The Specter of Jizya Returns to Egypt

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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In Egypt, calls for jizya—the tribute doctrinally demanded and historically collected from conquered infidels—are increasing day by day, by those who wish to be true to the words of Koran 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 with willing submission, and feel themselves utterly subdued.

Accordingly, days ago, Ahmed Imran—a candidate of Egypt’s Salafi party, the “Party of Light,” which won some 20% of votes in recent elections—called for the return of jizya (which was abolished under colonial pressure in the mid 19th century).  Sounding like a Western apologist of Islamic supremacism, he distorted history and spoke of jizya in glowing terms:

I say to those who fear that we might govern, that it was the Muslims who liberated the Copts from Roman slaughter and that Copts are obligated to pay the jizya, and it will only be half a dinar, taken from the rich and given to their poor.

Earlier, Abu Shadi, another Salafi leader—though not one running for office, and so extra candid—announced that Egypt’s Christians must either convert to Islam, pay jizya and assume inferior status, or die.

Nor is the return of jizya limited to Salafi discourse.  Running for Egypt’s presidency, Hazem Abu Ismael, a former Muslim Brotherhood member still affiliated with the group, said he would impose jizya on the Copts.

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  • kafir

    As a group, muslims need others (non-muslims) in order to survive. Without humans that are productive and work, muslims and islam would starve. In much the way that organized crime works, so does islam. They don't believe that they should have to do anything of value when they can just take it from "others". Leave islam to be islam. They are what they are. It is what it is.

    The only place I will ever submit, is here…….for my comment.

    allahu snackbar

  • StephenD

    I have said it before Kafir, and you are more accurate than some may think. Think about it, with the Mob you either are or become one of them, or pay "protection" money (jizya tax), or…die. In fact, I'd bet if it were possible, we'd find that this is where the Mafia got the idea; from the Muslims.
    My prayer is they go the same route as the Mob and have to live until their death in the shadows like the vermin they are.

  • LindaRivera

    Obama made a special point of inviting his BIG favorites, the Muslim Brotherhood, to his speech in Cairo. Behind the scenes, America worked to oust U.S. ally, moderate Mubarak, and bring to power the Muslim Brotherhood whose stated goal is global Islamic conquest and the DESTRUCTION of civilization.

    28 Jan 2011. The Telegraph: Egypt protests: America’s secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising. The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaa

  • LindaRivera

    Not one single dollar of American money should be given to Egypt.

    WHY are American taxpayers being forced to pay jizya?

  • jeff

    Islam has never brought enlightenment to the world. It was their slaves that created beauty in architecture, math, and art. Islam is a death cult, a johnny come lately, that could not stand being a part of Judaism or Christianity. It is an Arab monstrosity grown from envy.

  • M. Archer

    With Obama and Kerry as American freinds who needs enemies. The support for the destruction of the American way of life by the funding and political support of America's enemies is no longer just a moral question for our so called "leaders" it is now clearly grounds for their being brought up on charges of sedition. The scariest part is the continued slumber of the "christian right" in America who have yet to stand up and demand the impeachment of those who sell them to the slaughter for political expediancy and in the name of political correctness. The communist manifesto was correct and becomes the blueprint for our demise as a country. Who would have thought that it would be the American people who would facilitate their own destruction. It is way past time for the sleeping giant of religious right to rise up and say "I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it any more!!

  • waterwillows

    The Lord is preparing to go to war with His enemies. He will wring the neck of evil. We had best be preparing to be on the right side, as there is nothing in the universe that can oppose Him. As they told me; "there is a limit".

    I am an old woman, I can not forever stand in the gap. Beware.

  • Kevin LePage

    This rise of Islam in the European and Asian nations, these revolutions in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt are all part of Islam's rise to power.
    We allow that to happen. God allows us this apathy towards our brethren in Christ. But only to a point and by the looks of it; that point in time is coming our way far faster than we care to think.
    These adherents to the moon god will bring us to Armageddon; that is the point where God will step in.
    Shame and horrors will visit those who live in this pagan worship and their self righteous sycophants.

  • Seraphime

    Do not take any support for this barbaric rule by forcing the west countries to stop tradings and dropping funds any kind of funds to this future government of egypt. Do not even think of going on vacation by touring to those magical historical egypt location of the pharaoh time. Let them stink n think that they can do it by themselves. Arent they suppose to destroy those pagan inheritance?

  • Heshsafkh

    to be honest i perfer paying Jizyah which is may be 4%that that bloody paying these higher Taxes 17% to 22%n

    • Al Dente

      Hussle on off to Egypt then, old boy…then stay there.