Ramadan: Islam’s ‘Holy Month’ of Christian Oppression

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Egyptian Christian, Maher Rizkalla: Before and After Ramadan

Originally published by the Investigative Project on Terrorism

The month of Ramadan, which ended earlier this week, proved to be a month of renewed Muslim piety on the one hand, and renewed oppression of non-Muslim minorities on the other. In Nigeria, for example, Islamic militants are living up to the assertion that “Ramadan is a month of jihad and death for Allah,” proving that killing Christians is not only reserved for Christian holidays—like Christmas and Easter, when militants bombed churches killing dozens—but is especially applicable during Islam’s Ramadan.

Usually, however, Ramadan-related oppression has to do with Muslim perceptions that Christians do not “know their place”—either because the latter openly do things forbidden to Muslims during Ramadan, or because they dare object to the things Muslims do during their holy month.

When it comes to these aspects of dhimmitude, Egypt offers countless examples, past and present, simply because it houses the Middle East’s largest Christian minority, the Copts, and thus offers more opportunities for the intolerant face of Ramadan to reveal itself. Two recent examples follow:

First, according to Coptic websites, on July 27, a diabetic man in Egypt was driving his car in Maadi, a suburb of southern Cairo, when he was struck with great thirst, “which he could not bear” (a side-effect of diabetes, further exacerbated by Egypt’s July weather). He pulled over by a public water source and started drinking water. Soon three passer-bys approached him, inquiring why he was drinking water (among the many things forbidden to Muslims during daylight in Ramadan). The diabetic man replied, “Because I am a Christian, and sick,” to which they exclaimed “you’re a Christian, too!” and begun beating him mercilessly. Other passer-bys began to congregate to see what was happening, but no one intervened on behalf of the diabetic non-Muslim, until he managed to make a dash for his parked car and fled the scene.

Though water is not forbidden to him, this infidel Christian openly violated a principle of Islamic Ramadan, which was deemed a great affront and punished accordingly. This idea that non-Muslims must show respect for Islamic observances is commonplace. Around the same time this story took place, a Christian Lebanese singer was taken to police while in Algeria for smoking in public, and “failing to show due respect to Muslims.” She was released after police warned her that “she was not allowed to smoke in public during Ramadan in Muslim Algeria, even though she was a Christian.”

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  • BS77

    One can only dream of the day when this hideous ideology is totally forgotten .

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      I disagree. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

      Islamism and Socialism must be beaten down so they both out of desperation submit and unconditionally surrender as the national Socialists and Imperialists did in 1945.

    • David R

      The problem is that while we're dreaming they are acting. The Coyotes are out to get the chickens…and we sure aren't resisting!

      • BS77

        You are correct. Most Westerners are pinning their hopes on "dreaming", vaguely wishing this horrible scourge would simply evaporate and "go away". It took four centuries for the French and Spanish to rid themselves of this slavery and barbaric oppression. Read the books of Brigitte Gabriel, Pam Geller and Melanie Phillips etc etc……get educated!!!!

    • SKIP

      Our own damned government and our muslim president intend to see that that doesn't happen. Their intent appears to be actually making the U.S. the largest muslim country on the planet.

  • Terry

    The West must decide very soon (if it isn't already too late) whether to fight islam or submit to it. There isn't a middle road. It's them, or us.

    And so far, they are winning.

    • Kufar Dawg

      The "moderate" muslime liars have been very successful at selling the lie that islam is really tolerant and is being misunderstood by violent jihadis who are an irrelevant minority of their faith.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    islam, the religion looking for excuses to do evil.

  • Jean de Venice

    The Religions of Peaces true face….

    • Bamaguje

      You mean Religion of beasts.

  • David R

    If we think our taxes are high now, just wait till >dhimmitude> clicks in and we become slaves to these animals when they'll control us all. Their leaders from hell will make Hitler look like a boy scout when they'll turn on us in a systematic way. They won't have to lie anymore in order to warm up to us…their full fury will be unleashed and none will escape.
    Where are the Winston Churchills and Ronald Reagans today? Where are the Watchmen on the wall? We're definitely going to hell in a Muslim-made hand-basket!

    • Xanatos321

      They are here. Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Pat Condell,Geert Wilders, Allen West, Tommy Robinson, Wafa Sultan, sites like MEMRI, TROP. Independent bloggers, radio talkshows. They speak against Islam and people are starting to listen. Even the leftie jews in america are scared when they hear of european jews leaving cities because of muslims. The more muslims try to destroy our freedom, the more people listen. EU is breaking down and with it the lefts stranglehold on Europe. Obama is doing everything he can (no matter how immoral or repulsive) to stop Romney and he may not be able to.
      The world is changing. We may have a chance yet.
      Remember the rule NEVER SUBMIT.

