In a report coming out of Egypt, Islamic terrorists kidnapped a 16-year-old Christian teen on Holy Thursday, slit his throat, and left him to die in a pool of his own blood:
An Egyptian Christian boy found murdered on Maundy Thursday was killed by Islamic extremists hoping to intimidate Christians, say his family.
According to World Watch Monitor, Allam Bashay Gabriel found his 16-year-old son, Gamal, with his throat slit and lying in a pool of blood, in Qai village, Upper Egypt.
The murder took place four days after two churches were bombed and on the same day that three Christian homes were burned.
Gamal Gabriel, 16, was murdered in a suspected Islamist attack.
Gabriel told World Watch Monitor he suspected his son was killed by members of the Islamic State group.
‘The way he was killed is the way of Daesh [IS], as they are the only ones who slaughter people like that,’ he said. ‘They slaughtered my son because of his faith in Jesus Christ. It’s a war on Christians, and all honest people should stand up to those who are waging this war.’
Gabriel’s cousin Samy said: ‘They targeted Gamal and killed him because he is a Christian and it was a message from them before Easter, to intimidate us.’
Gabriel told World Watch Monitor his son had gone to a nearby village to meet with a tutor, but did not return home.
‘I tried to call him many times but his mobile phone was off,’ he said. ‘I was very worried about him. I called my relatives to check with them if any one of them had seen him, as well as his friends, but none of them knew where he was.’
They decided to search for the boy. He said: ‘In Qai, we saw two masked men riding a motorcycle and we asked them if they had seen Gamal. When we described him, the men told us to look for him near the Agricultural Society building, and then they sped off and disappeared. At the time we didn’t think more of it as our focus was on finding Gamal. Also, since the men were masked and it was dark already, we could not identify them.’
When they arrived at the Agricultural Society, they found Gamal lying on the ground in a pool of blood. He had blood gushing from the top of his head and his throat had been cut.
A pupil in the nearby village of Al-Nuweira, Gamal was ‘loved by all his friends and teachers at school’, his father said. ‘He was a very peaceful and polite person.’
He was buried the following day, Good Friday, at the family’s cemetery, amid tight security, as many Coptic Christians attended his funeral. (source)
Tertullian once wrote that the “blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” This can be hard to believe today in a place like Egypt, where countless Christians have been and are being mercilessly slaughtered by Islamic terrorists.
In spite of all of the slaughter, the Coptic Christians have come out and been publicly forgiving their Muslim tormentors. This has sent shock waves throughout millions of Muslims in Egypt, who are amazed that the Christians still forgive in spite of all that has happened to them, leading one major Egyptian Muslims talk show host to say that the Copts are “made of steel”:
Twelve seconds of silence is an awkward eternity on television. Amr Adeeb, perhaps the most prominent talk show host in Egypt, leaned forward as he searched for a response.
“The Copts of Egypt … are made of … steel!” he finally uttered.
Moments earlier, Adeeb was watching a colleague in a simple home in Alexandria speak with the widow of Naseem Faheem, the guard at St. Mark’s Cathedral in the seaside Mediterranean city.
On Palm Sunday, the guard had redirected a suicide bomber through the perimeter metal detector, where the terrorist detonated. Likely the first to die in the blast, Faheem saved the lives of dozens inside the church.
“I’m not angry at the one who did this,” said his wife, children by her side. “I’m telling him, ‘May God forgive you, and we also forgive you. Believe me, we forgive you.’
“‘You put my husband in a place I couldn’t have dreamed of.’”
Stunned, Adeeb stammered about Copts bearing atrocities over hundreds of years, but couldn’t escape the central scandal.
“How great is this forgiveness you have!” his voice cracked. “If it were my father, I could never say this. But this is their faith and religious conviction.”
Millions marveled with him across the airwaves of Egypt.
So also did millions of Copts, recently rediscovering their ancient heritage, according to Ramez Atallah, president of the Bible Society of Egypt which subtitled and recirculated the satellite TV clip.
“In the history and culture of the Copts, there is much taught about martyrdom,” he told CT. “But until Libya, it was only in the textbooks—though deeply ingrained.”
The Islamic State in Libya kidnapped and beheaded 21 mostly Coptic Christians in February 2015. CT previously reported the message of forgiveness issued by their families and the witness it provided.
“Since then, there has been a paradigm shift,” said Atallah. “Our ancestors lived and believed this message, but we never had to.”
Copts date their liturgical calendar from 284 AD, the beginning of the Roman persecution under Diocletian. Troubles with pagan and Muslim rulers have ebbed and flowed over time, but in his Easter message Pope Tawadros lauded the Coptic Orthodox as a “church of the martyrs.”
