Somali Christian martyr dies like a true believer

“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” (I Peter 2:23)

While I was reading this verse today it reminded me of Mansuur Mohammed, a Somali Christian who was killed in 2008 by the Al Shabab terrorist group that is trying to take over Somalia. Mohammed’s death was caught on video tape and broadcast all over the world on Youtube. In the video, which is several minutes long, Mohammed does not swear or curse his enemies.

“Five masked men emerged carrying guns, wielding Somali swords and dragging the handcuffed Mohammed. One pulled back Mohammed’s head, exposing his face as he scraped his sword against his short hair as if to sharpen it. Another recited the Quran as he proclaimed that Mohammed was a “murtid,” an Arabic term for one who converts from Islam to Christianity.
The Muslim militant announced that Mohammed was an infidel and a spy for occupying Ethiopian soldiers.
Mohammed remained calm with an expressionless face, never uttering a word, said the eyewitness. As the chanting of “Allah Akubar [God is greater]” rose to a crescendo, one of the militiamen twisted his head, allowing the other to slit his neck. When the head was finally severed from the torso, the killers cheered as they displayed it to the petrified crowd.”
I watched part of this video a few months ago but stopped before I got to the part where he was killed. I wasn’t interested in seeing the blood and gore, however, I was interested in seeing how Mohammed reacted to the knowledge that he was about to be killed. I was greatly inspired by watching the way he calmly accepted the will of God, the same way Jesus did when He was crucified 2,000 years ago. Mohammed showed no hate or malice towards his killers. I have no doubt that Mohammed recieved his eternal reward when he died that day. I am looking forward to meeting this dear brother in Christ in paradise.
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