A group of Muslims knocked on the door of a Christian family’s home, demanding payment for their protection, in accordance with Islamic law. When the mother hesitated, the Muslims immediately entered the home and set fire to it, knowing the poor woman’s daughter was still inside. As the mother held her dying little girl in her arms, the Christian child whispered 2 unbelievable last words.
The atrocities in the Middle East are not only remnants of Islam’s bloody history, but a sinister forecast of Christianity’s future. In the birthplace of both religions, only one reigns supreme, having forcibly converted, exiled, enslaved, or slaughtered nearly all Christians, devout Muslims have turned back the hands of time, giving us a bleak look at just how cruel and masochistic the prophet Muhammad’s rule was.
One of these Muhammadan executions came at the hands of Islamic State fighters, who were going door-to-door in Mosul to collect jizya, the Quran’s crippling tax for religious minorities under Sharia law. When they arrived at one Christian woman’s home, however, they decided to make an example out of her.
The Catholic News Agency reports that Muslim militants were greeted by the owner of the home, a helpless Christian woman. When they demanded she pay Islamic jizya, she pleaded with them to give her a moment to gather the money, as her daughter who could’ve done it quicker was in the shower. Instead of allowing her to collect the religious fee, they stormed into the house and set fire to everything.
Miraculously, the woman managed to escape with her daughter, but not before the child was severely burned from the rapidly spreading fire. As she held her daughter in her arms, tenderly making her final excruciating moments as comfortable as she possibly could, her little girl selflessly whispered, “Forgive them.”
This heartbreaking testimony was just one of the many on Christian persecution given at the #WeAreN2016 International Congress on Religious Freedom in New York City in April. Activists, missionaries, and ambassadors gathered to relay the horrific atrocities shamelessly ignored by much of the world, desperate for communities and nations to act before the Middle East’s dwindling Christian population is wiped out entirely.
Another testimony recounted perhaps one of the most gruesome cases human rights activists have ever encountered. The incident revealed the inconceivable suffering of a Christian family living under the Caliphate in an ISIS stronghold.
The Christian husband and wife were distraught when their children were kidnapped by ISIS militants, knowing that no fate under the terrorist group could be bearable. Not long after their kids were taken, they answered a knock at the door, only to find a large plastic bag on the stoop. When they opened the sack, they found severed body parts of their daughters and a video recording of their girls being raped and tortured.
The atrocities against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East are “genocide,” but the word is often avoided because of its incredible significance. To acknowledge this chaos as genocide would provide weight to the travesties, making the world’s snubbing of it a universal crime and blemish on the West.
Millions of Christians have been driven out of the Middle East or butchered if they stay. Those still remaining suffer unimaginable persecution, being forced to pay hefty jizya to simply survive execution. As long as the world continues to ignore this suffering, while subsequently accepting hordes of Muslims, the persecution and subjugation will only spread.