This history returned with a vengeance in 2010, when the Two Saints Church in Alexandria was bombed on New Year’s Eve. Copts poured out into the streets in anger, presaging the Arab Spring. In the months that followed, Muslims rallied around them and defended their churches.
Nearly seven years later, the nation has grown weary. The Palm Sunday twin suicide bombings killed more than 45 people and are the second ISIS attack on Christian sanctuaries in five months. Twenty-nine people were killed in a suicide bombing at the papal cathedral in Cairo in December. This week, ISIS attacked the famous St. Catherine’s monastery on the southern Sinai peninsula. (source)
This is why as God is love, mercy is perfectly balanced with justice. Never forget that while Islam must be combated with the force of arms, the battle is ultimately for the souls of men and that there are many good, honest Muslim people who seek truth and that likewise Christ wants to disciple into His kingdom even though they do not know Him yet. While it is sad that many Christians have suffered and died at the hands of Muslims, their deaths were not in vain, for not only if they died in Christ they shall surely live again, but their deaths will be used by God to lead to the salvation of others, including the people who tormented them. Just ask St. Paul.
The Conversion of St. Paul On the Way To Damascus by Caravaggio. Remember that St. Paul was in his time like the Muslim murderers of our own days, hunting down Christians and slaughtering them. Surely he conversion was affected by the shedding of the blood of the martyrs, and he went on to become a great saint. He is a lesson for all, reminding that while evils such as Islam must be combated militarily, never to forsake or abandon mercy, for God desires that even the most evil be saved if they so want to.
The hatred for Christ and all things even resembling Christianity runs deep in the Muslim world. Do not be fooled by outward gestures of “kindness,” because ultimately the more Islamic a place is, the deeper the hate goes.
Saudi Arabia is one of the worst offenders this way, violently persecuting Christians who show even the slightest outward expression of their commitment to Christ. Such was the case that a local province ordered a sculpture that had been in the public for 25 years ripped down because it “looked like” it could have resembled something of a cross:
One of Saudi Arabia’s most conservative provinces has demolished a towering concrete sculpture in response to complaints by residents that it resembled a Christian cross, prompting a local commentator on Tuesday to criticize the move as possible blowback for recent reforms.
State-linked local news sites, including NewsQassim.com, reported that the municipal office for the landlocked, central province of Qassim took down the sculpture last Friday.
Videos and photos posted on social media and local news sites showed the sculpture in ruins after demolition by bulldozers in Qassim’s provincial capital of Buraydah, 220 miles (350 kilometers) northwest of the country’s capital, Riyadh.
The surprise move comes as the kingdom pivots toward greater embrace of the arts by holding for the first time in decades musical concerts in its major cities, including an orchestra performance from Japan last week.
The entertainments drive — led by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — has also included monster truck shows, a hip-hop illuminated dance show, comedy nights and even a Saudi Comic-Con event that starred two Game of Thrones actors.
Saudi Arabia also curtailed the powers of the religious police last year, angering some among the kingdom’s ultraconservative Wahhabi religious establishment.
Commentator Akal Al-Akal criticized the demolition in an op-ed in Tuesday’s pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper, saying the sculpture had been there for 25 years and its destruction was an attempt to embarrass state institutions.
He said those behind such acts are “playing on the emotions and feelings of the local public,” adding that he believes the destruction of the sculpture may have been aimed at “inciting public opinion about life in Saudi Arabia as it embarks on a real opening for the arts.”
“We must respect the symbols of other religions, just as we seek similar treatment in other countries,” he said, adding that Islam is superior to narrow interpretations by extremists groups like the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Islamic State group in Iraq, which have destroyed religious sites, shrines and temples.
Municipal officials in Qassim could not be immediately reached for comment.
Many Arab Christians communities and minority Muslim sects across the region are struggling in the face of war, religious violence and discrimination.
Mosques are the only legally permissible places of worship in Saudi Arabia, though Christian residents have conducted worship services discreetly without interference.
An ancient community of Christians once inhabited the southwestern region of Najran in the Arabian Peninsula, which in present-day Saudi Arabia runs along the Yemen border. The Prophet Muhammad’s treaty with the Christians of Najran, and allowing them a space to pray safely in his mosque in Medina, are often cited by scholars of Islam and moderate clerics as an example of religious pluralism and tolerance. (source,source)
The fact that no major news outlet has provided good photos of the sculpture says that the sculpture probably looked almost nothing like a cross. But the issue here is not the sculpture, but the hatred motivating why it was torn down.
