Christian Girl Abducted in Broad Daylight


Christian girls Kidnapped and forced Muslim Marriage

Christian-Pakistani young woman was kidnapped in Pakistan then forced to convert to Islam followed by a forced marriage. Shamim Mahmood (Masih) submitted this news. Here are some links with similar information but with tidbits of further details if you look at them:

 

Christian family ‘devastated’ after daughter, 24, is kidnapped on the streets of Pakistan and forced to marry a Muslim man; Daily Mail; 5/16/16 12:06 EST – UPDATED 5/18/16 03:04 EST

 

Brazen abduction of Christian girl in broad daylight by two masked Muslim men sparks concern over her safety! BPCA; 5/16/16

 

Christian woman ‘snatched off street and forced to wed Muslim but police won’t make kidnappers free her’; Daily Mirror; 5/18/16 17:53 – UPDATED 5/18/16 19:27

 

Pakistan: Christian woman abducted and forced to marry Muslim kidnapper; Christian Today; 5/17/16

 
Christian Woman in Pakistan Kidnapped, Forced To Marry Muslim Captor, Family Devastated: ‘Jesus is The Center of Her Life’; The Gospel Herald; 5/17/16 12:53 PM EDT

 

Christian girl, abducted in Pakistan last year, forced to marry Muslim captor; Deccan Chronical; 5/17/16 2:57 pm IST

 

Below is Shamim’s version.

 

JRH 5/17/16

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Christian Girl Abducted in Broad Daylight

In Christian Populated Area of Lahore

 

Maryam Mushtaq - kidnapped by Muslim in Lahore Maryam Mushtaq – The Victim

 

By Shamim Mahmood

Sent: 5/16/2016 9:05 PM

 

Islamabad (Shamim Masih): It was broad daylight, on Thursday, May 12, 2016; a 24 year-old Christian divorced woman was kidnapped whilst returning home from Excel Education School, an adult learning center in Bihar Colony Kot Lakhpat, Lahore. She joined this institution and started learning only few months back, as Maryam Mushtaq decided to educate herself to help her family out of poverty that she might be able to earn a higher wage. She was undertaking a very basic level Matriculation education (GCSE standard) and was hoping to progress onto further education for an eventual full-time career in teaching.

 

On the sad day, around at 13:30 hours whilst she was walking back to her house with her younger brother Rohail Mushtaq (11 years) and Maryam was fully force grabbed by two Muslim men with their faces covered with masks. The abductors bundled Maryam into the back of a white Toyota Corolla, Licence plate LEA -5393. The men hurled abuse at young Rohail and threatened violence if he intervened and the young man simply froze in fear. However, two men on motorcycles saw the abduction and chased the vehicle but sadly the kidnappers escaped.

 

Mussarat Mushtaq - mother of Christian kidnap victim

 Mussarat Mushtaq – mother of Christian kidnap victim

Mussarat Mushtaq (53 years), the mother of Maryam reported the abduction to local police at Liaquatabad Police Station and registered a first incident report (FIR). Police initiated an investigation on the license plate of the vehicle and then phoned the owner. After two days on 14th May 2015 Police called Mussarat to the police station explained to the family that Maryam had been married to a 32 year-old Muslim man Muhammad Ali and showed certificates of Maryam’s marriage to her.  Cases like this are normally rejected outright however due to a number of witnesses having observed the crime; it seems Police had no option but to register a crime.

 

ID card for the kidnapper Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali ID – Muslim Abductor

 

 

Marriage Certificate or FIR (Can't read Urdu)

I don’t read Urdu – Either an FIR or Marriage Certificate

Mussarat told that “Three years ago my husband died of cancer, two years ago Maryam’s sister died. Now kidnappers have taken away my daughter, I am devastated. Maryam was a good intelligent hard working girl, she went back to college to improve her chances for employment so that she could support her family. The kidnappers have destroyed her future.  Maryam had a good relationship with her brother Rohail and remaining sister Khusboo (23 years), they would know if she had been interested in this man. None of them have ever even seen him before. Maryam like the rest of us attends church every week there is no way she would give up her whole life and salvation to marry a Muslim man. Jesus has always been the centre of her life.”

I met the investigating officer Mohammed Razaq, who told him that police were taking this kidnap case very seriously.

“Police are following through on a kidnap and forced marriage charges and are bringing Maryam and Muhammed Ali to the local court in the next few days, for an initial hearing. However, Maryam, has not been removed from the clutches of Muhammed Ali and it is feared she will be coerced into stating she is in a lawful marriage. The fact that she has been found so quickly is advantageous as the pressure applied by the abductors will be minimal; moreover, the daylight abduction yielded a number of material witnesses.”

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the BPCA, said:

“Yet again an innocent Christian girl has been kidnapped and forced into Islamic marriage.  We do not know the depravity or the brutality she has had to face but her entrapment will have a sordid edge to it no doubt. Police have responded relatively quickly, but had to in circumstances of traumatic daylight abduction that was witnessed by many. The abductors are known and yet the girl still has not been returned to the family and it is feared that corrupt police could collude with the kidnappers if bribed significantly.  A justice system that does not permit the release of an abductee to her family is indicative of a flawed and failing rule of law.

 

May God grant this poor woman freedom and a chance to fulfill her ambition of becoming a teacher, where she might be able to teach love and hope where so much cruelty exists.”

The family has requested help with legal counsel for Maryam and a safe relocation whiles the lethargic legal process of Pakistan, slowly proceeds. The initial solicitors’ fee will be $500 and a safe house for 3 months will be in the region of $300 per month. If you would like to help with a donation, please contact at shamimpakistan@gmail.com **

 

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Be Blessed,

Shamim Mahmood

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Diplomatic Correspondent

Daily Times, Islamabad

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text embraced by brackets and some links are by the Editor.

 

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Foreign Christians and the Obama Administration


Sister Diana Momeka – Iraqi Refugee Nun and BHO

 

John R. Houk

© July 26, 2015

In an earlier post I shared that persecuted Pakistani-Christian Asia Bibi received a stay of execution by hanging. I wanted to draw attention that the Pakistan government was still keeping her in prison even though a few Western nations had offered her and her family asylum if she is released. In conjunction with her continued incarceration I excerpted from various sources how ill-treated Bibi has experienced and that her family was constantly receiving death threats and thus are in hiding as in having to move around a lot to avoid deadly persecution.

Since America is still the land where Christians can enjoy religious liberty without fear of Muslims demanding Sharia punishments be enforced for believing Jesus Christ is the Son of God and true Messiah while Mohammed was (as in past tense and dead as a rusty door nail) falsely claimed to be a messenger a divine deity called Allah who went out his way to tell listeners that Jesus Christ is NOT the Son of God, that the Lord did NOT die on the Cross AND NEVER did arise bodily from the grave reclaiming the divine attributes given up to be a sacrifice for the redemption to a lost and separated from God humankind.

This basic theological Christian faith is blasphemy to a Muslim because in their view it belittles Mohammed and that fake deity Allah.

And so Asia Bibi is still in prison and her family is still stuck in Pakistan in a nation in which the Sunni-Muslim majority believes they should die horribly to honor Mo and Allah.

Do you think President Barack Hussein Obama and his Administration care about the suffering that Christians like Asia Bibi receives at the hands of lunatic Muslims believing they are honoring their deity and prophet?

The President has allowed a destructive nuke deal to move forward with Iran without requiring the Christian American citizens imprisoned on various bogus charges to be released. Obama has allowed the mass slaughtering of Christians in Iraq and Syria by psycho-Muslims that have carved land out of those two nations and called it the Islamic State (IS). Our President still calls them ISIL, most American media outlets calls the “IS” ISIS (See Also HERE) and most Muslim nations and Israel calls the “IS” Daesh (pronounced like dash – See Also HERE).

