GARLAND, Texas (Reuters) - At a small mosque in Texas near the site where two gunmen were shot dead after trying to storm an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, there was little sympathy for the assailants or the organizers of the event.
The well-worn mosque, located in a community center, is about 4 miles from where the shooting took place.
Muslims in the area knew well about the exhibit by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a free-speech organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as a hate group, and which paid $10,000 for extra security.
For the most part, area Muslims stayed away, waiting for it to be over.
"It was not even worth protesting," said Siddiq Moon, a North Texas business owner. read more
TEXAS: Nadir Soofi, a gunman shot dead after opening fire at a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), was a popular schoolboy in Pakistan but struggled to adjust to the United States after moving there as a teen, friends said on Tuesday.
Friends in Pakistan, who studied with Soofi at the elite International School of Islamabad, were stunned to discover that police had identified him as was one of the attackers. read more
Islamic State (IS) has said that it was behind the attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in the US state of Texas.
It said that "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack at a conference centre near Dallas.
It is the first time that ISIS has claimed to have carried out an attack in the US. read more
Hairstyles of a spiky and unorthodox nature have reportedly been banned in Iran because they imply devil-worship, while tattoos and other male bodily adornments also being outlawed.
"Devil worshipping hairstyles are now forbidden," said Mostafa Govahi, the head of Iran's Barbers Union. read more
The residents of Bilal Town in Abbotabad, Pakistan, have voted to turn the plot of land where Osama Bin Laden's house once stood into a playground or girl's college. Children have been playing cricket there. A notice was issued, inviting claimants of ownership to turn in documentary proof within 15 days. When nobody came forward as the plot's owner, the government took over the land formally and cleared the compound of rubble. A local said of the girl's school idea, "Our daughters, the future mothers, will disseminate the message of peace and non-violence across the area, if the authorities allow the construction."