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Robert Spencer: “The Islamic State’s Actions Are An Open Book, And That Book Is The Qur’an”

08/19/2014 Leave a comment

Of course, if you point out such an obvious fact you’re automatically labelled a bigoted racist by those who follow the religion of bigotry and racism “peace.” According to the Qur’an, however, a true Muslim is one who pursues, fights against, strives against, is ruthless against, sieges, slays, beheads, strikes fear into the hearts of, and terrorizes non-Muslims in order to be victorious over them by either converting them to Islam or, if they refuse, destroying them. But if the behavior of the “Islamic State” has nothing to do with Islam, then Mohammed and his Qur’an have nothing to do with Islam, either. After all, Mohammed said, “‘I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Mohammad is the messenger of Allah, and they establish [Islamic] prayer” (Hadith, Sahih Muslim 1:33) and that he was made “victorious with terror” (Hadith, Bukhari 2977). What was the purpose of Mohammed’s terrorism if not to humiliate, brutalize, kill and force his victims to become Muslim? If the Qur’an alone is any indication, ISIS and all like-minded Muslims are not violating Islamic teachings. To the contrary, they are practicing them …

Qur’an Sura 4:76,“Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah …”

Qur’an Sura 3:151, “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers [non-Muslims] …”

Qur’an Sura 8:12, “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve [non-Muslims]. Therefore strike off their heads …”

Qur’an Sura 8:39, “And fight with them until … religion should be only for Allah …”

Qur’an Sura 33:21, “Indeed in Allah’s Messenger (Mohammad) you have an excellent example to follow for him who hopes in (meeting with) Allah and the Last Day …”

By Robert Spencer, FrontPage Mag – “The Islamic State is turning into a huge public relations problem for groups like the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its allies. For years they have insisted that Islam is a religion of peace that has nothing whatsoever to do with the terrorism committed with alarming regularity in its name, and that the people responsible for linking Islam with terrorism were not Islamic jihad terrorists, but ‘Islamophobic’ opponents of jihad terror. But then comes along a group calling itself The Islamic State, committing unimaginable atrocities and presenting each one as an authentic embodiment of Islamic texts and teachings, and the deception campaign at which CAIR officials have labored so assiduously for so many years, and with such great success, is in danger of crashing around their uneasy necks.

Take, for example, the recent revelation that, according to the UN News Centre, ‘some 1,500 Yazidi and Christian persons may have been forced into sexual slavery.’ A similar kidnapping by Islamic jihadists in Nigeria recently horrified the world, but much overlooked was the fact that such behavior is sanctioned by the Qur’an. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take ‘captives of the right hand’ (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: ‘O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war’ (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general, as does this passage. ‘Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive, and they who turn away from ill speech, and they who are observant of zakah, and they who guard their private parts except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed’ (Qur’an 23:1-6).

These passages have not gone unnoticed. The Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni declared in May 2011 that ‘we are in the era of jihad,’ and that meant Muslims would take slaves. In a subsequent interview he elaborated:

Jihad is only between Muslims and infidels. Spoils, slaves, and prisoners are only to be taken in war between Muslims and infidels. Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over countries. This is agreed to by all scholars—there is no disagreement on this from any of them, from the smallest to the largest, on the issue of taking spoils and prisoners. The prisoners and spoils are distributed among the fighters, which includes men, women, children, wealth, and so on.

When a slave market is erected, which is a market in which are sold slaves and sex-slaves, which are called in the Qur’an by the name milk al-yamin, “that which your right hands possess” [Koran 4:24]. This is a verse from the Qur’an which is still in force, and has not been abrogated. The milk al-yamin are the sex-slaves. You go to the market, look at the sex-slave, and buy her. She becomes like your wife, (but) she doesn’t need a (marriage) contract or a divorce like a free woman, nor does she need a wali. All scholars agree on this point—there is no disagreement from any of them. [...] When I want a sex slave, I just go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her.

Around the same time, on May 25, 2011, a female Kuwaiti politician, Salwa al-Mutairi, also spoke out in favor of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women, emphasizing that the practice accorded with Islamic law and the …” Read more.

Flashback: Islam: The Greatest Murder Machine In History, ‘The Enormity Of The Slaughters … Are So Far Beyond Comprehension That Even Honest Historians Overlook The Scale’ – “When one thinks of mass murder, Hitler comes to mind. If not Hitler, then Tojo, Stalin, or Mao. Credit is given to the 20th-century totalitarians as the worst species of tyranny to have ever arisen. However, the alarming truth is that Islam has killed more than any of these, and may surpass all of them combined in numbers and cruelty. The enormity of the slaughters of the ‘religion of peace’ are so far beyond comprehension that even honest historians overlook the scale. When one looks beyond our myopic focus, Islam is the greatest killing machine in the history of mankind, bar none.” Read more.

