You want to talk about some Muslims standing up to Islamist terrorists? Here are some Muslims putting their lives on the line to do so:
(CNN)—Their M.O. is a tried and terrifying one: Launch a raid, single out Christians, and then spray them with bullets. But when Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a bus Monday, things didn’t go according to plan.
A group of Kenyan Muslims shielded the Christian passengers and told the attackers they were prepared to die together. The Muslim passengers, who were mostly women, told the Islamic militants to kill them all or leave them alone, witnesses said.
The bus carried over 100 passengers. The Muslims on board helped some Christians hide, and gave Christian women their hijabs to wear. They told the terrorists: “If you want to kill us, then kill us. There are no Christians here.” It worked. Tragically, one Christian who fled was apprehended and murdered, as was another man whose truck had been driving behind the bus. But the people who remained on the bus all survived. The terrorists, after warning the passengers they would come back, slipped away.
Words cannot do justice. Let the example set by these incredibly brave human beings serve as another example that love can conquer hate. Let the lives they saved serve as a testament to cooperation between members of different faiths, and different communities. Let us work together to defeat those who would divide us.