Our blog has regularly covered the plight of Christians in Syria and will continue to do so not only because they are our Orthodox brothers and sisters, but because they are innocent victims of an obviously ugly war in the troubled Middle East. We advise our readers to spread the word about the woes of the Christian community in Syria, and get well informed by a variety of news sources which paint the full picture of what is really going on.
The video below features the nuns and the orphans that have presently been abducted by the Syrian rebels. It is in the English language.
And with that said, we want to turn our readers attention to Maaloula once more. This ancient Christian town where the inhabitants still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ, is presently suffering from barbaric acts of violence. Rebls have called for a jihad against this town and its Christian residents and since December 3rd have abducted several nuns and a handful of innocent orphans.
The Western media is remaining silent on the matter, but fortunately the rest of the world is awakening to this new horror.
Let us repeat. Armed rebels fighting against the Assad government in Syria, and which are suspected of being from Chechnya (according to an earlier report from HellasFrappe click here), burst into the Greek-Orthdox monastery of St Thecla in Maaloula on Dec. 2 and took 12 nuns hostage as well as a great number of orphans.
It is still unclear as to why the nuns were kidnapped, and from what we learn the Greek Orthodox Church is still clueless, however, if we judge what has happened in other similar occurrences then the next few days will be very ugly for these women.
A report on the Facing Islam blog said that sexual abuse and rape should not be ruled out in the case of Maaloula. One of the reasons for this, adds the article, is because thousands of women who have been abducted by such barbaric “freedom fighters” suffered in the same way. Infact a report issued by Syria's National Reconciliation Commission states that well over 37,000 women have been raped since the war began.
According to the article:
To keep the jihad in Syria alive, pro-war Islamic clerics have issued any number of fatwas, or Islamic rulings, permitting sexually-frustrated, female-deprived rebels to rape women. Most of these are based on the simple fact that Islam permits jihadis, based on the example of the prophet, to copulate with any captured woman—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 in Crucified Again for detailed information).Quite interestingly, clerics, have permitted the abduction and rape of Syrian woman, provided of course that they are not Sunni. In other words, men who preach about religion are openly patting rapists on the back and telling them that it is okay to perform such a violent act against anyone who is of non-Muslim faith.
But the ugliness does not stop there. There are too many rebels in Syria and not enough women to fulfill their needs, and that is why every so often we also hear of the rape of children as well. The article points to a recent case involving a Christian child who was violently raped by gang of 15 barbarians before being killed. If, on the other, these barbarians come across a Sunni Muslim woman, well she would immediately be targeted through a sex jihad fatwa.
As Greek Orthodox Chrisitians, the staff of HellasFrappe can ramble on about the conquest of Agia Sofia, and how the Ottoman Muslims committed rapes against many of our people, but we do not want to do that because then we would be charged of being too one-sided on the matter because of national reasons.
So if you require more information then we suggest that you begin googling the subject a bit, or visit a local library.
In no time, you will discover that the raping of nuns is a phenomenon that goes back centuries.
According to Muslim historian Taqi al-Din al-Maqrizi (1364-1442) during his raids on Egypt, Caliph Marwan II (r.744–50) placed a number of women under his captivity, including nuns, and yes, he even attempted to seduce them.
The 10th century Coptic writer Severus ibn Muqaffa wrote that:
“the Arabs in the land of Egypt had ruined the country…. 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 their swords.”From what it looks like, history is repeating itself once more.
The rise in attacks on Christian nuns throughout the Islamic world further demonstrates that they are no more untouchable than other “infidel” women.
This by AP - In August 2013, after torching a Franciscan school, Islamists, 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.”
Here are a few more examples:
SYRIA - On June 25th, 2013 Father Franҫois Mourad was killed by Islamist insurgents in al-Ghassaniyah. The Syrian clergyman was murdered in al-Ghassaniyah, a predominantly Christian village in Jisr al-Shughur District, Idlib province. The Monastery of St Anthony was the only safe haven, where Fr Franҫois lived along with some Franciscan friars, four nuns and ten Christians, but rebels part of a fringe extremist Islamic group broke into the convent, looted it and destroyed everything. When Fr Franҫois tried to defend the nuns and other people, the rebels shot him in cold blood. (www.religiousfreedomcoalition.org)
Somalia: Muslims in Somalia shot and killed 66-year-old nun Leonella Sgarbati who had devoted 30 years of her life in Africa helping the poor and impovrished. Her last words before she died were: “I forgive; I forgive.” (facingislam)
Pakistan: In September 2012, gunmen on motorbikes -dressed in green (Islam’s color)-, opened fire against the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral in Hyderabad, murdering at least 28 people. Their immediate target was a nun, Mother Christina. (facingislam)
Libya: In February 2013, after the fall of Col. Gaddafi, Islamic rebels threatened Christian nuns into fleeing from the country. The nuns were active in this nation since 1921, and primarily focused on helping the sick and needy. (facingislam)
INDIA - In July, 2013, a 28-year-old nun was kidnapped and raped by a group of men from the Bamunigam, Kandhamal District (Orissa). The kidnappers led her to a still unidentified place where she was systematically gang raped for a week. (www.patheos.com)
Philippines: In an article discussing a Christmas Day church bombing in a Muslim-majority region, it was discovered that the jihadi group responsible for this tragedy had "been blamed for several bomb attacks on the Roman Catholic cathedral in Jolo since the early 2000s as well as for kidnapping priests and nuns.” (facingislam)
Egypt: On August 18 extreme Islamists burned down a Christian school, and then paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war," while they sexually abused two other females, while 58 attacks were performed against Christians and their properties all across that country in four short days. (www.breitbart.com)
Guinea: In June 2013, during a mob-led frenzy, Christians and their churches were savagely attacked in the Muslim-majority nation—with some 95 Christians slained in cold blood and 130 wounded, including “the quarters of the nuns, [which] was looted and then torched. (facingislam)
All the above examples are from separate countries that have little or nothing in common with one another. Meaning that they differ in race, language, culture, etc., however the only thing that binds them is Islam.
That alone speaks for itself.
HellasFrappe is certain that the vast majority of Muslims, like their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, etc., are appalled and sickened by such violent acts, as well as the utterly repudiate mass murder of innocent people. Why then do all these communities believe that it is their duty to wage aggressive holy war, against all these innocent souls and even to annihilate innocent people in God's name? What aspects of their scriptures and traditions tend to support violence against "infidels"? We cannot understand!
HellasFrappe is operated by women, and obviously very sensitive on violent acts against women. We are against any actions that seek to intimidate people as well as that aim to rend the peace and fabric of goodwill. That is why we want to call on all the governments of the world to stand against these violent acts, while we extend the hope that all the law-abiding Muslim communities of this world will bring all these barbarians to justice quickly and not give way to extremists who obviously want to throw our world into complete and utter chaos.
Some portions of the above article were extracted from: