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Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #31

Country/Region: Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, Turkey

Islamist group pilots “sharia-controlled zone”

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This message is being distributed in certain Muslim enclaves

Muslims Against Crusades are targeting the London borough of Waltham Forest to be the first “sharia-controlled zone” as part of a new “Islamic Emirates Project”.

 

 

 

Sydney man lashed 40 times under Islamic law

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A map showing the location of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia

A Sydney man was allegedly whipped up to 40 times for going out for alcoholic drinks with friends in a violent kind of sharia punishment.

 

 

 

Australian universities infiltrated by Islamic extremists

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The Muslim community in Sydney has warned of extremism in universities
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Universities in Australia have been targeted by an Islamic extremist group that urges Muslims to reject democracy and promotes violence against Australian troops fighting in Afghanistan

 

 

 

Texan Governor sued for “unconstitutional” participation in prayer rally

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Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
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Texas Governor Rick Perry is being sued by a national organisation focused on ensuring the separation of Church and state because he plans to participate in a forthcoming Christian prayer rally.

 

 

 

 

 

Operation Nehemiah Prayer
  • Pray that the move by Islamists to turn Waltham Forest and other London boroughs into “sharia-controlled zones” will be frustrated. Pray for the light of the Gospel to shine in these areas and that many Muslims will turn to Christ as the only way, truth and life
  • Pray that more Christian leaders in the United States will have courage and wisdom to proclaim the nation’s need to seek God’s guidance. Pray that Governor Rick Perry will be encouraged in his decision to join in public prayer.
  • Pray that universities in Australia will actively prevent the infiltration of Islamic extremism and have boldness to confront it.
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