Nigeria: Nearly 1,000 Massacred After Muslims Attack Christian Village, “They Are Following The Strategy Of ISIS”

08/16/2014 2 comments

Here is a devastating update on this story from August 8th. If the body count in the Christian village of Gwoza is any indication, Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram — which has for all intents and purposes pledged allegiance to the ISIS Caliphate – is no longer limiting itself to attack, slaughter then flee. They are now beginning to adopt the same ferocious ISIS strategy of attack, occupy, and slaughter, slaughter, slaughter. And if the modus operandi of ISIS is any indication, the Islamist killings will not stop with Gwoza. They will only stop when Christ puts an end to these Islamist killers Himself, forever …

Revelation 6:8, “And I looked, and behold a [chlōros - green] horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts [thērion - savage, brutal, beastial men] of the earth…”

Leader of Boko Haram: “I swear by Allah’s holy name that I will slaughter you. I will not be happy if I don’t personally put my knife on your necks and slit your throats. Yes! I’ll slaughter you! I’ll slaughter you! And I’ll slaughter you again and again… I call on all my followers and brethren wherever you are, to rise and take up arms and start killing the vagabond. Kill them, kill them and kill them… By Allah, I will kill you. Killing is my job. Let’s kill them all … May Allah curse you!”

Town Hall – “The death toll from Boko Haram’s takeover of the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza is nearly 1,000, not the 100 included in many reports, Nigerian relations expert Adeniyi Ojutiku told Baptist Press. The Nigerian military abandoned their weapons and fled Gwoza as Boko Haram attacked Wednesday (Aug. 6), burning government buildings, killing residents and taking hostages. Some residents managed to flee to the mountains bordering Cameroon and are without food or water; others made it 85 miles north to Maiduguri, Associated French Press (AFP) and others reported.

News surfaced just today (Aug. 15) of a separate Aug. 10 attack on the remote village of Doron Baga in northeastern Nigeria, where Boko Haram kidnapped dozens of boys and men, leaving women, girls and young children abandoned there.

Boko Haram has escalated its attacks to a new level, capturing towns and hoisting Boko Haram flags instead of killing residents and fleeing, Ojutiku said. He compared them to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As such, a concerted global effort is needed to conquer the rebels, he said.

Weeks before taking over Gwoza, Boko Haram violently seized Damboa and killed many in the town 22 miles north of Chibok, the site of the April kidnapping of 300 school girls, approximately 223 of which remain missing. Reports number those displaced at more than 15,000, but the number of deaths had not been reported.

‘This is a new dimension in this crisis,’ Ojutiku said. ‘A completely new dimension. Now they are following the strategy of ISIS. They attack, they occupy, they hold the town. Now that they have started adopting ISIS methodology, they should be receiving the type of treatment that ISIS is receiving.’

Based on a report Ojutiku received Wednesday, Aug. 13, from a trusted colleague who lives in Gwoza, 997 had been killed and others had been taken hostage. Previous reports were based on information gathered Aug. 6, the day of the attack, when survivors were forced to flee the city of between 50,000 and 70,000 people.

‘The terrorists seized a number of residents as hostages and killed nine hundred and ninety seven an eye witness whose mother among the women that are burying the … bodies confirmed,’ the colleague reported to Ojutiku. ‘The insurgents took over the Emirs (mayor’s) Palace as well as a Government Lodge in Gwoza, and have appointed a replacement for the town’s fleeing Emir. They have hoisted their black flags with Arabic insignia all over Gwoza in a show of their total control of the territory.’

A predawn, Aug. 13 phone call Ojutiku received from Nigeria marked ‘an unprecedented emergency request for prayers for the inhabitants of the Christian village of Gwoza,’ he told Baptist Press.” Read more.

Christian Refugee From Mosul Describes Being Forced Out By Muslim Neighbors (Video)

08/12/2014 1 comment

“No-go zones” for non-Muslims are proliferating throughout the West and are themselves a microcosm that is symptomatic of a much larger problem. Nations that are recommended today as entire “no-go zones” for non-Muslims — countries that were largely Christian prior to Islam — began their descent into darkness with smaller Muslim-only neighborhoods. Over time, these “no-go zones” spread throughout towns and cities until the whole nation itself eventually bore witness to a hostile Muslim-majority breathing down the collective necks of a dwindling, “inferior” populace.

Contrary to the asinine words of President “Let’s-Rewrite-History” Obama, Islam has, fortunately, never contributed “to building the very fabric of our nation.” If it had, then America as we know it would have never existed. But if Islam were to weave its way into the fabric of America as it desires, the nation would most certainly begin to unravel like many others before it. Sadly, in some ways, it looks as though that may have already begun …

Qur’an Sura 18:26, “[Allah] maketh none to share in his government.”

Hadith Bukhari 2996, “… [Mohammed] said, ‘Become Muslim and you will be safe. Know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Messenger. I want to expel you from this land. Whoever of you has some property should sell it. However, the earth belongs to Allah and His Messenger.’”

Islamic Scholar Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi: “Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation that rules it. Islam requires the earth – not just a portion – but the whole planet.”

By Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage Mag – “This is what life under Islam is like for non-Muslim.