You’d think a nation like the United States of America that still has a large affinity for Christianity would be more accommodating toward persecuted Christians in Muslim dominated nations, right?

Raymond Ibrahim examines Obama’s Administration to shine a light on some curious practices being used against persecuted Christians to prevent their voice from being heard by American voters.

JRH 7/26/15

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U.S. State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution: Muslim Persecution of Christians, May 2015

By Raymond Ibrahim

July 24, 2015

Raymond Ibrahim – Islam Translated

Also at Gatestone Institute

During the height of one of the most brutal months of Muslim persecution of Christians, the U.S. State Department exposed its double standards against persecuted Christian minorities.

Sister Diana, an influential Iraqi Christian leader, who was scheduled to visit the U.S. to advocate for persecuted Christians in the Mideast, was denied a visa by the U.S. State Department even though she had visited the U.S. before, most recently in 2012.

She was to be one of a delegation of religious leaders from Iraq — including Sunni, Shia and Yazidi, among others — to visit Washington, D.C., to describe the situation of their people. Every religious leader from this delegation to Washington D.C. was granted a visa — except for the only Christian representative, Sister Diana.

After this refusal became public, many Americans protested, some writing to their congressmen. Discussing the nun’s visa denial, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said:

This is an administration which never seems to find a good enough excuse to help Christians, but always finds an excuse to apologize for terrorists … I hope that as it gets attention that Secretary Kerry will reverse it. If he doesn’t, Congress has to investigate, and the person who made this decision ought to be fired.

The State Department eventually granted Sister Diana a visa.

This is not the first time the U.S. State Department has not granted a visa to a Christian leader coming from a Muslim region. Last year, after the United States Institute for Peace brought together the governors of Nigeria’s mostly Muslim northern states for a conference in the U.S., the State Department blocked the visa of the region’s only Christian governor, Jonah David Jang.

According to a Nigerian human rights lawyer based in Washington D.C., Emmanuel Ogebe, the Christian governor’s “visa problems” were due to anti-Christian bias in the U.S. government:

The U.S. insists that Muslims are the primary victims of Boko Haram. It also claims that Christians discriminate against Muslims in Plateau, which is one of the few Christian majority states in the north. After the [Christian governor] told them [U.S. authorities] that they were ignoring the 12 Shariah states who institutionalized persecution … he suddenly developed visa problems…. The question remains — why is the U.S. downplaying or denying the attacks against Christians?

The testimony of another nun, Sister Hatune Dogan, also made in May, indicates why the State Department may not want to hear such testimonials: they go against the paradigm that “Islam is peace.” According to Sister Hatune:

What is going on there [Islamic State territories], what I was hearing, is the highest barbarism on earth in the history until today… The mission of Baghdadi, of ISIS, is to convert the world completely to the Islamic religion and bring them to Dar Al Salaam, as they call it. And Islam is not peace, please. Whoever says ISIS has no connection to Islam or something like this is, he’s a liar. ISIS is Islam; Islam is ISIS… We know that in Islam, there is no democracy. Islam and democracy are opposite, like black and white. And I hope America will understand. America today has the power that they can stop this disaster on the earth, with other Western countries.

The rest of May’s roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes, but is not limited to, the following accounts, listed by theme.

Muslim Attacks on Christian Churches

Pakistan: Three separate incidents involved attacks on churches:

1) On May 28, in the city of Chakwal, south of Lahore, Muslim men destroyed a Protestant church and beat six Christians, including the pastor. Some of those wounded had to be hospitalized. A few days earlier, Pastor Suhail Masih and his companions had been accused by local Muslims of carrying out “proselytism and conversions of Muslims,” according to a preliminary report.

2) Javed David, head of Hope for the Light Ministries in Lahore, and his associates, have been receiving death threats since February. The latest incident occurred in April, but became public knowledge only in May. According to David:

I had been to church in Sheikhupura to attend a meeting with colleagues. It was 8 o’clock in the evening when we left to return to Lahore. We were about to reach the main road when a motorbike drove up and blocked the way. Maybe they were following us. The two bikers were wearing a helmet (sic). One of them came up to my window and spoke to me. “We know what you are doing here,” he said. “Stop building churches. Convert to Islam, which is the true religion. Otherwise we will make a horrible example of you.”… [On another] occasion too, I was going home when a motorcycle stopped in front of me. The driver knocked on the window and threw in a piece of paper. I did not open it before I got home. It said, “This is an Islamic nation. We cannot allow church building. Either you convert to Islam or you leave this country! Stop building churches or you’ll pay the consequences!”

3) On May 29 in Faisalabad, around 2 a.m., a gang of Muslims on motorcycles attacked a church near the Sadar police station. They opened fire on the church and set its main gate on fire, damaging its windows. According to church cleric Dilawar Masih, “Though no human loss was reported in this incident, attackers gave a clear-cut message that Christians and their places of worship are not safe and they may be attacked any time by the terrorists.”

Egypt: Two churches were attacked:

1) On May 16, a homemade explosive device planted next to a Coptic Christian church was detonated around sunset. As the St. George Church in Tamiya (Fayum governorate) was mostly empty at the time, there were no casualties. However, the church’s administrative offices and second floor windows were shattered, creating chaos and panic in the area. Church security cameras captured the two men on a motorcycle, who stopped at the church. One of the men dismounted and placed a bag containing the bomb next to the church, and they then sped off.

2) On Sunday morning, May 31 in Senoras city, Fayum, masked men on motorcycles opened fire on an Evangelical church. Security forces guarding the church briefly exchanged fire with the masked men before they fled on their motorcycles. No one was reported hurt.

Canada: On May 26, a 22-year-old man of Muslim background was charged with alleged hate crimes committed against the St. Catherine of Siena Church and its neighboring elementary school in Mississauga, Ontario. Iqbal Hessan faces five counts of mischief, and over $5,000 in fines. On May 20, the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue that stands in front of the church was covered in black paint and the fingers of its outstretched arms were broken off. Behind the church, graffiti with the words “There is no Jew God” was scrawled across the brick wall along with a drawing of a face labelled “Jewsus.” That vandalism was the fourth time the church was targeted. On April 9, surveillance cameras caught a young man breaking into the church, ripping pages of the Sacramentary book on the altar, throwing them at the tabernacle, and then stealing one of the church’s sound-system speakers. On May 17, a drawing of a hand gesturing with the middle finger was found spray-painted on the front steps of the church. And on May 25, graffiti was sprayed on the school walls.

Algeria: According to Abdel Fattah Zarawi, the Muslim leader of the Salafi party, also known as the Free Front of Algeria, any and all Christian churches remaining in the North African nation must be closed and reopened as mosques. Although the transformation of Christian churches into Muslim mosques is nearly as old as Islam itself — Algeria was Christian-majority and even gave the world St. Augustine before Islam invaded and conquered it in the seventh century — the Salafi leader tried to portray his proposal as a “grievance” against rising anti-Muslim sentiment in Europe, especially France. Launched on social media and networks, the Salafi campaign against Algerian churches even calls for the transformation of the nation’s most important churches into mosques — including the Church of Notre Dame d’Afrique in Algiers, the Church of St. Augustine in Annaba, and the Church of Santa Cruz in Oran — since “they have no relation whatsoever to the religion of Algerian Muslims,” in the words of the Free Front.

Saudi Arabia: Sheikh Adel al-Kalbani, former Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca and current prayer leader of Muhaisin Mosque in Riyadh, issued a tweet from his personal Twitter account, saying, “My beloved nation: It suffices me that you shelter me from hearing church bells ringing in you.” Due to his importance, the New York Times once issued an entire spread about al-Kalbani. The “hopeful” theme is how al-Kalbani managed to rise to the top in Saudi Arabia by becoming the first black Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. No word in any English language media, however, about his abhorrence for Christian churches and their bells.

