The Most Tragic Story Never Told: The Muslim Persecution of Christians by Raymond Ibrahim
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
Raymond Ibrahim : Few phenomena are as horrifically widespread as they are virtually
unknown—at least in the West—as the Muslim persecution of Christians.
general facts are undeniable and have been and continue to be
documented in a number of reports issued by a variety of human rights
organizations around the world. According to one of the most recent
compilations, Open Doors’ “World Wide List, 2021”—which
was published in January 2021 and which annually ranks the top 50
nations where Christians are most persecuted for their faith—13
Christians are killed for their faith every day around the
world; 12 are illegally arrested or imprisoned; 5 are abducted; and 12
churches or other Christian buildings are attacked.
million of these Christians “suffer very high or extreme levels” of
persecution. “That’s one in 8 worldwide, 1 in 6 in Africa, 2 out of 5
in Asia, and 1 in 12 in Latin America.” More specifically and for the
reporting period covered (Oct. 2019 – Sept. 2020), “4,761 Christians
were killed for their faith”; an additional 4,277 Christians were
unjustly arrested, detained, or imprisoned; 1,710 were abducted for
faith-related reasons; and 4,488 Churches or Christian buildings were
The worst category, “extreme persecution”—the harassing,
beating, imprisoning, raping, and/or slaughtering of Christians on
sight—occurs in 12 of the 50 nations. Nine of these top 12 worst
persecutors are Muslim: Afghanistan (#2), Somalia (#3), Libya (#4),
Pakistan (#5), Yemen (#7), Iran (#8), Nigeria (#9), Iraq (#11), and
Syria (#12). (That these nations are racially, culturally, politically,
and economically very different—Arab, Asian, Iranian, sub-Saharan
African, etc.—should be indicative that something else accounts for
their commonality towards Christians.)
Over all, the persecution
Christians experience in 39 of the 50 nations making the list is also
either from “Islamic oppression” or is occurring in Muslim majority
nations. This means nearly 80 percent of the Christian persecution
around the world—including of those 13 Christians killed for their faith
every day—is committed by Muslims.
While the above numbers are
important, including in displaying the magnitude of the problem, one
should not lose sight that they represent real people; what they
experience, when read in detail—girls chained and gang raped; Christians burned alive for supposedly “blaspheming” Muhammad; Muslim husbands and wives stabbing and poisoning each other whenever one apostatizes to Christ; another 30 having their heads sawn off just for the heck of it—is tragic if not bloodcurdling.
The following, for example, are among the most recent incidents to occur as of this writing (excerpted from the February, 2021 edition of the monthly “Muslim Persecution of Christians” reports):
Malta: A Muslim man stabbed a former Muslim who converted to Christianity in an attempt to kill the apostate and please Allah.
Iran: Four converts to Christianity that were arrested on the charge of “acting against national security by forming a house Church,” were sentenced to a combined total of 35 years in prison.
Pakistan: Two Christian men reading the Bible in a park were arrested and
are being charged with blasphemy—which carries the death penalty—after
Muslims lied and told police that they were proselytizing.
Somaliland: On Jan. 25, a Christian couple and their newborn baby were arrested.
On the next day, police searched and seized from their home
recriminating evidence of Christianity. Promoting any religion other
than Islam is banned in Somaliland. Their fate remains unknown.
Algeria: A 43-year-old married Christian father of four was sentenced to five years in prison for reposting a cartoon of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam on his Facebook account—three years ago, in 2018.
Kenya: Muslims torched five separate churches. As occurred when vandals in France used human
excrement to draw a cross on the Notre-Dame des Enfants Church in 2019,
so these Kenyan arsonists also “committed the heinous acts of scooping
human feces onto the buildings,” the source added.
After a 23-year-old Christian girl applied for the position of math
instructor in a school adjacent to a mosque in Islamabad, the Muslims
around her began to harass and insult her—to the point of threatening
her with rape and death if she did not convert to Islam. An actual abduction attempt was also made.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: On Sunday, Feb. 14—St. Valentine’s Day—Islamic terrorists killed13 civilians in the Christian majority nation, and burnt down a Catholic church during a raid.
A Muslim colonel stole weapons from an armory and then blamed the 12
soldiers on duty of the theft. Six of those 12 soldiers—all
Christians—were then executed. And, as they do every month, Islamic terrorists of the Fulani herdsmen variety butchered dozens of Christians.
Indonesia: Authorities publicly flogged two Christian men for drinking alcohol and gambling in Aceh, which enforces Islamic law, or Sharia.
Sudan: On the day that the only Christian program on Sudanese television first aired, outraged Muslims urged authorities to remove it. “Christians and Jews are not only infidels, but they are cursed by Allah.”
As mentioned, this is just the latest sampling from the most recent compilation. Every month contains similar, often significantly worse, accounts, both in quantity and quality.