Muslim Cleric Calls U.S. Aid to Egypt ‘Jizya’

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). 


As earlier suggested, the wonderful thing about Salafis—those extra “radical” Muslims who seek to emulate as literally as possible prophet Muhammad’s teachings and habits—is that they are so unabashed and frank about what they believe.   Such is the degree of brainwashing that they have undergone.  Unlike the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded much earlier, doublespeak is not second nature to the Salafis.

The most recent example comes from Al Hafiz TV, an Egyptian Islamic station.  During a roundtable discussion on the U.S. and foreign aid to Egypt, an Islamic cleric, clearly of the Salafi bent—he had their trademark mustache-less-beard—insisted that the U.S. must be treated contemptuously, like a downtrodden dhimmi, or conquered infidel; that Egypt must make the U.S. conform to its own demands; and that, then, all the money the U.S. offers to Egypt in foreign aid can be taken as rightfully earned jizya.

Historically, the jizya was money, or tribute, that conquered non-Muslims had to pay to their Muslim overlords to safeguard their existence, as indicated in Koran 9:29.  As the spirit of Islam continues making a comeback, Muslims around the world continue calling for non-Muslims, especially Christian minorities under Islam, to resume paying the jizya, which was abolished in the 19th century thanks to European intervention.

According to the sheikh, Egypt must be less cooperative with the U.S. and at the same time insist for more monetary aid.  If so, the sheikh believes that “America will accept; it will kiss our hands; and it will also increase its aid.  And we will consider its aid as jizya, not as aid.  But first we must make impositions on it.”

When the host asked the sheikh “Do the Americans owe us jizya?”  he responded, “Yes,” adding that it is the price Americans have to pay “so we can leave them alone!”  When the host asked the sheikh if he was proclaiming a fatwa, the latter exclaimed, “By Allah of course!” The sheikh added that, to become a truly Islamic state, Egypt must “impose on America to pay aid as jizya, before we allow it to realize its own interests, the ones which we agree to.”

While the Egyptian cleric was focused on “international jizya”—that is, money paid by one non-Muslim nation to a Muslim nation, U.S money to Egypt—other Muslims have been receiving and enjoying individual “jizya” from Western, infidel governments, in the form of welfare aid.

Just last February, for example, Anjem Choudary, an Islamic cleric and popular preacher in the United Kingdom, was secretly taped telling a Muslim audience to follow his example and get “Jihad Seeker’s Allowance” from the government—a pun on “Job Seeker’s Allowance.” The father of four, who receives more than 25,000 pounds annually in welfare benefits, referred to British taxpayers as “slaves,” adding, “We take the jizya, which is our haq [Arabic for “right”], anyway. The normal situation by the way is to take money from the kafir [infidel], isn’t it? So this is the normal situation. They give us the money—you work, give us the money, Allahu Akhbar [“Allah is Great”]. We take the money. Hopefully there’s no one from the DSS [Department of Social Security] listening to this.”

Thus, the non-Muslim world should be grateful to the Salafis for always and ever exposing Islam’s teachings and beliefs.  Immensely proud of and indoctrinated in their Islamic heritage, and like the earliest Muslim conquerors drunk with power and pride, convinced that Allah is on their side and they can do no wrong, today’s Salafis are unabashed when it comes to the things of Islam, from evoking them to upholding them.

But of course, all this honesty is for naught for those many in the West who, having eyes and ears, do not see or hear reality.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Islamists are VERY outspoken in what their demands are, and few take them at their word. In fact, they are as clear as can be, but westerners are deaf, dumb and blind. As such, western poohbahs endanger an entire civilization – ours!
    Jizya is an underpinning of Sharia Law, as is jihad. And even if "infidels" pay the extorted tax, there is no guarantee that their head will not separate from their shoulders. I am not being facetious. I am dead serious – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/06/islam-barbari

    Take the above to the bank. To heart too.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Michael Rosensweig

      For more then 1400 years now, Islam has been a murderous religion. If it isn't infidels, they kill each other. They are a blood thirsty people with no respect for life. Unless one does it all their way. Sworn to kill all who are different, as if they are the utmost of any god's laws. Blood, blood, and more blood. That's Islam.

    • Carmen

      Must be nice living in a fools paradise. ….

  • davarino

    Oh its not aide? Now I'm going to feel a lot better once we stop "paying" this tax and send these backwoods retards packing. This gravey train aint going to last forever. Laugh it up funny boys. The only reason your in this position is oil. After that, you got nothin, then its back to the 5th century with you. Dont worry, America will be back. You can only kick us around so long then our "Aide" will go bye bye and you'll be back to eating camel dung. Enjoy it while you can.

    Oh I hear camel urine has medicinal qualities heheheheheheh, no really

  • davarino

    I have to stop calling muslims backwoods ret@rds.

    sorry : )

    • Ar'nun

      Only because it is triple redundant.

    • Drakken

      I prefer to call them inbred savages myself.

  • DemetriusMinneapolis

    "that it is the price Americans have to pay …so we can leave them alone!"
    Well if that is not a good reason to cut them off now, I don't know what is. Bring. It. On.

    • Drakken

      They will push us too far soon enough, I say let them, and then let it rain.

