“The Cross is the Islamic State’s main enemy; today no trace of a Cross can be seen in Mosul”
This story provides further proof — if any is still needed — of the Islamic religious roots and motivations of the Islamic State.
BY ROBERT SPENCER
The Cross is symbolic of Islam’s main enemy: Christianity. Under the terms of the dhimma contract and the Pact of Omar, Christians may not display the Cross openly, either on their buildings or on their person.
The breaking of crosses is a potent symbol for Muslims of Islam’s global supremacy in the end times. Muhammad prophesied that when Isa (the Muslim Jesus) returns, he will “fight the people for the cause of Islam. He willbreak the cross, kill the swine and abolish jizya” and establish the rule of Allah throughout the world (Hadith from Sunan Abu Dawud, Book of Battles, 37:4310).
Demolition of churches and crosses, or converting churches into mosques, is a classic trait of Islam’s treatment of Christians wherever it has conquered for fourteen centuries now. In our days, Muslims are even taking to breaking crosses in cemeteries, as seen in the infamous YouTube videos of 2012.
In Syracuse NY we recently saw the “breaking of the crosses” on a huge scale; a venerable Roman Catholic church was converted into a mosque, the crosses removed the spires, and 10,000 crosses in the interior covered over in a hugely symbolic victory for Islam.
See also Raymond Ibrahim’s recent article, ‘Islamic Hate for the Christian Cross’, and my own piece ‘Islam’s Hatred of Holy Icons — and what that means for Persecuted Eastern Christians’.
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