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“ONE DAY YOU WILL BE A MARTYR”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 1, 2015) — The Israel Video Network has featured an eight-minute film produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) encapsulating the life of a boy born in Lebanon to Muslim parents who was taught to commit jihad from at least the age of four and to use a weapon at age seven.
Kalal Saleem later converted to Christianity when the people he had vowed to hate saved his life and nurtured him back to health.
His mother told him that by following the commands of the Koran to wage war against “infidels,” particularly Jews, “one day you will be a martyr.”
Sent to a jihadi training camp at the age of seven, Saleem was later selected to go to the United States, settle into a Midwestern town in which belief in the Christian Bible was deep, and begin recruiting young men to Islam and the culture of jihad. He believed at that time that he “had the power of Allah” with him to carry out his mission.
Saleem’s life nearly ended when he was involved in a car accident, breaking his neck. He recalled that the doctors who saw him each day promised him, “We are going to take care of you.”
After several successful surgeries, one of Saleem’s surgeons offered him a room in his own home since he had no family members to assist him. “I became a part of their family,” he recalled. Saleem also met and cooked for a Jewish family from Israel who were friends of his surgeon host.
He realized that the Jews and Christians he had been taught to hate were not bad people.
After agonizing over his newfound doubts about Islam and contemplating suicide, Saleem felt beckoned by a voice urging him to open his heart to the God of the Bible and Jesus Christ as his Savior.
In the two decades since Saleem’s conversion to Christianity, he has spoken to Muslims worldwide, urging them to examine their own faith and to ask the God of “Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” to speak to them.
As many as 100,000 Muslims may enter the United States each year over the next five years.
In 2002, the Center for Immigration Studies reported that Muslim political organizations focused on achieving four goals:
- Win special privileges for Islam (e.g., call for the creation of a White House Muslim advisory board);
- Intimidate and silence the opponents of militant Islam (e.g., have death edicts brought down on them, as happened to co-author Khalid Durán);
- Raise funds for, apologize for, and otherwise forward the cause of militant Islamic groups abroad, including those that engage in violence (e.g., the Holy Land Foundation, closed down for raising money “used to support the Hamas terror organization.”);17 and
- Sanitize militant Islam (e.g., promote the notion that jihad is not warfare but a form of moral self-improvement).
In August 2013, Daniel Greenfield of FrontPageMag reported that Muslim immigration to the U.S. had “doubled since 1992,” confirming the figure of 100,000 Muslims immigrating each year, while the percentage of Christians being granted admittance has fallen. Islamic immigrants come from Egypt, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
Under Obama, some have said that permeation by members of The Muslim Brotherhood, whose goal is to destroy American culture and replace the U.S. Constitution with Sharia Law, has occurred in “every government agency.”
In 2011, the “Arab Spring” protests in the Middle East resulted in Islamic radicals overtaking some governments. In Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi was elected, then deposed after a year after he attempted to seize unconstitutional powers. Morsi was jailed and accused of having worked with Egypt’s enemies to advance Islamic interests.
Muslims in the U.S. have succeeded convincing the FBI and U.S. military to omit references perceived as negative to Islam in their respective training materials, and a decorated officer has had his career ruined after teaching previously-approved courses warning soldiers of the ideology of radical Islam.
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad reports that “The size of the Muslim-American population has proved difficult to measure because the U.S. Census does not track religious affiliation. Estimates vary widely from 2 million to 7 million. What is clear, however, is that the Muslim-American population has been growing rapidly as a result of immigration, a high birth rate, and conversions.”
Militant Islamic groups have publicly called for violence, including against police officers. On December 20, two NYPD officers sitting in their patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn were murdered in cold blood by an Islamic member of the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF), formed by two California prison inmates in 1966 inspired by the work of Marcus Garvey.
Over the summer of 2014, the Islamic State, also called ISIL or ISIS, drove Christians out of Mosul, Iraq and destroyed churches and Christian symbols. In August, the Iraqi Christian church’s exiled bishop warned:
Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.
The U.S. has begun to see “honor killings” and other murders carried out by Islamic immigrants and converts. Sharia law is now incorporated into the legal system of the United Kingdom.