We left Mosul because ISIS came to the city. The [Sunni] people of Mosul embraced ISIS and drove the Christians out of the city. When ISIS entered Mosul, the people hailed them and drove out the Christians.

Why did they expel just the Christians from Mosul? There are many sects in Mosul. Why just the Christians? This is nothing new. Even before, the Christians could not go anywhere. The Christians have faced threats of murder, kidnapping, jizya. This is nothing new.

[...]

I was told to leave Mosul. They said that this was a Muslim country, not a Christian one. I am being very honest. They said that this land belongs to Islam and that Christians should not live there.

This is the Islamic Supremacism that Muslim settlers are bringing to the West. This is what is behind their terrorism.” Source – FrontPage Mag.

Massacre: At Least 100 Slaughtered After Islamist Attack Against Predominantly Christian Town In Nigeria

08/08/2014 4 comments

“I swear by Allah’s holy name that I will slaughter you. I will not be happy if I don’t personally put my knife on your necks and slit your throats. Yes! I’ll slaughter you! I’ll slaughter you! And I’ll slaughter you again and again… I call on all my followers and brethren wherever you are, to rise and take up arms and start killing the vagabond. Kill them, kill them and kill them… By Allah, I will kill you. Killing is my job. Let’s kill them all … May Allah curse you!” – Leader of Boko Haram

 John 16:2b-3, “… the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or Me.”

Morning Star News – “After weeks of sacking villages and destroying church buildings around Nigeria’s northeastern town of Gwoza, Islamic extremist group Boko Haram on Wednesday (Aug. 6) killed an estimated 100 people in the predominantly Christian town, sources said.

The shooting, fire-bombing and slashing of men, women and children in Gwoza, Borno state, as initially the military reportedly fled before an insurgent force backed by international terrorist groups, began at about 4 a.m., producing eyewitness assertions that Boko Haram, which seeks to impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout Nigeria, had taken control of the town of more than 276,000 people. Local residents reportedly said at least 100 people had been killed.

The full magnitude of the attack and the Nigerian military response was unknown as most sources have been forced to flee to Cameroon or Adamawa state, but on the initial day of the assault Pirda Tada, a Christian resident of Saha village, told Morning Star News that Boko Haram gunmen arrived in Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles and attacked houses with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and fuel-bombs.

‘I thank God for sparing my life, but three of my neighbors and members of our church were killed during the attack,’ Tada said. ‘These Christians in our village had their throats slit with knives while their hands were tied behind their backs. Some houses were bombed as the Boko Haram gunmen were chanting, ‘God is great!’ in Arabic.’

Six Christians were killed at Saha village, and the insurgents destroyed houses and shops and burned the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) building in Pegi Barawa village, Tada said. Boko Haram rebels on July 19 had attacked Saha and Pegi Barawa village, near Gwoza; six Christians were reported to have been killed in Saha village.

Francis Mbala of Gwoza confirmed that Boko Haram attacked Saha and Pegi Barawa this week.

‘The COCIN church and some houses and shops were burned down,’ he told Morning Star News.” Read more.

Flashback: Nigeria: ‘Islamic Warrior’ Delighted In Chopping Off Heads, Says Islamic Agenda Is To Force Worship Of Allah, Wipe Out Christians – “Ask him and he bluntly tells you, ‘If we ask our victim, ‘Will you become a Muslim or not and he or she refuses, we will slaughter him like a goat…’ He talked of himself as an Islamic warrior who take delight in chopping off people’s head with a stroke of his dagger… ‘You people have only been hearing of Boko Haram, but there are other deadly Islamic groups who are also part of Boko Haram sect … Whenever we heard that any of the sects were fighting Christians, we would always join them …” Read more.

Flashback: Nigerian President: We’re Witnessing Signs Of The End Times As Islamists Continue Massacring Christians – “… President Goodluck Jonathan questioned whether deadly Islamist attacks on churches in his country and other violence worldwide could be signs of coming ‘end times’. ‘We received information from our personnel in Chibok that some attackers stormed a church during Sunday service yesterday and killed 15 people,’ Kanar told AFP… The attack followed another gruesome killing Friday that saw attackers slit the throats of 15 Christians in a pre-dawn raid in Musari, also in Borno state, where Boko Haram has been based.” Read more.

Iraq: 200,000 Christians Have Fled The Nineveh Plain In The Last 24 Hours, Towns Completely Abandoned

08/07/2014 10 comments

Matthew 5:14, 16, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Christians are the light of the world, but when forced to completely flee cities and towns and entire regions from the threat of the Beast, the only thing that remains is darkness. And like Sodom and Gomorrah, a kingdom full of darkness is a kingdom that will soon witness the full wrath of Almighty God …

Revelation 16:10-12, 16, “And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared… And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

AINA – “The push of the Islamic State (IS) from Mosul north into the Nineveh Plain, the last stronghold of Assyrians in Iraq, has created fear and panic in the population, causing a massive exodus from Assyrian villages. The influx of refugees into Ankawa and Noohadra (Dohuk) has overwhelmed the towns. There is a shortage of everything — shelter, food, water. Dispalced Assyrians are sleeping on sidewalks and in open fields.

AINA spoke to several government officials by telephone regarding the crisis in the Nineveh Plain. These same officials have also fled with the rest of the population.

Yesterday at midnight a column of IS vehicles entered Tel Kepe and took control of the city, whose population had already fled north. IS is now marching to Batnaya and Telsqof, which have been abandoned.

All of the population of the city of Alqosh has fled.

The massive exodus of Assyrians was precipitated in part by the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the Nineveh Plain. With no one left to defend them, Assyrians followed the retreating Kurdish forces.

Baghdede is now nearly completely empty of Assyrians. The exodus began yesterday morning at 2:30 A.M when Kurdish forces announced they were withdrawing. The Bishops ordered all churches to ring their bells to warn the residents to flee and the exodus began.

After the Kurdish forces withdrew IS took control of the city and the surrounding areas, including Karamles and Bartella.

Last night and this morning IS robbed Assyrians as they fled Baghdede.

It is estimated that 200,000 Assyrians have fled the Nineveh Plain, heading north to Dohuk, Sarsink and Zakho and east to Ankawa and Arbel. The following is a list of Assyrian villages and towns which are now completely abandoned …” Read more.

Nahum 1:11-12a, “From you, Nineveh, has one come forth who plots evil against the LORD and devises wicked plans. This is what the LORD says: ‘Although they have allies and are numerous, they will be destroyed and pass away.’”

Flashback: ISIS Caliphate Now Aggressively Pursuing Christians In Towns Across The Nineveh Plain – “There is no rest for the wicked – or for those fleeing with their lives, it appears. Islamic State militants have now launched a mortar attack against the village of Tilkif in an attempt to break into one of the towns in the Nineveh Plain, where families driven from Mosul have found refuge. The militia of the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate having successfully driven all the Christians and Shiites from the city of Mosul in Iraq, has stepped up their campaign on ruthless persecution. ‘The attack started from a village controlled by jihadists,’ Father Paul Thabit Mekko, a Chaldean priest told the Fides news agency …” Read more.

Australia: ISIS Supporter Threatens To Blow Up Christian Church In Sydney

08/07/2014 17 comments

For peaceful purposes. These threats will continue to increase not only in Australia, but in all Western nations as well …

Qur’an Sura 9:29-30, “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day … nor acknowledge the religion of [Islam], even if they are of the People of the Book … the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them …”

Qur’an Surah 9:14, “Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace …”

AINA – “A man claiming to be a member of the Islamic State (ISIS) walked into the front yard of St. Hurmiz Assyrian church, in Greenfield Park, Sydney, and shouted “come out you dogs, I will burn this church down in 1 explosion in 2 hours, just wait.” According to witnesses, the man approached from a nearby shopping center. The police were called and the church provided them with video footage from security cameras. The man was arrested later in the day, but may be released for lack of stronger evidence.

Church members were shaken. A women said she now fears to attend church because of the bombing threat.

The church is now under 24 hour surveillance by the police and private security guards.” Source – AINA.

Flashback: Smiling ISIS Terrorists From Australia With ‘Bucket Full Of Heads’ Vow To Slaughter Australians – “With sunglasses tucked into his shirt, an Australian terrorist smiles as he holds up two decapitated heads for the camera in Syria. Sydney born boxer Mohamed Elomar casually poses with the severed heads in photos posted on Twitter by his friend, convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf. Another image, uploaded on Friday, shows the heads of alleged Syrian solders being impaled on metal railings. Like something out of the 18th century, the heads were left on show in a sickening display that aims to cause terror and fear… Sharrouf, also a former Sydney resident, last week taunted Australian police via his social media account, boasting that he would ‘slaughter’ Australians.” Read more.

Antichrist – Leader Of A One-World Government? – “In February 2007 Dave Gaubatz, a former U.S. Federal Agent and State Department Arabic linguist, wrote in ‘American Thinker’ that ‘There is every reason to suspect that we will endure suicide missions by Islamist sleeper cells. They are already in place. They are waiting for the right time. I know this from experience.’ … To contextualize the potential magnitude of what this could entail, consider the number of Muslims living in Western nations today… There are tens of millions of Muslims living in western countries, with estimates as high as 5-7 million Muslims living in the United States alone. Can we begin to imagine the havoc to be wrought if even 10% of Muslim males were to engage in terrorist activities to secure themselves a place in paradise or to ‘defend Islam’? This could be hundreds of thousands … Though the ‘seat of the Beast’ is regional, we have already seen and will continue to see Muslim rioting, civil unrest and acts of terror in non-Muslim nations such as America, Australia, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and elsewhere, as well as Muslim nations. Its effect will certainly be felt globally, but the extent to which it will be felt at its peak, however, remains to be seen.” Read more.

