Islamists Project Islam’s Worst Traits Onto 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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Because of all these wild projections, the 86-year-old ailing Coptic Pope Shenouda III was portrayed last year as “a U.S. agent, an abductor and torturer of female Muslim converts from Christianity, who was stockpiling weapons in monasteries and churches with a view to waging war against the Muslims and dividing Egypt to create a Coptic State.”

Nor have these charges subsided; mere days ago “forty six Islamist lawyers filed a complaint with the Attorney against Pope Shenouda III, demanding the Pope open churches and monasteries for inspection to verify of the existence of weapons, and illegal places for the detention of citizens.”

All of these accusations are as inapplicable to the Coptic Church as they are perfectly applicable to Islamists. As we have seen, it is the Islamists who habitually kidnap Christian women and force them to convert to Islam. Equally ludicrous is the charge that the Copts are stockpiling weapons in monasteries and churches.

In a country where Islam reigns supreme, where Sharia (which mandates the subjugation of non-Muslims, a la the Koranic verse 9:29) is part of the Constitution, where Copts have been conditioned over centuries to be content with just being left alone—is it reasonable to believe that these selfsame, down-trodden Christians, who make up 10-15% of the population, are planning a violent takeover of Egypt?

It is easy to see, however, why such charges resonate with Muslims. After all, Islamists are constantly stockpiling weapons, including in mosques, as they prepare to violently seize power across the nations, Egypt being an especially coveted target. Indeed, at one point the aforementioned al-Awwa himself slipped by saying that “Muslims are arrested every day [in Egypt] for extremism and the possession of arms.”

Then there is the charge that Copts are trying to divide Egypt to create their own state, which is primarily based on a candid remark made by Coptic Bishop Bishoy months ago: “Muslims are guests in this country, Christians are the original residents. Prior to the Arab invasion of Egypt, which took place in the seventh century, the majority of Egypt’s population was Christian.” As usual, this otherwise historically accurate observation has enraged Muslims and been cited as “proof” that the Copts seek to divide Egypt and establish their own state.

In fact, it is Muslim minorities who habitually try to secede from non-Muslim countries. Whether by creating their own nations (e.g., Pakistan), or creating enclaves in the West, the notion of separating from the infidel is commanded in the Koran (e.g., 3:28, 4:89, 4:144, 5:54, 6:40, 9:23, and 58:22), codified in the doctrine of al-wala’ wa’l bara’, and imprinted on the Muslim psyche. Unsurprisingly, then, Muslims have come to project this divisive impulse onto the Copts as well.

There is perhaps no clearer example of Muslim projection than in the field of theology, whereby Muslim doctrines are projected onto Christianity.  For example, in the midst of the accusation that the Copts are stockpiling weapons to wage war on Muslims, the Al Azhar Scholars Front, which consists of Al Azhar alumni, declared: “Christianity…is constantly defining its overt and covert policy of eliminating all its rivals or degrading [the followers of other religions] and depriving them of every reason to live so that they will be forced to convert to Christianity.”

In fact, this is precisely what Islam does: through jihad, “eliminate all its rivals,” or, through the institution of dhimmitude, “degrade [the followers of other religions] and deprive them of every reason to live so that they will be forced to convert to” Islam.  This is both historically and doctrinally demonstrable.

Similarly, when Bishop Bishoy declared that Egypt’s Christians are reaching the point of martyrdom due to the increase in persecution, this, too, was thoroughly “Islamicized” as a declaration of “war-to-the-death,” including by al-Awwa, who, during his Al Jazeera rant, asserted that “Father Bishoy declared that they would reach the point of martyrdom, which can only mean war. He said, ‘If you talk about our churches, we will reach the point of martyrdom.’ This means war.”

Of course, the notion that a martyr is someone who wages and dies in jihad, or “holy war,” is intrinsic to Islam (e.g., Koran 9:111). Even the authoritative Hans Wehr Arabic-English Dictionary translates shahid (“martyr”) as “one killed in battle with infidels.” On the other hand, Christian martyrdom has always meant being persecuted and killed for refusing to recant Christianity—and this is precisely the definition that has for centuries applied to Egypt’s Copts, the definition that Bishop Bishoy clearly meant (see this article for more on the important differences between Christian and Muslim notion’s of martyrdom).

To recap:

  • Islamists regularly abduct, abuse, brainwash, and compel Coptic girls to convert—and now Copts are accused of doing the exact same thing;
  • Islamists regularly smuggle and stockpile weapons, including in their holy places—and now Copts are accused of doing the exact same thing;
  • Islamists are constantly either trying to break away or conquer infidel nations—and now Copts are accused of doing the exact same thing;
  • Islamists seek to eliminate or subjugate the infidel according to the doctrine of jihad and dhimmitude—and now Christians are portrayed as seeking the exact same thing;
  • Islamic martyrdom means waging and dying in jihad—and now Christian martyrdom is defined as the exact same thing.

