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This historic church is decorated by Muslims.
- After the end of IS in 2017 from Mosul, the Muslims rebuilt the historic church
The air of Mosul city in Iraq, which is a stronghold of terror, has started changing. After the abolition of IS in 2017, the Muslim youth here have renovated the 200-year-old St. Thomas Church. So that 45 thousand Christians can be called back to celebrate Christmas.
According to the report, Mosul has a population of about 6.70 lakhs. Once there were 45 thousand Christians living here. But the terrorists attacked in 2014 and destroyed the historic church and looted the Christians. After this all the Christians fled. Now going there, Muslim youth have decorated the church. The youth are running an initiative. Its name is – 'Come back, Mosul is not complete without you.' Inspired by this initiative of youth, 50 Christian families have returned to Mosul.
The young Mohammed Eisam, who groomed the church, told that the church had been destroyed by the attack of terrorists. The courtyard, floor and hall of the church were strewn with rubble. It was reminiscent of the capture of IS. We could not build the church but decided to decorate it. In the meantime, formed a group and cleaned the entire church.
Initiatives to change the perception of Mosul … and changed Surat
Isam said that our initiative is to change the perception of Mosul in the world. Initially there were only five people. Some other people came forward to help. Soon we started getting funding. Some people also donated shramdaan. After a process that lasted for about a month, the church was inhabited. Then we appealed to Christian families to come here to celebrate Christmas. Some of the returned families have started coming here for Prayer.
St. Thomas Church of Mosul was built in the 1800s
Father Raed Edel reported that St. Thomas Church was founded in the 1800s. It is the first church in Mosul. Not many Christian families lived here then. However, shortly after the formation of the church, the number of Christians here increased. But in 2014, the terrorists destroyed everything. At the same time, the initiative of Muslim youth is working. Christian families have started coming here. He is being approached to recall them.