Islam in Libya: Islamists Gaining Strength

Persecution by Islamist groups is on the rise in Libya — against Christians, Sufis, and Muslims as well. The Media Line recently reported that radical Islamist militants have “unleashed a string of attacks on foreign and Christian targets,” leaving the country’s emerging government “paralyzed.”

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Under the secular regime of Qaddafi, notes the news outlet, any “Islamist sentiment was kept in check.” Barak Barfi, a research fellow at the New America Foundation, said, “The collapse of his government, in addition to nonexistent security, has allowed such groups to flourish. With no pervasive intelligence services to persecute them, they are today able to establish virtual states within a state.”

In such instability and persecution pray that the gospel will be preached to many.

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