We are witnessing in our modern times the revival of Islam as it was in the past. This is something that has not been seen for at least 300 years, since the Ottoman Empire went into decline following the treaty of Karlowitz in 1699. What we are watching is actually nothing new, since Islam goes through period of violent revival followed by militaristic attempts at expansion. Given that Ottoman Turkey is returning to its former state- and really, I should emphasize its NORMAL state, since the current conception of a “secular Turkey” is scarcely a century old and if Turkish President Erdogan has his way, the modern Turkish state will not live to see its 100th yea- and part of that means it will seek control over the Islamic Holy sites of Mecca and Medina. As we have documented on Shoebat.com, the Saudi family is afraid of Turkey because they know this and fear their power will be in jeopardy, being deposed from power for being “un-Islamic.” Therefore, it is in the interest of Saudi Arabia to start more open persecution of Christians and all things Christian, as they would rather be a vassal of the Ottomans than absolutely deposed.
We recently warned that Christians in Muslim nations, especially Turkey but also Saudi Arabia, need to leave as soon as possible and by whatever means necessary because war in coming to that region. If the genocide of 1917 was bad, what is coming will be far worse for not only are the tools and means to carry out death and destruction greatly improved, but this time the Muslims will draw on their lessons from the last century and attempt to “finish the job” that the Ottomans started. This will not happen overnight, but will be precipitated by a series of “warning shots” to those who are paying attention. It is no different that with the genocide of 1917- the Ottomans were massacring Christians for at least the past 30 years in greater numbers until it culminated in the great genocide.
In the words of the classic country song by Kenny Rogers, The Gambler,
You got to know when to hold ’em,
know when to fold em,
know when to walk away,
and know when to run.
The time to walk away has already passed. It’s time to run.
St. Catherine’s monastery in Egypt is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. ISIS has pledged to wipe out Christianity from Egypt by any and all means possible, and they are sparing nobody.
In a recent skirmish, ISIS attempted to attack the monastery but was stopped by local police at a checkpoint, where after a gun battle one officer was killed and four others were injured:
Gunmen attacked security forces near the St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt’s south Sinai on Tuesday evening, killing at least one police officer and injuring four others, according to Reuters.
The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack on a police checkpoint about 800 meters (yards) from the entrance to the monastery, one of the world’s most important Christian sites, the local health ministry said.
St. Catherine’s, founded in the 6th century and located at the foot of Mount Sinai, is one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site.
The attack near the monastery came a week after the bombings of two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt, which were also claimed by ISIS.
At least 43 people were killed in the bombings in Tanta and Alexandria which went off as worshipers were gathering to mark Palm Sunday.
Following the attacks, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency in the country.
Coptic Christians in Egypt have continuously been targeted by terrorist attacks.
In 2015, ISIS released a video purportedly showing the beheading of the Coptic Christians it had captured in the Libyan capital Tripoli.
Egypt has for years been battling an Islamist insurgency in the northern Sinai, which gained pace after the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.
Most of the attacks in Egypt have been claimed by the Sinai Province, ISIS’s branch in the Sinai. (source)
Egyptian Christians, flee while you can or be ready to fight, because this is just the beginning…
Muslims in Egypt went on a rampage, burning down Christian homes and throwing stones at Christians. In a recent report on this horror:
A mob of radical Muslims has reportedly burned down three homes and injured eight Christians in Egypt’s Minya Governorate following a prayer service on Thursday.
According to International Christian Concern (ICC), the Christians in the town of Kom el-Loufy were attacked after they held a prayer service at a local Christian’s home.
“We asked local security authorities to grant us a permit [to] hold prayers and they agreed. They granted us a permit to hold these prayers and the security forces came to secure the mass,” an anonymous Christian eyewitness told ICC.
The witness said that they were on their way to their home when they were attacked by a mob of Muslims.
“They hurled stones at our homes and set fire on three houses owned by Christians named Issa Saroufim, Marris Botros and his father, Faris Faris,” the witness recounted.
Kom el-Loufy is home to approximately 1,800 Christians, but the village does not have a local church.
Another Christian witness who wished to remain anonymous claimed that the attack occurred in the presence of security forces.
“All these attacks occurred despite the presence of police in the village. There are eight big cars from the central security and more than 15 police cars.I don’t know why the police haven’t arrested anyone who attacked us until now,” the witness said.
A similar attack took place in June 2016, when radical Muslims looted and burned down the homes of Christian brothers after rumors circulated that one of them was building a church in the village.
Egypt is currently under a state of emergency following the bombings of two churches on Palm Sunday. At least 45 people were killed in the attacks that were carried out by suicide bombers in Alexandria and Tanta.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombings and has warned of more attacks to come. The terror group also took credit for the suicide bombing of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo in December 2016.
Christians in Egypt have faced intense persecution from radical Muslims over the past year. In February, hundreds of Christian families were forced to flee from the Sinai town of Al-Arish after seven Christians were murdered in the town in less than a month.
Several churches in Minya have canceled Easter celebrations as a mark of respect to the victims of the twin Palm Sunday bombings. It is traditional for the Coptic community to attend Easter services on Saturday and visit family on Sundays.