By the Assyrian International News Agency
ISIS issued a statement asking all Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay the jizya (the poll tax on Christians) or face the sword. ISIS gave July 19 as the deadline to comply with its demands. Most Assyrians of Mosul responded by fleeing the city. Many families were robbed of all their possessions as they fled.
Here is the text of the statement by ISIS, as well as a photograph of the statement. The statement contains an error. The Koranic verse is erroneously numbered al-Araf 163, it should be al-Araf 164.
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Praise be to God and glory to Islam in its victory, humiliation to the polytheist in their subjugation, and renderer of his righteousness, and peace and blessings on whoever God lifted the illumination of Islam with his sword, and hereafter:
And when a community among them said: “Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?” (The preachers) said: “In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah), and perhaps they may fear Allah.” al-Araf (163) [sic].
After the heads of Christians and their followers were notified of the date to be present to demonstrate their presence in the Khalifate state in the Wilaya (State) of Nineveh they turned away and failed to come at the appointed time and of which were notified in advance, and it was decided to offer them one of the three:
Islam (to become Muslim).
Pay Jizya (which is taking tribute for being Christians).
If they refuse, there is nothing for them but the sword.
The Prince of the Faithful Caliph Ibrahim — God Glorify him — will allow them to evacuate themselves only from the borders of the state Alkhalafah by Saturday, Ramadan 21, 1435 [July 19, 2014] noon hour, and after this date, the only thing between us and them is the sword.
Glory to God, his Prophet and the believers that the hypocrites do not know.
AINA has learned that nearly 15 Assyrian families have converted to Islam to avoid losing their life and wealth. In one instance, a young Assyrian women fled from her family who had converted, saying she did not want to become a Muslim. She is in safe hiding in North Iraq.