A New Year of ‘Dhimmitude’ for Egypt’s Copts

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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Since the initial attacks, and in an effort to empty the village of its 62 Christian families, Muslims attacked them again, burning more Coptic property.  According to police, the woman concerned has denied the whole story, and no photos were found.

Jizya

Koran 9:29 commands Muslims to “Fight … the People of the Book [Jews and Christians] until they pay the jizya [monetary tribute] with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.”  Although abolished under Western pressure during the colonial era, Muslim demands for jizya are back.  And though it has currently not been reinstated, some Muslims have taken matters in their own hands by extorting money from Christians in lieu of jizya.  (Who can forget the Egyptian preacher Abu Ishaq al-Huwaini’s  lament that Muslims could alleviate their economic woes if only they returned to the good old days of Islam, when plundering, abducting, and selling/ransoming infidels were a great way of making a living?)  Thus, Two Christians were killed “after a Muslim racketeer opened fire on them for refusing to pay him extortion money.” The local bishop said, “I hold security forces and local Muslims fully responsible for terrorizing the Copts living there, who are continuously being subjected to terror and kidnapping.”

Islamic Superiority

Then there is the Islamic principle that necessity makes that which is forbidden permissible.  In this context, the rights of dhimmis can be trampled upon so long as an Islamic interest is served.  Accordingly, in a region that is half Christian, Muslim mobs went on a rampage, attacking Copts, destroying and torching their homes and property to more screams of “Allahu Akbar.” Why?  Simply to prevent Copts from voting and to ensure that a Salafist (Islamist) candidate win. “No Copt from Rahmaniya-Kebly was able to vote today, so the Salafists will win the elections,” descried a witness. Equally telling is that, while the population of this region is half Christian, there are 300 mosques and only one church.

Institutionalized Discrimination

Finally, perhaps nothing better demonstrates the return of dhimmitude for Copts as when the Egyptian government itself—as opposed to “radicals” or “mobs”—openly treats Christians as second-class citizens.  Aside from the aforementioned “contempt of religion” cases, other anecdotes surfacing in January include a legal case revolving around the abduction of a 16-year-old Christian girl.  The court sided with Islamist lawyers, in a decision that Coptic activists are saying will “encourage Islamists to continue unabated the abduction of Christian minors for conversion to Islam.” Similarly, rather than punishing the aggressors, the government has arrested and is trying two priests in connection with the Maspero massacre, when the military opened fire on and ran tanks over Copts protesting the constant destruction of their churches.  Finally is the fact that, although Egypt’s new parliament has 409 seats, only 7 are Copts, though Copts make up at the very least 10% of the population, and so should have approximately 40 seats.

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  • http://jc.does-it.net Geneww

    Please read the one page proof that God authored the Bible at http://jc.does-it.net. Then read the Koran and apply the same logic for proof of authorship. You will rapidly discern that everything God loves and established (Judeo-Christian, Israel and the "One Nation under God…USA") is hated by its author.
    The world and this countries problem is not politics but a real battle between Righteousness and Evil. Satan is a liar, deceiver, counterfeiter and out to destroy. Name one Muslim led country where Judeo-Christians are not subdued to servitude, or killed. The “One World Leaders” and Arabs countries have funded billions to destroy governments with Judeo-Christian Constitutions and principals since they can not co-exist!
    Wake-up and vote against anyone the existing entrenched politicians (who are not fighting this administration) endorse!

  • Whit

    If you believe in Sharia law you are my enemy.

  • Fred R.

    Whit, you are absolutely correct. Sharia law is the enemy of all FREE people.