Turkey: A 900-year-old Christian church in Turkey is to be renovated into a functioning mosque — despite previous governmental assurances that it would be renovated into a museum. Enez’s Hagia Sophia, the name of the ancient church, is located inside the city of Ainos, along the border with Greece and stationed atop a hill, visible to all. Another centuries-old church, Hagia Sophia in Trabzon, along the Black Sea, was reopened in 2013 as a mosque, although it was a museum for many years. Meanwhile, a majority of Turks await the re-transformation of the greatest Hagia Sophia (Constantinople’s) into a mosque.

Yemen: A Catholic church was seriously damaged during a Saudi bombing raid around mid-May. The church of the Immaculate Conception in Aden had earlier been occupied by Houthi rebels who had vandalized its interior. The airstrike by Saudi bombers — in support of the Yemeni government in its struggle with the rebels — did further damage to the structure. Only one Catholic priest remains in Yemen. Two priests fled the country to escape the violence, while another, who was out of the country when the fighting began, has been unable to return. Twenty members of the Missionaries of Charities have chosen to remain in the war-torn country, tending to the sick and the poor.

Muslim Attacks on Christian Freedom

Pakistan: On Sunday, May 24, a Christian man in the Sanda neighborhood of Lahore was accused of blasphemy when some Muslims saw him burning newspapers that reportedly contained Arabic verses from the Koran. After the accusation, a Muslim mob caught the Christian, severely beat him, and even attempted to set him on fire. A few months earlier, another Muslim mob burned a Christian couple alive inside a kiln after they, too, were accused of insulting Islam. The Christian youth — named Humayun Masih, said to be “mentally unstable” — was imprisoned and charged under section 295-B of Pakistan’s penal code, which prohibits the desecration of the Koran. After the attack on the Christian youth, the Muslim mob, reportedly thousands, rampaged through the neighborhood and set fire to Christian homes and a church. Christians in the region were attacked, and most fled the region; some of the mob was armed and gunshots were heard.

Egypt: On May 5, another Coptic Christian was convicted of blaspheming against Islam: “ridiculing or insulting a heavenly religion” in violation of Article 98 (f) of the Egyptian Penal Code. A judge in Daqahliya sentenced Michael Munir Beshay to one year’s imprisonment and a fine of one thousand Egyptian pounds. As International Christian Concern puts it: “Despite steps taken by the Sisi-led government to bring about greater tolerance and reforms, the conviction of Beshay is just another of many recent incidents highlighting the continued persecution of the country’s Christian minority.”[1] And Bishoy Armia Boulous – formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy, an apostate from Islam to Christianity — has remained imprisoned now for approximately a year, well past the legal six-month investigation period. All this time, he has been subject to physical and verbal abuse, from both prison guards and fellow inmates, on account of his “apostasy” from, and “blasphemy” against, Islam. He has been denied a Bible and has not had eyeglasses since they were intentionally broken some time ago. [2]

Iran: Ibrahim Firouzi, a Muslim convert to Christianity, was sentenced to the maximum five years in prison for “action against national security through collusion and gathering.” After Firouzi converted to Christianity, he was arrested on August 25, 2013 and convicted of evangelizing, colluding with “anti-regime” foreign networks, launching a Christian website, and working against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Although his prison term was supposed to end on January 13, 2015, authorities continued to hold him illegally, and on March 8 they sentenced him to serve another five years “in very difficult conditions.”

Dhimmitude

Syria: After failed negotiations, the Islamic State (IS) refused to release 242 Christian hostages captured during a late February raid along the Khabur River. On May 1, the IS demanded $242 million USD for the release of 93 women, 51 children, and 98 men taken captive. The Assyrian church, family and friends, unable to raise such a large sum, made a lesser, undisclosed offer, which IS rejected, saying it would no longer negotiate concerning the fate of the captive Christians. Based on Islamic law, their fate will now likely be slavery (especially women and children) or execution (especially men).[3]

Ethiopia: A Muslim mob in Deder attacked a Christian man and forced him out of his home on pain of death, in an effort to appropriate his land and build a mosque on it – despite recent court rulings confirming the Christian man’s property rights. “Their first plan was to kill my husband,” said Fikere Mengistu’s wife. “Now, he has escaped from the area. We are fasting and praying for God to rescue us from this forceful action.” She remains with her five children, elderly mother-in-law and 30 other Christians, praying on the property. “We did our best try to defend our faith based on the law of the country… Muslims are out of the control of the government and the law. What can we do?” said Mengistu.[4]

Iraq: Juliana George, a 16-year-old Christian girl living in Baghdad, was abducted from her home. According to her family, a person knocked on the door of their home and when she answered, she was seized by four men who forced her into a waiting taxi and sped away. Her grandfather, Joseph, a priest, chased the taxi on foot and grabbed its door, but eventually fell to the side as the vehicle sped away. She was eventually released after her family paid a $55,000 ransom to the abductors for her return. Juliana’s father, George, said that she has been traumatized by the experience: “I fear for her and my two other daughters…. There is no reason to believe that we will not be targeted again. I don’t see how we can stay in Baghdad after this.”

Turkey: On the same year that millions around the world commemorated the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Turkish authorities started the demolition of Kamp Armen, an Armenian orphanage in the metropolitan district of Tuzla, despite the attempts by some political representatives to intervene. The orphanage was built in 1962 on the initiative of the Armenian Protestant community. A brief historical recap of the orphanage follows:

Thanks to its activities, the institution has helped 1,500 children to grow up in an environment based on the spirituality and culture of Armenian Christianity. There was also Hrant Dink among its students, the Armenian Turkish journalist, founder of the bilingual magazine Agos, killed in 2007 after being repeatedly threatened with death for his positions on the Armenian Genocide. The Turkish State had expropriated the orphanage in 1987, and all legal attempt (sic) by the Armenian Protestant communities to regain control of the building fell on deaf ears.

Italian Dhimmitude

Accounts of Muslim immigrants taunting and even assaulting Christians in Italy are increasing. Earlier this year, a crucifix was violently destroyed in close proximity to a populated mosque, and a statue of the Virgin Mary was destroyed and urinatedon by a group of North Africans in Italy. In addition:

· A Muslim schoolboy of African origin beat a 12-year-old girl at a school because she was wearing a crucifix around her neck. The boy, who had only started to attend the school a few weeks earlier, began to bully the Christian girl — “insulting her and picking on her in other ways all because she was wearing the crucifix” — before he finally assaulted her. Italian police did not charge the boy with any offense; they said he was a minor.

· On Sunday, May 10, after church mass, a group of young Muslim immigrants from the Islamic Center interrupted a Catholic procession in honor of the Virgin Mary. They shouted verbal insults and threats as the group passed in front of the Islamic Cultural Center in Conselice, a small town in lower Romagna. Approximately 100 Catholic Christians, including several small children, were preparing to receive their first Holy Communion. They were reportedly stunned and confused and halted the procession before regrouping and hurrying past the Center.

Egyptian Dhimmitude

On Sunday, May 24, in the village of Kafr Darwish, just south of Cairo, a Muslim mob attacked Coptic Christian homes by throwing stones and Molotov explosives at them. More than 10 homes were torched and damaged. This attack was apparently prompted by a familiar narrative: one of the Coptic villagers, Ayman Youssef, was accused of posting cartoons offensive to Muhammad on his Facebook account. Youssef is illiterate and says he lost his mobile phone a few days before the alleged Facebook posting. Village elders and security representatives held a “conciliation session” and decreed that Youssef’s entire family — including the 80-year-old father and 75-year-old mother — must leave the village if angry Muslims were to calm down. The Christian family was told by the village mayor Ahmed Maher that police “cannot guarantee their safety if they remained in the village.”

