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The quiet Christians of Mosul: ‘At home, she continued to say The Lord’s Prayer’

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(FILES) This aerial view taken on June 21, 2017 and provided by Iraq's Joint Operation Command reportedly shows destruction inside Mosul's Nuri mosque compound. Jihadists blew up Mosul's iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent Nuri mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a "caliphate" in his only public appearance in 2014, an Iraqi commander said. The Islamic State group swiftly issued a statement via its Amaq propaganda agency blaming a US strike for the destruction of the Nuri mosque and the historic leaning Hadba minaret in its vicinity.

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 07/19/17

Monday, The New York Times correspondent Rikmini Callimachi posted a series of tweets that reminded the world of the resilience and hope of Christians who survived life in Mosul. Together, they offer a snapshotof one woman’s efforts to continue her faith:

In West Mosul, we were introduced to 1 of only [a few] Christians who stayed during ISIS’ rule.  She described how they announced on the mosque speaker that Christians needed to convert, leave, or else pay a jizya, or religious tax. A Shariah judge forced her to convert by reciting the shahada, which states “There is no God except God & Mohamed is his messenger”. She was given a signed & stamped form titled “Proof of Islam” saying that she had converted.  When she recited “There’s God but God & Mohamed is his messenger,” in her heart she apologized to the God she’d worshipped as a Christian. “I was about to cry,” she told me. “Deep inside my heart, I said forgive me God. If I don’t do this I will be killed.” At home she continued 2 recite Lord’s Prayer. When ISIS came 2check on her, her Muslim neighbor covered 4her. “She prays w/ us” they said. She remains so afraid of being discovered by ISIS, she asked me to withhold her name. All she would allow me to photograph were her shoes.
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There’s more on her Twitter page.

Pray for these Christians, struggling to remain faithful under the most horrific and frightening circumstances.

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