From here, one can understand the recent lament of Coptic activist Mounir Bishai: “Suddenly we [Copts] have shifted from complaints to self-defense, from demanding [our] rights to [trying to] convince the public that we are not depriving others of their rights… now we are being accused of amassing weapons… How have we suddenly turned from persecuted into persecutors, from the weak [party] into the strong and tyrannical [one], from the attacked [party] into the infamous attackers, and from the poor [party] into the rich exploiters? How did these lies become widespread, without us gaining any ground or improving our situation one whit?”

How, indeed.  Quite simply, as all humans are wont to do, some Muslims see themselves—project themselves—in others, no matter how ludicrous or inapplicable the projection is.  Indeed, this is not unlike the way Western liberals are constantly projecting their secular/liberal worldview onto Muslims, despite all evidence otherwise.

Postscript: Let it be noted that Islamist projection is not confined to the Middle East, but is present in the United States as well.  For example, in their recent—and failed—attempt to compel Everett Community College to disinvite me, CAIR and other Islamists insisted that yours truly was “spreading hate”—thereby projecting the hate that permeates their own scriptures and worldview, onto me and others for merely quoting that hate.

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  • jacob

    DOESN'T IT SOUND FAMILIAR ???

    DON'T WE HAVE THE SAME THING GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY ???

    LET OUR "LEADERS" KEEP ON BURYING THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND AS THE
    OSTRICHES THEY ALL ARE IN THEIR FOOLISH "POLITICAL CORRECTNESS"
    AND SEE WHERE THIS IS GOING TO LAND US…

  • jacob

    As to the Coptic Christians, their behaviour reminds me of the Ghetto Jews in
    Europe for centuries and even before WWII, putting up with "pogroms",
    expulsions, etc,. and above all, the passivity exhibited with the Nazis, refusing
    to believe their Final Solution goals, which is why the Warsaw Ghetto skeletons
    who gave the Nazis a run for their money, saved the honor of the Jews worldwide, example followed by the concentration camp graduates who in 1948, practically
    with stones and sticks, fought the 7 Arab nations bent on throwing them into the
    sea…

    And the Bishop's assertion mentioned in the article is right :

    EGYPT was a Christian nation way before the Muslim conquest and they better
    realize that, if the Muslim Brotherhood becomes the power in Egypt as it looks,
    it will mean for them a jump from the frying pan and into the fire….

    • Jamie Shafer

      Much of today's Islamic world was Christian or Hindu which are truly religions of peace. Islam is the single most dangerous political philosophy in the world. We must never give in!

    • nina

      I must protest your wrong and unfeeling description of Jewish "passivity" in the face of the most horrific time in Jewish and human history. So you think that a people that was scattered among hostile gentiles, living mostly in cities and having no arms, or access to arms should have done better? I would have liked to see what you would have done. So the million murdered children should have stood up to the murderers? And even so, not only the Warsaw Ghetto showed the strenght of the Jewish spirit. But of course, your knowledge is much less than your foolish talk. Those skeletons fought in concentration camps, in other Ghettos, and were among the most efficient partisans who sabotaged the Nazi convoys and their military trains. But even had they not done so, the honor of the Jews would still be intact. It is only morons like you, who bring shame on the Jews. Shame on you.

  • kafir4life

    Face it….If you worshipped a made up moon god (allahahaha) that was invented by a disgusting sack of sub-human filth (mad momo the dog faced prophet), you would have an inferiority complex too. Not only that, you would actually BE inferior, so the complex IS justified.

  • Dispozovdaburka

    Nostradamus's end of time Anti-Christ (Obama) needs Muslim Brotherhood to take Jerusalem so he can lay claim to the world. Before the end of this age (12 21 2012)
    He won't lift a finger to help Coptic Christians and is letting Mubarak hang in the wind.
    As he prayed with 50,000 muslim men on Muslim Prayer Day on the Mall in Sept 09,
    "FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA." You understand his ultimate goal is to have worldwide Islamic rule. Once he has his Obamacare (dhimmi tax) in place, all non-muslims will at a disadvantage. His giving Israel away to the Palestinians is just part of his overall plan.
    You can bet that a Muslim takeover from within the US is well underway. He has sold our country out too. He is the great deceiver. I think that we should have a new National Prayer Day in Sept 2011 where all non-muslims will pray all day and get a tour of the Capitol after prayers and "Pray for the soul, if there actually is a soul, of Islam."

