WATCH The Amazing Copts Filled With Joy For The 21 Martyred Copts

By Walid Shoebat

Imagine thanking the killers of two of your brothers who were beheaded and video taped for the whole world to watch the barberic cruelty. Yet, this is exactly what the brother of two of the 21 Coptic Christians did when ISIS murdered both of them in Libya last week. With amazing grace comes amazing faith. Speaking on a live prayer and worship programme Beshir Kamel said that he was proud of his brothers Bishoy Estafanos Kamel (25) and Samuel Estafanos Kamel (23) because they were “a badge of honour to Christianity”.

Harrowing scenes of the murders have been seen around the world. The last words of some of those killed were “Ya Rabbi Yasou” (My Lord Jesus Christ).

The amazing faith of Beshir Kamel even gave thanks, not just to God and Christ, but also to ISIS for not editing out the men’s declaration of belief in Christ because he said this had strengthened not only his own faith but the families of the ex-patriate workers were “congratulating one another” and not in despair: “We are proud to have this number of people from our village who have become martyrs,” he told the programme.

Kamel expressed the story of the Copts: “Since the Roman era, Christians have been martyred and have learned to handle everything that comes our way. This only makes us stronger in our faith because the Bible told us to love our enemies and bless those who curse us.”

But such faith is not void of strength and the view that militarism is also necessary. Kamel welcomed the air strikes launched in response by the Egyptian government, saying: “Only the length of the time period when we didn’t know where they were justified the air strikes for us. If they had been martyred on the same day they were kidnapped, we wouldn’t have asked for any retaliation.”

Asked by host Maher Fayez what he would say if he were asked to forgive ISIS, he related what his mother said she would do if she saw one of the men who killed her son. “My mother, an uneducated woman in her sixties, said she would ask [him] to enter her house and ask God to open his eyes because he was the reason her son entered the kingdom of heaven.”

And if you think this is only him. has reviewed interviews of several family members of the martyred Copts and pretty much all of them, young and old were so glad at the news.

For example, Habib Lam’i the uncle of one of the martyrs Samuel, as much as the interviewer asks him questions, his response always divert to “we thank Christ so much for they are absent from the body and present with Christ”. Both the interviewer and the family are in complete joy.

“I sent congratulations and not condolences to the families of the martyrs”.

Samuel had two boys and a girl.

“When we saw the video we were filled with joy. They were like lions, none of them left their faith. We thank God.”

“we are so glad. They are with Christ. We thank the Lord”.

“They went to the eternal joy. We were tired when we did not know, but we were filled with joy when we found out they were heroic”.

And just as Kamel who invited to pray for his brothers’ killers, Beshir prayed: “Dear God, please open their eyes to be saved and to quit their ignorance and the wrong teachings they were taught.”

Lam’i said “It is as if Christ has opened the heavens for them and He said ‘come up hither’ or why else they would all be kneeling firmly with joy and firmness in their faith.

The myth that Muslims desire martyrdom is busted when one sees the Copts. It is through our martyrdom that eyes are opened, so ISIS, you can take our lives but you cannot take our souls. In fact, our martyrdom will be the means to open the eyes of thousands others, so their souls too can be saved.

We pray that we are next, please O Lord.

Christianity Today.

  • koolmom21

    One thing always comes to mind; there but by the grace of God go I. I am overjoyed and very thankful I was born into a Christian family. May God have mercy on all souls.

    • Kamau40

      Very well said. Many blessings to you koolmom.

      • koolmom21

        Thank you and God’s blessings to you also.

  • Julie LaBrecque

    We should all be praying exactly as are these Copts for the Muslims to have their eyes opened — I will say, his mother is really brave -how many of us would invite a member of ISIS into our home, much less, the one that had killed one of our children. I love the
    Copts! Their example has been so uplifting and fortifying for me – God Bless the Copts!

    • 1Bobby8

      I love and admire them too…such faith, God bless them, God bless you.

    • Kamau40

      Amen Julie. God bless you.