Dr. Khaled Montaser, an Egyptian intellectual and frequent critic of the Islamization of the country, discussed how discrimination against Coptic Christians is widespread in certain medical professions. He said during a televised program that, although the pioneer of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Egypt was a Coptic Christian (Dr. Naguib Mahfouz), his grandson is banned from entering these professions because he is a Christian. Montaser confirmed that this policy, even if not a formal law, has caused Christian students increasingly to continue their studies abroad. He pointed out that this “policy” has become a norm — one of many that discriminates against Copts.

In a 25-minute interview on Arabic satellite TV with Dr. Mona Roman, Coptic Christian Bishop Agathon fully exposed the plight of his Christian flock in Minya, Egypt — a region that has a large Coptic minority that is steadily under attack. It was pointed out that the Egyptian state itself is often behind the persecution of and discrimination against Christians. According to the bishop, local governmental authorities — including the State Security apparatus — do not just ignore the attacks on Copts, but are often the very ones behind them.[5]

During a recent interview on Egyptian television, Dr. Yunis Makioun, head of the Al-Nour Party, the political wing of the Salafis, insisted that Islam commands Muslims to “protect” the nation’s Christian minority — a reference to their “dhimmi” status — and treat them properly. Even so, said the Salafi spokesman, Muslims, according to Islam, are forbidden to offer greetings or congratulations to Copts on any Christian holiday.

Coptic Kidnappings

Since the “Arab Spring” came to Egypt, the kidnapping of Coptic Christians has been on the rise. In Nag Hammadi alone, 77 persons have been abducted, and two killed.

Makram Nazir, a 55-year-old Coptic Christian man was kidnapped and killed. Nazir was returning home from his second job in the middle of the night on April 26, when he was seized. His abductors called his brother and demanded a million Egyptian pounds (equivalent of $131,000 USD). As it was an impossible amount to raise, the Coptic man’s family negotiated a significantly reduced price by phone with the abductors. The brother went to the local police station, provided them with all the information, including recordings of the phone calls, but, according to Watan News, “no one made a single move or took the matter seriously.” After paying the ransom, three days passed before Nazir’s family found the Coptic man’s corpse in a canal. Killing Christian hostages even after being paid the ransom is not uncommon in Egypt. The same happened to 6-year-old Cyril Joseph: on May 2013, it was reported that his “family is in tatters after paying 30,000 pounds [about $4000 USD] to the abductor, who still killed the innocent child and threw his body in the sewer system, where the body, swollen and moldy, was exhumed.”

Armed gunmen seized an 8-year-old Coptic Christian child, Antonious Zaki Hani, who was walking with his mother to school in Nag Hammadi. Four armed gunmen appeared, forced the child from his mother on the threat of death, and fled in a car. The kidnappers demanded two million Egyptian pounds ($262,000 USD) in ransom. Police eventually released the boy 17 days after he was kidnapped, although some activists say police knew earlier where the boy was being held.

On May 2, another Coptic Christian girl, Marina Magdi Fahim, 17, vanished after leaving her home around midday in the Hanofil region of Alexandria. Her family reported her disappearance to the authorities. Human rights activists say the girl was not reported injured at any hospital — a sign that she was kidnapped. She has not been seen since.

A few days earlier, another 17-year old Coptic Christian was kidnapped in the village of al-Kom al-Qibliyya in Samalout. An eyewitness said he saw a Muslim neighbor named Ahmed Khalifa seize the girl. Although the family planned to organize a protest, the village elders counseled against it, lest it backfire by provoking more of the area’s Muslims to retaliate against the Christian minority of the region, as often happens whenever Copts ask for their human rights.

About this Series

The persecution of Christians in the Islamic world has become endemic. Accordingly, “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed to collate some—by no means all—of the instances of persecution that surface each month. It serves two purposes:

1) To document that which the mainstream media does not: the habitual, if not chronic, persecution of Christians.

2) To show that such persecution is not “random,” but systematic and interrelated—that it is rooted in a worldview inspired by Islamic Sharia.

Accordingly, whatever the anecdote of persecution, it typically fits under a specific theme, including hatred for churches and other Christian symbols; apostasy, blasphemy, and proselytism laws that criminalize and sometimes punish with death those who “offend” Islam; sexual abuse of Christian women; forced conversions to Islam; theft and plunder in lieu of jizya (financial tribute expected from non-Muslims); overall expectations for Christians to behave like cowed dhimmis, or third-class, “tolerated” citizens; and simple violence and murder. Sometimes it is a combination thereof.

Because these accounts of persecution span different ethnicities, languages, and locales—from Morocco in the West, to Indonesia in the East—it should be clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Islamic Sharia law, or the supremacist culture born of it.

Previous Reports:

· April, 2015

· March, 2015

· February, 2015

· January, 2015

· December, 2014

· November, 2014

· October, 2014

· September, 2014

· August, 2014

· July, 2014

· June, 2014

· May, 2014

· April, 2014

· March, 2014

· February, 2014

· January, 2014

· December, 2013

· November, 2013

· October, 2013

· September, 2013

· August, 2013

· July, 2013

· June, 2013

· May, 2013

· April, 2013

· March, 2013

· February, 2013

· January, 2013

· December, 2012

· November, 2012

· October, 2012

· September, 2012

· August, 2012

· July, 2012

· June, 2012

· May, 2012

· April, 2012

· March, 2012

· February, 2012

· January, 2012

· December, 2011

· November, 2011

· October, 2011

· September, 2011

· August, 2011

· July, 2011

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1] Beshay’s case is only one of several concerning Christians accused of, and punished for, insulting Islam. In April, Gad Yunan, a Coptic Christian teacher, and some of his Coptic students, were arrested on the charge of insulting Islam. Their crime was to have made a 30-second video on Yunan’s iPhone mocking the Islamic State — which Egypt’s Muslims and authorities apparently equate with mocking Islam, even as Muslims in the West insist ISIS has “nothing to do with Islam. Last year, Kerolos Shouky Attallah, a young Coptic Christian man accused of blaspheming Islam for simply “liking” an Arabic-language Facebook page administered by an anonymous group of Christian converts, was sentenced to six years in prison. The Copt did not make any comments on the site, share any of the postings or upload anything to it, and removed his name from the page once he realized that it might offend Muslims. In the hours preceding the sentencing, a rioting mob burned down several Christian-owned shops. He remains in hiding.

[2] According to lawyer Karam Ghobrial, the reason his client is being held and tortured in prison has to do with what made Bishoy notorious some years back in the first place: his audacity not only to convert to Christianity, but to try formally to change his religious identity from Muslim to Christian on his ID card — prompting much public animosity and death threats against him at the time.

[3] According to Bishop Mar Mellis:

We tried many times to negotiate with the people that captured them and for their release.

We offered them an amount of money in accordance with the law of jizya but sadly after a week the negotiator between us returned and told us that ISIS wanted $100,000 for each person. They were asking for over $23 million.

We are a poor nation. These people [Christian captives] have not done anything wrong and won’t harm anyone. We as Assyrians do not have this amount of money you are asking for. We offered an amount of money that we cannot disclose at this time. With the amount we offered, we thought it was acceptable, to have the return of the 230 people.

After two days, they [Islamic State] told us: “The amount the church offered was not acceptable. From now on, we will no longer negotiate with you.” We then thought we would wait, hoping they would come back to talk. Sadly, we received word that the 230 kidnapped people will be sent to the Court of Sharia in Raqqa, where a Muslim judge from Mosul will deliver their fate.

In the context of these ongoing attacks that the ancient Assyrian Christian community has been exposed to, particularly at the hands of IS, Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana of the Assyrian Church of the East declared before a European parliament on human rights that “Assyrian Christians are facing a danger that threatens their existence in their historical regions.”

