A Message to the Christians in Mosul: “Islamize, or Pay the Jizya Tax, or Face the Sword”
By Jacob Thomas
للمسيحيين في الموصل: الإسلام أو الجزية وإلا حد السيف
On Saturday, 19 July, 2014, the widely read online daily Elaph published at 11:33 (GMT) a report on the ruling of the Islamic Caliphate that controls vast areas of western Iraq and eastern Syria vis-à-vis the Christians living under its rule. It had distributed leaflets in Mosul with an ultimatum addressed to the Christians still remaining in the city: “Islamize, or Pay the Jizya Tax, or the Sword.” The response of the Christian community must be given not later than today!
Furthermore, it stipulated that Christians who remain within the area under the control of the Islamic Caliphate must adhere to the rules of Dhimmitue that had been promulgated in the Seventh century A.D.
The same organization issued a similar order in Raqqa, on the Syrian side of the border, in February, 2014 requesting that the Jizya be paid in golden currency!
Mosul used to be the home of 100,000 Christians ten years ago. Due to the American invasion of Iraq, their condition became precarious; forcing many began to immigrate to other parts of the world. Before the Islamic Caliphate entered the city they numbered around 5,000; by now only 200 are left in the city.
Later today, I checked on the situation in Mosul by accessing the Arabic Service of BBC-Television at 13:50 GMT, 3:50 PM in Iraq. The headline of the report was:
The Deadline given by the Islamic Caliphate to the Christians of Mosul to leave, or embrace Islam, or pay the Jizya, had expired
انقضت المهلة التي حددها تنظيم “الدولة الاسلامية” لمسيحيي الموصل للمغادرة او اعتناق الاسلام أو دفع الجزية.
A great number of Christians have fled from Mosul to the Iraqi Kurdistan after the expiry of the ultimatum issued by the Islamic Caliphate. Some refugees said that upon leaving the area, they were searched, and their possessions were confiscated by armed men. Before leaving the city, their homes had been marked with special signs to indicate that they belonged to Christians.
This photo was taken at a Christian Church in Mosul, prior to the fall of the city under the occupation of the Islamist organization known as the ISIS.
Christians have lived in Iraq for 2000 years, and have managed to continue living in their homeland during the last 1400 years of Islamic occupation. What is happening in Iraq and Syria amounts to nothing else but ethnic and religious “cleansing”!
The Pact of Umar was a treaty drawn up between the second Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab, and the conquered Christians and Jews. It set forth regulations that Christians and Jews had to comply with, in order to live under Islamic rule. It was based on following Qur’anic Surah 9 (Repentance or Submission) Ayah 29:
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” Translation of Yusuf Ali
ِ قَاتِلُوا الَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَلَا بِالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَلَا يُحَرِّمُونَ مَا حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ وَلَا يَدِينُونَ دِينَ الْحَقِّ مِنْ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ حَتَّى يُعْطُوا الْجِزْيَةَ عَنْ يَدٍ وَهُمْ صَاغِرُونَ