  • 1Bobby8

    “If you embrace all things in this life as coming from the hands of God, and even embrace death to fulfill His holy will, assuredly you will die a saint.”~ St. Alphonsus Liguori
    We are living in very strange times where the spiritual world is manifest.

    • j7h

      Very true, Bobby. But these are also exciting times.

      • 1Bobby8

        No doubt about it.

  • dovari

    Copts, the most beautiful Christians, Christ in you the hope of glory.

  • Kamau40

    I’m reminded of a passage of scripture from Philippians 1:20-21 when St.Paul says, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” God bless our Christian Copts!

    • Grandmere

      Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

  • Owen Schumacher

    What dear, brave brothers. These guys are the salt of the earth.

  • michelletherese

    Is there any way for us, your readers, to pitch in together to help support the widows and children that are left behind?

    • j7h

      Good question. I also would like to know.

  • michelletherese

    I am gathering the names of these holy martyrs and I will place a card at our Icon corner so we can pray for their families and ask them for their prayers for safety for ourselves and all of our Christian brothers and sisters so far away in so much danger from Jihad.

  • Trevor

    I am a Copt. I am a Catholic. I am a Russia Orthodox and Greece Orthodox.

    May the Lord strengthen what is weak. For God resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

  • AnthonyM

    Amazing. May all of us Christians be as strong in our faith until the end.

    • Trevor

      As Jesus said, “Those who endure to the end will be saved.”

  • RodK1975


    Wow… what an example of great Faith. May Christ bless and keep the
    Copts and may God refine our hearts and help us to share in their

    • j7h

      Amen, rodk.

  • Phil aka Felipe

    Walid, with your permission, I’d like to post here today’s devotion from The Institution for Creation Research publication “Days of Praise”. It seems fitting for those “Amazing Copts”.

    The Title “Christian”

    by John D. Morris, Ph.D. | Feb. 20, 2015

    “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” (1 Peter 4:16)

    The word “Christian” occurs only three times in Scripture and seems to have changed in its meaning from first to last. In the first instance, “the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch” (Acts 11:26). The name merely identified them as followers of Christ with no reproach intended.

    The second usage was some years later, by which time the term was evidently well known, even among unbelievers. After Paul had witnessed to him, “Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28). A more literal translation which renders the sentence “Do you try in such a short time to make a Christian of me?” indicates an air of superiority or incredulity in Agrippa’s voice. It would take more than a short testimony to make a Christian of him.

    As the years went by, the church began to be plagued by persecution. Our text indicates that even the name “Christian” was by then regarded with contempt and reproach. But Peter tells us that there is no shame involved in the name “Christian” or in following Christ. Peter, no doubt, recalled the shame he felt for denying the name of Christ, but he also recalled with thankfulness how that even though the Jewish council had “beaten them” and “commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus” (Acts 5:40), he and the other apostles departed “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name” (v. 41).

    Furthermore, we can “glorify God on this behalf” or “in this name.” This implies more than just praising the name. We can glorify God in what we do—in how we live in that name. We can certainly also bring dishonor to the title “Christian” by our actions. A solemn responsibility is then ours to bring honor and glory to God through our lives. JDM

    • Julie LaBrecque

      ‘It is no use walking somewhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.’
      Saint Francis of Assisi

  • Trevor

    You are talking to a Protestant. 🙂

  • Phil aka Felipe

    They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (Heb 11:37-38)

    Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:1-2)

  • koolmom21

    Amen and God’s blessings to you too Bobby!

  • j7h

    Amen, Linda!

  • j7h

    We’re not celebrating death, we’re rejoicing in the fact that these brothers of ours have gone to be with the lover of their souls – where pain can no longer touch them and where they are enjoying the love of Christ face to face. We are also rejoicing that they remained true to Him even unto death.

  • j7h

    Thank you teecat!

  • j7h

    You can defend yourself and your family, but you must come face to face with your fears so that they are not your undoing. Ask the Lord to give you His peace and prepare your heart so that you can submit to whatever His will is, when your time comes.

  • j7h

    It is definitely coming here. It won’t be too many years more.

  • We have real martyrs before us now.