CNN reports that:
A Boko Haram video emerged Monday purportedly showing some of the kidnapped Nigerian girls in Muslim headdresses and the terror group's leader declaring they have converted to Islam.Read more here.
The video, released by French news agency Agence France-Presse, was shot in a nondescript bush area and showed about 100 girls.
In the 27-minute footage, the terror group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, says he is willing to exchange the schoolgirls for Boko Haram prisoners.
It shows girls dressed in black and gray hijabs, and reciting the Quran as they make Islamic declarations of faith. Shekau appears in a separate part of the video, but never with the girls.
"Praise be to Allah, the lord of the world," the girls in the video chant.
It's the first purported sighting of the girls abducted last month in the northern town of Chibok. A convoy of Islamist militants drove to a school, seized nearly 300 girls and fled into the night.
At least 276 girls remain missing since the terror group abducted them on April 14. Though some of the girls escaped shortly after their abduction, none of the others have been found.
Holy Qur'an 2:256 states that "there is no compulsion in religion." Clearly, those terrorists violated the Qur'an and basic international human rights by kidnapping over 200 innocent girls and forcing them to convert Islam. Obviously, faith must based on free will. No one should be forced at gunpoint to convert to any religion.
Instead of spreading the Islam, Boko Haram's cruelty and cowardice only fuel the blazing flames of hatred against Islam. Only cowards and chumps would kidnap defenseless girls and threaten to sell them like slaves. Boko Haram is evil incarnate.
The Holy Quran demands that believers stand up for justice. Holy Qur'an 4:135 states:
O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.Muslims, Christians, Jews and other people of good will must demand that Boko Haram be brought to justice for their heinous crimes. I hope and pray that each one of those girls are safely returned to their families. Bring back our girls now!