Testifying on Behalf of Egypt’s Christians

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The following is Raymond Ibrahim’s written testimony submitted for the record at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission’s December 7 hearing titled “Under Threat: The Worsening Plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians.”

Since the year 641, when Muslims invaded Egypt, the Copts—Egypt’s Christian, indigenous inhabitants—have been subject to persecution, discrimination, and over all subjugation on their homeland (etymologically, the word “Copt” simply means “Egyptian”).  The result is an Egyptian culture and mentality that sees Copts as second-class citizens, or, in Islamic legal terminology, Dhimmis—“infidels” who are tolerated as long as they embrace their inferior status.

Whole books and treatises have been written on the treatment of Dhimmis (for instance, Ibn Qayyim’s authoritative 8th century Ahkam Ahl al-Dhimma, or “Rulings for Dhimmis”).  The idea of subjugating non-Muslims, aptly coined “Dhimmitude,” comes from Quran 9:29: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor forbid that which Allah and His Messenger have forbidden, nor follow the religion of Truth [Islam], from the People of the Book [Christians and Jews], until they pay the Jizya [tribute] with willing submission, and feel themselves utterly subdued.”

The so-called Pact of Omar, a foundational text for the treatment of Dhimmis, offers an idea of how this Quranic decree manifested itself in reality.  In order to maintain their Christian faith, among other things, conquered Christians had to agree to the following:

• We shall not build, in our cities or in their neighborhood, new monasteries, churches, convents, or monks’ cells, nor shall we repair, by day or by night, such of them as fall in ruins or are situated in the quarters of the Muslims … We shall not manifest our religion publicly nor convert anyone to it. We shall not prevent any of our kin from entering Islam if they wish it. We shall show respect toward the Muslims, and we shall rise from our seats when they wish to sit.  We shall not seek to resemble the Muslims… We shall not display our crosses or our books in the roads or markets of the Muslims. We shall use only clappers in our churches very softly. We shall not raise our voices when following our dead… We shall not bury our dead near the Muslims. We shall not build houses overtopping the houses of the Muslims.

During the colonial era and into the mid 20th century, as Egypt experimented with westernization and nationalism, Christian persecution was markedly subdued.  Today, however, as Egypt all but spearheads Islam’s resurgence—giving the world key figures and groups such as Sayyid Qutb, Hassan Bana, the Muslim Brotherhood, and al-Qaeda’s Aymen Zawahiri in the process—that is, as Egypt reclaims its Islamic identity, the Copts find themselves again under persecution.

Today, popular Muslim preachers on Egyptian TV openly condemn Christians, publicly calling for the return of Dhimmi status; Copts and their churches are almost always attacked on Friday, immediately after the weekly mosque sermons and to cries of “Allahu Akbar!” demonstrating the Islamic pedigree of the attack.

None of this is surprising when one considers that even Egypt’s Grand Mufti himself, often touted in the West as a “moderate,” recently classified all Christians as “infidels,” or kuffar, a term that immediately positions Copts as enemies to be suppressed.

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  • Almarri

    I have a simple solution: Egypt and Iraq can send all their coptic Christians to the west as long as they take all our muslims!

    • Barb

      I love it.

      • johnnywoods

        Me too!

  • Crossbow87

    This might be too un-Christian of me…private individuals in the West should begin to arm the Copts and allow them to fight for their lives, property and religion. Just a thought since no American President will ever speak the truth about Islam let alone act accordingly.

  • StephenD

    Uncomfortable are they listening to this testimony? I hope so. But then I hope they have the propensity to act on it. Most powerful is his admonition that:

    "…the articulators of knowledge—the media, academia, and apologists of all stripes—in the name of multiculturalism and political correctness, have made uncomfortable truths all but unknowable."

    If we can get more Allen Wests in place with the balls to stand against this curse on humanity known as Islam we may actually have a chance.

  • PAthena

    With President Barack Hussein Obama, who made a speech in Cairo defending Mohammedanism, filled with falsehoods – e.g. that Muslims invented the printing press (Gutenburg did that in Mainz), that Muslims invented the compass (the Chinese did that), that Muslims established the first university (Italians did that in Bologna) – and who says that Muslims and Muslim principles were involved in the founding of the U.S.A. – who says that he has a mission to defend Mohammedanism, who makes General Casey say that the worst tragedy of the Fort Hood murder of 12 soldiers by a Mohammedan is that it is bad for "diversity," who has the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have as her close advisor, with access to all security information, Huma Abedin, whose family is in the Muslim Brotherhood, – the Copts in Egypt can expect no help from the U.S. administration.

    • John_Kelly

      Great comment PAthena and you have provided some amazing, well researched facts that need to be read by all who hunger for the TRUTH.

      Keep up the good work.

  • truebearing

    islam is organized crime wrapped in religious garb. It sanctions criminal, evil behavior, if it is committed in the name of Islam. It encourages lying, as long as it is done to further the materialistic goals of Islam. It is like all criminal organizations that operate on the blood in/blood out rule. It is a massive cult designed to imprison its followers with ignorance and hate. It teaches its adherents to dehumanize and destroy people who aren't followers, thereby dehumanizing those in the thralldom of its evil teachings. Islam is designed to enslave mankind.

  • johnnywoods

    It will never happen but I wish we could get a large group of ex-military people including Army rangers , Marines , Navy Seals, and Israeli IDF guys and disguise them as Coptic Christians. Arm them to the teeth and wait for the mooslims to come around for a little fun then kill about 500 to 1000 of those "beasts". They might decide that dhimmitude is a bad idea that needs to be "rethunk". It will never happen but it should. Thugs understand counter-violence pretty well when they are the ones getting hurt.

    • John_Kelly

      Awesome idea. Keep em coming.

      Muslims are usually full of courage when the take on soft targets like defenseless Coptic Christians.

      Army rangers , Marines , Navy Seals, and Israeli IDF guys disguised as Coptic Christians………LOVE IT.