Hundreds of Muslim worshippers occupied the historical Martim Moniz Square in Lisbon, Portugal. This Islamic display of force, or triumphalism, was disguised as a celebration for Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim festival that ends a month of fasting. It is not accidental that Muslims chose to celebrate their holiday at a location named after a famous Christian crusader credited with overthrowing Muslim overlords.
In 1147, Christian knight Martim Moniz sacrificed himself to reconquer Lisbon from the invading Moors. According to a famous legend, Moniz lodged his body in the doorway of the Castle of Saint George when he saw the Moors closing the castle doors. This avoided the doors fully closing, allowing the Christian army to capture the castle, in the Siege of Lisbon, during the Reconquest. Despite being badly injured, the legend says that he got up and continued fighting until he finally died of his injuries.
In the Lisbon Metro station, the story of the Siege of Lisbon is told on the walls of the platforms through stylized minimalist cartoon-like characters created in marble by the sculptor José João Brito in 1941. Martim Moniz is shown throwing himself between the doors.
The Castle of Saint George – the entrance of the castle is still known today as The Gates of Martim Moniz.
Since 2011, the end of Ramadan has been celebrated outdoors at Martim Moniz. The celebration results from an arrangement between the Islamic Community of Bangladesh and the Lisbon Chamber.
“In other years, we did it only on the south side, next to the World Hotel, but this year we occupied the entire square,” boasted Rana Taslim Uddin, leader of the Islamic Community of Bangladesh, who organizes the ceremonies.
Islamic public occupations masked as celebrations also took place in Cascais, Odivelas, and Amadora reported Uddin.
Christians Embrace their Islamic Persecutors
Portugal has embraced and given special rights to Islamic migrants from Muslim countries. Meanwhile, Christians in Islamic countries such as Bangladesh face extreme persecution, from harassment, land grabbing to attacks, death threats, rape, and murder. Christians must often gather in small house churches or secret groups to worship in fear of attack.
Christians and other non-Muslims who live under Islamic regimes or doctrine have three choices; they are free to believe in Islam, leave their land, or pay a tax (jizya) to live in peace. Islam’s holy books and Prophet inspire the religious persecution that Christians face:
Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” — Qur’an 9:29
“Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are ruthless against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves.” – Qur’an 48:29
Is multiculturalism or other religions mentioned by any Islamic leaders, promoted in Islamic press, or appear in any form in Muslim countries? The west is told to embrace multiculturalism & respect each other’s beliefs, ideals & values. However, Islam does not reciprocate.
Martim Moniz valiantly sacrificed himself to allow his fellow Christian soldiers to arrive and recapture the castle from Islamic overlords. The Portuguese have forgotten their past and the sacrifices, so many men like Moniz have made to protect Christians in Portugal. Instead of honoring Moniz, the Portuguese have allowed Muslims to desecrate his memory and sacrifice.