[4] According to International Christian Concern:

Fikere Mengistu’s family has owned their land for more than 90 years, but a mob of more than 20 Muslims in Kufanzik village remain intent on forcibly building a mosque on the Mengistu farm in defiance of the law. Muslims make up the religious majority in the area. They have destroyed his fence and have looted his possessions. In addition, the local police are complicit in these attempts to steal his land…. The authorities are letting it happen. In the past, he has faced threats from local police officers, has been forced to pay bribes, and has been imprisoned simply because he is a Christian.

[5] For example, when the Copts were having a serious council meeting with government officials about the possibility of building a church, one of the authorities actually contacted the Islamic sheikhs of the village asking whether they “stand with the Coptic church or with the State?” If the latter, each Muslim household was instructed to send one family member to protest against the proposed building of a church — so that security can then point to the mob and, as usual, just tell the Copts, “Sorry, no can do.”

Other times, State Security is complicit: Male and female Christian minors — currently 21 from just Minya alone, said the Coptic leader — are habitually abducted by surrounding Muslims. At the moment, the youngest Christian girl abducted had just started elementary school. Whenever any of these attacks occur, Copts, working with the church, prepare bundles of documents, including photos and other verifications, incriminating the culprits. These then are placed into the hands of top officials, to make sure they don’t get “lost” or “misplaced” by underlings. The bishop named many of these top people — at no small risk to himself — and said he even put such proofs and documents into the hands of the Director of Intelligence himself. “Absolutely nothing was done,” said the despondent Christian.

He discussed the difficulties that Copts encounter whenever they want to build a church — due to their dearth, some of the current churches serve tens of thousands of Christians — or even make simple repairs. By way of example, he explained how the Virgin Mary Church in Safaniya village has no bathrooms or running water. Christians “tried time and time again to get approval to build bathrooms, to no avail.” The bishop lamented how elderly and sick people sometimes urinate on themselves during service, while mothers must change their crying babies’ diapers right on the pews.

In response, authorities told the bishop to “Go and ask the Muslims of your region if they will approve the building of a church, or bathroom, or anything — and if they do, so will we.”

It should be noted that Islamic law specifically bans the construction or repair of churches.

Clearly frustrated, the bishop added: “We as Copts are human beings. And envy takes us when we see our Muslim brothers build mosques where they will, how they will, at any place and at any time. And the State helps them! But as for us, we cannot build anything and that which is already open is being closed…. We, the Copts, are citizens with rights; and we see Muslims get whatever they want, while we are always prevented.”

The Coptic bishop also said that sometimes Christians are punished whenever they go and “bother” authorities about their treatment. For example, when a Coptic delegation went to make a formal complaint, one of them was immediately kidnapped. His kidnappers demanded and received 120,000 Egyptian pounds for his release. Police were notified — even told where the exchange of money for hostage was to take place — but did absolutely nothing. The bishop referred to this incident as a “punishment” while Dr. Roman, the Coptic hostess, called Minya, Egypt a “State of Retribution” against those Copts who dare refuse to suffer quietly,” adding, “Al-Minya is apparently not an Egyptian province; it is governed by ISIS.”

Finally, Bishop Agathon made clear the despondency he and the average Christian in Egypt feel, repeatedly saying that, no matter which official they talk to, “nothing will change.” If anything, the plight of Egypt’s Christians has gone “from bad to worse,” said the bishop: “We hear beautiful words but no solution.”

Dr. Roman concluded by imploring Egyptian President Sisi, saying: “I’ve said it before: President Sisi is very meticulous and aware of the nation’s issues. Why, then, is it that the Coptic plight in Minya is being ignored? Why is he turning a blind eye toward it?”

Bishop Agathon concluded by saying that “Copts are between a state anvil and aggressor hammers,” meaning that, the state serves only to keep its Christian citizens in place while Islamic radicals pound away at them.

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Counterjihad Exposes Islam


Islam- What the West Needs to know

John R. Houk

© July 12, 2014

 

I am one of those guys that many would describe as a Counterjihad writer. Muslims and Leftists would look at the word “Counterjihad” and visions of an Islamophobic Muslim-hater enters into their mind. For Leftists and Muslims the word “Islamophobe” is meant to be a pejorative word to describe a person that should be reviled.

 

Here’s a thought that is sure to rile Leftists and Muslims: I do not view myself as a person that hates Muslims as people. It is true I do hate the religion that is known as Islam. As a Christian I am not a big fan of any religion that has an antichrist spirit about it. Islam specifically calls non-Muslims infidel (kafir) AND the Quran specifically singles out Jews and Christians as untrustworthy dudes worthy of death. It is true the Quran describes Jews and Christians as the “People of the Book” meaning the Bible. However, Islam teaches that the Holy writings of Jews and Christians are a corruption of Allah’s original message and hence an error that will lead to whatever Islam calls hell.

 

While Mohammed preached in Mecca before fleeing to Medina from persecuting polytheistic Arabs who were displeased about being told their pantheon of gods were non-existent idols and that only Allah is worthy of worship. Mo’s followers in the early Mecca days ONLY numbered in the hundreds at that time. In those days of Mecca preaching he thought of ways to entice two of the monotheistic religions Judaism and Christianity to join him as the true prophet of Allah (God). It is one of the reasons you will read of Old and New Testament Patriarchs, Prophets, Kings, Jesus and Mother Mary as true Muslims. In other words Mo stole the content of the Holy Bible and rewrote (or retold) them from a perspective that favors Arab superiority and indicating the Holy Bible had become corrupted from the truth. Unfortunately for Mo Jews were already pros at having kings and nations trying to change their Judaic faith typically in not a nice way. Christians had become the dominant religion of the Middle East by Mo’s early 700s; however they also experienced a bit of harassment from Romans trying stamp them out as not being Roman enough such as viewing Caesar-Emperor as a divine entity. So Mo had little success with getting adherents from Jews and Christians.

 

Thus as People of the Book, Jews and Christians were initially not to be recipients of the convert or die imperative. Polytheists on the other hand were to be completely reviled as idolaters worthy of death for not seeing the truth of submitting to Allah and the prophet Mohammed.

 

AS A CHRISTIAN I have a problem as being singled out along with Jews to be tolerated as long as I don’t practice my faith openly or don’t act out or say anything deemed insulting to Islam or Mo. The nail in the coffin of looking the other way to Islam is that religion’s treatment of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

 

Mo steals Jesus as one of the great prophets just before Mo’s revelation. Furthermore Mo denies the death on the Cross, burial and the Resurrection all occurred within three days. AND Mo tells his followers specifically that Jesus was just a man the human son of Mary and not the Son of God both equally man and equally God as the third person of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit as three persons and ONE God simultaneously.

 

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,3 and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

 

4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4: 1-6 NKJV)

 

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.

 

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son,[a] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1: 1-5, 14, 18 NKJV)

 

30 I and My Father are one.”

 

Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus

 

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”

 

33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

 

34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’?[a] 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe[b] that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”39 Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand. (John 10: 30-39 NKJV)

 

13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. (1 John 4: 13-15 NKJV)

 

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”[a] (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”[b] 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”[c] (Romans 8-13 NKJV)

 

30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20: 30 NKJV)

 

Now I realize a Muslim devoted to the Quran will quote suras in an attempt to show the Holy Bible is corrupted in the same way I quote the Bible to the Quran is an antichrist document. Yet here’s the thing to think about. The Lord Jesus of the Bible asks those who believe in Him to share and not coerce or threaten. If you freely and willing choose to believe that Jesus is the Christ (the anointed ONE of God) and the Son of God the new believer has life in the name of Jesus.

