A series of miracles have been reported in the hometown of the brave Coptic men who were beheaded by ISIS in a sickening 2015 execution. Pictures showing the 21 faithful followers of Jesus being lined up on a beach before being savagely executed were shared around the world, illustrating the utter barbarism of ISIS’ radical Islamic ideology.
Now, in light of their courage on that fateful day, and the many miracles that have taken place since, all 21 have been canonized as martyr saints by the Coptic Church.
German novelist Martin Mosebach has been so captivated by what has occurred in the small Egyptian town of El-Aour that he decided to write a book documenting many of the miraculous incidents.
“These communities and congregations are very educated and know the faith,” the author told The Christian Post. “In the spirituality of the Copts, miracles are a very important thing.”
In the town itself, he added, “everybody is talking about miracles.”
The alleged supernatural stories themselves are staggering. Residents have recounted tales of the men saving children who have fallen out of windows, curing the sick and even healing a woman of infertility.
“Miracles didn’t save the  from decapitation but did prove that their sacrifices had made them Christlike and therefore accepted as such,” Mosebach explained. “Everything that has happened is according to the will of God. The miracles are also now seen with the martyrs.”
The Copts have faced intense persecution throughout their history, mostly at the hands of Muslims. The Arab-Muslim conquest of Egypt resulted in the oppression of Copts, who were even forced to pay a special tax just to be protected by the national army.
With a long history of being beaten and even killed for their faith, the Coptic community is deeply proud of the men who were martyred for their belief in Christ. Indeed, a mother of one of the men told Mosebach that the group were now “crowned kings in Heaven.”
“You can go to every family in this region. They will tell you the same thing,” Mosebach explained. “That they are ready for martyrdom and they wait for the martyrdom and they are proud of the martyrs. They say that ‘our church is the church of the martyrs.’ Martyrs are the seeds of Christianity. As long as people are killed for Christianity, the church is living and not dead.”
Mosebach’s book, “The 21 – A Journey into the Land of Coptic Martyrs,” will be released in English for the first time on Friday.