Mosul (Agenzia Fides) – Since Saturday 28th June we have no news regarding Sisters Atur and Miskinta, two Chaldean religious women of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, who had returned to Mosul by car from the city of Dohuk in the company of two girls and one Christian boy.The five members are unreachable on their cell phone. According to sources of the Chaldean Patriarchate, the two nuns and the other three members were stopped by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that confirm that they are in good condition.
The ecclesiastical authorities are in permanent contact with the religious leaders of the Sunni community in Mosul to keep the situation under control.
The two nuns look after and manage a foster home for orphans in Mosul, near the Chaldean archbishopric. Before the Islamist offensive which began on June 9, the nuns and all the guests had left the family home and found refuge in the city of Mosul, Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan.
“In all these terrible years for our Country” refers to Fides Sister Luigina Sako, Superior of the Chaldean Sisters, “Sisters Atur and Miskinta have done a great job, without ever abandoning Mosul and allowing the girls to study. We are extremely worried for them, especially for girls”.
Local sources contacted by Fides confirm that the situation remains critical, especially in Mosul, which is mainly controlled by Sunni insurgents led by the militiamen of the ISIL who have installed their own base even in the seat of the Chaldean archbishopric.
The villages in the Nineveh Plain, such as Qaraqosh and Kramles, register the return of a part of the population that fled in recent days. However, there is no water and electricity and no services managed by public entities, such as transport and waste collection.
Militants Have imposed Islamic law-Sharia and began collecting the poll tax (jizya-see below) from Christians. Reports on 6/21 claim ISIS members raped a mother and daughter and killed four women for not wearing the veil.
* Jizya poll tax
Qur’an (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
From the Hadith:
Muslim (19:4294) – “If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them”
Bukhari (53:386) –Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya (i.e. tribute); and our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says:– “Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master.”
Ishaq 956 & 962 – “He who withholds the Jizya is an enemy of Allah and His apostle.”
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