Iraqi Christian Girl Burned Alive by ISIS Has a Final Request: 'Forgive Them'
In a true testament to Christian charity, an Iraqi girl believed to be 12 years old asked her mother to forgive the members of the Islamic State (ISIS) who burned her alive. The militants reportedly set their home ablaze after the mother agreed to pay a religious tax but asked for a few seconds until her daughter was out of the shower.
The girl escaped the house, along with her mother, but not before she had received serious fatal burns. Dying four hours later, she used her last words to plea for her murderers.
Muslim conquerors have demanded the payment of a special tax called the Jizya from Jews and Christians living under their control. These ISIS thugs were conducting routine door-to-door threats when they came upon the woman and her daughter.
Jacqueline Isaac, an Egyptian-American human rights advocate, told the story to Britain's Express newspaper. "The ISIS foreign fighters were at her door and they told her 'you have two choices, you are to leave now or you are to pay the Jaziya,'" Isaac reported. "She said 'I will pay, give me a few seconds my daughter is in the shower.'"
"They said 'you don't have a few seconds' and they lit the house with a torch from the bathroom the daughter was showering in." Isaac explained that both escaped the house, but "the daughter had fourth degree burns and the mother took her daughter, scrambling, doing anything to save her."
Although she rushed to the hospital, "her daughter died in her arms. The last thing her daughter said: 'Forgive them.'"
This horrifying, yet deeply moving story reveals the hard truth of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 5:44, Jesus commanded his disciples to "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." In Luke 6:27-28, he said, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."
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