Christian Leader: ISIS Caliphate Is “Systematically Beheading” Children In Iraq, “World Hasn’t Seen An Evil Like This”

08/07/2014 12 comments

But we were forewarned that it was coming. How long, O Lord, how long? …

Qur’an Sura 8:12, 55, “… terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an … Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve [non-Muslims] …”

Hadith, Sahih Muslim 4457, “The Messenger of Allah … used not to kill the children, so thou shouldst not kill them unless … you could distinguish between a child who would grow up to he a believer (and a child who would grow up to be a non-believer), so that you killed the (prospective) non-believer and left the (prospective) believer aside.”

Revelation 20:4b, “And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

By Eric Chen, Gospel Herald – “A prominent Christian leader of the Chaldean community unveiled the ‘systematic beheading of children’ and other horrendous crimes committed by ISIS. He said that the Sunni extremists are committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and with the aim to instill the Sharia Law as the law of the land.

In the interview with CNN’s Jonathan Mann, Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo said that the ‘world hasn’t seen an evil like this for generations.’

‘There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park,’ he explained. ‘More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.’

Speaking from San Diego over Skype, Arabo called for the international community to offer asylum to the more than 300,000 Christians fleeing and living in neighboring cities.

At a meeting in the White House last week, he said the Chaldean-American leaders and the political leaders are saying that the world should come together to stop these crimes against humanity and help alleviate the sufferings of the Iraqi people.

‘The world hasn’t seen this kind of atrocity in generations,’ he said. ‘This is a crime against humanity. This is much broader than a community or a state. This is crime against humanity. They are doing the most horrendous, the most heart-breaking crimes that you can think of.’

When asked about Sunni extremists’ targeting of Christians, Arabo said that around 95 percent of Christians have fled, five percent have converted. Also, the ISIS have marked the death stamps on Christian homes, so whoever returns will get killed.

‘Christian holocaust is in our midst,’ he said.” Read more.

Flashback: Islam: The Greatest Murder Machine In History, ‘The Enormity Of The Slaughters … Are So Far Beyond Comprehension That Even Honest Historians Overlook The Scale’ – “When one thinks of mass murder, Hitler comes to mind. If not Hitler, then Tojo, Stalin, or Mao. Credit is given to the 20th-century totalitarians as the worst species of tyranny to have ever arisen. However, the alarming truth is that Islam has killed more than any of these, and may surpass all of them combined in numbers and cruelty. The enormity of the slaughters of the ‘religion of peace’ are so far beyond comprehension that even honest historians overlook the scale. When one looks beyond our myopic focus, Islam is the greatest killing machine in the history of mankind, bar none.” Read more.

Flashback: Dr. Michael Brown: ‘We Simply Cannot Ignore The Enormity Of The Threat Of Militant Islam Worldwide’ – “In an article entitled ‘Christ, Muhammad, and the Culture of Beheading,’ theologian Kenneth Gentry noted that ‘In Islam, the prophet Muhammad is the greatest example for the faithful to follow. He is the model of dedication to God par excellence; in fact, he is deemed the perfect example of submission to Allah. Hence, even deriding this perfect one is blasphemous, as witness the case of Salman Rushdie, who was put under a death sentence for belittling the prophet. ‘Now then, what can we learn from the example and the teachings of the ‘perfect’ founder of Islam? Do his life and teachings discourage the horrible conduct we see engaged, tolerated, and cheered by so many Muslims today?’ The answer to this question is found in early Islamic history.” Read more.

Thousands Flee As ISIS Caliphate Launches New Wave Of Attacks Against Christians In Northern Iraq

08/06/2014 4 comments

For peaceful purposes …

Revelation 14:12, “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”

The Daily Star – “Jihadists have launched fresh attacks on Christian areas in north Iraq, sparking a new wave of displacement, the country’s Chaldean patriarch and witnesses said Wednesday.

Towns shelled in the past few days by Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants include Tal Kayf, Bartella and Qaraqosh, according to Christian sources.

The towns are among many in the area where thousands of Christians who were forced to abandon their homes in the main northern city of Mosul last month had found refuge.

Some of them are less than 50 kilometers away from Arbil, the capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

Chaldean patriarch Louis Sako said at least one man had been killed by mortar fire, naming him as Lajin Hekmat, an employee of the main church in Tal Kayf, just north of Mosul.

A resident of Tal Kayf, Hanna Aziz Paulus, confirmed that the town had been targeted by shelling.

The town of Bartella had also been attacked by the jihadists, sparking an exodus, according to Sako.

‘Bartella has seen the flight of many families in recent days,’ he told AFP, adding the population had feared a major eruption of fighting following a jihadist offensive in the nearby Sinjar region.

Thousands of civilians, including from the Yazidi and other minorities, were forced to flee their homes at the weekend when ISIS militants ousted Kurdish peshmerga forces there.

Sako said he had this week sent a new message to Pope Francis demanding urgent mobilisation to protect one of the world’s oldest Christian communities.

‘Christians are isolated, afraid and aware that in the face of such a sudden development, anything can happen,’ the patriarch said in his message.” Source – The Daily Star.

