Is Boko Haram More Extreme Than Islamic State?
Can someone be too extreme even for the Islamic State? It seems that in recent weeks, there has been a rift between the two Islamic extremist groups, an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria and ISIS, over Islamic State’s decision to replace its leader, Abubakar Shekau.
Since this shift, the two groups have reportedly clashed and accused each other of not adhering to true Islam.
While this change has weakened Boko Haram for the immediate future, it is unclear how this will affect the group’s reign and territory. The group is notorious for its barbaric acts, even using children as suicide bombers.
We have continued to update you on how the violence of both Islamic extremist groups have affected persecuted Christians, whether in Nigeria at the hands of Boko Haram, or in the Middle East at the hands of ISIS. This leadership shift holds much uncertainty for believers in these regions.
The church in these regions needs our prayers. May we pray for them to stand strong in the face of such extreme persecution. These two groups operate with fear tactics and oppression, so we ask that God would enable believers to discern how to act when faced with the uncertainties they face and diligently bring Him glory through their trials.
The International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church (IDOP) is fast-approaching on November 6th, and the plight of Christians at the hands of Boko Haram and ISIS should be at the forefronts of our minds. Join us on IDOP to pray for these believers and stand #OneWithThem. Our brothers and sisters have requested our prayers, so thank you for standing with them!