News from the Arab World

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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Christians Should “Convert, Pay Tribute, or Leave,” Says Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate?

According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will “achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya,” the traditional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslim “dhimmis.”

In a brief report written by Samuel al-Ashay and published by El Bashayer on May 27, Morsi allegedly made these comments while speaking with a journalist at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, adding “We will not allow Ahmed Shafiq [his contending presidential candidate] or anyone else to impede our second Islamic conquest of Egypt.”

After his interviewer pointed out that the first Muslim conquest of Egypt was “carried out at the hands of Amr bin al-As [in 641],” he asked Morsi, “Who will the second Islamic conqueror be?” The presidential candidate replied, “The second Muslim conqueror will be Muhammad Morsi,” referring to himself, “and history will record it.”

When asked what he thought about many Christian Copts coming out to vote for his secular opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, Morsi reportedly said, “They need to know that conquest is coming, and Egypt will be Islamic, and that they must pay jizya or emigrate.”

If this interview is accurate, certainly Morsi would not be the first political Islamist in Egypt to say he wants to see the nation’s Christians subjugated and made to pay jizya (see here for more examples).

However, considering that English language media are currently reporting that Morsi is trying to woo Egypt’s Christians and women, to win more votes, it is difficult to imagine that he actually made these comments: one does not doubt that he favors the idea of a “second Islamic conquest” and the subjugation of Christians; one doubts that he would be so foolish as to reveal his mind now, publicly, and thereby jeopardize his chances of winning the presidency.

Then again, his remarks are reported in the context of a private meeting at the headquarters of the Brotherhood’s political party. Perhaps a relaxed Morsi thought he was speaking to a fellow Islamist who would not expose him? Perhaps he was annoyed at having to win Christian Copts over and was “venting” for a moment? Stay tuned.

Saudis Demand Punishment for McDonald’s Toy that ‘Insults Muhammad’

Saudi Arabians are angry at a McDonald’s toy which they say mocks their prophet Muhammad. According to a report appearing May 27th on the Arabic news website, Kermalkom.com, the McDonald’s fast food restaurant “abused the Prophet Muhammad by placing his name at the base of a toy that is being distributed as part of the Happy Meal, a toy which steps on the name ‘Muhammad.’”

The toy consists of a blue superhero figurine (apparently a Power Ranger Samurai). It stands on one leg, and, when the lever is pressed, it pounds on the base with the other leg. According to the Saudis, the designs that appear all around the base, where the figurine stomps its foot, is really the name “Muhammad” written several times in circles (click here for pictures).

The toy had been distributed a few days before Saudi children and their parents began to take note of the name. Soon thereafter, Saudi Muslims launched several campaigns against McDonald’s in “response to the savage attacks on the noble Prophet,” under banners like “Help your Prophet!” and “Together in support of the Prophet.”

Saudis, “demanding the strongest possible punishment for the restaurant” and insisting that “they will not be silent until this is realized,” further complained how such an obvious insult could pass the supervision of the management at McDonald’s.

In response, “Saudi McDonald’s” has withdrawn the toy from all its restaurants, “in order to safeguard against any accusations or misunderstandings.”

Salafi Leader: No Freedom in Islam; Apostates Must be Persecuted

Last month, Sheikh Yassir al-Burhami, a prominent figure in Egypt’s Salafi movement—who also hates Christian Coptshates Mother’s Day, and is an advocate of taqiyya—appeared on the Egyptian show Al Hayat Al Youm (“Life Today”), giving his views on the presidential candidates. At one point, the host asked Burhami which of the policies of Abu al-Futuh—the “liberal” Islamist candidate who lost out to the more “conservative” Muslim Brotherhood candidate—he especially rejected.

Burhami started vaguely, saying, “There were some things we were concerned about,” adding that they met and discussed these matters with Abu al-Futuh, and how the latter had clarified his position, finally agreeing that he might need to revise his opinion.

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  • KarshiKhanabad

    We "infidels" are not at war with Islam, but the Muslim world is at war with us. Why is that so difficult to understand?

    "If a man says he hates you and wants to kill you, then believe him."

    • Snorbak

      Stop talking in riddles & simplify what your trying to say:-)

  • davarino

    And yet the head demi, Obama, loves them and is feverishly working in tandem with them.

  • Mach1Duck

    Shutup…I will Kill you…So says the Religion of Predation.

  • Linda Rivera

    A Muslim's commitment is NOT to the nation they reside in. A devout Muslim's commitment is to the commands of the Koran. The Koran commands Muslims to conquer all nations. Obama slipped up, and told the TRUTH.

    Obama: "My Muslim Faith" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKGdkqfBICw

    Islam HATES non-Muslims. Jews are especially hated by Islam, as Jews are the ones who were given God's Laws:

    YOU SHALL NOT MURDER.

  • Linda Rivera

    Since moderate Mubarak's ouster, Muslim attacks on Christians, their homes, churches and businesses have increased enormously. And so has the kidnappings, rapes, violent conversions to Islam and forcible marriage of Christian female children and women.

    Centuries ago, Egypt was a Christian nation that was conquered by Muslims. The horrendous suffering of Egyptian Christians under Muslims is a stark warning to Europe and the UK who have deliberately imported/colonized many millions of Islam's foot soldiers into their countries, to such an extent, that these countries within years will become Islamic nations ruled by Muslims. This is ethnic cleansing. An international crime.

    It is the greatest BETRAYAL by nations' leaders in all of human history.

  • Linda Rivera

    Comment addition to above comment:

    Ethnic cleansing is the replacement of indigenous people with another people. In this case, the other people are Muslims – who openly declare their goal is Muslim conquest of their host countries and the imposition of barbaric sharia law.

  • Noah

    It is unfortunate that the world is forced to tolerate such a high level of intolerance.

  • marios

    So far world tolerate it as Western politiciasn and elites prefer not to think about tomorow by live comfortable life today. They betray not only their citizens but their own children. For our country BHO must be one term president. Or good by America we love so much.

  • wctaqiyya

    So, Islam isn't really the religion of peace? Shocking. It may be time for the west to have it's own cultural revolution and send them Muslim folks back to Africa. All of them. Or, hold them hostage and demand ransom?

  • Omar Kahlid

    Amazing to know I should be in prison. I just took a dump and believe it or not it looked just like old Moo. If it were not deadly serious islam would make you laugh to death.

  • Horace Yo

    If some bank, foreign or domestic engaged in racial discrimination, or demanded segregation in its business practices, it would be boycotted by the NY Times-NPR-BBC-CBS-NBC-ABC etc. liberal university gang with demands to divest from it etc., etc.(as in South Africa)
    How much you wanna bet the leftist hypocrites will do nothing or actually invest more in this bigoted Islamic bank?
    Lefties work for the same boss as the Mohammedans- Lucifer. That's why they always go along with whatever the lying, murderous sharia and jihad thugs want, They cant help it. Too late, they've already sold their souls.

  • Ghostwriter

    And yet,Muslims continue to wonder why Americans have so little respect for their religion.