Qur’an Sura 33:21, “Indeed in Allah’s Messenger (Mohammad) you have an excellent example to follow for him who hopes in (meeting with) Allah and the Last Day …”

Flashback: ISIS Caliphate Now Aggressively Pursuing Christians In Towns Across The Nineveh Plain – “There is no rest for the wicked – or for those fleeing with their lives, it appears. Islamic State militants have now launched a mortar attack against the village of Tilkif in an attempt to break into one of the towns in the Nineveh Plain, where families driven from Mosul have found refuge. The militia of the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate having successfully driven all the Christians and Shiites from the city of Mosul in Iraq, has stepped up their campaign on ruthless persecution. ‘The attack started from a village controlled by jihadists,’ Father Paul Thabit Mekko, a Chaldean priest told the Fides news agency …” Read more.

Flashback: ISIS Caliphate Orders Muslim Employers To Fire All Christian Workers, Cuts Off Water To More Christians – “The Islamic State, which sees itself as the restoration of the caliphate to rule all Muslims, immediately imposed anti-Christian rules, ordering Muslim employers to fire Christian workers. The homes of Christian religious leaders were ransacked and occupied by militants. A Christian population as old as the faith shrank from 3,000 families to several hundred in weeks. On July 18, ISIL ordered non-Muslims to convert or pay a tax last imposed during the Ottoman empire. If not, they would face ‘death by the sword’ …” Read more.

Flashback: Religion Of Thievery: ISIS Caliphate Robs And Plunders Christians Fleeing Mosul – “More than 200 Assyrian families fled in panic from Mosul on July 17 and 18 as the ISIS deadline for converting to Islam approached … ISIS setup checkpoints at the Araby and Shallalat neighborhoods (AlSada and Biawaizah) and robbed and plundered Assyrians who were fleeing the city. ISIS took money from the Assyrians, as well as cars, cell phones, food, money, gold, including fake jewelry, electronic items and even medicines. Over 85 families who had fled Baghdede (Qarawosh/Hamdaniya) reported being robbed of all of their possessions.” Read more.

“Everyone Like Him Will Have The Same End”: Muslims Behead Christian After Forcing Him To Deny Christ And Salute Mohammed As Allah’s Messenger

08/05/2014 5 comments

Convert to Islam or you will be beheaded” is one of the messages being communicated to Christians throughout much of the Muslim world today. But conversion, it seems, guarantees nothing. Here is a man who was a Christian and had been guaranteed the promise of eternal life through faith in Christ — right up until he denied Him. Now, I can assure you that some will claim that a Christian can never lose their salvation and, since this man denied Christ before his beheading, he could not have been a true believer to begin with. But if “once-saved-always-saved” were a Biblical teaching, then what point was God making when the Holy Spirit inspired the writer of Hebrews to warn believers against drifting away, against departing from the faith, against disobedience and apostasy (Hebrews 2:1-4; 3:12-14; 4:11; 5:11-6:6)?  Why would  Jesus have implied that names can be blotted from the Book of Life (Revelation 3:5)? Why does 1 Timothy 4:1 teach us that “in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils”? It does not stand to reason that one can depart from the faith if they never held to the faith in the first place.

To the surprise of some, Jesus explicitly taught against the idea of “once-saved-always-saved” in Luke 8:11-15. According to Christ Himself, to believe is to be saved (8:12), but He said there would be those who only “believe for a while” (8:13) and, as such, are only saved for awhile. They had a faith that was during a time, but not a faith that was enduring time. If they were to die while they still believed they would go to heaven, even though they would have later fallen away in a “time of temptation” if they had lived. The man in this report, sadly, gave in to the temptation that he might live if he denied Christ and repeated the Beast’s “Shahada” for conversion to Islam. Now he has died in denial of the only One who could have saved his soul.

To all brothers and sisters in the Lord, may this serve as a reminder that we MUST abide in Christ Jesus and endure till the very end, even unto death. When we do, we are guaranteed that He, too, will abide in us, for when we are in Him no one can pluck us out of His hand. May God have mercy on this man’s soul …

Matthew 10:32-33, “… whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

Revelation 2:10, “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer … Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

By Leonardo Blair, Christian Post – “A Christian man in Syria recently had his head brutally hacked off by Islamic militants after being forced to deny his faith and salute Mohammed as ‘the messenger of God’.

The incident was caught on video for the world to see and broadcast as a warning to ‘everyone like him’.

In the video that was posted to YouTube with translated captions, the helpless Christian man is surrounded by armed militants wearing masks and he is heard reciting as instructed: ‘There is no God but God and I testify that Mohammed is the messenger of God.’

An apparent leader in the group of militants is then heard instructing the group: ‘No one will shoot him now, do you understand? He will not be killed by shooting because it is merciful for him.’

‘He will be beheaded because he is Kaffir, non-Muslim, sided [with] the government and was not praying at all. Everyone like him will have the same end, beheading,’ said the militant.

A militant armed with a machete then grabs the defenseless man by the hair and begins to cut his head from his body as the group cries ‘Allahu Akbar…there is no God but God.’

