Passengers on board a bus bravely defied Islamic terrorists’ demands to sacrifice the Christians on board during a deadly standoff in Kenya.
When the 10 Al-Shabaab militants stormed the bus in the country’s north yesterday, they demanded Muslim passengers separate themselves from the Christians on board.
But the passengers refused – even giving some of their fellow travellers Islamic articles of clothing to wear so they could not be distinguished.
A year ago, Al-Shabaab gunmen – who operate as Al Qaeda’s affiliates in east Africa – stormed a Nairobi-bound bus in the same area and killed 28 non-Muslim passengers execution-style
Abdi Mohamud Abdi, a Muslim who was among the passengers, said the terrorists stormed the bus after spraying it with gunfire – killing two.
‘The militants threatened to shoot us but we still refused and protected our brothers and sisters. Finally they gave up and left but warned that they would be back.’(cont..)
Even these limited achievements were informed by cynical expedience on the part of the invading European forces and the adapting Muslim populations in their way.
Nazi Germany’s leaders also harbored half-baked ideas about messaging to North Africa’s Muslims. Heinrich Himmler was the Third Reich’s most influential advocate of the instrumental use of Islam in war strategy.
In the spring of 1943 as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s army in North Africa stumbled to defeat – Himmler asked the Reich Security Head Office ‘to find out which passages of the Qur’an provide Muslims with the basis for the opinion that the Führer has already been forecast in the Qur’an and that he has been authorized to complete the work of the Prophet’.