 

Islam does not mean peace as apologists and propagandists tell us non-Muslims. The true meaning of Islam is submission. The context of Islamic submission is the acceptance of the way of life as governed by Sharia Law. What this means for a non-Muslim none of the benefits Islam defines for its adherents is applicable to the non-Muslim. If you are lucky enough to be a part of the People of the Book there are a set rules that are acceptable for a non-Muslim to live under. PRIMARILY even as a non-Muslim you must submit or face severe consequences. This means especially in a Muslim dominated society the severe consequences is usually death. And even a Muslim nation’s authorities fail to enforce these consequences many interpret the Quran, Hadith and Sira (Sunna) to allow Muslims not associated with law enforcement to exact the consequence of death themselves.

 

That friends (and enemies) is the difference between “believe” and “submit”. I will never submit to the directives of Islam.

 

I have to go back to the pejorative meant term of Islamophobe. My Christian faith precludes me to hate people whether believing Christians or non-believers in the Risen Savior. Admittedly my particular personality places me in a position that challenges me to prevent being angry at unjust people. I too often find myself in the position of having to repent from not nice thoughts I may place into unseemly words. I pretty much have overcome the urge to express violence toward ideological idiots and antichrist-minded individuals. In writing this full disclosure I rarely hold back in denouncing Left Wing ideologies, overtly antichrist religious individuals and venom spewing antichrist atheists. BUT I will never make plans to harm individuals or groups of people for their open thoughts. On the other hand I am a firm believer in self-defense.  I will not be a doormat rug in which individuals violently stomp me down and I will call for duly representative authorities to protect the public good from violent individuals or groups of peoples. God has ordained authorities to exist to protect law abiding Christians.

 

1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (Romans 13: 1-7 NKJV)

 

The term Islamophobe used as a pejorative although accepted today is actually greatly misused. In breaking the word down Islam refers to the religion and phobe comes from phobia. Phobia means fear. Thus Islamophobia really means an unnatural fear of Islam.

 

1. I do not fear the religion of Islam, I loathe it.

 

2. Neither do I have an unnatural fear of the adherents of Islam i.e. Muslims. Rather I feel sorry for them for being blinded by an antichrist spirit and thus pray for the eyes of their understanding become enlightened.

 

3. I have no problem with defending myself from adherents of Islam when they embark in acting nutso-crazy.

 

4. I have no problem with the ordained authorities to use lethal force against the perpetrators of violence and the protectors of the violent whether it be civil police or the duly trained military.

 

Points three and four will undoubtedly be twisted by Leftists and Muslim apologists will harangue me for being an unchristian hypocrite. I do disagree. I do believe in the principle of turning the other cheek and the Christian Golden Rule of doing for others as you would have them do for you. Turning the other cheek does not mean being an unwilling target for violence when God has ordained the authorities of a government exist by the Hand of God to protect me with the rule of law. Turning the other cheek has is designed for insults and individuals that desire to brawl. Insults are provocative and brawling indicates participating in a heated argument between an individual and/or individuals. Turning the other cheek does not mean putting yourself in a position to be a victim of crime, terrorism and war between nations.

 

Another accusation delivered by Leftists and Muslim apologists is the documented history of nations that have called themselves Christian perpetrating atrocities in the name of Christ. Trust me there are plenty of examples of atrocities committed in the name of Christ. The two most common by Muslim apologists seem to be the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition.

 

History shows the Crusades being initiated by Pope Urban II under the reasoning that Muslims were attacking Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land and Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnenus asked the Pope for help. The Muslim Seljuk Turks had conquered the Levant and Anatolia away from the Byzantine Empire and was threatening Constantinople. The city built and named by Constantine that ended Roman civil wars and made Christianity the State Church after hundreds of years of Roman persecution of Christians. The Europeans that cared realized that Constantinople was a block to Muslim conquest invasions to Europe that would end Medieval Christian culture of the time.

 

The pride problem the Byzantine emperor faced is that Constantine was the leader of the Eastern (Greek) Orthodox Church which split from the Latin Churches of Europe largely over the issue of Ecclesiastical primacy between Latin and Greek Churches (See HERE and HERE). Frankly I believe Urban II was less interested in aiding Emperor Alexis I Comnenus and more interested in preventing Muslim lunatics from ending Christendom in Europe.

 

So Pope Urban II gave one of the most famous (or infamous depending on perspective) sermons of the Medieval Church inspiring European Nobleman from typically warring kingdoms (but French leadership) to unite and march to deliver Byzantine and the Holy Land from Saracen (Muslim) control.

 

There is currently a bit of scholar war going on pertaining to the actual historical motives of the Crusades but that is simply to weighty to address here. For the sake of clarification I’m on the side that Muslim conquest and raiding was more responsible than the politically correct historians that distort history to make it appear the Crusaders were marauders purely interested in unprovoked booty and land conquest.

 

No matter the perspective scholars promote there is no getting around the facts that all the Crusader incursions into the Holy Land was followed by the bloody slaughtering of Muslims, Jews and even occasionally Byzantine Greek Orthodox Christians. The atrocities occurred in the name of Jesus. BUT should we blame the Biblical theology pertaining to Jesus Christ as a part of Christian doctrine toward non-Christians? NOT AT ALL!

 

The entire New Testament is about sharing the Love of God to humanity to choose freely to be in Christ or reject Christ. There is NO WHERE in the New Testament that calls for the death or execution of non-believers in Christ. The treatment of rejection I think is best by said by the Son of God Jesus Christ:

 

15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but[a] have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

 

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3: 15-21 NKJV)

 

51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”[a]

 

55 But He turned and rebuked them,[b] and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.[c] And they went to another village. (Luke 9: 51-56 NKJV)

 

Jesus did not favor destroying the lives of humanity that rejected Him. Contrast Jesus with the words of Mohammed for those who rejected him:

 

191 And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.

 

192 But if they desist, then lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

 

193 And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against wrong-doers.  (Quran 2:191-193 – Pickthal)

 

56 As for those who disbelieve I shall chastise them with a heavy chastisement in the world and the Hereafter; and they will have no helpers. (Quran 3:56 – Pickthal)

 

89 They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them, (Quran 4:89 – Pickthal)

 

12 When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. (Quran 8:12 – Shakir)

 

29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (Quran 9:29 – Yusafali)

 

Well you get the idea. Mo is fairly intolerable to people who deny Allah and his antichrist prophet Mohammed. (Hat Tip: The Religion of Peace)

 

The next most cited accusation against Christianity is the Reconquista of Spain and the Spanish Inquisition. The Reconquista lasted 700 years with Isabella and Ferdinand delivering the final blows around 1492. Yes the violence and atrocity toward Jews and Muslims was horrendous. BUT again no, it is not what Jesus commanded to do. The reassertion of the Catholic Church over the land conquered by invading Muslims was just as brutal as that of the Muslims. The greater tragedy is that the Catholic Christians exacted some ethnic cleansing to rid Spain of the Jewish and Muslim presence.

 

The biggest losers in discrimination against non-Christians were definitely the Jews. After Muslims faced expulsion from recaptured land by Christian leaders, the Muslims ultimately had a land to fall back on for an Islamic way of life. Unfortunately for the Jews, the losing of a few religious related rebellions against the Romans between roughly 66 AD and 135 AD. Romans grew weary of suppressing the Jewish national identity in their own homeland; hence the Romans expelled the Jews. Thus the Jews were without their God Promised homeland until they were restored in 1948 AD.

 

Nations that called themselves definitely were not innocent of violence and atrocities. BUT I need to reiterate, atrocities committed in the name of Christ was absolutely contrary to Christian Scriptures.

 

On the other hand if you look at the atrocities committed in the name of Allah and his prophet Mohammed were executed directly as a result of the writings considered holy in the Quran, Hadith and Sira (and Sunnah a part of the Sira).

 

As far as religious atrocities go, Islam far outstrips all atrocities committed by any other religions that have had periods of intolerance. AND as far as the world’s major religions goes, Islam is the only religion that demands to make all other non-Muslim cultures and non-Muslim religions extinct:

 

These figures are a rough estimate of the death of non-Muslims by the political act of jihad.

