‘Deny Christ or Die,’ Boko Haram Tells Young Christian Woman

Nigerian Mosque Credit Shiraz ChakeraNIGERIA — A Christian woman was recently held by Muslim terrorists in Nigeria and ordered to convert to Islam or die.

19-year-old Hajja told Reuters she was held by the group Boko Haram and told to renounce Christianity or perish. Members of Boko Haram threatened to slit her throat if she did not give up her faith in Christ.

Hajja’s last name has not been released as she has family in northern Nigeria, who could be in danger if identified.

She described the moment a knife was held to her throat, and her life threatened.

“They told me I must become a Muslim, but I refused again and again,” Hajja said. “They were about to slaughter me, and one of them begged me not to resist and just before I had my throat slit, I relented. They put a veil on me and made me read from the Koran.”

Boko Haram made Hajja a domestic slave. She was forced to clean and prepare meals for the terrorist militia. Hajja’s testimony of captivity included Boko Haram using her as bait to lure civilian Nigerians working with the military into death traps. She witnessed Boko Haram militia slashing the throats of captured civilians.

Hajja later managed to escape from her captors. She told reporters that it is hard for her to think about the ordeal.

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“I can’t sleep when I think of being there,” she said. “If I cried, they beat me. If I spoke, they beat me.”

David Cook, a leading expert on Boko Haram and professor of religious studies at Rice University, told Fox News that the kidnapping of Hajja mirrored the pattern of “indoctrination, forced conversions, and kidnapping children” occurring in Nigeria over the past five years.

“Just last week they kidnapped a French priest in Cameroon,” he said.

Though totals of Boko Haram members are difficult to calculate, Cook estimated there were as many as 5,000.

Boko Haram, which is translated into English as “Western education is sinful,” seeks to establish Sharia Islamic law into northern Nigeria. President Goodluck Jonathan, a professing Christian, has waged a military campaign against Boko Haram in an attempt to root them out, and has faced resistance from the group. Nigeria is divided into a Muslim majority north and a Christian south.

According to International Christian Concern (ICC), a Christian organization that records Christian persecution around the world, many girls in Muslim-majority areas of the country are being abducted and being forced to renounce their faith.

ICC also records on their website the testimony of a man named Habila Adamu, who was shot in the head after he refused to deny Christ, but miraculously survived.

“They want to ‘Islamitize’ Nigeria. That is why they are targeting Christians,” he told reporters. “They wanted me to deny Jesus. We are sinners! We are condemned criminals. We are supposed to die! But He took all these burdens! He paid for our debt! He died for us! Why can I not submit to Jesus? That is what I did. I stood for him!”

Photo: Shiraz Chakera

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  • Sir Tainly

    My heart goes out to this girl, I hope that she finds peace after such an ordeal.

    Now this particular Muslim fringe group was pretty brutal to say the least as far as a forced conversion goes. So I looked up “Forced Conversion” at Wikipedia and it blew my mind. Here is a more current forced conversion of sorts as pertaining to forced conversion, but except for the beatings that I know went along with it sometimes it was at least less brutal than the forced conversion in this story.

    And the history of forced conversions to Christianity does not make for easy reading in any way.


    From Wikipedia:
    “Native American Boarding Schools[edit]
    The government paid religious societies to provide education to Native American children on reservations. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) founded additional boarding schools based on the assimilation model of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.
    Children were usually immersed in European-American culture through appearance changes with haircuts, were forbidden to speak their native languages, and traditional names were replaced by new European-American names. The experience of the schools was often harsh, especially for the younger children who were separated from their families. In numerous ways, they were encouraged or forced to abandon their Native American identities and cultures.[15] The number of Native American children in the boarding schools reached a peak in the 1970s, with an estimated enrollment of 60,000 in 1973. Especially through investigations of the later twentieth century, there have been many documented cases of sexual, physical and mental abuse occurring at such schools.[16][17] Since those years, tribal nations have increasingly insisted on community-based schools and have also founded numerous tribally controlled colleges. Community schools have also been supported by the federal government through the BIA and legislation. The largest boarding schools have closed. In some cases, reservations or tribes were too small or poor to support independent schools and still wanted an alternative for their children, especially for high school. By 2007, the number of Native American children in boarding schools had declined to 9,500.”

  • Gideon Dut Dan

    ‘for christ’s sake we re been hunted down like games all day long’ scriptures cannot be broken. This calls for patient endurance on the side of the saints. Maranatha!!

  • Mark

    Ah Islam, the religion of “peace” as described by then president George W. Bush, Jr. Just like he thought Al-Queda was a reason to illegally and immorally invade Iraq.

  • Karate Kathleen

    My heart goes out for this lady too! I hope and pray every day that if I am ever in this situation, I will stand firm and say, “Ok, if that’s my choice, then I choose to die for Christ because I believe in him and there’s no way in hell I’m going to believe anyone above him. Heavenly Father & Jesus have been with me all my life. I would rather die and go straight up to heaven to sing praises to his name forever & ever, so slice away!” Remember Jesus said “If you deny me, I will deny you before my father in heaven. If you speak for me I will speak for you in heaven.” So that’s the deal, and I hope I don’t let fear steal my salvation. So I plan to be as defiant as hell. I want to see my Grandma on the other side!

  • William Goldman

    I believe in the saints and in our calling! Yes