Friday, August 15, 2014

Iraq: fleeing Christians told to convert or die by the new caliphate

"And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful."

That's sura 9 verse 5 and one of the favorites of jihadists worldwide.

Sura 9 verse 29, called the sword verse is explicit in dealing with non-believers;

"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."

These verses and others are used by the Islamic State to justify their bloodlust.  Interesting how Islamic scholars both Muslim and non-Muslim have yet to counter this viewpoint with doctrinal relevancy, probably because it is not possible.  The jihadists are understanding doctrine correctly, yet no one will cal them on it.  I wonder why?

From the London Evening Standard August 14 by Jonathan Rugman

Iraq: We’re fleeing because jihadists told us – Convert to Islam or we slaughter you

They are camped on classroom floors and amid the concrete shells of unfinished buildings.

They are wholly reliant on the generosity of local people, their lives reduced to no more than the clothes on their backs.

They are the survivors of an ancient religious minority which many in the West had never even heard of until about a week ago.

The plight of Iraq’s Yazidis has triggered air drops and talk of humanitarian intervention by Britain and America.

And although US Special Forces now reckon the numbers still trapped on Mount Sinjar are fewer than previously thought, the stories of those who have escaped are horrific.

Nofa Barakat walked for 15 miles carrying Ayman, her two-month-old son, in searing heat. She explained to me that when her own breast milk ran out she kept him alive by having a mountain goat suckle him instead.

I found her towards the end of her journey, crossing the bridge from Syria into Iraq over the River Habur. Thousands like her escaped by walking down the north face of Sinjar into Syria, escorted by Kurdish fighters. The Syria-Iraq frontier is now such a blurred line on the map that if they keep walking they can cross back into Iraq further north.

“I saw two mothers bury their children,” Nofa told me. “I was not able to produce my own milk because there was no food or water. We came here because the terrorists said, ‘Either you convert to Islam or we slaughter you’.”

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