Terrorists belonging to the ruthless and bloodthirsty Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), formerly known as al-Qaida in Iraq (AQII), are being blamed for destroying the burial sites of two well-known Biblical prophets, Jonah and Daniel, according to news reports in Israel and the Middle East on Sunday.
Both prophets are featured in Bible chapters named for them, and while they are honored by both Christians and Jews, the founder of Islam, Mohammed, also believed in their status as spokesmen for God.
ISIS militants have destroyed the Prophet Younis (Jonah) shrine east of Mosul city after they seized control of the mosque completely. Ironically, the spiritual leader of ISIS, Khalifa Ibrahim, gave a sermon at the holy site on July 7, the Iraq-based al-Sumaria News reported.
According to news media in Iraq, the Sunni group's fighters sealed off the mosque so that worshipers could not enter. The alleged ISIS terrorists then planted improvised explosive devices both inside and outside the mosque then detonated the charges while the mosque's congregants watched in horror.
In the Bible and Quran, Jonah is famous for being swallowed by a big fish, although some say a whale. Jonah is believed to be buried in Mosul and his tomb also a mosque is considered to be one of the few historic mosques found on the eastern side of the city, according to Al Arabiya News. While Daniel is also considered to be a prophet by many Muslims, he is not mentioned in the Quran.
"These burial sites are irreplaceable having been standing for centuries as holy sites for three religions. Now thanks to Muslim terrorists they are gone. This is proof for those who claim Islam is a political movement masquerading as a religion," said former U.S. police anti-terrorism expert Josh Hollander.
Hollander also points to reports that the city of Mosul,which was home to about 100,000 Christians now has at most about 1,000. Christian families fled the city when ISIS that non-Muslims must convert to Islam or pay a toll tax to live in relative peace. Those who resisted would be killed.
ISIS’s targets were three villages located near Mosul – Qaraqoush, Bartilla and Telkeif – all with large Christian populations. In addition, Christians were evacuated from villages to the north of Mosul when fighting between Kurdish militias and the Islamic terrorists began.