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Convert Or Face The Sword: ISIS Forcing Sharia Law Upon Iraqi Christians

06/23/2014 1 comment

In the name of “Allah” and the blood-drunk “prophet” they worship and adore

Romans 8:35, 38-39, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [Shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

By Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch – “‘They all feared persecution at the hands of the insurgents who had suddenly arrived in their midst because they follow a harsh 7th century interpretation of the Qur’an that demands not only that women mostly stay indoors, but that church bells must never be rung, crosses must never be displayed and Christians must pay a ‘gold tax’ in return for their lives.’

This is not a ‘harsh 7th century interpretation of the Qur’an.’ This is Islamic law to this day: Sharia stipulates that dhimmi Jews and Christians under the ‘protection’ of the Islamic state — are ‘forbidden to openly display wine or pork, (A: to ring church bells or display crosses,) recite the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display of their funerals and feastdays’ (‘Umdat al-Salik, o11.5(6)).

And as for the ‘gold tax’ that Christians must pay ‘in return for their lives,’ that is straight from the Qur’an: ‘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.’ (9:29)

ISIS, moreover, has ‘launched a reign of terror against Shiites and Christians that has included beheadings and at least three crucifixions.’ That, too, is from the Qur’an: ‘When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks (47:4); and ‘Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.’ (5:33)

‘Convert to Islam or face the sword, Iraqi Christians told by Sunni extremists,’ by Matthew Fisher, Postmedia News, June 22, 2014:

ANKAWA, Iraq — Convert to Islam or face the sword.

That was the stark message Christians in the Syrian city of Raqqa received last year when ultra-fundamentalist Sunni extremists, proclaiming themselves to be members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), seized power and launched a reign of terror against Shiites and Christians that has included beheadings and at least three crucifixions.

Aware of ISIL’s ferocious reputation for murder and mayhem, thousands of Christians who lived in Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh Plain fled in panic when ISIL rebels captured Iraq’s second largest city from government forces on June 10. Many of those who escaped have sought refuge in this Christian enclave in the Kurdish city of Irbil, only an hour’s drive away from Mosul.

“All who are left there now are Read more…

Nigeria: At Least 8 Killed After Islamists Bomb Medical College

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Because the duty of those who save lives does not benefit those whose duty it is to take them

Qur’an: Sura 4:89, ”They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies … seize them and kill them wherever you find them …”

By Aminu Abubakar and Robyn Dixon, LA Times – “At least eight people were killed Monday by a bomb blast at the School of Hygiene in the northern Nigeria city of Kano, with suspicion falling on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Nigerian media reported a suicide bomber approached a line of students at the school before detonating the blast. At least 20 people were injured, and the death toll may rise.

Although no group immediately claimed responsibility, Boko Haram has targeted schools and tertiary institutions before because of its bitter opposition to secular education and co-ed schools.

Those killed and maimed Monday were new students who had lined up for a screening, local media reported. Kano’s School of Hygiene trains nurses, midwives, public health workers and others.

The school, just behind the home of Nigeria’s police chief, Mohammed Abubakar, was cordoned off by soldiers and police. Rescue workers from the Nigerian Red Cross and police recovered pieces of human flesh on the concrete-tiled floors with hand gloves and placed them in plastic bags.

Forensic experts combed the scene, while bomb disposal personnel swept the area to ensure no explosives remained. Traffic police and volunteers redirected traffic from the school, which lies on a thoroughfare just outside the ancient city walls.

The college car park bore the main force of the blast, which badly damaged six cars, shattering their windscreens and denting panels. The ground was stained with blood.

Kano, a major West African trading hub, has not suffered as many attacks as towns and villages farther east and north, but there have nonetheless been regular attacks, including a bomb blast last month that killed six people.” Read more.

Flashback: Islamist Leader: ‘Our Religion And Our Way Of Worship Is Nothing But Killings, Killings And Killings … Killing Is My Job’ – “‘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, we’d rather leave this world. Let the whole world perish! May Allah curse you!’” Read more.

