“Religious Hatred”: 5 Christian children and teacher killed in Sunday School in Ramadan terror attack in Syria
Ramadan is the “the month of conquest and jihad” Muslim religious leaders have long exhorted devout (active) Muslims to use the holy month of Ramadan as a sacred opportunity to attack non-Muslim infidels in “the United States and Europe.” Ramadan is “the month of conquest and jihad,” and encourages Muslims to “be ready” to attack the infidels in their own lands.
A jihad group explained it back in 2012: “The month of Ramadan is a month of holy war and death for Allah. It is a month for fighting the enemies of Allah and God’s messenger, the Jews and their American facilitators.” Referring to a jihad attack that happened at that time, the message continued: “One of our groups aided by Allah managed to bomb a bus full of Jewish tourists, plunderers of holy lands, after careful tracking. The holy war is not confined to a particular arena and we shall fight the Jews and the Americans until they leave the land of Islam.”
During Ramadan, Muslims are exhorted to renew and deepen their devotion to Allah. Hence it is a time when they’re supposed to grow more generous and kind toward their fellow Muslims. However, the Qur’an says: “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves” (48:29). If the Ramadan imperative is to become more devout, the Muslim who applies himself diligently to the Ramadan observance will simultaneously become more both merciful to his fellow Muslims and more severe against the unbelievers.
Murdering infidels thus doesn’t contradict the spirit of Ramadan; it embodies it. The Kavkaz Center, a website operated by Chechen jihadists, explained in a 2010 article that the idea of Ramadan as a time for warfare against infidels went back to Muhammad’s time: “The month of Ramadan in the life of the Prophet (pbuh) and the righteous ancestors was a month of forthcoming. The greatest battles during the lifetime of the Prophet (pbuh) occurred in this blessed month, the month of jihad, zeal and enthusiasm.” (source)
5 children and teacher killed in Sunday School terror attack in Syria
Al-Suqaylabiyah, Hama, Syria, May 14, 2019
Six people were murdered and another eight were wounded in a terrorist attack at a monastery in northwestern Syria on Sunday, reports the Christian Broadcasting Network.
It is believed that the attack in Al-Suqaylabiyah was a targeted attack against Christians. The Associated Press reports that among the fatalities were five children ranging in age from 6 to 10, in addition to the children’s Sunday School teacher, who were killed near a monastery during an assault on the town.
Condolences have been offered to His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East by several of his brother primates.
“The kids went out to play after some days of calm,” Fr. Maher Haddad, a local priest, told The Associated Press. “A rocket struck near a group of children, instantly killing five and wounding others… The woman was killed in a nearby street by a separate rocket,” he added. Eight others were also wounded.
According to the AP, the attack was carried out by Syrian rebels, while Syrian troops retaliated by firing at insurgents in the southern Idlib province, which has seen increased violence since April 30. The province is home to 3 million people, though 150,000 have been forced to flee due to the continuous fighting.
Claire Evans, International Christian Concern’s Regional Manager for the Middle East, said, “The Syrian Civil War is a sad example of the indiscriminate killing of civilians and senseless violence. As the situation escalates in Idlib, many have warned that an increase of targeted massacres would be the result. It has started—with Christians paying a high cost as they are often viewed as vulnerable, second-class citizens. Their villages have become a pawn in a greater strategy for the multiple factions involved in the civil war. We must keep the families of the deceased in our prayers, and offer up continued prayers for the safety of those believers who find themselves caught between Syria’s warring sides.”
In a letter dated May 13, His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece wrote to Pat. John, expressing his deep regret upon hearing the news. “Once again, we see the tragic effects of religious hatred that blinds the human mind and makes man desperate, capable of spreading death and sorrow,” he writes, as reports Romfea.
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