A brave and courageous Muslim man from the Philippines has saved the lives of 64 Christians from the militants in the Mindanao province.
The terrorists broke out in the city of Marawi and were hunting for the Christians to execute them. Unfortunately, a small group of Christians was working near the home of Noor Lukman.
Noor Lukman, a Muslim resident of Marawi, was aware of the intentions of the attackers but he also noticed the Christians working near his house.
He immediately called them up and gave them shelter as militants were attacking Marawi, the capital city of about 200,000 people on the Philippine island of Mindanao.
He kept those 64 Christians safely in his home while the attackers were hunting down for Christians in the entire city.
Nearly 240 Christians had been kidnapped and held hostage by militants since the start of the conflict.
Lukman was determined that no harm should touch the refugees whose lives were in danger. He says despite strong pressure from the militants to hand over Christians to them, he was determined to not to let them go.
“The following days, other Christian workers took refuge in my house. There were about 64 of them in my hands and I was very determined that nothing happens to them,” he said, emphasizing that militants would only get to them “over his dead body.”
After the militants left the city, Lukman allowed the Christians to go to their homes.
According to Philippine authorities, nearly 30 civilians and 38 military personnel have been killed as they were attempting to liberate the city.
It also said that 120 militants have been killed and over 1,200 civilians have been rescued by the military.
More than 120,000 people have been killed by militants in the Philippines since the 1970s.