ISIS fighters demanded that hostages quote the Quran during a massacre at a Bangladesh café. Those who failed to demonstrate knowledge of the Muslim holy book were tortured or killed. At least 22 people died, the Independent reported.
Rezaul Karim, a father of a survivor, told Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper that hostages who were able to “recite a verse or two” were spared. The others were tortured.”
Those who were able to quote the Quran were “treated well and given food,” the Independent reported.
Ramadan, which continues this week, is viewed by the Islamic State as a prime time to kill infidels.
In addition to the Orlando, Fla. nightclub massacre that killed 49, ISIS has been connected to attacks in Bangladesk, Istanbul and Dhaka in June.
The Islamic State, ISIS and ISIL all refer to the same group of Muslim extremists.
“The spokesman for the Islamic State said in late May that jihadists should ‘make it, with God’s permission, a month of pain for infidels everywhere,'” the New York Times reported.
For most Muslims, Ramadan marks a time for prayer and time spent with family and friends. “Noble acts” are believed to carry greater rewards during Ramadan, but jihadists have twisted this to incite violence as a noble act, according to the New York Times.