  • Mike

    David R. we are the Watchmen on the wall and the Reagans and the Churchills but what we really need is a renewing of our faith in Jesus Christ to save this country. 2 chron 7:14

  • Gene W 1938

    See movie 2016. Then realize things are exactly as God knew it should be before any of us were around. If you are in His family and he is not worried … then rest in that thought and just keep doing what we should be doing. If you are not in His family … then your problem is bigger than the world's Satanic situation. Best read the other pages of http://jc.does-it.net to resolve that problem.

    • Bartimaeus

      It is actually, God knew what it "would be" as man pursues a path outside the will of God. When man gets a good taste of the consequences of his own sin and there is the final public denial that Jesus is the Christ, then God will intervene in judgment and the kingdom of God will come. In the mean time we are to live to him that died for us.

  • Steve Chavez

    OBAMA HAS NOT BEEN EATING between sunrise and sundown and I was just wondering if this was his observance of Ramadan? ("Romney has not paid taxes in ten years." Harry Reid.)

    • Sunbeam

      How can Obama has two religion. How many Gods does he want to believe? I thought I'd seen it in TV that his choice of religion is Christian. And now he is also a Muslim too? This is misleading and confusing. As a leader he should not hide around the bush but state clearly and truthfully what he is. Why does he keep mum about the atrocities committed against the Christians by those lawless havoc wreckers? As a renown world leader, if he were to speak a word, the word would carry its weight. But nevertheless, he rather choose to remain silent. This is bias on his part. I hope he has a heart to feel for those innocent being and do something to save them.

  • michael

    I heard this morning that the DNC Convention is going to have a 2 hour Muslim prayer service…

    • Kufar Dawg

      To think I voted for Kerry! I wouldn't vote for a democrat now no matter how good the candidate sounded.

    • Sunbeam

      The work is subtle. They are slowly introducing their culture and so called religion into all areas of public life be it government or private as all will be affected. This well organize work is being stream from the top like an entity supported and funded by the major countries of this faith whose major aim is to bring the world under its grip and in totalism be submissive to their control. This is indeed fearful enough to make one quake.

  • Resh Yud Yud

    Islam is Pure Luciferian Doctrine.
    Crescent moon is a symbol of witchcraft.
    Venus the symbol of Lucifer.
    Obama lead 50,000 muslim men in a Day of Prayer in September 2009 on the Mall in Washington, DC.
    They prayed for the "Soul of America" from morning until night.
    This Rite was an act of "surrender" to Islam.
    It also determines the future Destiny of America.

  • Donna

    Every single muslim knee will bow and every tongue will confess that JESUS Christ is Lord of all. I look forward to the day when I witness the abject terror in their eyes when they realize they have been lied to all their lives and have actually been worshipping and serving the satan they purportedly hate. They are his servants and are doing a FINE job for the prince of darkness. An entire eternity in hell awaits each and every one of them. Burn brightly you savages!

  • SKIP

    The 5th Crusade will have to finish what the 4th Crusade started and would have finished had the 4th not broken down into fighting amongst themselves leaving damned islam to live on to be the palgue of civilization

  • Lee SH Ronald

    Muslim always say Islam is peace. They are all following the devil's lies! They prayed 5 times a day but committed wicked acts around the world. They preach about mercy, but full of hatred. They are the most religious people full of hatred for God's creation. They hated non Muslim, they hated progress, they hated almost everything that is good but bad for their belief. See, how the devil used them!. They have put the Moon God as God Almighty displacing the True God of the Jews and Christians. If they follow peace without causing harm to others, no one will go against them. But see how they caused so much trouble to people, especially peaceful people. Now time wasted at the airport. I wonder when are they going to change their belief and worship the Loving God! The Buddhists and other religious people around the world are as pious as them, but they do not practise bloodthirsty rituals like the Muslims. Islam – if not a bloodthirsty religion, then what is it??

  • Sunbeam

    They are wild and threatening as ever. The world is in a chaos state because of them due to their ignorance and wrong beliefs. I wonder when they can come out of this and put things right. The greatest mistake is that most have been brain wash by their leaders and the percentage of illiterates are high and major concern in most of their countries. The only education they seem not to missed is Islamic studies, its ideology and all of its element instilled in them to become what they are. It is like they do not possess a mind of their own for if they have where is the reason? It just got stuck in the medieval time.

  • CurmudgyOneJr

    Those in America who coddle Muslims, who are so "sensitive" that they want to offend nobody, are offensive in the extreme to the principles of justice and fairness. I, for one, go armed, and if I decide to eat a donut during Ramadan and am accosted by anyone, will react in the same way I would to any other attackers. Tuebor.