Collective Punishment Under Islam

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During a recent altercation in Egypt, a Christian inadvertently killed a Muslim.  This incident, according to an AINA report, “turned into collective punishment of all Copts in the majority Christian village.” Two Christians “not party to the altercation” were killed; others were stabbed and critically wounded.  As usual, “after killing the Copts, Muslims went on a rampage, looting and burning Christian owned homes and businesses.”

Despite all this, “Muslims insist they have not yet avenged” the death of their slain co-religionist; there are fears of “a wholesale massacre of Copts.” Many Christians have fled their homes or are in hiding.

Collectively punishing dhimmis—non-Muslims who refused to convert after their lands were seized by Muslims, and who are treated as “second-class” infidels—for the crimes of the individual is standard under Islam.  In this instance, dhimmis are forbidden from striking—let alone killing—Muslims, even if the latter perpetrate the conflict.   Prior to the fight that killed him, the Muslim in question had, through the help of radical Salafis, burned down the Christian’s home and was threatening him over a property dispute.  Still, non-Muslims are forbidden to raise their hands to Muslims, even in self defense.

Collectively punishing Egypt’s Christians is common.  Earlier this year, when a Christian was accused of dating a Muslim woman, 22 Christian homes were set ablaze to cries of “Allahu Akbar”; when Muslims made false accusations against another Christian, one was killed, ten hospitalized, an old woman thrown out of her second floor balcony, and homes and properties were plundered and torched, as documented in a report aptly titled “Collective Punishment of Egyptian Christians.”

Nor are such examples limited to Egypt: when Muhammad cartoons deemed blasphemous by Muslims were published in Europe, Christians in faraway Muslim countries like Nigeria were killed; when Pope Benedict quoted history deemed unflattering by Muslims, anti-Christian riots around the Muslim world ensued, churches were burned, and a nun was murdered in Somalia. Months ago, when an American pastor from a fringe group burned a Koran, dozens of U.N. aid workers were killed by Muslims in Afghanistan; some were beheaded.

This practice of attacking one set of Christians as retribution for the acts of another set has roots in Islamic law. The Pact of Omar, a foundational text for Islam’s treatment of dhimmis, makes clear the consequences of breaking any of the debilitating and humiliating conditions non-Muslims are made to accept to be granted a degree of surety by the Muslim state: “If we in any way violate these undertakings … we forfeit our covenant, and we become liable to the penalties for contumacy and sedition”—penalties that include enslavement, rape, and death.

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  • randy

    Sounds the abuse the natives suffered when the christians were stealing north america. Every western i seen always had thier victory mosque, i mean church.

    • ziontruth

      This thread is about the plight of Christians in the Islamic world right now, not about your hobbyhorse of long-past misdeeds and the idea that they should be avenged centuries afterward. Go crawl back under your rock, Marxist scum.

    • pinnie99

      Randy ur Stuck <never advanced ,brain dead.We r talking about today.We r experiencing barbaric treatment of individuals, being killed for no reason except there existance and beliefs.Grow up, wise up or shut up! America has !

    • pagegl

      Randy, you're starting to sound like a broken record. In case you're unfamiliar with the reference, records are old, vinyl discs used to record analog signals. When they were scratched they tended to skip and play the same thing over and over. I have to assume you needed the history lesson because you keep parroting the same, old dreary Howard Zinn Marxist view of American history. You should expand your horizons and attempt to learn what really happened as opposed to the far left glop that was originally posited by Soviet surrogates. You really do appear to be an affirmation of Goebbels statement about lies.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Sounds the abuse the natives suffered when the christians were stealing north america. Every western i seen always had thier victory mosque, i mean church.

      Actually, unlike with respect to Islam, Christians don't have a similar imperative to make Islam supreme.

      Moreover, the history of the world is replete with one group of people conquering another group of people and vice versa. Hence, I don't feel any sort of guilt whatsoever because the Indians weren't strong enough to fend off the European settlers. Indeed, why should I or anyone else for that matter feel guilty for what is normal evolution? Not only that, but I also agree with it. Only mentally incompetent self-hating leftwing loons are unhinged enough to feel guilty because Indians were conquered by European settlers. Damn you must live a very miserable and small life! Please, excuse us, but we don't care!

  • Asher

    What desolate unhappy people Islam represents, and they will never know peace or prosperity. They represent all that is Evil and tries to destroy everything that is good.

  • randy

    They are more “evil” then the chatholic pediphile church?

    • StephenD

      Awwww, you poor thing. Does it still hurt to think about it? Do you want to talk to adults about it?

      I can only liken your infantile posts as that; an infant reaching out for the attention of an adult. Well then, you just go right ahead you poor, poor thing. We'll listen to you…at least for a little while. After you're done crying and ranting and raving, maybe you can begin to heal, and grow.
      Come now, take a deep breath…there. Feels better already doesn't it? You are on your way.

    • kevinh

      By that you mean to say if any evil is allowed, then all evil must be allowed. Justice (or civilization, tolerance, etc.) must be absolutely perfect, or we will have no justice (or civilization, tolerance, etc.) at all.

      Just stand still. Say and do nothing. Someone else will do it for you while you maintain your self-righteousness intact.


  • Mike

    May "Death to Allah" be our rallying cry.

  • BS77

    The West better wake up and wake up fast!!

  • Celestine

    We were all over South Africa with sanctions and political pressure because of Apartheid and rightly so, but where is our outrage and action in response to Islamic cruelty to non-muslims?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The more important question is why is the media allowed to present what is violent oppression and systematic persecution of Christians and all other non-Muslim unbelievers living in the Islamic world as second-class dhimmi citizens as tit for tat sectarian violence? Meanwhile, at the same time they swallow Muslim taqiyya as if it is irrefutable.