ISIS came forcefully into their home while mother and her 12-year-old girl child was alone at home. Jacqueline Isaac, a spokesman for the Christian charity Open Doors, still remembers the frightened eyes of that mother. They asked the mother to either leave the home or immediately pay the jaziya, special tax set for non-Muslims. The desperate mother told them that she needed a few seconds to pay the tax since her daughter was in the shower.
But cruel terrorists, rushed into the home saying “you don’t have ‘a few seconds.’” They entered the bathroom where the daughter was and set it on fire. The mother and her daughter barely escaped from the fire. But her daughter was severely burnt. Even though the mother had immediately taken her daughter to the hospital, they could not save her. After few hours the Christian girl died in her mother’s arm. Just before her death, she asked her mother to forgive her killers.
Issac said that the Christian was following the example of Jesus who prayed on the cross for his killers, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23.34)
“Sadly this is just one more example of the atrocities being committed by extremists in this region, but I regularly hear of incredible stories of faith like this where Christians forgive their persecutors,” said Jacqueline Isaac.
Fr. Martin Hermis Dawood, a priest from Baghdad said that he now advises the Christians to flee from the country. “We know very well that not every Muslim here is a terrorist, but there is a culture rising, not only here in Iraq, but in the Middle East. There’s a struggle happening in the whole world and we will be burned in this fire in the future.”