You might be seeing the Arabic letter ن popping up on friends’ Facebook and Twitter profile pics and have been wondering what it means. ن is the Arabic letter for “N” and was spray painted on all Christian property to be seized by ISIS militants in Mosul, Iraq. The “N” stands for the Arabic word for Christian, which is “Nasrani” or Nazarene. Referring to Jesus the Nazarene, our Savior.
These Mosul Christians were given an ultimatum to either convert to Islam, submit to their radical rule and pay a religious levy, or face death by the sword. Many fled for their lives.
The symbol used by ISIS to identify Christians to be persecuted is now being used by Christians all over the world on Facebook and Twitter as an act of solidarity with our brothers and sisters being persecuted and martyred.
I encourage Christians to use this symbol NOT as an act of hate or vengeance against Muslims. NOT as a way of associating all Muslims as terrorists or like the ISIS.
I encourage Christians to use this symbol as a reminder to PRAY for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Also use this symbol as a reminder to PRAY for the non-Christians who are being persecuted in the Middle East, some who are moderate Muslims. (Note that the ن symbol first showed up as a sign of solidarity in a rally held at a Christian church in east Baghdad. A rally that reports say had 200 Muslims in attendance showing an act of solidarity with the persecuted Christians.)
Most importantly, use this symbol to show that you too are a Christian, a follower of Jesus the Nazarene, and like our brothers and sisters in Iraq being killed for their faith, you believe nothing in the world is more valuable than faith in Jesus’ mercy and unquenchable love, not even life itself.