Flashback: Crisis: Islamists Cause ‘The Whole Healthcare System’ To Collapse In Northern Nigeria – “Healthcare services have collapsed in the northern part of Nigeria’s Borno state as doctors, nurses and pharmacists flee for their lives from brutal violence unleashed by Islamist Boko Haram militants. Medical professionals say health services in the region have largely shut down, with mortality rates and vaccination programmes severely hit and pressure heaped on the skeleton staff that remain. ‘The whole healthcare system in northern Borno has collapsed and healthcare delivery is nil,’ said Musa Babakura …” Read more.

Categories: Radical Islam

Alaska: Tsunami Warning Issued After Powerful 8.0 Earthquake Strikes Aleutian Islands

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By Mark Thiessen, The Associated Press – “A magnitude-8.0 earthquake was widely felt in communities along Alaska’s sparsely populated Aleutian Islands on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Natasha Ruppert, a seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Center, said the communities that would have suffered damage are also under tsunami warnings, so people may not have been able to get out and check for damage yet.

The earthquake recorded at 12:53 p.m. local time was initially reported with a magnitude of 7.1, but Ruppert says that was upgraded to 8.0. The quake was centred about 13 miles southeast of Little Sitkin Island.

It was recorded at a depth of 60 miles, which is relatively shallow for an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands. The shallower the quake, the more likely it will be felt.

The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas between Nikolski to Attu, on the Aleutian Islands. A warning means significant inundation is possible or occurring. Residents are being warned to move inland toward higher ground.

A tsunami advisory was also issued for coastal areas stretching from Nikolski to Unimak Pass. An advisory means strong currents or dangerous waves are expected, but widespread inundation isn’t likely.” Source – CTV News.

Categories: Earthquakes

Muslim Persecution Of Christians, February 2014: “The Most Persecuted Religious Group In The World”

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Matthew 10:22, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

By Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute – “The most historic and emblematic sign of Muslim persecution of Christians returned in February: Christians in Raqqa, Syria, under the occupation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS], which has since consolidated more territory, were given the three classic choices of Islam: 1) convert to Islam or 2) pay jizya (tribute or extortion money, as in the Koran 9:29) and uphold all the conditions stipulated in the medieval Conditions of Omar — which include heavy restrictions on Christian worship — or 3) the sword.

According to the BBC, ISIS issued a directive:

citing the Islamic concept of “dhimma”, [which] requires Christians in the city to pay tax of around half an ounce (14g) of pure gold in exchange for their safety. It says Christians must not make renovations to churches, display crosses or other religious symbols outside churches, ring church bells or pray in public. Christians must not carry arms, and must follow other rules imposed by ISIS (also known as ISIL) on their daily lives. The statement said the group had met Christian representatives and offered them three choices—they could convert to Islam, accept ISIS’ conditions, or reject their control and risk being killed. “If they reject, they are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword,” the statement said.

A Pew study confirmed that Christians are ‘the most persecuted religious group in the world‘ and that their persecution is occurring primarily throughout the Islamic world. In the category of ‘Countries with Very High Government Restrictions on Religion,’ Pew lists 24 countries — 20 of which are Islamic and precisely where the overwhelming majority of ‘the world’s’ Christians are actually being persecuted.

February’s roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and country in alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity.

Attacks on Christian Churches

Nigeria: Among other church-related atrocities, the Islamic terror group Boko Haram attacked a church during Sunday services in the Muslim majority northeast of the nation. According to Christian Today, ‘They locked the doors before the end of the service and shot at the congregation, slitting the throats of those who tried to escape. They also detonated bombs before going on a four hour rampage, burning houses and taking hostages from the village.’

