PRAYER ALERT on Ramadan terror attacks. The month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during daylight hours, began on June 6. On June 7 the Palestinian terror group Hamas’ military wing called Ramadan “the month of jihad.” On June 8 two Hamas gunmen disguised as ultra-orthodox Jews killed four people at a Tel Aviv market and wounded seven others. It was the first of two Ramadan terror attacks so far. The second occurred when on June 12 ISIS devotee Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people in Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse. It was the worst non-war shooting incident in US history. Another possible terror attack was averted in Los Angeles. There police found a man with three assault rifles, ammunition and chemicals for an explosive device in his car. He said he was on his way to the LA Gay Pride Festival.
Israel has been a favorite target of jihadists. It was hit by 141 Palestinian suicide bomb attacks in the years 2000-2006 alone, killing 605. Are they adding gay gatherings to their list of targets? Omar Mateen was known for anti-gay rants. So far it appears that he acted alone. But Mateen was inspired by ISIS, which the next day claimed him as one of its soldiers. ISIS has executed at least 36 men in Iraq and Syria on charges of sodomy. One of their notorious methods is throwing homosexuals off the tops of buildings.
Omar Mateen chose a more brutally efficient way, firing a rifle and a handgun repeatedly into a crowd of about 320. In addition to the 49 killed, 53 were injured. He purchased his weapons legally two days earlier. In fact, he had worked as an armed guard for G4S Security since 2007. They kept him on despite being notified that the FBI was investigating him in 2013. Fellow employee Daniel Gilroy complained several times that Mateen harassed him and made racist, mysogynist, anti-semitic and homophobic remarks. Gilroy says G4S allowed him to quit rather than firing Mateen because they didn’t want to discriminate against a Muslim.
The mainstream media was slow to call this an act of radical Islamic terrorism. However, during the attack itself Mateen kept shouting “Allahu Akbar” and called 911 to swear allegiance to ISIS. Why try to shield mass murderers who kill in the name of Islam?
Since before the Ramadan terror attacks, Silk Road Prayer Network has been posting prayer alerts every day of Ramadan for victims of radical Islam around the world. Pray with us too, as He who is in us is greater than the spirit of Islam and Ramadan.
PRAY WITH US. Father God, You are sovereign over heaven and earth. The times and seasons are in Your hands. We declare that the month of Ramadan belongs to You. We deny the claim of the false god Allah over this month. We ask that You bind the spirit of violence during this time. Make preaching of jihad of no effect. Expose every plan for Ramadan terror attacks. Protect Israel from Muslim enemies within and without. Protect non-Muslims everywhere from jihadists.
Draw a clear line between Muslims who promote peace and Muslims who promote violence. Alert authorities whenever anyone crosses that line. Alert Christians to witness to them before they do. Release power to disarm them when they go too far. The antidote to homosexuality is not death but healing. Help us not to be overcome by these evils, but to overcome evil with good. Make this a season of advance not for Islam but for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.
DailyInsight. The more freedom we give to Islamic terrorists, the more freedom they take away from us (see Psalm 10).
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