I can’t believe that it already a year ago today that two teenage followers of ISIS savagely killed Father Jacques Hamel by slitting his throat inside his own church during morning mass, an 86-year-old priest in the Normandy region of France. I cried when I read that back then and I cry as I write this today. Father Hamel is remembered as a generous man who loved Muslims and engaged openly and lovingly with them. He was a true follower of Jesus, a man who loved everyone and who served the Lord. Prophet Muhammad also loved Christians, and the rest of us Muslims should too.
‘Uqbah b. ‘Âmir Al-Juhanî – Allâh be pleased with him – once passed by a man who looked like a Muslim, so he greeted him with salâm, and he replied, “And upon you [be peace] and the mercy of Allâh and His blessings.” A boy informed him, “He is a Christian!” So ‘Uqbah got up and followed the man, caught up with him and said, “The mercy of Allâh and His blessings are upon the believers; however, may Allâh give you a long life, and make plentiful your wealth and offspring.” (Al-Bukhârî, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad)
Unfortunately, since this atrocious tragedy happened, many more attacks have followed. Some that we’ve seen be plastered all over the TV and some that only got a mere mentioned but God is aware of everything that’s going on in the world and evil will not go unpunished. That belief is the only thing keeping me sane right now. This little post isn’t much, but I felt it was important to me to take a moment to remember this man and stand up against terrorism. May God grant him eternal paradise for his service!