Sudan: ‘In what Sudanese Christians believe is part of a campaign by Islamist President Omar al-Bashir to rid the country of Christianity,’ reported the Morning Star News, ‘bulldozers accompanied by local police and personnel from the National Intelligence and Security Services destroyed the Sudanese Church of Christ building in the Ombada area of Omdurman, across the River Nile from Khartoum.’ According to a local Christian: ‘The government has confiscated the land where the church was built — please pray for the church to get a place for worship. We had not any prior indication from the officials that the church would be destroyed; they have not even warned us.’ The only reason officials gave for demolishing the 300-member church was that it was located in a ‘Muslim area’ and so ‘not wanted there,’ reported one church member. The police officer in charge of demolition reportedly said: ‘We have orders from above to demolish this church building. We do not want any church in this area.’

Zanzibar: Several churches were attacked in the Muslim majority islands. A bomb that was remotely detonated rocked the entrance of Christ Church Cathedral on February 24. The day before, Sunday, February 23, another Read more…

Afghanistan: Muslim Man Converts To Christianity, Family Threatens To Kill Him And His 3-Year-Old Son

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Because that is, after all, the Islamic thing to do. But “I won’t convert back.” Stay firm in the faith, Brother Josef. Even if they destroy the body, your eternal soul they cannot touch …

John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live'”

Qur’an Sura 2:256a, “Let there be no compulsion in religion …”

Hadith, Bukhari 9.84.57, “Muhammad said, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.’”

By Azam Ahmed, New York Times – “In a dank basement on the outskirts of Kabul, Josef read his worn blue Bible by the light of a propane lantern, as he had done for weeks since he fled from his family in Pakistan.

His few worldly possessions sat nearby in the 10-by-10-foot room of stone and crumbling brown earth. He keeps a wooden cross with a passage from the Sermon on the Mount written on it, a carton of Esse cigarettes, and a thin plastic folder containing records of his conversion to Christianity.

The documents are the reason he is hiding for his life. On paper, Afghan law protects freedom of religion, but the reality here and in some other Muslim countries is that renouncing Islam is a capital offense.

Josef’s brother-in-law Ibrahim arrived in Kabul recently, leaving behind his family and business in Pakistan, to hunt down the apostate and kill him. Reached by telephone, Ibrahim, who uses only one name, offered a reporter for The New York Times $20,000 to tell him where Josef was hiding.

‘If I find him, once we are done with him, I will kill his son as well, because his son is a bastard,’ Ibrahim said, referring to Josef’s 3-year-old child. ‘He is not from a Muslim father.’

For Josef, 32, who asked to be identified only by his Christian name to protect his wife and young child, the path to Christianity was only one segment on a much longer journey, a year of wandering that took him through Turkey, Greece, Italy and Germany, seeking refuge from Afghanistan’s violence.

But at each stop he found misfortune. He was detained in Greece and deported from Germany, and he lived on the streets in Italy before he truly understood that there would be no happy ending in Europe, where his application for asylum has gone nowhere. He voluntarily left Italy for Pakistan to be with his wife and son, but that is no longer an option.

Neither is reverting to Islam. ‘I inherited my faith, but I saw so many things that made me discard my religious beliefs,’ Josef said. ‘Even if I get killed, I won’t convert back.’

In official eyes here, there are no Afghan Christians. The few Afghans who practice the faith do so in private for fear of persecution, attending one of a handful of underground churches that are believed to be operating in the country.” Read more.

Luke 21:16, “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.”

Flashback: Mosque To Church Ratio In Afghanistan: 48,000 To 0 – “Afghanistan ranks third among nations most severely opposed to the Cross. There are 48,000 mosques in the country—but not a single church building. Afghanistan’s population is 31 million, but estimates show there are less than 5,000 indigenous believers in this nation that has radical Islamic sharia law written into its constitution. Because of strong family traditions, any Muslim who comes to Christ is often in danger of an ‘honor killing’ by the family even before the government decides to pursue them, and Muslims who convert to Christ are subject to harsh imprisonment and possible execution by the authorities.” Read more.

