Syria: Man Converts To Christianity, Muslim Family Threatens To Cut His Throat
Qur’an Sura 8:12, “… I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike them upon the necks …”
Like a wild and hungry beast, Islam is obsessed with the necks of its prey …
1 Peter 5:8b, “… the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
By Peter Goodspeed, The Star – “Born and raised a Muslim in Syria, he was given the name ‘Tarek’ in high school, when government officials wanted to enlist computer students to serve in an Internet surveillance program.
He never worked in the unit, but he has used the name to protect himself, both as a man fleeing Syria’s civil war and, more recently, as a recent convert to Christianity.
Now a refugee being sponsored by Toronto’s St. Philip Neri Catholic Parish in Downsview, Tarek* has spent more than a year waiting for his application to be processed so he can move to Canada.
But he maintains his assumed identity in Lebanon because he has been told his father and stepbrothers are determined to kill him for becoming a Christian.
‘They are searching to cut my throat,’ he says matter-of-factly. ‘I’ve been told they have hired someone to find me to get the mission accomplished.’
Tarek says he is nervous about the delays surrounding his move to Canada.
‘Sometimes, I feel in danger. Especially when I go into the streets, when I come to Beirut. You never know if someone is looking for you.
‘I’m living in a place where the majority are Muslims. So whenever I go to church on Sunday, they would know I’m Christian. So I don’t say anything about my religion, and when I go to mass, I say I am going to English classes because I plan to travel.’ …
‘… before the unrest had started in Syria I was secretly studying Christianity. A lot of my friends were Christians and I’d begun taking instruction from a priest.
‘You are not allowed to convert in Syria. It is not allowed by law at all. I used to go to the priest to talk to him. I was interested to know more. I liked it, and after what happened in Syria, I decided to convert. It was the priest’s advice for me to get out and go to Lebanon.’
When he arrived in Beirut, he spent another two months continuing to receive instruction in the Catholic faith before deciding to get baptized.
‘On the day that I was baptized, I was wondering if it was a good decision and I was asking God to help me understand what to do. That night, I had a dream I was praying on the top of a mountain and the whole sky crumbled and I heard a voice saying: ‘God is with you. Don’t be afraid.’
When he finally does arrive in Toronto, Tarek will reassume his original identity, but he wants to adopt his baptismal name, John.
‘I believe it will be a new beginning for a new life,’ he says. ‘It’s a new dream. I’m optimistic, no matter how long it takes. It will be solved in the end.'” Read more.
Romans 8:31b, “… If God is for us, who can be against us?”