A Christian girl who was burned alive by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants told her mother as she lay dying in her arms to forgive the attackers.
Human rights advocate Jacqueline Isaac narrated how ISIS fighters came to a Christian family's home in Mosul, Iraq and demanded a religious tax called "Jaziya" from them. They made the family choose between paying the tax immediately or leave, the Express reports.
The mother said they will pay the tax but requested for a few moments because her daughter is still in the shower. However, the ISIS militants refused to grant her the "few seconds" she requested and immediately torched the house starting from the bathroom.
As the fire ate up the Christian family's home, the mother and daughter managed to make their way out. Unfortunately, the girl sustained fourth-degree burns so her mother scrambled to take her to the hospital but she died hours later from her injuries.
"The last thing her daughter said: 'Forgive them,'" said Isaac.
The identity of the child has been withheld, but she was believed to be around 12 years old. Her unlikely response to her situation has shocked both her mother and a lot of people worldwide, Catholic Online comments.
Quoting Luke 23:34 in the Bible, the publication notes that the girl's last words were also one of Jesus Christ's last sayings. During those moments, he asked the Father to forgive the people around them because "they do not know what they are doing."
In addition, Catholic Online says the girl is now with the Lord after she chose to forgive the ISIS fighters who killed her. Her powerful message of forgiveness has also touched a lot of hearts all over the world.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Christian charity Open Doors reflected upon the incident and said it is just one of the atrocities that extremists commit in Iraq because there are so many Christians who still find the strength to forgive their persecutors. Iraq is the second most dangerous place for Christians in the world and believers there are threatened, tortured, killed, and driven from their homes by ISIS militants.