The treatment of Christians in Mosul has been truly shocking and has rightly grabbed the headlines. But beyond the actions of these extremists is another story, that reveals the true spirit of Islam. In Mosul, escaping Christians were helped by their Muslim neighbours, who smuggled their valuables through the checkpoints and returned them on the other side. Moderate Sunni religious leaders in Iraq have denounced the expulsion as in explicit contradiction to the Prophet’s teachings. And in Baghdad, hundreds of Shias and Sunnis attended a public Mass, holding up placards saying, “We’re all Christians”.
Here is the true spirit of Islam and we must not let the extremists distort our understanding of our brothers and sisters in Abraham. The light in the soul of humanity may often flicker, and seem dimmed, but it will never be finally extinguished.