The 2014 report from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom highlights Syria among several countries where being a Christian can be extremely hazardous due to terrorist and extremist Muslim threats.” Read more.

Flashback: Saudi Arabia ‘Justice’ Minister: Beheading Is Enshrined In Divine Islamic Laws, ‘We Cannot Change Them’ – “Saudi Arabia’s Justice Minister has defended tough Sharia punishments such as beheading, cutting off hands and lashing, claiming they ‘cannot be changed’ because they are enshrined in Islamic law. ‘These punishments are based on divine religious texts and we cannot change them,’ Mohammed Al Eissa reportedly said during a recent speech in Washington… ‘Islam is a religion of wisdom that calls for dialogue with other religious faiths and peaceful coexistence with other communities. [Edit ICA: Then why is there not one single Christian church in all of Saudi Arabia?]” Read more.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Bombs At Least Five Churches In Northern Nigeria

08/04/2014 5 comments

In the minds of those who believe every word of the not-so-holy Qur’an, why shouldn’t churches be bombed and Christians beheaded? After all, “Allah” does not love non-Muslims. In fact, non-Muslims are vile animals according to Islam’s deity. And vile animals, well, they can be dangerous to Muslims and ought to be put down. For peaceful purposes …

Qur’an Sura 30:45, “… [Allah] does not love the unbelievers [non-Muslims].”

Qur’an Sura 8:55, “Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve [non-Muslims] …”

Qur’an: Sura 4:89, “Have no unbelieving friends. Kill the unbelievers [non-Muslims] wherever you find them.”

Qur’an Sura 8:12b, “… terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.”

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today – “Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has attacked at least five churches Borno State, northern Nigeria, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports.

Gunmen reportedly used IEDs and petrol bombs to destroy churches in the Hawal Local Government Area, which is home to a predominantly Christian community, on the evening of July 30.

No one is thought to have died in the attacks, but two people were murdered in the Shaffa District of Hawul on July 26 by Boko Haram militants. Eyewitnesses say the victims were each beheaded, and their severed heads placed on their chests.

Boko Haram is an Islamist terror group, intent on ‘cleansing’ Nigeria of Christians. Members have also attacked moderate Muslim communities.

At least 13 died and several more were injured in two mosque suicide bombings in Yobe state on July 29.

The first was detonated at an Izala centre as local Muslims met to pray, while the second took place at a mosque attacked to the family home of Potiskum’s chief Imam.

A Muslim cleric was also abducted by Boko Haram militants along with his wife and two other people in the town of Katarko in Yobe state on July 28.” Read more.

Flashback: Nigeria: Boko Haram: Our Goal Is To Eliminate Followers Of Christ – “Terrorist organisation Boko Haram has issued a statement making clear that its goal is to eliminate followers of Christ from Nigeria and establish an Islamic state. ‘The Nigerian state and Christians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state … We are responsible for the suicide attack on a church in Jos and also another attack on another church in Biu,’ a spokesman for the group, Abul Qaqa, is said to have told reporters in the northeastern city of Maiduguri over the phone.” Read more.

Flashback: Nigeria: ‘Proud Soldiers Of Allah’ Vows To Take Down Government And Destroy Christianity, ‘We Will Devour You … Our Joy Is To Die In Jihad’ – “‘You, Jonathan, cannot stop us; instead we will devour you in the three months like you are boasting … We are proud soldiers of Allah; we will never give up as we fight the infidels. We will emerge as winners … for us, [death] is eternal victory to die working for Allah. Our joy is to die in Jihad for Allah … We are not doing physical human service, but Allah’s work … We are not afraid because we are not doing man’s work but Allah’s work…” Read more.

France: Jewish And Christian Tombstones Near Paris Vandalized By … Muslim Children

08/03/2014 1 comment

For peaceful purposes. Because we all know how much trouble Jews and Christians can be, even in death. Fortunately, Christ doesn’t need a tombstone to know where those who have died in Him were laid to rest …

1 Corinthians 15:51-52, “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

JTA – “Children aged 11 and 13 are suspected of vandalizing at least 15 Jewish tombstones and six Christian ones at a cemetery near the French capital.

The three children, two of them 11 years old and the third 13, were taken into custody earlier this week and are awaiting a juvenile court judge review of the charges brought against them, the French-language news site JSSNews.com reported last week.

Police sources told JSSNews that the children were from families of Turkish descent.

The vandalism happened  at Villiers-le-Bel, a suburb located north of the French capital, amid a wave of attacks against Jewish institutions and individuals in connection with Israel’s actions in Gaza.

In France, nine synagogue have been attacked, eight of them in the Paris region. Some of the attacks occurred after unauthorized protests against Israel turned into riots in which demonstrators hurled stones and firebombs at synagogues and Jewish-owned stores.

Similar incidents occurred in Belgium and the Netherlands, where unidentified individuals hurled three stones into the home of Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, smashing his backyard door.” Source – JTA.

