Brother of Egyptian Martyrs Prays for ISIS

"Dear God, please open their eyes to be saved."

The brother of two of the 21 Coptic Christians murdered in Libya used live television to thank their killers for including the men's declaration of faith in the video of their execution.

By Anika Smith Published on February 19, 2015

The brother of two Coptic Christians murdered by ISIS in Liberia went on live television this week to thank their killers for including their declarations of faith — then went further:

ISIS gave us more than they asked when they didn’t edit out the part where [the martyrs] declared their faith and called Jesus Christ. ISIS helped us strengthen our faith. . . . I thank ISIS because they didn’t cut the audio when they screamed, declaring their faith.”

Believe me when I tell you that the people here are happy and congratulating one another. They are not in a state of grief but congratulating one another for having so many from our village die as martyrs. We are proud of them!

When he is asked about the air strikes against ISIS and how he felt about them:

Since the Roman times, we as Christians have been targeted to be martyred. This only helps us to endure such crisis because the Bible tells us to love our enemies and bless those who curse us. However, the air strikes were a good response by the government.

Today I was having a chat with my mother, asking her what she would do if she saw one of the ISIS members on the street. . . . She said she would invite him home because he helped us enter the kingdom of heaven . . . . I asked her, “What would you do if you see ISIS members walking down the street, and I told you that was the man who slayed your son?” She said, “I will ask for God to open his eyes and ask him into our house because he helped us enter the kingdom of God!”

The host then asks him to pray for them, and on the air, he begins:

Dear God, please open their eyes to be saved and to quit their ignorance and the wrong teachings they were taught.

Amen.

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