  • jacob

    However, the way matters look and the indoctrination Muslims are bent on, I
    wouldn't be surprised for Shaaria law to start becoming the law of our land…
    We have already that jackass of a New Jersey judge abiding by Shaaria's
    dictum, ruling in favor of a husband who raped his wife that we know of and
    GOD only knows how many more we don't…
    England is already abiding by Shaaria courts and in Europe, Muslims block
    steets at their prayers time and authorities and people are just watching and
    affraid of reacting…
    And since we commited horrible offenses against the Muslim world for which
    our innefable President apologized profusely, genuflexing afterwards to the
    Keeper of the Faith, the king of Saudi Arabia and of top of that, he found we
    are indebted to the Muslims for our independence, what then might be the
    next step our rulers accursed "POLITICAL CORRECTNESS" will stick us
    with ?????

  • Omar

    This is such an invaluable series, Mr. Ibrahim. Please keep it up!

  • Arius

    Most of my family and my people were slaughtered by the Turks in the Armenian Genocide in 1915 after several other waves of mass murders in the late 1800's and before WW1. My heart goes out to the Copts that are tortured to the pleasure of Muslims in Egypt. Muslim mass murder and genocide of Armenians, Copts, Assyrians, and other Christians is part of the Islamic jihad against the Other, everywhere.

    What should the Copts do? There are models to consider: the Jewish, the Armenian, and the Kurds.

    The Jewish movement in Palestine was shocked by the Armenian Genocide and feared that the Turks would turn on them so they avoided making any threat to Turkish rule. There is documented evidence that the Turks planned to exterminate the Jews from Palestine after dealing with the Armenians, Greeks, and then Arabs. The Jews in Palestine were saved by the end of WW1 when the British displaced the Turks.

    The Armenians supported Russian liberation early in WW1. With the retreat of the Russian army due to the Russian revolution the Turks reoccupied eastern Anatolia. The Germans then encouraged a final solution to the Armenian problem and the last Caliph issued his proclamation for jihad on the Armenians and all other infidels. Many Armenians and Greeks were ritualistically killed while an Imam was reading from the Koran. The Western allies used the Armenians during WW1 then abandoned us to the Turks.

    The Copts do not have the option of keeping their heads down until liberated by an invading army. Anyway, the West used then threw us away. The West doesn’t care about the plight of the Copts or any of us and cannot be trusted. However, because there is not the overriding threat of invasion it is unlikely that an Islamic Egypt could organize mass murder on the Turkish scale in WW1 so the Copts could organize like the Armenians and wage a guerilla war against Muslim oppression without the likelihood of a ‘final solution’.

    My recommendation is for the Copts to use a third model, the Kurdish in Turkey. Wage war against Muslim oppression. Like the Kurds they must use all means. Political, assassination, military, alliances (domestic and foreign). Yes, the backlash against the Copts will be terrible, but not a ‘final solution’. There are many of us that will support the Copts by all means possible. But it is up to them, either remain dhimmis, submit, and suffer a slow death, or fight.

    The Copts should look to the Kurds. Copts should form an alliance with the Kurds fighting the Turks and train with them to build up the organization and infrastructure for military resistance. There are also the Christians and Animists in Africa for potential military alliances. The Copts could become the lynchpin of a grand alliance against Muslim rule in the Middle East.

    DO NOT DEPEND ON THE WEST. It’s up to the Copts to making a beginning. There are more of us than they know that will support them.

  • mahdi

    Islam is at it's end. Violence has no future. It's matter of time when it will eat itself from within

    • Arius

      Violence has no future? Islam will eat itself from within? You try to find solace in the face of triumphant Islam that has breached the defenses of the West by retreating to an imaginary world. The Copts don't live in your imaginary world. They live under an oppressive Islam that is very real. They suffer. You tell them to keep their heads down? This is why I no longer put any faith in the West that lives in the ivory tower of its imagination disconnected from reality.

  • hajid

    Copts are more educated and wealthier than muslim Egyptians. Therefore Muslims there have every reason to persecute the Copts, mainly for economy reasons. To hide their greediness and treachery, they use Allah for their cause.

    Sounds like the OWS, who want to take money from the 1% here.

    The US should welcome the Copts for humanitarian and economical reasons.

    • Arius

      The West should support the Copts, but instead as usual the West supports Islam.

  • dwad

    muslims being muslims

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