Flashback: ‘Complete Destruction’: Iranian Security Forces Destroy Christian Cemetery – “Iranian security forces have destroyed a 200-year-old Christian cemetery in southeastern Iran after they earlier used bulldozers to remove an historical church in the area, Iranian Christians said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Thursday, April 26. The cemetery attack, discovered this month in Kerman province, is no isolated incident. Iranian Christians said that ‘all the crosses have been taken out of the ground’ at another historical British cemetery in the southwestern port city of Bushehr …” Read more.

Flashback: Libya: ‘Allah Is Greater’ Warcry Heard As Muslims Desecrate Jewish And Christian Grave Site In Benghazi – “Residents of the city of Benghazi in Libya were caught on film last Friday as they shattered tombstones of fallen British and Italian soldiers from World War II, most likely in retaliation for the Quran burnings at the NATO base in Afghanistan last week, which later led US President Barack Obama to issue a public apology. The YouTube clip shows a group arriving at the cemetery and breaking off the crosses on the tombstones. One of the headstones had a Star of David on it, and while their target was retaliation against the Christian soldiers, it did not stop them from continuing in their destructive efforts.” Read more.

Nigeria: Islamists Kill Nearly As Many Christians In First Seven Months Of 2014 As They Killed In All Of 2013

08/01/2014 1 comment

 John 16:2b-3, “… the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or Me.”

The time that was coming is already here. “It is instructive that even in perceived random attacks on communities, there is still distinct religious cleansing going on in selection and separation of Christians for elimination.” For peaceful purposes …

BRnow – “Boko Haram extremists and others have killed nearly as many Nigerian Christians in the first seven months of this year as were killed in all of 2013, the advocacy group Jubilee Campaign reported Tuesday (July 29).

Approximately 1,505 Nigerian Christians have been killed for their faith to date this year, compared to 1,783 Nigerian Christians killed in all of last year, based on Jubilee’s tally of deaths on its blog FactsNigeriaViolence.org, a compilation of reports from various news sources.

The 2014 total to date is nearly 85 percent of those killed in all of last year.

In attacks targeting religious communities, Boko Haram and others also killed Muslims, government officials, and other civilians in Northern Nigeria, for a total of 4,239 deaths to date this year, compared to 3,124 deaths in all of 2013, Jubilee reported.

Christians killed to date include seven fathers of the 223 Chibok school girls still missing after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 300 students in mid-April. The men were killed July 20 when Boko Haram attacked Damboa, just 52 miles from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, and hoisted Boko Haram flag there, the Associated Press reported.

Boko Haram and others have killed at least 52 Muslims this year, compared to 66 in all of 2013 Jubilee reported. Based on an interview with Emmanuel Ogebe, manager of Jubilee Campaign’s Justice for Jos Project, Morning Star News reported a trend this year of Boko Haram targeting some Muslims primarily because they cooperate with the Nigerian military.

‘The pattern therefore is that if you do not do what they demand, even if you are Muslim, you become an ‘apostate’ deserving of death,’ Ogebe said. ‘Therefore the difference between Boko Haram’s approach to Christian ‘infidels’ and Muslim apostates is you are killed as a Christian ‘just because’ your name is Christian – you go to church, etc. – whereas Muslims are generally killed ‘for cause,’ for example working for the government or refusing to pay extortion taxes to Boko Haram.’

In terms of the number of faith communities attacked, 75 Christian communities were assaulted in the first six months of this year, compared with eight attacks on Muslim communities, the group reported. Christian communities were defined as churches, pastors, predominantly Christian enclaves and other explicitly Christian targets. Muslim communities were defined as imams or explicitly Muslim targets, though Jubilee noted Boko Haram itself insists that it does not target mosques.

‘Prior to 2014, all so-called mosque attacks were assassination attempts on prominent Muslims who disagreed with Boko Haram,’ Jubilee reported. ‘The attacks took place when the targeted Muslims were entering or leaving a mosque, but there were no attacks on the mosque or Muslims as such.’

This year, however, marked the first targeting of Muslims in a mosque, Jubilee reported.

‘It should be noted that this attack was reported to be retaliation for their cooperation with the authorities and not necessarily for their faith,’ Jubilee reported. ‘It is instructive that even in perceived random attacks on communities, there is still distinct religious cleansing going on in selection and separation of Christians for elimination.'” Read more.

Flashback: Report: Terrorism Hits Record High In 2012, Deaths Up 89% From Prior Year, 2013 Set To Hit New Record – “Witness Islam’s ‘proud tradition of tolerance‘ where devout Muslims can’t even seem to tolerate one another, let alone Jews and Christians or anyone else. The hard reality for many willingly ignorant leftists and Sharia sympathizers to accept is the fact that this rise in global terror is being perpetrated almost exclusively by Muslims. Unfortunately, this is one inconvenient fact that the second half of the article attempts to quickly whitewash by cautioning against ‘viewing Islam itself as inherently violent’ — even though it demonstrably is. When the stone-cold reality of violent Islamism cold-clocks the liberal mind in the face it’s still only ‘racist Islamophobes’ who have the gall to claim that Islam has something to do with Islamic terrorism …” Read more.

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