Syria: Armenian Christians Pressured to Convert to Islam

yhArabic language websites reported earlier this week that the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant—which, throughout the course of the war against the Assad government has committed any number of atrocities, from decapitating “infidels” to burning churches—has successfully “forced” two Armenian Christian families to convert to Islam.

A video accompanies some of these reports.  In it, what appears to be an elderly Armenian man stands alongside an Islamic cleric who announces the Christian man’s conversion to Islam—to thunderous cries of “Allahu Akbar!”   In his exultation, the cleric makes exuberant statements like “You see, we have no honor without Islam—without proclaiming aloud that “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet!” (Without the religious jargon, this is simply another way of saying, “Only by joining our team can you ever escape dishonor,” the lot of all non-Muslim, subhuman “infidels.”)

The cleric also adds that, because the man is the head of his household, his Christian wife and children are all now Muslim as well—“all praise to Allah!”  Naturally, if they reject their new Islamic identity, they become “apostates,” a crime punishable by death.

The rather flippant and sarcastic text that accompanies this video points out the obvious:

After decades of peaceful coexistence between the various religions of Syria, and after decades of living under the moderate form of Levantine Islam … these two Armenian families were none too keen on entering Islam or learning of its eminence—except at the hands of DAASH [al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant], which has been presenting a “rosy” picture of Islam and Muslims, by way of chopping heads, whipping people, and general repression.  Thus did these two Christian Armenian families finally enter Islam, “willingly”—but only at the hands of DAASH.

In other words, it’s “curious,” to say the least, that Christians who for generations lived amid moderate Muslim majorities in Syria but opted to remain Christian, are now “suddenly” attracted to Islam—and at the hands of a jihadi organization that has been bombing churches, kidnapping and beheading Christians, and even teaching children to slaughter Christians wherever they may be found.

Sound like genuine conviction to you? Maybe things like the 2012 news that “a family of Armenian Christians was found murdered, and all members of the family horribly decapitated” in Syria is compelling these Armenian families into seeing the “wisdom” of embracing Islam?

Here we reach an important but overlooked historical point.  While many Christians, past and present, have indeed willingly embraced martyrdom—the sword, death—rather than recant Christ for Muhammad, the majority of born Christians, when faced with converting to Islam or dying, have opted for the former.  Indeed, call it a lack of idealism or a lack of faithfulness, when faced with converting to the “winning team” of Islam or simply being third-class subjects (dhimmis), many nominal Christians throughout the centuries have opted for the former.

That is precisely how and why the so-called “Islamic world”—the majority of which was almost entirely Christian before the Islamic conquests—came into being: a fact Western people were once well acquainted with, before the current age of political correctness and alternate realities fell upon us.

Update:

New information has just emerged concerning the recent killing of a young Armenian man, Minas, for refusing to convert to Islam, again at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (so much for their claims that they do not threaten Christians to convert).

He was reportedly killed in one of ISIL’s dungeons in Aleppo, north Syria, which has a notable Armenian minority.

According to iNews, “Minas and his father were held in ISIL’s prison for 115 days, according to one activist, and his accusation was that he refused to submit [to Islam, i.e., convert].”

iNews adds that activists from the region sent the accompanying picture, saying it is of the slain Minas.  Others confirm that the picture is of a slain Armenian in Syria, but not of Minas.  In any case, the man appears to be wearing the garments of the Armenian Evangelical Church of Aleppo.

The same report mentions other Christian Armenians slaughtered, including one who reportedly had “his head chopped off and placed in a biscuit box.”

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  • Aramovich

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. One could submit that this is another phase of the ongoing genocide against Armenians,

  • truebearing

    If we don’t act with resolve, and soon, the choice of death or adherence will be the same for all of us. I prefer death to Islam, to death of choice, much less death of rejecting, even if only under duress, what we believe. Islam is a religion of evil..

  • darnellecheri

    Thank you, Mr. Ibrahim, for your stubborn persistence and insistence in proclaiming the evil deeds of Islam, as well as highlighting to the free world Islam’s victims. They are remembered and cherished. I would like to think I would die for my Christian faith, and think I could as I sit in a comfortable California existence. But, if it came to the massacre of my family, I am not sure what I would do. My heart, spirit and prayers are with these brave brothers and sisters. Your work is not in vain.

    • kate5778b

      It’s time to tell our families to refuse to convert even if they say they are going to kill/torture/rape someone else in the family before their eyes – as Muslims will be the majority by 2030.

      What is evident is where Islam takes government, ‘moderate’ (ie those who don’t know What Would Mo Do?) cannot/will not take on the hardliners.

      This also is another reason not to believe in a pre-trib rapture but to overcome and endure till the end which is asked of us from Yeshua.

  • Baz

    Islam is evil and always will be. Full stop

  • otherles

    I previously opposed an intervention in the civil war in the mythical nation of Syria.

    As proposed by the current administration the goal was to complete the
    overthrow of the Assad regime in Damascus. This action would had the effect of supporting Al-Qaida in establishing a puppet state in the region. American lives would have sacrificed by the current administration in the cause of Islam.

    In short the proposed action of the current administration would have been an act of treason.

    The intervention as proposed by the current administration is clearly wrong. But actually innocent people are murdered at the hands of Muslims on both sides.

    What is to be done?

    If an intervention with troops on the ground is to carried out it will be for the limited objective of evacuating the remaining Christian and Jewish people in Syria. Those evacuated will be given sanctuary in the nations participating in the action. And at the end of the Final Crusade will be given the option of returning to Syrian territory or obtaining citizenship in their new homelands.

    The rules of engagement will be simple: all Muslims, in accordance to the Koran, are enemy combatants. No exceptions will be made for women and children in accordance to Western standards. The rules of warfare as adopted by Western Nations are according to the Koran man made laws and thus invalid to Muslims. The intervention will be carried out according Islamic standards.

    Although there are apparently no targets where nuclear weapons are deemed necessary there will be no restraint on the use of chemical weapons. As biological agents cannot be reasonably restrained they will not be used.

    Islam denies all of The Rights Of Man. Muslims cannot under any circumstances claim any of those rights for themselves. In order to live in a Human society a Muslim must fully renounce Islam.

    No exceptions can be made.

  • Bilue

    Disbelief and anger are the first two feelings overwhelming me, after I readed this article.
    Some fools will never understand…We all pray for the same God/Allah/Rab/Jah… with the same purpose… Peace and love…