Egypt: Muslims Riot Over Appointment of Christian Governor


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In the Qur’an, the equation is simple: obedience to Allah brings prosperity, and rebellion from Allah brings calamity. Islam teaches that Jews and Christians are considered to have rebelled from Allah by rejecting the prophethood of Muhammad and daring to tamper with their own Scriptures in order to remove prophecies of his coming and obscure their sacred texts’ congruence with the Qur’anic message. Accordingly, the Muslims, the “best of people” (Qur’an 3:110) must subjugate the “unbelievers among the People of the Book” – that is, the Jews and Christians who do not accept Muhammad – since they are “the most vile of created beings” (Qur’an 98:6). These vile beings must be made to feel the pain of their rejection of Allah in this life: this will simultaneously serve as an exhortation to them to relent and accept Islam, and a warning to Muslims to obey Allah, lest nothing similar befall them.

Thus historically, Muslims aware of the Qur’anic teaching on the People of the Book have reacted poorly when non-Muslims have been placed in authority over them. This happened even in the mythical proto-multicultural paradise of medieval Spain, al-Andalus. On December 30, 1066, about four thousand Jews in Granada were murdered by rioting Muslim mobs. The Muslims were enraged about the appointment over them of a Jewish vizier, Samuel ibn Naghrila, as well as about the political power of Samuel’s son Joseph. Ironically, contemporary hagiographers of Islamic Spain point to the appointment of Samuel as an example of Islamic tolerance, without bothering to mention the subsequent Muslim riots, which took place solely because Muslims resented that appointment as a violation of Islamic law.

The boodthirsty mob in Granada was incited to kill the Jews by a poem composed by the Muslim jurist Abu Ishaq: “I myself arrived in Granada and saw that these Jews were meddling in its affairs. . . . So hasten to slaughter them as a good work whereby you will earn God’s favour, and offer them up in sacrifice, a well-fattened ram.”

Since the mob was killing dhimmis who were considered to be in breach of the contract of “protection” that mandated their subjugation to the Muslims, the attackers could claim that by the light of the Sharia the killings were lawful. And today, the stipulation that a non-Muslim must not have authority over a Muslim is still part of Islamic law. It has never been reformed or rejected by any school of Islamic jurisprudence. The Saudi Sheikh and legal expert Manaa K. al-Qubtan explained it in a 1993 fatwa: “The command of a non-Muslim over a Muslim is not permitted based on the words of Allah: ‘and Allah will not open to the unbelievers against the believers a way [Qur’an 4:140].’”

The demonstrators in Egypt are aware of this law. A speaker told the demonstrators: “This won’t work. A Copt won’t implement Islamic law.” The local imam, Sheikh Qureishi Salama, said the demonstrations would end when the Christian governor was removed: “When there is a decision to change the governor to a civilian Muslim, we will end the strike and life will return to normal. Why is Qena becoming a testing ground for Christians? We aren’t guinea pigs.”

Indeed not. But the Christians in Qena have good reason to feel like sitting ducks.

 

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  • Chezwick_mac

    This story and stories like it are the rational counter to the "tiny minority of extremists" canard. The Islamo-Left has been quite successful in pushing the narrative that terrorism is somehow anomalous to Islam, but this kind of bigoted supremacism is the expression not of terrorists, but of the common folk, the masses, the Muslim "street."

    CAIR and other Muslim advocacy groups MUST be held to account for the prevalence of this kind of hatred and discrimination perpetrated by their co-religionists abroad. Their own pathetic claims to victim-hood pale when juxtaposed to the bonafide oppression suffered by religious minorities throughout the Muslim world. CAIR must be compelled to account for the staggering contradiction between their claims that Islam is tolerant and peaceful…and the ugly realities unfolding in Egypt, Nigeria and elsewhere as non-Muslims endure the horrific depredations of existing inside the Muslim realm.

  • kafir4life

    Wow! it seems that muslims are much like unions. If things don't go their way, they seeth, whine, and riot.

  • Dispozovdaburka

    As illegal muslim immigrants invade non-muslim countries trying to escape chaos in Muslim countries, they will soon bring the same chaos to non-muslim countries.
    Their way of life is not compatible with the modern world.
    Never has been, never will be.
    It's just the nature of the "Beast." ( Islam)

    • ziontruth

      Exactly. That, I contend, is why multiculturalism must be considered treason.

  • Wesley69

    Anyone who truly believed democracy would take root in Egypt must have been smoking some powerful weed. Most of the country wants strict Shariah Law. How democratic is that? Coptic Christians, under Mubarak, were sufferring persecution, but with his fall, its going to get much worse because Shariah Law demands it.

  • Morty62

    I've been getting friction from some friends now that I don't tow the left-wing line. I'm actually fairly liberal on most issues, but the more I looked into Islam and saw what it really advocates and how totaltarian it is I flipped over to the sane side. Frankly, opposing Islam is perfectly in line with progressive thought because they are anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-abortion and so on. When I point this out lights start blinking in their eyes and smoke begins to pour from their ears.

  • Brooklyn Dave

    Wesley69, you are definitely on the money. Even though Mubarak claimed he had a secular government, he still had to make concessions to Shariah law…especially in regard to the Copts. I wonder what the US would look like if we had 10 million Copts here instead of 10 million more Mexicans? They would be a very good witness to the "religion of peace". Throw in 500,000 Chaldeans for good measure. These people are the true asylum seekers. Most Latin Americans (except Cubans) are here for economic reasons only.

  • JosephWiess

    In the Qur’an, the equation is simple: obedience to Allah brings prosperity, and rebellion from Allah brings calamity.

    Yeah right, then how come everywhere Islam is, there is poverty, and education dies, and women and children are killed? Allah isn't god, he's a blood thirsty demon that wants to bathe in the blood of innocents.

    • SoundDoc

      Islam is the beast in revelation, Allah's name = 666 and so does the Quran. Consider the coincidence of this chapter and verse; Re 9:11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. [means destroyer]
      9;11?

  • LindaRivera

    GOD's Law: YOU SHALL NOT MURDER — is eternal and unchanging. God does not give anyone a free pass to break His Holy Laws because of their religion.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Muslim Circus in Egypt, none seem to have a day job, just demonstrate
    and go back to the Mosque for lunch. Why would the Egyptian government
    appoint a Christian as a Governor, playing games and keeping the ball
    rolling down the Islamist street, take everyone's mind off of their miserable
    lives most likely, while creating another reason for them to get violent.
    William

    • anon e. mus

      WilliamJamesWard, the answer to your proposal is very simple: democracy is government determined by the people. Democracy is the ultimate muslim weapon used to implement strict adherence to the Quran and Sharia. By installing a christian over the province, the local populace was agitated to demand a change the local populace wants. By caving to the local demands and replacing the christian with a muslim, the new Egyptian government is able to demonstrate to their citizenry (and the world) the government's commitment to governing as the majority of the people wish.

  • zed

    Never believed even for a split second those arab “revolutions” were aiming at an aspiration to freedom and democracy. Never!
    Look at Lampedusa, all those people landing on our shores, running away from the freedom they just conquered -so to speak- after kicking out their dictator.
    I am not saying that all of those people reject such concepts. Not at all !
    But the overwhelming majority they want sharia.
    Just after the Tunisians events, they burnt a synagogue, and a priest was murdered. It says it all, doesn’t it ?
    That’s it in a nutshell.
    THere are 200 “refugees” (refugees from new hard won democracy, for beotiens :-) ) in Paris in the 19th arrondissement. They are not happy about the French welcome. They would like the red carpet.
    Bastardly French !
    And the French government have no balls…