Egypt: Desire for Money—Jizya—Prompts Attacks on Christians

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 

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However, Arabic news sources like El-Bashayer reveal a different, more practical, motivation: the desire to extort money from the Christians—echoed in an earlier report as a desire for a “donation” from the church:

Security forces succeeded in rescuing the life of the priest of St. George Church in Beni Ahmad, west of al-Minya, from being killed at the hands of the Salafists because of his refusal to pay them jizya money, according to sources…. [T]he church’s priest had declared that the Copts would not pay jizya, in any way, shape, or form. This is what caused the Salafists to want to banish him from the region, so they could collect jizya from the Copts.

This is not surprising; anyone following the growing Islamization of Egypt knows that increasing numbers of Muslims—called “Salafists,” that is, those who seek only to emulate Muhammad and the early generations of Islam—have been eying their Christian neighbors as easy sources for quick cash.

For instance, who could forget Egyptian preacher Abu Ishaq al-Huwaini’s recent lament that Muslims would alleviate their economic woes if only they would return to the good old days of Islam, when abducting and selling or ransoming infidels was a great way of making a living. (Accordingly, weeks later, two teenage Christian girls in Egypt were reported as kidnapped, held ransom, and then “sold” to another group.)

Nor is this outlook limited to self-professed “Salafists”: Earlier, Dr. Amani Tawfiq, a female professor at Egypt’s Mansoura University, said, “If Egypt wants to slowly but surely get out of its economic situation and address poverty in the country, the jizya has to be imposed on the Copts.” And days ago, Hazim Abu Isma’il, who is running for Egypt’s presidency, vowed he would impose the jizya on Egypt’s Christians.

Indeed, Al Azhar—Egypt’s, if not the Islamic world’s, top authority, often accused of being too “moderate” by Salafists—recently made Islam’s official position clear when its grand leader, Imam Ahmad Tayeb, defying history and reality, proclaimed that “the Copts have been living in Egypt for over 14 centuries in safety, and there is no need for all this artificial concern over them,” adding that “true terrorism was created by the West.”

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  • jewdog

    The way to liberate Egypt and other Islamic slave states is for Western forces to expropriate the oil fields and then launch a war of liberation against the Muslims.

  • LindaRivera

    America is broke. Experts warn of a coming Depression greater than the Great Depression. Our dire economic situation is regarded as irrelevant to our government. Besides giving away billions of dollars to many countries each year, the United States gives $1.5 billion in foreign aid to the government in Egypt every year.

    It is clear nothing is expected from Egypt in return for this massive gift of free money we cannot afford to give. Egypt is NOT expected to give basic human rights to Egypt's Christians.

    The U.S. was behind the ouster of US ally, moderate Mubarak in order to bring to power the Muslim Brotherhood. The U.S. and other Western nations are fully aware that since Mubarak's ouster, things have become far worse for Egypt's Christians.

    The U.S. government could demand that Egypt would not get another dollar (which we cannot afford and should NOT be giving) unless Egypt started to protect their Christian population. It is the only ethical response to the merciless Muslim persecution of Christians.

  • LindaRivera

    Dr. Amani Tawfiq, female professor “If Egypt wants to slowly but surely get out of its economic situation and address poverty in the country, the jizya has to be imposed on the Copts.”

    The Christian Copts are also struggling to survive economically. They would be left with insufficient money to buy food if they are forced to give jizya.

    Jizya is part of Islam – forcing non-Muslims to pay money to Muslims and being put to death if the non-Muslims do not, or cannot pay the jizya.

    Instead of coming up with creative ways to take care of their economy: the solution is: take money by force from non-Muslims who cannot afford to give. It is despicable. We must have huge street protests against this Muslim cruelty.

    Centuries ago, Egypt was a Christian country conquered by Muslims. Egypt is a warning to the entire free world what happens to countries conquered by Islam. Experts say that the huge Muslim immigration to UK and Europe will result years from now in the UK and Europe becoming Islamic nations ruled by Muslims. With the threat of Jizya and other terrible inhuman acts.

  • LindaRivera

    The HORROR of Christians living in Egypt:

    Christians forced to live among garbage in Egypt part1

  • knightstempler12

    there will a force. xwhich wont dependent other countries for protecting christian rights. If muslim savages wil learn by the way of sword, so be it. Knighttemplers isnt extict. They wil rise again. And wipe out this islamic disease!