Prayer Vigil For Iraqi Christians
100’s peacefully gathered to hold a prayer vigil for Iraqi Christians. There are more than 40,000 Chaldeans and other Iraqi Christians residing in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, which has one of the world’s largest concentrations of Chaldeans.
Islamist militants are reportedly forcing Iraqi Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam or pay ‘protection tax’ to save their lives.
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced in city mosques that called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.
Isis has control of large parts of Syria and Iraq and said last month it was creating an Islamic caliphate.The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as ‘dhimma,’ under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a ‘jizya’, the BBC reported.
ISIS said that they are offering Christians three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract – involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword, the report said.- DNA India