This week witnessed one of the most brutal terror attacks France has known. From this dark chapter came the following stories about two heroic Muslims.
The Muslim that hid Jews from an Islamist terrorists
Its possible you’ve never heard the name “Lassana Bathily”, but you should have, as he is the heroic young Muslim that placed his life in grave danger hiding Jews from an Islamist terrorist that had taken a kosher supermarket hostage this week.
When the terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, burst into the Jewish supermarket he opened fire gunning down four Jewish shoppers. He then took the remaining customers hostage and threatened to kill them if police stormed the printing shop Cherif and Said Kouachi (the terrorists who’d killed 12 people in Charlie Hebdo attack), had also held hostage.
Bathily who was at the scene during the attack was able to save the lives of Jewish customers who he shepherded away from the terrorist and down to the supermarket’s large freezer, where he hid them. He then turned off the light and freezer. “I brought them inside and I told them to stay calm here, I’m going to go out. When they got out, they thanked me.”
The siege ended when police stormed the building killing the gunman as he attempted to flee.
The Muslim policeman who was murdered during the Charlie Hebdo attack
When Islamist terrorists attacked the office of Charlie Hebdo, it was a Muslim policeman Ahmed Merabet who they “slaughtered like a dog” after he heroically tried to stop them fleeing.
While on patrol patrol in the neighbourhood Merabet was called to the scene of the attack, he arrived just in time to see the two killers fleeing the crime scene in a car.
“He was on foot, and came nose to nose with the terrorists. He pulled out his weapon. It was his job, it was his duty,” said Rocco Contento, a colleague. Video footage showed the two terrorists get out of their car after which one of them shot the policeman in the groin. As he fell to the pavement in pain, he raised his arm as though to protect himself, at which point the second gunman moved forward and asked the policeman: “Do you want to kill us?” Merabet replied: “No, it’s OK mate”. The terrorist then shot him at point blank range in the head with a kalashnikov rifle.
After the attack on Charlie Hebdo, the catchphrase “Je Suis Charlie” was shared by many in support of the victims. When Merabet’s story became known many decided to honour him by tweeting “Je Suis Ahmed”. One, @Aboujahjah, posted: “I am not Charlie, I am Ahmed the dead cop. Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so.”