 

 

This gives a rough estimate of 270 million killed by jihad. (Bold-Underlined emphasis is mine – Tears of Jihad; By Bill Warner; Political Islam; 3/3/08)

 

This is one of those posts in which my meandering thoughts could me a badly written unpublished book. I think you get the point. Islam as a whole is an antichrist religion bent on intolerant domination forcing society to mold its every action under the theo-political doctrine of Islam and Sharia Law. Islam is evil. Non-Muslims and Islamic adherents who do not see this are blinded be the Deceiver Christians call Satan.

 

I have to be honest. This post actually was to be an introduction to a short Bill Warner video posted on Political Islam entitled “Good Muslim, Bad Muslim” posted three days ago. The video is only four minutes and fifteen seconds long. The mini-lecture is there questions about a Moderate Muslim and a Radical Muslim or perhaps your nice Muslim friend as compared to the Muslim that wants to chop your head off for being a kafir.

 

Bill is sure to irritate Leftists, Muslim Apologists and Muslims who consider themselves law abiding citizens of the USA. Bill simply tells it like it is according to Islam’s own considered holy writings.

 

Astonishingly Bill Warner pulls out one nice Muslim’s name that is a loyal American, a Medical Doctor, who served time in the U.S. Navy and actively is one of the few Muslims of note that denounce Radical Islam as evil – M. Zuhdi Jasser MD. It is people like Dr. Jasser that I have wavered back and forth over years that Islam has a shot of abandoning the Mohammed of Medina and emphasize the Mohammed of Mecca before he went nuts with power. Then Bill Warner brings me back to the belief that Islam is unredeemable as a religion of peace and tolerance.

 

JRH 7/12/14

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Good Muslim, Bad Person

 

By Bill Warner

July 9, 2014

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A good Muslim is one who practices Islam. Since there is no unmitigated good in Islam for the Kafir, it follows that someone who practices Islam has no unmitigated good for the Kafir. There are good people who call themselves Muslims, but their goodness comes from something other than Islam.

 

VIDEO: Good Muslim, Bad Person

 

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A Boy in a Rickshaw


Kidnapped, raped, converted & married

In Muslim nations it is typical to kidnap Christian girls to force conversion to Islam then forcibly force the girl to marry. On the other hand if a Muslim girl willingly and voluntarily decides to marry a Christian man in many cases it is illegal and in all cases Islamic rabble rousing will most likely occur to reclaim the Muslim girl to her family.

 

The Muslim dominated nation with the largest population of Christians is Egypt. Kidnapping of Christian girls for forced conversion and forced marriage is an epidemic in Egypt where the Christian population is about 10%. Wherever there are non-Muslim minorities in a Muslim nation dominated by an Islamic legal structure kidnapping, conversion and marriage occurs frequently as well. I get updates of Muslims oppressing Christians from Christian Human Rights Activist and journalist Shamim Masih frequently. Pakistan also suffers just as Egypt from Muslims kidnapping Christians. Shamim relates the report of how Muslims threaten rioting and murder for a Muslim girl and a Christian young man falling in love and against the will of both sets of parents elope.

 

 

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ISLAMABAD: The formation of Pakistan (as religious extremist think) and the search for an Islamic identity are inextricably linked of the wider issues of global politics and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism has been a side-effect, and religious intolerance places the minorities of the country in a shaky position.

 

On February 11, young Christian Asim Saleem 22, (rickshaw driver) went to see his girlfriend, Sunair 20 of a Muslim background. He intended to marry her but his parents kept thwarting him and demanded that he should avoid her. The couple decided to take the bold step of cross-faith marriage a dangerous ambition in Pakistan, and got married that same day in the local court. Asim didn’t involve his parents while marrying the girl. So the couple eloped and travelled away from their families. On the very same day, religious leaders informed of the marriage by Sunair’s family went to the Christian community where Saleem lived and demanded recovery of the Muslim girl. Saleem and other community members were unaware of the elopement and marriage and requested some time to investigate, but they couldn’t find them during the given time period. Muslims under the leadership of Qari Sohail returned and warned the local people that if they could not produce the couple; a Muslim mob would return and sat ablaze their houses. They warned the residents that people would be executed in retribution.

 

A few terrified Christians found courage to inform the police about this critical situation and the rest fled to escape to the nearby place to save their life and their loved ones. The Police became alert and ready to suppress any violence. On Friday, 14 February, after Jumma prayer [Friday prayers in Islam], a large mob travelled to the Christian enclave intending to vandalize Nazarat Colony. However the local police surrounded the Christian houses of Nazarat Colony. Christian inhabitants of the said colony had already fled the homes for safety as soon as a precaution against further attempts.

 

In a bizarre twist of events, the police have filed a case against Asim Saleem, First Investigation Report (FIR) [Editor: A Google search turns up info about “First Information ReportHERE is the explanation] 114/14 under the section of abduction and enforced matrimony, PP 265-B. A further allegation has been made against him for theft of 54000 Rupees and 5 grams of gold. However these allegations are reportedly false. The police also arrested two Christian men, Bashir Masih 45 and Shaukat Masih 35 who are the cousins and the father of the accused. Both were allegedly tortured and forced to make a confession admitting to be involved in taking hostage the Muslim girl. The father of the accused died of a heart attack whilst in custody. The Investigation Officer (IO), Mohd Shabbir stated that the police kept these two for their own good and wellbeing. He advised that all action taken was for the safety of Christian community; for they have to show them that the administration has kept them to convince the extremists. Later they were released, with sore bodies.

 

Christians and Hindu girls are abducted, forcefully converted to Islam and married to influential Muslims, but police do not file any cases against [abducting] Muslims. Even the court does not support in this matter [of abduction and forced marriage]. But if a Muslim girl marries a Christian boy willingly, extremists arrive to vandalize the Christian communities. Is not this inhuman? 

 

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Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

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No Compulsion of Religion in Islam – It’s Poppycock


Muslim April Fools toon

John R. Houk

© May 18, 2013

 

Many a Muslim in defending the theopolitical cult of Islam will quote this phrase to emphasize the propaganda and false perception that Islam is peace: There is compulsion in religion.

 

The phrase is straight from the Quran which Muslims consider the infallible directs words of Allah passed onto Mohammed who then shared them with his adherents. It can be referenced as Quran 2:256 or as Al-Baqara 256.

 

Here are a few English translations of Quran 2:256:

 

Muhammad Asad

 

THERE SHALL BE no coercion in matters of faith. Distinct has now become the right way from [the way of] error: hence, he who rejects the powers of evil and believes in God has indeed taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall never give way: for God is all-hearing, all-knowing.

 

Pickthall

 

There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break. Allah is Hearer, Knower.

 

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Compulsion is incompatible with religion, therefore let there be no compulsion in religion. Now the path of righteousness has been distinguished from the path of error and holiness distinguished from vindictiveness. Therefore, he who rejects false beliefs and turns his attention to Allah with a religious mind, will have firmly grasped the eternal, unchangeable and most secure handhold which shall never separate, nor shall it suffer a break, and Allah is Sami‘un and ‘Alimun.

 

** Read more translations from Islam Awakened

 

There are Muslim scholars of considerable weighty importance that have written the Quran 2:256 has been abrogated by Quran 9:29:

 

Sahih International: Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.

 

Pickthall: Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.

 

Yusuf Ali: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

 

Shakir: Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

 

Muhammad Sarwar: Fight against those People of the Book who have no faith in God or the Day of Judgment, who do not consider unlawful what God and His Messenger have made unlawful, and who do not believe in the true religion, until they humbly pay tax with their own hands.

 

Mohsin Khan: Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

 

Arberry: Fight those who believe not in God and the Last Day and do not forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.