  • ObamaYoMoma

    What is taking place in Egypt today without exception takes place in all Muslim countries throughout the world and not just in Egypt. It also takes place not only against Christians, but also against all unbelievers unfortunate enough to live in a Muslim majority country. It is sort of like the Islamic world is waging jihad against not only the Jewish unbelievers in Israel, but also against all unbelievers throughout the world either through hot jihad in such places as Kashmir, Jammu, Thailand, the Philippines, Chechnya, Russia, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Bosnia, Kosovo, etc., etc., etc., or cold jihad throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, the USA, etc., etc., etc. However, there is a government and news media imposed blackout on covering this news that spans the world. If white people aren’t doing the oppressing then a media blackout is imposed. Hence, the result is most people are oblivious.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    In fact, this is precisely what Islam does: through jihad, “eliminate all its rivals,” or, through the institution of dhimmitude, “degrade [the followers of other religions] and deprive them of every reason to live so that they will be forced to convert to” Islam. This is both historically and doctrinally demonstrable.

    And, of course, all its rivals are unbelievers. If this is indeed the case and all evidence indicates it is indeed the case, then why are our government officials allowing millions of Muslims to immigrate to our countries? Why is our media being completely silent on this very important matter?

    If Islam is really a Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists as both our government and mainstream media insist, then why are Christians and all non-Muslim unbelievers living inside Muslim majority countries without exception always violently oppressed and systematically persecuted when not outright slaughtered altogether? Why do Muslim immigrants to the West in country after country flat out refuse to assimilate and integrate and form Muslim enclaves (no-go zones) ruled by Sharia as parallel societies within societies and in direct contravention to the laws of the states in which they reside? In fact, there isn’t one country in the world where the majority of Muslim immigrants have successfully assimilated and integrated and matriculated into becoming productive and contributing citizens. Yet, there is nothing but silence coming from our government and media, and if anyone tries to speak up about this phenomenon they automatically are marginalized as being an Islamophobe. What is going on?

  • Dispozovdaburka

    I agree with what you have stated.
    What is going on is that we have been sold out ,as has Eurabia.

    "They remember the words of Libya"s Mu'ammar Gadhafi, who, in 2008 said,"There are elections in America now. Along came a black citizen of Kenyan African origins, a Muslim, who had studied in an Islamic school in Indonesia. His name is Obama. All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency."

  • kafirman

    Dear Raymond, As your friend, I must tell you that your use of the term "Islamist" facilitates the continuance of atrocities against the Copts. As you aptly note it is the Koran of Islam–not the Koran of Islamism–that sanctions such evil.

  • Vrak

    Shoot them all. Easy. Every last one of them. Show them some real stinkin' Islamophobia.

  • KathleenP

    It's very funny to hear the Islamist accusing Copts of being patsys for Israel. Middle Eastern and/or Arab Christians have traditionally been only second to Muslims as among the world's most vicious anti-Semites. There were quite a lot of Christian Arabs in Palestine during the War who supported the Nazis as openly as the Muslims did. I feel sorry for the Copts, but they are no friends of Israel.

    • Ann

      YOU SOUND LIKE A PLANT FROM THE LEFT TO ACCUSE THE CHRISTIAN'S, WERE YOU AN ARAB CHRISTIAN? HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY PICTURES OF THE POPE WITH HITLER—EVER! I SURE HAVE SEEN PICTURES OF THE GRAND MUFTI- HAJ AMIN al-HUSSEINI AS A QUEST OF THE THIRD REICH—THE MUSLIMS ALSO HAD A FEW DIVISIONS IN HITLERS ARMY! SO PLEASE SHOW THE PICTURES! GIVE THE PROOF OF THE COPTS !

  • Raj

    This article has great merit and understanding the deep rooted psychology of muslims. Sir, i would encourage you to expand on this subject of "Projection" as it not something muslims found recently. This trait is in fact passed on from their time of prophet. mohmmad also engaged in such "projection' on to the Jews of his time. On many occasions he accused the jews of plotting to assassinating him when in fact he was doing exactly that. in the end he killed the entire tribe of Bani Quraisa by beheading the males, taking children and women as slaves. sing exactly the same ploys muslims are using in Egypt against Copts and against you by CAIR. this depravity, demonic at its worst. please if you going to update on this artice support your views with the example of mohammed the deceptions that he used to kill the Jews.

  • Ann

    IT'S NICE TO TALK ABOUT THIS BUT WE NEED TO HELP THEM, ANY ONE KNOW HOW? DO WE HAVE AN IDEA? WE CHRISTIANS HAVE TAKEN A VOW OF NEVER AGAIN NO MATTER WHO—SOOOOO ,HOW DO WE HELP THEM— HOW CAN WE TAKE ACTION! WHERE'S CARTER?OBAMA?CLINTON?GATES? YA THE SAME PLACE THEY ARE FOR THE JEWS—NO WHERE TO BE SEEN UNLESS IT'S TO BLAME THEM!

  • nojizya

    I – Ignorant
    S – Sexist
    L – Laughable
    A – anti-Semitic
    M – Murderous

    I'd say that about sums the religion up.