ISIS FIGHTER CONVERTS TO CHRISTIANITY?
An article recently appeared on various websites about a priest named Hermann Groschlin of the Saint Dominican Catholic Presbytery of Ayyash. The article shares the ‘testimony’ of an ISIS fighter who was brought to Herman Groschlin after being rescued from a battle in which the fighter received multiple gunshot wounds. He was believed to be dead, but supposedly woke up while being carried off for burial. According to the report, the revived man told Groschlin of the visions he had whilst in the afterlife, which profoundly changed the 32-year old jihadist and eventually led to his conversion to Christianity days later.
The article says that Herman told of how God had spoken to him and told him that he had failed miserably as a human soul and that he would be “banned from the Gates of Heaven if he chose to die, but that if he chose to live again, he would have another chance to repent of his sins and walk along God’s path once again”.
The young man, whose wounds healed in a surprisingly short time, then supposedly converted to Christianity and chose to live with the members of the Catholic presbytery who had rescued him from the desert. The article concludes that the former jihadist hopes his story will help other ISIS fighters change their ways and convert to the one and only true God.
Here is the full original article: http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/isis-fighter-converts-to-christianity-after-allah-refuses-him-entrance-to-gates-of-heaven/
Sadly, the article appears to be a hoax.
This article appeared first on the website of WORLD NEWS DAILY REPORT on 23 February 2015, written by Bob Flanagan. WNDR describes themselves as a satirical website and has the following disclaimer on their website: “WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.” (http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/disclaimer/)
If that is not enough proof in itself, also consider the following:
- The photo of the white-bearded man who is supposedly the priest Hermann Groschlin may actually be a photo of a man from the Ukraine. A larger image of him can be found on https://www.behance.net/gallery/15895949/White-beard-Old-man-True-Ukranian entitled, “White beard. Old man. True Ukrainian.”
- The photo of the man in the hospital bed is actually an ISIS commander receiving treatment in Turkey. A large image of the photo can be found on the website of The Hurriyet Daily News, in an article from April 2014. (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-lawmakers-accuse-turkish-government-of-protecting-isil-and-al-nusra-militants.aspx?pageID=238&nID=67750&NewsCatID=338)
- There doesn’t seem to actually be a newspaper called the Aleppo Herald (referred to in the original article) – there are no references to it online other than in these shared articles.
The only fact in the story that seems to be true is that Ayyash is an actual place in Syria (according to Google maps).
And while we do believe that God can (and does) bring people back from the dead, this article does not appear to be anything that can be taken as truth.