By The Blaze. A new Christian church in Kobani, a city along the Syrian-Turkish border, is attracting converts who have seen and experienced brutality at the hands of the militant group ISIS. . .
Jasim attends the Church of the Brethren, one of the first Christian churches to appear in the area in decades. His move is a bold one, as those who abandon Islam are often shunned by their families and communities. . .
Jasim, a mechanic, told the news outlet he converted to Christianity late last year. In early 2016, he was jailed by ISIS for not knowing the basics teachings of Islam. According to Jasim, he was tortured by the militant group and forced to read the Quran.
The church’s priest declined to be interviewed and one church leader spoke only on the condition of not using his last name, NBC reported. They cited safety concerns as the reason. . .
The Church of the Brethren opened in September and that’s when Jasim decided to find out more about it. The Protestant church is part of a denomination that dates back to 18th-century Germany, the report states. (Read more from “ISIS Brutality Leading Some Muslims to Convert to Christianity” HERE)
Life Under ISIS Led These Muslims to Christianity
By NBC News. Four years have passed since the Islamic State group’s fighters were run out of Kobani, a strategic city on the Syrian-Turkish border, but the militants’ violent and extreme interpretation of Islam has left some questioning their faith.
A new church is attracting converts. It is the first local Christian place of worship for decades.
“If ISIS represents Islam, I don’t want to be a Muslim anymore,” Farhad Jasim, 23, who attends the Church of the Brethren, told NBC News. “Their God is not my God.”
Religious conversions are rare and taboo in Syria, with those who abandon Islam often ostracized by their families and communities. . .
While residents are still dealing with the emotional scars left by the brutality of ISIS, Omar says many people in Kobani have been open-minded about Christianity. (Read more from “Life Under ISIS Led These Muslims to Christianity” HERE)