Flashback: The Crushing Of Middle Eastern Christianity, ‘The Full Magnitude Of The Horrific Christian Plight Is Largely Ignored’ – “The Pew Research Center has charted extensive government restrictions on non-Muslim religions in numerous countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, Tunisia, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. Pew also has gauged very high social hostilities in Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, the Palestinian territories, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.These government restrictions and social hostilities directed against Christians are causing many to flee the region. In the early twentieth century, Christians accounted for about 20 percent of the Middle East population, but now that figure is down to only 5 percent. In the aftermath of 9/11 and the ‘Arab Spring,’ Christian communities throughout the greater Middle East find themselves increasingly besieged. While the United States seems to notice bits and pieces of this picture, the full magnitude of the horrific Christian plight is largely ignored.” Read more.

Report: ISIS Terrorists Claim To Have Access To Nuclear Weapons, Will Use Them Against Israel

06/23/2014 13 comments

For peaceful purposes. Since 2011, more and more are beginning to realize that all we are witnessing unfold throughout the Middle East today will culminate in Jerusalem tomorrow …

Zechariah 12:2-3, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah [and] against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”

By F. Michael Maloof, WND – “The well-organized army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claims it has access to nuclear weapons and a will to use them to ‘liberate’ Palestine from Israel as part of its ‘Islamic Spring,’ according to a WND source in the region.

Franklin Lamb, an international lawyer based in Beirut and Damascus, said the move is part of the ISIS aim of creating a caliphate under strict Islamic law, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to Iraq.

Lamb, who has access to ISIS fighters and sympathizers, said ISIS has been working with a ‘new specialized’ unit organized at the beginning of 2013 to focus ‘exclusively on destroying the Zionist regime occupying Palestine.’

Lamb added that the ISIS ‘Al-Quds Unit’ is working to broaden its influence in more than 60 Palestinian camps and gatherings from Gaza, across ‘Occupied Palestine,’ or Israel, to Jordan and from Lebanon up to the north of Syria ‘seeking to enlist support as it prepares to liberate Palestine.’

ISIS is also know as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. ‘Sham,’ or ‘Greater Syria,’ refers to Cyprus, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and southern Turkey.

ISIS also is known as DAASH, the Arabic acronym for al-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fi al-Iraq wa-al Sham.

The Sunni militant group, which has taken over much of the Sunni region of Iraq, could leave the Shia-dominated region of the country and head toward Jordan and Turkey.

Lamb said that in Iraq alone, some 6 million Iraqi Sunnis recently have become supportive of the ISIS lightning strikes in the Sunni portion of the country.” Read more.

Zechariah 14:12, “And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths…”

Flashback: ISIS Fighter In Iraq: We Pledge Allegiance To Our Leader And ‘Shall Conquer Jerusalem From You, Oh Jews!’ – “Kosovo Volunteer Fighting with ISIS in Syria, 5/17/2014: “In the name of Allah, blessings and prayers upon the Messenger of Allah [Muhammad]. Thanks be to Allah who enabled us to travel on his path, and join the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. We praise Allah who has joined us with the lions of ISIS everywhere. We bless Allah who has enabled us to pledge allegiance to the Emir of the Believers, Abu Bakr Al-Qurayshi Al-Baghdadi. Oh our Emir, we have pledged to obey you, we have pledged to die. Lead us to wherever Allah commands you. To the tyrants and infidels wherever they may be, we say the same thing that Abraham said to his father: ‘Indeed, we disassociate ourselves from you, and from whatever you worship other than Allah … ‘ We say to you, as the Prophet Muhammad said: ‘We have brought slaughter upon you.’ Know this, oh infidels: By Allah, we shall cleanse the Arabian Peninsula of you, you filth. We shall conquer Jerusalem from you, oh Jews! We shall conquer Rome and Andalusia [Christianity] …” Watch more.

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