A tale of caution – for all of us

The story of  Abu Muntasir, “The ‘godfather’ of the British jihadi movement”, is a cautionary tale not just for young Muslims and their parents…

Abu Muntasir

Dear Global Partnerships people. I came across this article in the Guardian. Follow the link and have a readwww.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/13/godfather-of-british-jihadists-admits-we-opened-to-way-to-join-isis

At a time of unprecedented suffering of Christians around the world, often at the hands of Islamisists , it is difficult to take on board the words of Jesus, “I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who persecute you”.  

Yet this is what we are called to do and those of us who seek to connect with Muslims indeed need to both “hear” this teaching – and act upon it.

Abu Muntasir’s repentance gives us an insight into a world that few of us inhabit in any sense. Britain, as with the Middle East, seems so far away and has it’s own set of circumstances and history.

Even so, there are signposts here which point to where we may begin if we are to authentically engage with one of the most pressing issues of our time.

We need to try, at least, to understand where Islamisists are coming from if we are to submit to our Lord Jesus and intercede for those who persecute our suffering sisters and brothers in the Muslim world.

Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. Let the words of Christ dwell in us richly.

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