Muslim Man Risks His Life to Save Ancient Christian Texts From ISIS Destruction

An altar of a damaged church is seen in the town of Qaraqosh, south of Mosul, Iraq.
An altar of a damaged church is seen in the town of Qaraqosh, south of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica/File Photo)

One of the most devastating aspects of the Islamic State's assault on the Middle East has been the war waged against Christian heritage, culture and tradition. It has become a central mission for ISIS—to eradicate any trace of Christianity from the region.

But amid the violence and destructive chaos, some heroes have emerged. One such individual is a Muslim man from Iraq, who reportedly risked his life to save some precious ancient Christian texts from certain destruction.

During the city of Mosul's brutal occupation at the hands of Islamic State militants, the unnamed Muslim man instructed his family to keep two Syriac Orthodox books safe from the evil hands of the patrolling ISIS militia. After Mosul was liberated in July of last year, the man presented the manuscripts to a representative of the Chaldean community in Erbil, pleading that the family's identity be kept anonymous because ISIS "sleeper cells" still operated in the city.

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