An Iraqi muslim living in St Louis, Missouri, committed the terrible crime of changing his religion by becoming a Christian. As if this was not bad enough, he expressed his love for Jewish people in a poem. Some muslims in my hometown could not bear this. They ambushed his car, stabbed him, and pinned him down while they carved a Star of David on his back.
Weep for St Louis. And weep for the brave Iraqi convert, Mr. Alaa Alsaegh. Never have I heard of such savagery on the streets of my beloved city.
The muslims who attacked Mr Alsaegh were 'good' muslims. Muhammed their prophet would have been very pleased with their day's work. In fact, he would have wanted them to go the whole hog and kill the man, not just mutilate him. Islam teaches that if a muslim changes his religion, he must be killed.
The barbaric monsters who committed this crime are enjoying the freedom of my city, freedom so dearly bought by American Christian and Jewish men who fought for our freedom in World War II. Some of the muslims then were neutral, but those who took sides favored Hitler.
Will the media ever tell the truth about Islam? Will they ever admit that it is a religion of hate, espousing violence against Christians and Jews in both the Koran and the Hadith? We are the 'infidels' which Muhammed told them to subjugate. It seems to me that they are doing a pretty good job of that.
For a crash course in what Islam is all about, please read, copy and distribute our Table of Truth: Islam versus the Bible (top left on our home page). After 9/11 I bought a copy of the Koran, to see why they hated us so much. My eyes were opened.
This is not a blanket condemnation of all muslims. Many are decent, peaceful people. I can only think they have never really examined their religion, its history and its 'holy' books. If they did, they would surely come out of Islam, although they might pay a high price, as did Mr Alsaegh.
I am ashamed of the St Louis media for not publicising the attack on Mr Alsaegh more widely. It should have been the talking point on every news program, in every church, in the colleges and universities. My city should have been on its knees, crying out to God for help and wisdom. I hope Christians comforted Mr Alsaegh. His best comfort is from the lips of the Lord Jesus Himself: 'Blessed are you when men cast insults at you and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in Heaven!' (Matthew's gospel Chapter 5:11-12)
Luke's gospel puts it even more strongly: ''Blessed are you when men hate you...for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, great is your reward in Heaven...' (Luke 6:22-23)
So...blessed (happy) are you, Mr Alsaegh! Leap for joy! Your reward in Heaven is beyond our imagining! I suspect that you have already forgiven the monsters who attacked you. They are just deluded men who need to hear the truth of the gospel and give their hearts to Jesus Christ. One day they might do this and kneel at your feet asking your forgiveness. I hope so.
I've only just learned (in October) of the terrible attack on Mr Alsaegh, which happened in August. Here is the email I had from Barnabus Fund, the British Christian watchdog which monitors persecution suffered by Christians around the world. Email follows:
USA – Iraqi Christian convert attacked over holocaust poem
An Iraqi convert from Islam to Christianity was violently attacked in St Louis, Missouri, USA, because of his Arabic poem, “Tears at the Heart of the Holocaust”, which expresses pain over the loss of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis.
Alaa Alsaegh was driving when he was forced to stop by two cars; one cut across and struck his car, while the other blocked his vehicle from behind. Two attackers got out of the cars, opened Alsaegh’s door and pointed a gun at him. They pushed his upper body down against the steering wheel, stabbed him and pulled off his shirt before carving the Star of David on his back with a knife while laughing as they recited his poem.
The FBI has opened an investigation into the incident, but no arrests have yet been made.
- Pray that the Lord will comfort Alsaegh in the wake of this ordeal and bring emotional and physical healing.
And here is a link to an article from Wall of Truth:
The good news is that despite threats and persecution, muslims ARE coming to Christ and being saved! Hallelujah, praise the Lord. Now that they are living in our countries in such numbers, we have a chance to tell them about the Lord Jesus. Some of the finest people we know are former muslims who came to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Is there any way you can spread the good news of the gospel today? According to Islam, muslims have only one way to make sure of Heaven, and that is to die fighting. Hence the suicide pilots etc.
They need to hear the true gospel. They need to know that they are sinners bound for Hell, but that there is a way they can be saved, and that is by trusting Jesus to forgive them and make them one of His people. Could you invite a muslim to your church? Or to a Bible study? They believe that Jesus was a prophet, so tell them they should find out what He said!
Here is my prayer: 'Oh dear heavenly Father, in the name of my Savior, the Lord Jesus, please open the eyes of the muslim people!'