PRAYER ALERT: The kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by Muslim militant group Boko Haram has set off a worldwide campaign to rescue them. Though 53 have escaped, 223 are still missing. According to their families, most of the kidnapped girls are Christian. This should come as no surprise. About 600 Nigerian Christians were killed in 2013, mostly by Boko Haram. And before the April 15 kidnappings, 1500+ people had already been killed by Boko Haram-related violence, most of them Christians. About 250,000 have fled from the Boko Haram jihad campaign in three northeastern Nigerian states. More than 3 million who remain there face a vast humanitarian crisis. But the world media has largely ignored this genocide. Now, at last, the schoolgirl kidnapping incident has seen Boko Haram condemned in the media and in twitter campaigns.
We have also heard Boko Haram condemned by heads of state from west to east. Help from the US, Britain, France, Israel and even China has been accepted by Nigeria to find the schoolgirls. But what is the reaction of Islamic rulers around the world? Sohaib Sultan wrote an article in Time Magazine to reassure us. “Muslim religious scholars, intellectuals, activists, organizations, and countries have all condemned Boko Haram and the kidnappings in unison. All you have to do to know this is type in google search ‘Muslims condemn Boko Haram’ and articles will abound.”
Go ahead and do that google search. Will you see Boko Haram condemned by any rulers of Islamic nations? No, not one. Not even in Wikipedia’s comprehensive updated article on the kidnapping. Some articles like ABC’s “Muslim Officials Condemn Abductions of Girls” contain surprisingly scant evidence of objections by Muslim representatives around the world. But the google search does turn up two objectors who are supposed to carry a lot of weight. They are the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
CAIR has called the kidnapping “un-Islamic and obscene.” But CAIR has been known for showing a politically correct face to the US public. The evidence, however, shows that CAIR was started by the terrorist organization Hamas and operates in the US on behalf of Hamas. Hamas is well known for targeting civilian populations in Israel with hundreds of rocket attacks. They have indoctrinated Palestinian children with hatred of Israel. They have used Palestinian children as human shields. Their denunciation of kidnappings by similar Islamic militants is hard to take seriously (read more below video).
So is statement by Iyad Madani, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. He said that the kidnapping was “barbaric” and “inhumane.” Of all the Google results OIC has the biggest claim for representing Muslims globally. OIC has 57 Muslim-majority member-states across Africa and Asia. But it too has a credibility issue. It refuses to label any kind of Palestinian attack on Israel as an act of terrorism. According to the Wikipedia article on OIC, Human Rights Watch has cited OIC’s “apparent unwillingness to recognise as terrorism acts that serve causes endorsed by their member states.”
If Boko Haram achieves its avowed violent Islamic takeover of Nigeria, would OIC deny it membership? Probably not. OIC member states like Iran, Syria, Sudan and Somalia commit atrocities in the name of Islam. Have we heard Boko Haram condemned by a ruler of any of IOC’s Muslim-majority member states? No. Are any of them offering to help to “bring back our girls”? No again. We can only conclude that IOC, too, is putting on a politically-correct face.
Read more about efforts to bring back the girls, and how to pray about this.
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Boko Haram condemned by media campaign