|Death Threats From Muslim Extremists|
Monday, 18 July 2005, the Frontline Fellowship Field Director, was surrounded by a mob of Muslim students at the University of Pretoria threatening him and demanding that the Frontline Fellowship missions display be removed. We had been officially invited by the University Missions Committee to take part in their “Go Love the Nations” Missions Week.
MUSLIM MOB AT MISSIONS WEEK
That afternoon, we were informed by the TUKS Missions Committee that they could not allow our mission display to be set up again. It was mentioned that the Frontline Fellowship newsletters, in what they reported on the activities and teachings of Muslims, were too offensive to Muslim students.
HOSTILE PHONE CALLS
When I asked her if she, as a woman, would be free to drive a motorcar in Saudi Arabia, or whether she would have the vote in Saudi Arabia, she became particularly emotional and abusive, and asked “what the hell does that have to do with you? Saudi Arabia is our country! It's none of your business what we do in our country!” When I asked how Pretoria University could be “her” university and Saudi Arabia be her home at the same time, she slammed the phone down.
The second caller was more controlled, but also threatened serious consequences and hell fire for having “insulted the prophet Muhammad”. I made clear that if there were any factual errors in our publications, we would be keen to rectify that. He didn't mention any specific inaccuracies in our End of Islam article, but only that it was “insulting to the prophet Muhammad”. He defended the fact that there were no churches or missionaries allowed in Saudi Arabia, because it is a Muslim country.
When I asked how then he could object to a Christian mission having a display at a Christian Missions Week in the University of Pretoria, he reiterated that Pretoria is “our University” and we were not welcome there.
DEATH THREAT FATWA BY FAX
The death threat informed me that as the Director of Frontline Fellowship, I was: “... worthy of death, not by stoning, but to be cut up piece by piece, and your remains given to dogs and hyenas…”
The letter, which came to our office by fax, said that we “should be eliminated from the face of this earth. You have the audacity to insult 2 billion adherents to this mighty and great religion, the perfect and final religion of the almighty. ... the last and final prophet of god, namely the holy prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) without retribution from just one person of the 2 billion plus Muslim men and women of the face of this earth, .... The Fatwa will definitely come for you, ... You are worthy of death…Go burn in hell…LONG LIVE ISLAM, AMANDLA ISLAM.”
EXPECT TO BE SHOT ON SIGHT
All of this, taken along with the bombings and assassinations by Muslim extremists worldwide, hardly support the contention of those who say that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH UNDER FIRE
FREEDOM OF RELIGION THREATENED
I phoned the Chairperson of the Missions Committee and she informed me that the Missions Committee had no choice because: “We were scared for his life”; “We did not want to have trouble…”; “We can't provide 24 hour security…”; “We can't have a riot on campus…”; “Your exhibitor was in danger…”; “He was threatened”.
So, I asked why it is that the victim of this threat of violence was the one being excluded, instead of those students who had done the threatening?
WHO IS BEING INTOLERANT?
Despite a relentless barrage of anti-Christian publications, articles and films, I was not aware of a single case of Christians threatening violence, carrying out bombings, or assassinations, in retaliation to anti-Christian blasphemy. The most blasphemous film ever produced, The Last Temptation of Christ, received much protest, but again, I wasn't aware of any violence perpetrated by Christians against Universal Pictures as a result.
At this I was informed that she and the Missions Committee “totally agree with Frontline Fellowship, with your work and what you write…” but “the tone”, that it was “too hard…too controversial…” I had to point out that much of the Bible is also very controversial and offensive to many, but we have to love the Muslims enough to tell them the truth and reach out to them with the Gospel.
TELLING THE TRUTH IN LOVE
Muslims are the largest group of un-reached people in the world. To point out that there is no atonement, no forgiveness of sins in Islam, that they need to turn in repentance and place their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, may be offensive to Muslims, but it is the truth. It is also the reason why we have missions.
WHERE IS THIS GOING TO END?
BLAME THE VICTIM
THE GREAT COMMISSION IS OUR PRIORITY
REACHING THE UNREACHED
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may run swiftly ..., and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.”
Dr. Peter Hammond
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Director, Frontline Fellowship