Tel Abyaḍ, Syria (AINA) — Recently in the town of Tel Abyaḍ, where there is a small Christian community, the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS: al-Qa’ida) desecrated the local church. This was confirmed by a reliable ISIS source on Twitter:
“ISIS: Raqqa: breaking of the cross raised over the church of Independence in Tel Abyaḍ and seizing of the church after the cross worshippers’ violation of their compact of Dhimma.” In other words, for failing to adhere to the terms imposed on them as Dhimmis, ISIS desecrated the church.
Dhimmis are non-Muslim people, specifically Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, who live under Muslim law. Dhimmi status is that of second class citizen subject to discriminatory laws and the imposition of abject humiliation at the hands of Muslims.
Translated for AINA by Aymenn-Jawad Al-Tamimi
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