“My Attackers Flung More Acid on My Back While they Yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’.

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Two interesting stories of two interesting men overcoming immense adversity.

On December 24, 2011, Christmas Eve, Rev. Omar Mulinda addressed a congregation of 300 Christians at one of Uganda’s biggest churches. Mulinda is highly regarded as an impressive orator, and thousands come to hear his sermons.

Preparations were well underway to celebrate Christmas the following day, but the anticipation and joy were soon replaced with sadness when, as Mulinda recounts: “I left the church early. I was about to enter my vehicle and drive home when… but then they poured a bucket full of acid on my head.”

Unfortunately for the 41-year-old Mulinda, this attack was not the end of the persecution against him, which ultimately made him a famous reverend in Uganda.

Mulinda was the 52nd of 54 children (!) in a highly respected Muslim family. His mother was the daughter of the great imam. He was brought up Muslim and was slated to become a clergyman.

In 1993, Mulinda mustered up the courage and secretly converted to Christianity. But his secret was not kept for long — on his very first day at church, as he was exiting the building after prayer, some of his Muslim friends spotted him and reported him to the Muslim community. At that moment, Mulinda’s personal version of hell began. At first it was just his family, which renounced him. Then it was violent persecution, which peaked with the acid attack on that fateful Christmas Eve.

“I felt a fire burning inside me,” he says. “With my last remaining strength I tried to flee to my office at the church, but as I was running my attackers flung more acid on my back — in an effort to kill me. I tripped, but I managed to get to my office while they yelled out ‘Allahu akbar’. That is when I realized that these men were Muslim terrorists.”

Two days later, a letter was left at the church, saying “We are sorry to learn that you are still alive. We wanted you to die, but Allah will give us the strength to complete the task.” The letter listed four reasons for the act of terror: 1. Omar converted to Christianity; 2. He is promoting a love for Israel; 3. He preaches against Muslims (they claim); 4. He dared question Shariah law as it appears in the constitution of the Republic of Uganda.

Mulinda, who has become a leading figure among Christians in his country, has tried to combat this effort and even formulated a petition and addressed the Ugandan parliament on the topic. “My argument is that, as a Christian, I oppose the abuse of people and the violation of human rights. If Shariah law is implemented, there will be much hatred toward Israel, and every Muslim who converted will be executed by law.”

The day after he was hospitalized, a terrorist impersonating a doctor made his way to Mulinda’s bed, carrying a syringe filled with poison. Luckily, Mulinda’s friends from church were there to stop the assassin in time.

“I came to Israel in bad shape,” he recalls. “I couldn’t swallow, I couldn’t speak and I couldn’t move my head or neck. My body was rotting — I lost my nose and my mouth was dripping downward. In Israel, the doctors did an amazing job rehabilitating me with many skin grafts and facial reconstruction. Everything you see now is only thanks to the Israeli doctors.”

Symbolically speaking, the man who insisted on preaching love for Israel (and had even visited Israel several times), received his life back on its soil. “My soul has been spiritually linked to this place for decades, and now, my body is as well,” Mulinda says humorously.

Majed El Shafie, 36, was born in Cairo to a family with a legal orientation: his father and brothers worked as lawyers and his uncle was a Supreme Court justice in Egypt.

El Shafie was ready to become a lawyer, but “during my first year of law school, the persecution of the Christian minority that I saw shocked me,” he says. “There was a law in Egypt making it against the law to build new churches or to renovate old churches. Somewhere between 6,000 and 8,000 Christian activists are in prison for no reason.”

El Shafie’s story resembles Mulinda’s in many respects. He founded a human rights organization, which grew rapidly to 24,000 members. They built churches in secret — carving them into mountains and grave sites — in direct violation of Egyptian law but out of a strong belief in freedom of worship.

On Aug. 15, 1998, soldiers and officers raided El Shafie’s office and arrested him. His personal version of hell began shortly afterward. In El Shafie’s case, this hell had a name: Abu Zaabal prison. In the prison there was an active “torture compound” that included abuse around the clock, interspersed with short breaks comprised entirely of anticipation for the next round of abuse. A doctor on the premises ensures that the prisoner does not lose consciousness, so that every second of pain is fully experienced.

He also knew that his life would be in danger in any of the Arab-Muslim countries. Therefore, despite his negative preconceptions, he decided to flee to Israel. It was the summer of 1998 when he hid in Sinai and planned his big escape, which he describes in detail: “I stole a jet ski and waited for the sun to set.”

El Shafie explains that the Jews and the Christians need to unite against radical Islam. “We have a common enemy and a common struggle. For many years, the Jews and the Christians failed to understand the significance of the friendship between them, until now.”

El Shafie adds that “my love for Israel is on a spiritual level of faith, and on a personal level. From a personal perspective, Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. It houses Jews, Muslims, Druze, Christians, secular and religious people, and everyone lives free.”

This is a compressed version of a much longer article. To read the whole thing… follow the link.

  • Veracious_one

    Christianity terrifies Muslims….probably because it teaches love, tolerance, compassion, and kindness…..all the things Muslims abhor….

  • Texas Patriot

    There is no question that Jews and Christians should unite and present a common front against the phenomenon of worldwide Islamic jihad. But that is not all. Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Confucianists and atheists are all in the bullseye of the global Islamic tsunami. Russia, China, and America are likely to be the three great partners in this struggle, but it will by no means be an easy task to sort out the alliances.

    • gerbilcrusader

      Russia and China already defeated the muslims in their history. We only defeated them during Jefferson’s presidency during the Barbarie Coast naval war against them. As long as we have too many liberal or democrat liberals aiding muslims. I do not see the US allying with anyone against muslims. We have to over throw liberals first from running the government and remove obama and make sure he ia tried for treason for being muslim trojan horse.

      • Texas Patriot

        I don’t think Obama is a Trojan Horse. Basically, his presidency is a noble but failed attempt at peace-making by the American people. Look at it this way, if Muslims can’t see that by electing a black man with a Muslim name that there is no inherent hatred for Muslims in the West, and that therefore there is no rational reason not to end the state of hostilities that has existed at least since the terrorist attack against the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, there is no longer any reason for supposing that there will ever be a better chance for making peace with them.

        The bottom line is that by electing Obama, America made a good faith effort to make peace with Muslims worldwide, and they have thrown it back in our faces. With the worldwide Muslim demonstrations and chants of “Obama, Obama, We’re All Osama” on the 2012 anniversary of the 9/11, and the simultaneous assassination of our diplomats at Benghazi, Muslims have told us in no uncertain terms precisely what they think of our overtures of peace, and we would be quite foolish not to listen to what they are saying.

        So it’s fairly clear that we are now entering the second phase of this global struggle which we did not start, but which we are now certainly in for the finish. Hopefully our eyes will be slightly more open during this stage than they have been for the last forty years.

        • Robert Friedman

          Sometimes it’s push come to shove and it’s your ass not mine! They should ask the Japanese and the Nazis what happens when you tread on us! Obviously they are not smart enough to have learned from history!

        • Max Myers

          Great post, TP.

  • Softly Bob

    The day that the disease called Islam is wiped out entirely will be a great day for all of mankind.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    I’m confused. Why couldn’t he have been treated in Saudi Arabia or Egypt where good Muslim doctors could help him get well and while at the same time denouncing these evil acts of terror? Wouldn’t that have been more useful in reshaping society towards peaceful co-existence?

    Why are so many PR opportunities lost to the good moderate Muslims?

    • Robert Friedman

      There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim!

  • NYCBro

    Well, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen: two more heartwarming tales of respect, tolerance, and understanding, brought to you by The Religion Of Peace.