“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” —John 15:13
On January 5, 2018, Major Mustafa Abid was killed on duty while defusing a terrorist’s bombs on an Orthodox Church’s Christmas Eve in Egypt.
It began when Sheikh Sayed Askar, a Muslim cleric, noticed what appeared to be a terrorist planting bombs on the roof of the Virgin Mary and Father Seifin Church in Nasr City, near Cairo. He notified authorities.
“After Sheikh Askar alerted the police, the government responded to the imam’s observation and immediately dispatched a specialized bomb squad to defuse the bombs. The squad located three bombs on the roof of the church,” reported ICC. “Tragically, while the officers were attempting to defuse the bombs, one detonated. An officer, Maj. Mustafa Abid, lost his life. Three other nearby individuals, including Gen. Nasar Mansour, were seriously injured.”
“The Bible says, ‘Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ I believe that Major Abid’s actions demonstrated that kind of love, and I honor him for it.”
The terrorist’s intentions were for the bombs to explode during the church’s Orthodox Christmas Eve service, scheduled for the following night where it was projected that hundreds of Christians would gather to worship.
Persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern published a letter online, addressed to the family of Major Mustafa Abid. They are urging Christians from all over the world to join them in signing the letter, expressing thanks to the brave men who suffered serious injuries and to Mustafa Abid, who lost his life.
The letter reads, in part:
By signing onto this letter, I wish to express my highest praise, deepest gratitude, and heartfelt sympathy for your injuries and loss incurred while following your conscience and your duty on Jan. 5, 2019. Your actions ensured that hundreds of Egyptian men, women, and children were not unjustly murdered during a deadly attack on the Virgin Mary and Father Seifin Church.
I wish to thank the members of the bomb squad and various police officers who put themselves in danger for the sake of others. I pray for complete healing for all who were injured.
I also join in mourning with the family of Major Mustafa Abid and express my heartfelt sorrow for your tragic loss.
The Bible says, ‘Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ I believe that Major Abid’s actions demonstrated that kind of love, and I honor him for it.”
According to their press release, International Christian Concern expressed that “it’s rare that advocates for the persecuted Church have the opportunity to thank those who go against the status quo and risk their reputations, livelihoods and in this case their lives, to protect Christians. The actions of Major Abid, General Mansour, the other members of the Nasr City bomb squad, as well as Imam Askar, give us such an opportunity.
They continued saying that, “If they had not moved quickly, the roof of the church would surely have collapsed from the force of the explosion, resulting in a massive number of deaths of Christians at the church and Muslims attending the mosque next door.”
Egypt’s top Muslim cleric Ahmed al-Tayeb added that “if Islamic law requires Muslims to protect mosques, it equally requires Muslims to protect churches.”
Click here to sign the letter for yourself.