The problem of religious hatred has persisted throughout history, fueled by differences in beliefs, practices, and cultural backgrounds. Since the rise of Islam in the Arabian region, the world has become more divided than ever. Many people believe Islam is the Region of Peace, which I’m afraid I have entirely to disagree with. Yes, there are Muslims who believe in Peace, and they are peaceful and humble. But the majority of the Followers of Islam are full of hate against Christians, Jews, Hindus, and even all other believers who exist on the very Earth.
According to these Muslims, it is permissible to kill Christians, Jews, and other nations, and it is a duty to seize their wealth and resources in every way and to violate the honor of their women.
Examining the Surge in Christian Persecution:
Over the last 15 years, there has been an alarming increase in the persecution of Christians by Muslim extremists in the world. Christian communities in various regions have a diverse and complex history with Muslims. This trend is becoming more concerning, and recent events demonstrate its severity and changing nature.
Persecution in the Islamic World has touched the highest level; thousands of Christians have lost their lives, and hundreds of them have been sent behind bars with false accusations of Blasphemy Against Muhammad or Islam. Even Muslims living in the Western world have become more radical than before.
Here are a few places where persecution has increased on a large scale:
Nigeria: Boko Haram’s Reign of Terror (2010-2023):
In Nigeria, the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has perpetrated widespread violence against Christians. Churches were bombed, and Christian-majority villages were targeted, leading to mass murders and displacement. Hundreds of Christian girls were abducted and forcibly married to the jihadis. This reign of terror continues even today.
ISIS Terrorism (2014-2017):
It was the period of intense persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria since the rise of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Throughout the Middle East, thousands of Churches were desecrated, and Millions of ancient Christian communities were forced to be displaced. And countless lives were lost; thousands of Christian and other minority girls were abducted and forced into sex slavery by ISIS.
There is no end of Christian and Hindu Persecution in Pakistan at the hands of the Muslim Extremists. Every year, thousands of Christian and Hindu girls are abducted and forced intomarriages with elderly men. Thousands of Christian houses were burnt and looted, and more than 100s places of worship were desecrated and destroyed. Thousands of Christians are falsely accused of Blasphemy against Muhammad and Islam, and blasphemy accusations killed dozens of minority members. Even in recent years, in August, more than 100 houses were burnt, and over 26 churches were burnt down by the Muslims in Jaranwala, Punjab, Pakistan.
Attacks in the Sahel Region (ongoing):
There has been a surge in extremist violence against Christians in the Sahel region of Africa in recent years. There has been an increase in attacks on churches and Christian communities, aided by groups like the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), as well as emerging threats like Al-Qaeda and its affiliates. These attacks have contributed to a growing humanitarian crisis.
Protests for Hamas:
Since October 7th, 2023, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets of Europe and other Western countries, openly expressing their support for Sharia law and even using hateful slogans in public. In some parts of Europe, we observe the presence of flags representing terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and even the flag of Hamas. Hamas, a designated terrorist group, recently perpetrated attacks resulting in the tragic deaths of more than 1300 innocent civilians in the southern part of Israel.
These protestors Openly supported the terrorist activities of Hamas; this was a precise message to the world that the majority of Muslims are full of hatred of Christians and Jews all over the globe. And they wish and desire to eliminate them by all means.
And the time is not far when we will see jihadis’ mindsets in the streets of the Western world. This will be the beginning of the new redlines between the religions. Groups like ISIS, al-Qaida, Taliban, Hamas, and many others will initiate it and use the fuel of hatred to manipulate the minds and hearts of millions of Muslims across the world.
Anticipating a Troubled Future: The Warning for All Religions
This conflict, fueled by hatred, will be escalating, with the disturbing element of extremism using Islamic teachings to justify acts of terrorism. These groups who are engaged in this propaganda will lead to the unfortunate consequence of innocent individuals, including Christians, Jews, Hindus, and members of other communities, being unjustly targeted. There is a genuine concern that the period between 2024 and 2026 mainly serves as a stark warning for all religions.
This period of 2024-2026 will herald serious dangers, especially for those Christians, Hindus, and Jews who live in or are residents of Muslim countries. Their churches, synagogues, and temples will be destroyed, attacked, and demolished, while their homes and resources will be looted. This is an honest observation after seeing all that is happening around us. Not only will people in Islamic countries be targeted, but this violence will also spread throughout the world, particularly in the West.
Illegal Migration and National Security: Assessing the Risk
Over the past decade, millions of people have migrated illegally to Western countries and are now reaping the benefits of being stationed there. In general, these illegal migrants consist of young people who are entirely unaware of their background and have not been given due diligence. There is no information available about their past life or records indicating which religious sect or group they belong to or support. This is a dangerous situation, as most of these people came from the war zones where Islamic groups were operating. Implementing a law or plan to recheck the data of all individuals who have entered Europe or Western countries in the past ten years or earlier is recommended. This will help avoid any issues in the future.
Furthermore, such elements should be added to the integration process to create tolerance, peace, and co-existence with other beliefs.