 

** From Quran Arabic Corpus

 

You can understand why many Muslim scholars claim Quran 9:29 abrogates (or nullifies) Quran 2:256’s “There is no compulsion in religion”. According to 9:29 Muslims are to fight non-believers in Islam and Mohammed’s version of the Last Day. The Last Day meaning all non-Muslims will be confined to the torments of hell. Thus if you believe in the Muslim way you are worthy of death. That sounds like compulsion to me!

 

Fascinatingly there are Muslim scholars that claim 9:29 does not abrogate 2:256. This Muslim thinking works something like this: The fight against unbelievers is not an invocation to kill but rather to submit to the Islamic theopolitical culture as subservient. A lack of subservience does mean brutal measures up to and including death. So thinking is not compelling one to convert to Islam but create a dhimmi class that pays the jizya tax (poll tax to stay alive) in humiliation so that the dhimmi knows their place in Muslim world. Breaking the dhimmi deal requires punish according to how Islam has been violated or insulted. Guess what the conquered people chose to do rather than suffer the humiliations of dhimmitude. If you guessed conversion to Islam you are the big winner!

 

In essence dhimmitude was the long term path to convince the conquered to convert to Islam. The plan might be long term but it still is compulsion in religion.

 

Here are some thoughts written more articulately on the issue of abrogation or non-abrogation of Quran 2:256 by Quran 9:29:

 

Immediately following is the famous statement that “there is no compulsion in religion” (v. 256). Islamic spokesmen in the West frequently quote it to disprove the contention that Islam spread by the sword, or even to claim that Islam is a religion of peace. According to an early Muslim, Mujahid ibn Jabr, this verse was abrogated by Qur’an 9:29, in which the Muslims are commanded to fight against the People of the Book. Others, however, according to the Islamic historian Tabari, say that 2:256 was never abrogated, but was revealed precisely in reference to the People of the Book. They are not to be forced to accept Islam, but may practice their religions as long as they pay the jizya (poll-tax) and “feel themselves subdued” (9:29).

 

Many see v. 256 as contradicting the Islamic imperative to wage jihad against unbelievers, but actually there is no contradiction because the aim of jihad is not the forced conversion of non-Muslims, but their subjugation within the Islamic social order. Says Asad: “All Islamic jurists (fuqahd’), without any exception, hold that forcible conversion is under all circumstances null and void, and that any attempt at coercing a non-believer to accept the faith of Islam is a grievous sin: a verdict which disposes of the widespread fallacy that Islam places before the unbelievers the alternative of ‘conversion or the sword.’” Quite so: the choice, as laid out by Muhammad himself, is conversion, subjugation as dhimmis, or the sword. Qutb accordingly denies that v. 256 contradicts the imperative to fight until “religion is for Allah” (v. 193), saying that “Islam has not used force to impose its beliefs.” Rather, jihad’s “main objective has been the establishment of a stable society in which all citizens, including followers of other religious creeds, may live in peace and security” – although not with equality of rights before the law, as 9:29 emphasizes. For Qutb, that “stable society” is the “Islamic social order,” the establishment of which is a chief objective of jihad.

 

In this light verses 256 and 193 go together without any trouble. Muslims must fight until “religion is for Allah,” but they don’t force anyone to accept Allah’s religion. They enforce subservience upon those who refuse to convert, such that many of them subsequently convert to Islam so as to escape the humiliating and discriminatory regulations of dhimmitude — but when they convert, they do so freely. Only at the end of the world will Jesus, the Prophet of Islam, return and Islamize the world, abolishing Christianity and thus the need for the jizya that is paid by the dhimmis. Then religion will be “for Allah,” and there will be no further need for jihad. (Excerpted from Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 222-286; By Robert Spencer; Hot Air; 7/15/07)

 

Now here is the reason I thought it important to understand the Islamic notion of there being no compulsion of religion. Raymond Ibrahim wrote a no holds barred expose on how Muslims indeed compelled Christians to convert or die throughout the centuries to this present day. Ibrahim describes some savage historical incidents in which Muslims butchered Christians for not converting to Islam. The essay is entitled “Islamic Forced Conversions — Past and Present”.

 

JRH 5/18/13

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From Pakistan: Story of fourteen year-old girl who was Raped and forced to Convert to Islam


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Real Islam is exposed again. In Pakistan two Muslim men abducts a 14 year old Christian, rapes her and forces her to convert to Islam. After reading such garbage I am compelled to say hogwash when Muslims say there is no compulsion in religion within Islam!

 

Read and be outraged!

 

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From Pakistan: Story of fourteen year-old girl who was Raped and forced to Convert to Islam

 

Posted by Shoebat Foundation

NOVEMBER 30, 2012

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We recently received a letter from our contact in Pakistan about the abduction, rape, and forced conversion of a fourteen year-old girl. It is posted below.

 

Dear Brother Keith

 

Greetings from Pakistan.

 

A young Christian girl named Asiya Masih, daughter of Francis Yaqoob, aged 14 years, was a resident of Chak no.198 EB, District Vihari. Francis Masih worked as a laborer in the fields of the landlords. Due to poverty, Asiya Masih also helped her parents in the fields to earn some more money for the family.

 

On 11th November, 2012, she went to work in the fields, picking cotton flowers. The two culprits, Mohammad Javed and Mohammad Mumtaz, who are the influential persons of their area, abducted her from the fields and took her to some unknown place. They took thumb impressions of Asiya Masih on different papers and forcibly converted her to Islam. They also raped her and tortured her for 11 days.

 

When Francis Masih came to know that Mohammad Javed and Mohammad Mumtaz had abducted his daughter, he filed a complaint at the local police station but the police did not cooperate with him. Afterwards, Javed and Mumtaz called Francis Masih and threatened him that if he made further contact with the police, they would kill Asiya Masih. They also told Francis that if he wants his daughter back, he would have to give them a written document which promised he would take no legal action.

 

Afterwards with the help of our people on the ground, Francis Masih got his daughter back on the 22nd of November but the Paish Imam of the local mosque announced yesterday that because Asiya Masih was converted to Islam, she cannot live as a Christian again. If she does not follow the Religious customs of Islam, she and her family will face the consequences. He also announced that all eight Christian families of the village should be banished and their homes burnt. Today, at 5:00 P.M. they are holding a meeting of Muslim clerics in Chack No-198/EB District Vihari. Our agency on the ground is doing its best to help. The international community needs to raise their voices for the defenseless Christian Girls and women in Pakistan.

 

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Born in Bethlehem of Judea, Walid’s grandfather was the Muslim Mukhtar (chieftain) of Beit Sahour-Bethlehem (The Shepherd’s Fields) and a friend of Haj-Ameen Al-Husseni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and notorious friend of Adolf Hitler. Walid’s great grandfather, Abdullah Ali Awad-Allah, was also a fighter and close associate of both Abdul Qader and Haj Amin Al-Husseini, who led the Palestinians against Israel. Walid lived through and witnessed Israel’s Six Day War while living in Jericho. As a young man, he became a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and participated in acts of terror and violence against Israel, and was later imprisoned in the Russian Compound, Jerusalem’s central prison for incitement and violence against Israel. After his release, he continued his life of violence and rioting in Bethlehem and the Temple Mount. After entering the U.S, he worked as a counselor for the Arab Student Organization at Loop College in Chicago and continued his anti-Israel activities. In 1993, Walid studied the Tanach (Jewish Bible) in a challenge to convert his wife to Islam. Six months later, after intense study, Walid realized that everything he had been taught about Jews was a lie. Convinced he was on the side of evil, he became an advocate for his former enemy. Driven by a deep passion to heal his own soul, and to bring the truth about the Jews and Israel to the world, Walid shed his former life and his work as a software engineer and set out to tirelessly bring the cause of Israel to tens of thousands of people throughout the world: churches and synagogues, civic groups, government leaders and media.