Islamic Zealots Disrupt Prayers at French Carmelite Monastery, Warn Terrified Nuns; ‘’If You Don’t Convert, You’ll Go to hell’’

Saturday, November 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Damien Cowley
November 18, 2017

Details are emerging of an incident which took place in Verdun, France, last Friday (November 10th), during which two men entered a Carmelite monastery, asked to see the chapel and proceeded to disrupt evening prayers by praying aloud in Arabic, warning the nuns present that they must convert to Islam.

French daily, L’Est Republicain, quotes the Bishop of Verdun, Monsignor Jean-Paul Gusching as describing how the two men, of approximately 30 years of age, engaged one of the nuns at the reception of the monastery just before 5pm last Friday evening.

When the Carmelite sister explained, after a short discussion, that she had to attend the office of vespers, the men asked if they could be present, to which the nun agreed.

The request in itself would not have appeared unusual; home to ten cloistered nuns, ranging from 36 to 84 years of age, the community often welcomes visitors wishing to join them in prayer.

Once inside the monastery grounds, however, and within the small chapel where the nuns were gathered, the two men proceeded to pray aloud in Arabic, ‘’presenting themselves are harbingers’’, according to the bishop, and warning the nuns that if they did not convert to Islam, they would be going to hell.

Following the bizarre encounter, one of the men wrote ‘’Allah Akbar’’ in the monastery’s visitor book, before the pair exited the building, L’Est Republicain notes.

Although no physical violence took place during the incident, the nuns were ‘’deeply shocked’’ by the event, according to the bishop, adding that the incident was reported to police, with two arrests being made the following day.

The future intentions of the men not being known, fears have been expressed over similarities with the attack at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, on July 26th, 2016, when an 85-year-old priest, Father Jacques Hamel, was assassinated by two Islamic State knifemen on the altar of his parish church during morning Mass.

The assassins had entered the church screaming in Arabic, taking parishioners including two nuns hostage, and brutally slitting the throat of the much-loved priest before police arrived on the scene.

As recently as early October, a man interrupted weekday morning Mass in the city of Nantes, brandishing a gun and threatening the parish priest in front of a hundred parishioners.

Following last Friday’s incident in Verdun, the two suspects, one a recent convert to Islam, have appeared in court on charges of aggravated assault, the violence of the crime being psychological in nature and carrying a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

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