Kidnapping is unIslamic! Totally. Just ask Sharifa Zuhur from the Â U.S. Army War College.Â She wouldn’t lie to you, or would she? Lying is also…. totally unislamic, right?
Syrian rebels forcibly evacuated 12 nuns including the mother superior Pelagia Sayyaf from the Saint Tecla Orthodox convent in Maaloula (Reuters)
A group calling itself the Free Qalamoun Battalion is demanding the release of 1,000 Syrian women detainees as part of a swap deal to secure the release of 12 nuns seized earlier this month from a convent in Syria.
“The nuns are in a safe place, but they will not be released until several demands have been implemented, most notably the release of 1,000 Syrian [women] held in the prisons of the Syrian regime,” the group’s spokesman, Mohannad Abu al-Fidaa, said in comments to pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat published Friday.
Fidaa said the group’s demands were conveyed to the Syrian regime through the Vatican after establishing contact between the head of the Mar Takla monastery, Mother Pelagia Sayyaf, and the Vatican by a satellite-operated phone.
He said the demands were made jointly by the Free Qalamoun Brigades and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.
The nuns along, with several orphans, were feared kidnapped on Monday after Syrian rebels, including fighters from the Nusra Front, recaptured the Christian town of Maaloula, located north of Damascus, from Assad’s forces after three days of heavy clashes.
The Islamic Jihad on Christian Nuns
Posted ByÂ Raymond IbrahimÂ On December 6, 2013 InÂ Daily Mailer,FrontPage
Yet another phenomenon with a long paper trail in Islamic history has just taken place, even as the Western “mainstream”â€”little acquainted with true history or realityâ€”dismisses it as an aberration.Â Â Asia NewsÂ has the details:
Islamist rebels have kidnapped a group of nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula [an ancient Christian community where Christians were earlierÂ forced to convert to Islam or die]…Â “Armed men burst in the monastery of St Thecla in Maaloula this afternoon [Dec. 2]. From there, they forcibly took 12 women religious,” Mgr Zenari saidÂ …. Neither the nuncio nor the Greek Orthodox Church know [the] reason behind the kidnapping.
The “reason behind the kidnapping”?Â Sexual abuse and rape certainly should not be discounted, as these have been the lot of thousands of women abducted by U.S.-sponsored “freedom fighters” in Syria. Indeed, aÂ new reportÂ issued by the National Reconciliation Commission in Syria states that someÂ 37,000 women have been rapedÂ since the war started.
To keep the jihad in Syria alive, pro-war Islamic clerics have issued any number of fatwas, or Islamic rulings, permittingÂ sexually-frustrated, female-deprived rebels to rape women.Â Most of these are based on the simple fact that Islam permits jihadis, based on the example of their prophet, to copulate with any captured womanâ€”or, in the words of the Koran, “what your right hands possess” (see “The Jihad on Christian Women: Abduction, Rape, and Forced Conversion,” pgs. 186-199 inÂ Crucified AgainÂ for detailedÂ information).
One clericÂ permittedÂ the abduction and rape of any Syrian woman, provided she is not Sunni.Â YetÂ Â apparently because there are still not enough women for the jihadi hordes, many of whom are foreignersâ€”one Christian child wasÂ recently raped by 15 men before being killedâ€”Sunni Muslim womenÂ are also being targeted throughÂ sex jihadÂ fatwas.
So would such jihadis and their clericsÂ have any special respect for Christian nuns?
The fact is, raped nuns is a phenomenon that goes back centuries. Â According to Muslim historian Taqi al-Din al-Maqrizi (1364-1442) during his raids on Egypt, Caliph Marwan II (r.744–50) “made captive a number of women from among the nuns of several convents. And he tried to seduce one of them.”Â The account describes how the enslaved nun tricked him into killing her, by claiming she had a magic oil that make skin impenetrable: “She then took some oil and anointed herself with it; then stretched out her neck, which he smote with the sword, and made her head fly.Â He then understood that she preferred death to defilement.”
Writing in the 10thÂ century,Â the Coptic chronicler Severus ibn Muqaffa records that “the Arabs in the land of Egypt had ruined the country….Â They burnt the fortresses and pillaged the provinces, and killed a multitude of the saintly monks who were in them [monasteries] and they violated a multitude of the virgin nuns and killed some of them with the sword.”
After the Islamic conquest of Constantinople in 1453, according toÂ eyewitness accounts, “Monasteries and Convents were broken in. Their tenants were killed, nuns were raped, many, to avoid dishonor, killed themselves. Killing, raping, looting, burning, enslaving, went on and on according to tradition.”
Such is historyâ€”expunged as it is in the modern West, even as it repeats itself today.Â Thus, in August 2013, after torching a Franciscan school, “Islamists,” in the words of theÂ AP,Â “paraded three nuns on the streets like ‘prisoners of war’” and “Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob.”
Indeed,Â the rise in attacks on Christian nuns throughout the Islamic world further demonstrates that they are no more inviolable than other “infidel” women:
â€¢ Somalia: In response toÂ Pope Benedict’s historical quotesÂ which, like so many other thingsâ€”including teddy bearsâ€”so enraged the Islamic world, Muslims in Somalia shot Leonella Sgarbatiâ€”a 66-year-old nun who had devoted 30 years of her life working in Africaâ€”in her back.Â HerÂ last wordsÂ before dying in hospital were: “I forgive; I forgive.”
â€¢ Pakistan: In September 2012, gunmen on motorbikes dressed in green (Islam’s color) opened fire on the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral in Hyderabad, murdering at least 28 people.Â TheirÂ immediate target was a nun, Mother Christina.
â€¢ Libya: In February 2013, after the fall of Col. Gaddafi, Islamic rebelsÂ threatened Christian nunsÂ into fleeing the nation. They had been there since 1921, focused primarily on helping the sick and needy.
â€¢ Philippines: In anÂ articleÂ discussing a Christmas Day church bombing in a Muslim-majority region, we learn that the jihadi group responsibleÂ “has been blamed for several bomb attacks on the Roman Catholic cathedral in Jolo since the early 2000s and for kidnapping priests and nuns.”Â
â€¢ Guinea: In June 2013, during aÂ mob-led frenzy, Christians and their churches wereÂ savagely attackedÂ in the Muslim-majority nationâ€”with some 95 Christians slain and 130 woundedâ€”including “the quarters of the nuns, [which] was looted before being torched.”
The above examples come from five countries that have little in common with one anotherâ€”neither race, language, culture, nor economicsâ€”only Islam.
That aloneÂ shouldÂ say something.
But no matter.Â Far from discussing Islamic history and doctrine, and how they tie to current events, the predominant Western mentalityÂ simply dismissesÂ Muslim violence as the West’s fault, or, in theÂ recent wordsÂ of ex-nun Karen Armstrong, “We did this.”Â Armstrongâ€”who quit the nunnery only to engage in pro-Islamic mummeryâ€”insists that what’s needed is for us to focus more on “Muslim pain, Muslim suffering.”
Such, according to the leftist mentality, are the “real” reasons why, wherever Muslim-majorities live nearÂ non-Muslim minorities, from the dawn of Islam till today, theÂ latter are under attack.