Hatun Tash, a Christian Preacher, was Stabbed at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, London, while Preaching.

The 39-year-old is a former Muslim from Turkey who is now a prominent critic of Islam and believes Muslims should be encouraged to convert to Christianity.

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2021-07-27 2 min read

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Hatun Tash is a Christian preacher from a group called DCCI (Defend Christ Critique Islam) Ministries who is a regular at Speakers' Corner. The 39-year-old is a former Muslim from Turkey who is now a prominent critic of Islam and believes Muslims should be encouraged to convert to Christianity.

 DCCI Ministries 'seeks to preach the Gospel to Muslims using apologetics and polemics', adding: 'Our motivation is a love for Muslims to bring them to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ in order to attain eternal life.'

Hatun Tash, 39, was treated in hospital after being slashed across the face with a knife at Hyde Park in London in the pouring rain on Sunday afternoon.

She is from a group called DCCI (Defend Christ Critique Islam) Ministries which says it 'seeks to preach the Gospel to Muslims using apologetics and polemics'.

A distressing recording of the incident at 3.34pm was posted on YouTube showing an unknown person dressed in a black hoodie attacking Ms Tash, then running away. She fell to the ground and was seen bleeding as crowds gathered around her. Ms Tash later got up and proclaimed: 'Cutting people's arms is not going to help you'.

The preacher added that it is 'not about the blood on my hands' and continued: 'It is unacceptable that you are running away from Jesus Christ.' Her Charlie Hebdo T-shirt had a cartoon showing a man kissing a cartoonist with the slogan 'L'amour plus fort que la haine' (love is stronger than hate).

Ms Tash has since been discharged from a hospital in London and Scotland Yard's SO15 Counter Terrorism Command are now leading the investigation.

But the force insisted the incident in 'is not being treated as terrorism-related at this time' and that they were keeping an open mind about possible motives.

Ms Tash was later seen clutching her right hand close to her body and with what appeared to be blood at her temple as she was helped into a police van by officers who were nearby.

No arrests have been made and a knife was found near the scene of the attack.

Twelve members of staff at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were gunned down in January 2015 by two brothers who vowed allegiance to Al Qaeda. The gunmen said they were taking revenge for the magazine's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that many Muslims find offensive.

Ms Tash has previously been attacked for piercing holes through the Quran and waving a cartoon image of the Prophet Mohammed depicted as a crying baby. Credit to: Mailonline and DailyMail