Region: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and others.
This week, as we continue our series on Christians facing Islamic extremists, we turn our focus to al-Qaida. Click here to read other blogs in this series.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
An inspiration to radical Muslims
As Russian soldiers retreated from Afghanistan in 1988, it seemed to the wealthy Saudi man that the reality of his longed-for global jihad was finally at hand. That man – Osama bin Laden – called together some of his top associates to strategise ways to spread Mohammed’s message of holy warfare.
The terrorist group and its followers have been linked to several attacks. Most notably, in 2001 they were responsible for destroying the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City. Other attacks followed in Bali in 2002, Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005.
Al-Qaida, which calls for the killing or expulsion of all Christians from the Arabian Peninsula, was the first jihadist group to post videos of beheadings online. Elements of the group eventually broke away from al-Qaida and developed into what is known today as the Islamic State (IS).
Today al-Qaida continues to provide inspiration for radical Muslims everywhere, and its offspring are actively pursuing their jihadi agenda – and attacking our Christian brothers and sisters in at least 16 different nations.