In a previous post I showed a video of a Lebanese Brother in Christ facing persecution for his faith in Dearborn, Michigan, a city with the highest number of Muslims in America. Here it goes again, this time watch carefully for the kind of persecution he faced for his Savior:
Notice what he said in the video about the persecution he faced. Firstly, he said that when he tried to look for a job at a restaraunt runned by Muslims, they wouldn't hire him because of his religion. This is a typical way of how Muslims persecute the Christians in places like Egypt and Pakistan. They discriminate against our brothers and sisters in Christ at the workplace, by giving Muslims a job over the Christian. This is probably because they want our brothers and sisters in Christ to "feel themselves subdued" (Chapter nine of the Quran, verse 29). "They view Christians as they're slaves," he said.
Secondly, he said that they couldn't ring the bells at his church on sundays. They were forbidden to do so while Muslims could pray out loud and have someone make a call to prayer. This is written into what is called the Pact of Umar, which Umar ibn Al-Khattab, the 2nd rightly guided Caliph (a Caliph is the ruler of the Islamic community much like the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church), and a friend of Muhammad, the founder of Islam made with Syrian Christians. Here what it states:
Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, demanded his well-known conditions be met by the Christians, these conditions that ensured their continued humiliation, degradation and disgrace. The scholars of Hadith narrated from `Abdur-Rahman bin Ghanm Al-Ash`ari that he said, "I recorded for `Umar bin Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, the terms of the treaty of peace he conducted with the Christians of Ash-Sham: `In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. This is a document to the servant of Allah `Umar, the Leader of the faithful, from the Christians of such and such city. When you (Muslims) came to us we requested safety for ourselves, children, property and followers of our religion. We made a condition on ourselves that we will neither erect in our areas a monastery, church, or a sanctuary for a monk, nor restore any place of worship that needs restoration nor use any of them for the purpose of enmity against Muslims. We will not prevent any Muslim from resting in our churches whether they come by day or night, and we will open the doors [of our houses of worship] for the wayfarer and passerby. Those Muslims who come as guests, will enjoy boarding and food for three days. We will not allow a spy against Muslims into our churches and homes or hide deceit [or betrayal] against Muslims. We will not teach our children the Qur'an, publicize practices of Shirk, invite anyone to Shirk or prevent any of our fellows from embracing Islam, if they choose to do so. We will respect Muslims, move from the places we sit in if they choose to sit in them. We will not imitate their clothing, caps, turbans, sandals, hairstyles, speech, nicknames and title names, or ride on saddles, hang swords on the shoulders, collect weapons of any kind or carry these weapons. We will not encrypt our stamps in Arabic, or sell liquor. We will have the front of our hair cut, wear our customary clothes wherever we are, wear belts around our waist, refrain from erecting crosses on the outside of our churches and demonstrating them and our books in public in Muslim fairways and markets. We will not sound the bells in our churches, except discretely, or raise our voices while reciting our holy books inside our churches in the presence of Muslims, nor raise our voices [with prayer] at our funerals, or light torches in funeral processions in the fairways of Muslims, or their markets. We will not bury our dead next to Muslim dead, or buy servants who were captured by Muslims. We will be guides for Muslims and refrain from breaching their privacy in their homes.' When I gave this document to `Umar, he added to it, `We will not beat any Muslim. These are the conditions that we set against ourselves and followers of our religion in return for safety and protection. If we break any of these promises that we set for your benefit against ourselves, then our Dhimmah (promise of protection) is broken and you are allowed to do with us what you are allowed of people of defiance and rebellion.'''
Notice that in the Pact of Umar it said that the Christians were not allowed to sound the bells in their churches. And this brother in Christ is saying they weren't allowed to sound their bells. Part of the Pact of Umar is being enforced in Dearborn!!!!!
Thirdly, he said that in about five years when he believes the city will be all Muslim, he said all our brothers and sisters in Christ would have to move out of the city. It reminds of these last words of Muhammad:
It has been narrated by 'Umar b. al-Khattab that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslims. Sahih Muslim, Vol. 3
Fourthly, he said that Muslims would use money to bribe our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus to convert to Islam. This goes back to Muhammad's time as well:
As-Sadaqat (here it means Zakat) are only for the Fuqara' (poor), and Al-Masakin (the poor) and those employed to collect (the funds); and for to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islam); and to free the captives; and for those in debt; and for Allah's Cause (i.e. for Mujahidun - those fighting in the holy wars), and for the wayfarer (a traveller who is cut off from everything); a duty imposed by Allah. And Allah is All-Knower, All-Wise. Sura 9:60 (A Sura is a chapter of the Quran)
This is how Muslims are persecuting our brothers and sisters all around the world. We need to pray that they will be brave and bold for the Savior.