Kenyan Muslims Protect Christians from al-Shabaab

This has got to be reblogged. This is how decent people defeat terror: not by creating more divisions, but standing in solidarity with the victims of butchers and murderers.

Kenyan Patriot

On Monday, the Somalian Islamist group, al-Shabaab, attacked bus full of passengers in Kenya. They tried to separate the Christians from the Muslims so that they could kill them, just like they have done so many other times elsewhere. This time they picked on the wrong Muslims. Unlike the others, they refused to obey. According to the Beeb, they bluntly told the terrorists that if they wanted to get the Christians, they’d have to go through them first.

There’s a report about it on News.Mic at http://mic.com/articles/130963/in-kenya-bus-terror-attack-muslim-passengers-protect-christians-by-refusing-to-separate?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.jOufKKKhc

The article begins

When a group of Islamic jihadist attackers stormed a bus in Kenya on Monday, a group of Kenyan Muslims moved to protect the Christian passengers on board, the BBC reported. According to the outlet, the gunmen ambushed the bus, attempting to divide those on board based on the passengers’ religious affiliations. However, the Muslim passengers reportedly refused to split. At least two people were killed.

Speaking to members of the Kenyan press, a local government official said Muslim passengers on board the Makka bus told the terrorists “to kill all of them or leave,” according to Kenyan news outlet the Standard. Following the terror attack, Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery praised the Kenyan citizens who risked their lives in the attempt to protect the non-Muslim passengers.

“We commend the Muslims who stood by the Christians when the gang attacked,” Nkaissery said, according to the Standard. “They showed the terrorists cannot separate us using religion. They cannot cause a religious war, and I thank the passengers and locals.”

Over the years quite a few ordinary Muslims have risked their lives to defend Christians from Islamist terrorists. Way back in 1995, when Egyptians Islamists massacred a coachload of German tourists in Egypt at the pyramids, several of their intended victims were saved by locals rushing them into their own homes.

One of the women I knew at Uni had been going round Egypt with a female friend a few weeks just before the massacre. She told me of the immense hospitality of ordinary Egyptians against the hatred of the Islamists. She and her friend had been on a bus, when one of the anti-western Fundamentalists got on. He didn’t do anything beyond ranting, and casting angry, hate-filled glances at the Westerners. Eventually he left. Or got kicked off by the driver. The Egyptian girl in front of the two Western travellers was so embarrassed at his behaviour, that she turned round and invited the two girls to have dinner with her and her family that evening. She was ashamed at his appalling behaviour towards visitors in her country.

If there is to be peace in the Middle East and an end to the intolerance and killings, this is how it has to be done: through Christians and Muslims standing together against hatred and violence. That’s how we’ll win, if we win at all. And not through more hatred and bigotry, as currently spouted by Trump and his counterparts over here, like David Cameron.

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5 Responses to “Kenyan Muslims Protect Christians from al-Shabaab”

  1. 61chrissterry Says:

    Reblogged this on 61chrissterry.

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  3. Opher Says:

    Exactly.

  4. Opher Says:

    Reblogged this on Opher's World and commented:
    This is how it must be done. Hatred breeds hatred. Violence breeds violence. No god would condone the evil done in his name.

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