sept. 21 through amplified loudspeakers, besides asserting that Christian institutions have no place in Sudan.

The attack ruined four halls used by three churches and burned the belongings of students at a dormitory. School library books, including 50 cartons of Bibles, were also destroyed. The assailants destroyed school furniture and broke into a safe and stole college funds.

Police stood by watching the destruction, according to a statement from SPEC.” Read more.

Flashback: Sudan: Bible College Bombed by Islamic Government While Students Studied in Class – “At least eight bombs were dropped in the area of Heiban Bible College Wednesday during the school’s first day of classes, according to a statement by Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham’s Christian humanitarian group, which supports the school… ‘We have been working for years in Sudan,’ Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said on Wednesday. ‘Today our Bible school in Heiban in the Nuba Mountains was bombed by the Sudanese Air Force. No one was killed or hurt, but buildings were destroyed. Please pray for the safety of believers, and that God would intervene.’” Read more.

Flashback: Sudan: Christianity No Longer an Accepted Religion, Muslims Attack Christians Trying to Rebuild Church – “Emboldened by government calls for a Sudan based on Islamic law since the secession of South Sudan, Muslims long opposed to a church near Khartoum have attacked Christians trying to finish constructing their building, sources said. The Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) congregation in Omdurman West, across the Nile River from Khartoum, has continued to meet for Sunday worship in a building without a roof in spite of opposition from area Muslims and local authorities, the sources told Compass. Claiming that Christianity was no longer an accepted religion in the country, Muslims in the Hay al Sawra, Block 29 area of Omdurman West on Aug. 5 attacked SCOC members who were constructing the church building, the sources said.” Read more.

Kerby Anderson Interviews Joel Richardson For His ‘Point Of View’

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Joel Richardson: “I had the opportunity today to visit with Kerby Anderson of the Point of View Radio Talk Show. Click here to listen to the full interview.

Source – Joel’s Trumpet.

Fatah Facebook Page Shows Mother Placing Suicide Belt On Her Own Child, ‘Go And Blow Up The Sons Of Zion’

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Try as they may, the Lord God their Deliverer will rescue His people from their enemies and make Himself known in their midst …

Zechariah 9:5-6, 9-15a, “Ashkelon will see it and fear; Gaza will writhe in agony, and Ekron too, for her hope will wither. Gaza will lose her king and Ashkelon will be deserted. Foreigners will occupy Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines…. Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you… He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners… I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, O Zion… Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south, and the LORD Almighty will shield them.”

By Rachel Hirshfeld, INN – “A recent photo posted to the official Facebook page of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon shows a mother placing a suicide belt on her young son, reported Palestinian Media Watch, which has documented the ongoing glorification of violence and martyrdom by the Palestinian Authority.

Beside the picture is written an imaginary conversation between the two which reads as follows:

‘My mother dressed me in a strange belt (i.e., a suicide belt).

I asked her: ‘What is this, mother?’

She said: ‘I will put it on you and you will go to your death!’

I said to her: ‘Mother, what have I done that you want me to die?’

She shed a tear that hurt my heart and said: ‘The homeland needs you, son. Go and blow up the sons of Zion.’

I said to her: ‘Why me and not you?’

She said: ‘I will stay in order to give birth to more children for the sake of Palestine.’

I kissed her hand and said to her: ‘Keep it up, mother, for you and for Palestine I will kill the impure and the damned.’'” Source – INN.

Palestinian TV Teaches Children Paradise is Rewarded For Martyrdom

No Laughing Matter: Somali Comedian Who Poked Fun At Islamists Is Shot Dead

10/30/2012 1 comment

According to the divinely inspired sayings of Islam’s prophet, you can die laughing. Literally. And if you don’t, some of his devout followers may see to it that you do …

“Do not laugh too much, for laughing deadens the heart.” – The Prophet Mohammed, Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2305; Ibn Maajah, 4193.

Agence France-Presse – “Gunmen assassinated a well-known comedian and musician who poked fun at Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and colleagues said Tuesday.

Warsame Shire Awale, a famous composer who had worked with Somalia’s national army band before joining Radio Kulmiye as a drama producer and comedian, was attacked by two gunmen late on Monday.

‘Gunmen killed him… we are investigating the matter and the killers will be brought to justice,’ police chief Ahmed Hassan Malin told reporters.

‘Two men armed with pistols shot and wounded him near his house in Waberi district, he died shortly after in hospital,’ said Abdi Mohamed Haji, a colleague at Radio Kulmiye.

The killing, the latest in a string of attacks on media workers in Somalia, follows the murder of fellow comic Abdi Jeylani Malaq Marshale in August, who also worked at Kulmiye.” Read more.

Flashback: Sudan: TV Comedian and Producer Gunned Down After Criticizing Al-Shabaab – “Abdi Jeylani Malaq, a TV actor, comedian and producer also known as Marshale, was fatally shot in cold blood by unidentified gunmen as he was about to enter his home in the Mogadishu district of Waberi at around 7 p.m. yesterday… Malaq, who worked for Universal TV, wrote and performed in popular television dramas in which he used humour to criticize both the federal transitional government and armed groups, including Al-Shabaab.” Read more.

Flashback: Study: Laughing May Help Ease Blood Pressure, Boost Mood and Enrich Health in Other Ways – “There is a growing body of research indicating that a good guffaw may improve immune function, help lower blood pressure, boost mood and reduce stress and depression. And despite a dearth of more rigorous, long-term studies, the sum of these findings is compelling, says cardiologist Michael Miller, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine who has researched the topic.” Read more.

Flashback: Scientific American: Laughter Proves Good Medicine for Heart – “Lacking a sense of humor might not just be bad for your social life, it might also be harming your cardiovascular health. A new study shows that laughter actually increases blood flow in the body, proving right the old adage that laughter is the best medicine, at least when it comes to the heart… In fact, being light-hearted boosted blood flow about the same amount as light exercise or drugs that lower cholesterol. Drama-induced stress, on the other hand, cut that rate by as much as angry memories or mental calculations.” Read more.

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