ISIS issues commandments for Christians to follow, “if they want to live.”
According to the Assyrian International News Agency, (AINA) the extremist group ISIS has issued a “safety contract” that Christians living in the Syrian town of Qaryatian must follow. Qaryatian is under the rule of ISIS. The safety contract includes 11 specific commandments, if they want to live.
This is not all; the jihadist group has also issued similar contracts to Christians in other cities under its rule, such as Raqqa. Christians who have escaped Raqqa claim there are no more Christians left in that city.
The Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights, has revealed that these commandments have been issued by the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi whilst Christians in the captured town will have to pay the jaziya tax imposed on non-Muslims, or else they are forced to convert to or leave the city.
The 11 commandments issued by ISIS prohibit: “the establishment of churches, the displaying of crosses, making Muslims hear Christian prayers or rituals of worship, the hiding of spies, offending Islamic religious beliefs, the carrying of weapons, the sale of pork or wine to Muslims, and failing to dress modestly.”
Nahren Anweya, an Assyrian-American activist, said that the extremist group is basically seeking to stifle any Christian presence in the region. “Our entire ancestral homelands have been completely taken and now they won’t even allow us to sustain our religious faith in one God and his son Jesus Christ,” he said.
“We have been purged out of Mosul, Nineveh, Khabour, Hassaka, Qaryatian and many more ancestral Assyrian homelands. They took our native homelands, our girls, our churches and now they want the few lives we have left.”