  • marios

    Are our Congressmen and Senators familiar with this web cite? Do they know facts which are in this article? Dear Mr. Horowitz, expand your great work and please, reach those who make decisions in the Capitol. We are in danger. BHO policy brought us to red line. Salafits are right: we pay jazia to them. Obama pay jazia to Taliban to keep Power here, he betrayed our ambassador and three more Americans in Libya and they were killed by those Islamofaschists. What is next? There is islamization of our own country and not only the most common people have no clue about it but our law makers neither.

    • defcon 4

      I think most of Congress is corrupt beyond words. I think most of our Congress is in the back pocket of islamofascist states and NGO's. It would be nice if ABSCAM were brought back, as it had no problems uncovering corrupt senators. Or perhaps the House Committee on Unamerican activities, maybe this time around they could investigate just who exactly is funding the campaigns of our corrupt politicos.

    • jacob

      May I remind you that, in spite of House opposition, the omnipotent POTUS went ahead and gave
      Egypt the money the House refused to authorize….!!!!

      Then rest assured that, regardless of how patent the Muslim position is, the POTUS will find ways
      of paying this "Jihza" tax to his correligionists….

  • LindaRivera

    Not one dollar, British pound or Euro should be given to Egypt or any other Muslim country! Western countries have extremely severe economic problems! We desperately need that money in our own countries! In Cyprus, ruling elites are taking money from people's bank accounts!

    Not only do Western ruling elites give huge sums of money to Muslim countries every year, Britain and Europe have colonized their countries with many millions of Muslims and ruling elites force taxpayers to financially support Muslims, including Muslim males' harems of multiple wives and huge numbers of children. It is a terrible injustice and is a form of SLAVERY. Despised, hard-working infidels are forced to work for highly favored Muslims. All this, whilst homeless British veterans sleep in the streets!

    JUSTICE and HUMAN RIGHTS FOR NON-MUSLIMS NOW!

  • LindaRivera

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    Paul Weston on Islamophobia
    …Simon Hughes, not wishing to be outdone, has been recorded speaking to a Muslim audience (the video can be seen here) where he stated the following awful words:

    Every country in the world is your country … we want you to participate not just as voters, we want you to be leaders … to be Cabinet members, to be Prime Minister … we need you to lead our politics … . http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/index.php/news-liberty

  • C.S.

    you're all so brainwashed! why do you imagine that this one whack job knows what he is talking about. is every right wing christian on fox radio an expert in christianity?

    "Historically, the jizya was money, or tribute, that conquered non-Muslims had to pay to their Muslim overlords to safeguard their existence, as indicated in Koran 9:29."

    in other words, the "conquered" were not forced to convert and "safe guard their existence" means they enjoyed the security of the state, not extortion! its like the taxes you pay to fund military and police

    except non muslims were not required to serve in military or police, you pay jizya instead. this article is just anti islamic propaganda.

    if you want to know about islam, Just read the Koran, it's not hard and there is good english translation by guy named Abdullah Yusif Ali, google it, its even on line, its short. Find out who is really lying to you

    • Sound Doc

      Either one pays the money to spread Islam, or he dies under Islam rule. Islam is like a snake in stealth and cunning . Just like Satan, wise to do evil. Jesus Christ said. ''Whoever is not WITH ME is against me. Islam is against Jesus Christ. It has what the true Apostle said; ''ANOTHER JESUS'' The Jesus of Islam did not purchase us by His blood. Peter warned of such false prophets as Muhammad who would deny the Blood and blaspheme greatly; 2Pe 2:1 ¶ But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. [MANY DO FOLLOW HIS LIES]
      2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.

    • CS Not

      Jizya is just a way to boil a frog.

      You have light taxes at 1st and then after the population has been disarmed and the newer member of of a conquered people cannot fight because they have never been trained then you up the tax rate.

      It was done in Egypt.

      The 1st Muslim governor extracted light taxes. He was replaced years later by a governor that extracted heavy taxes. By that time the chances of a successful rebellion are greatly reduced.

      You keep raising taxes on the non Muslims to encourage them to become Muslim.

      • defcon 4

        Interestingly enough, I've read there were islamofascist empires where kufars were disallowed from conversion to islam? Why? They made more money that way…

    • Sean

      you're all so brainwashed! why do you imagine that this one whack job knows what he is talking about. is every right wing christian on fox radio an expert in christianity?

      How upset to get about this is dependent
      - on how many followers he has,
      - want they advocate doing to other people and
      - if he is good standing with others.

      Take the Westboro Chruch. It is not representative of Christians. It is one extended family of 20 to 40 people. It does not represent Christianity. It does represent its' founder who has always been deranged.

    • defcon 4

      "Non-muslims were not required to serve in military or police." nice obfuscation of reality there Hajji. Non muslims weren't allowed to be ARMED, AT ALL, in muslime Spain, to facilitate their easy oppression at the hands of their muslime masters. One of the first things the muslime Turks did, before the Armenian Genocide was committed was the demobilize (i.e. disarm) ALL Armenian soldiers. Then the genocide began in earnest. How many kufar police officers or judges are there in Saudi Arabia? Iran? Iraq? Egypt? Somalia? Indonesia? I'm betting NONE. How about women? Your Al Taqiyya lies run thin.

    • Drakken

      Who is lying to us? Too easy, you effing muzzy savages do on a daily basis so up yours hadji, we will be dealing with you and your kind soon enough. God Bless the Crusades.

  • Sound Doc

    Why cannot the rich oil countries should help them. After all, B.O. will not allow us to drill our own oil, but wants us to support them instead, That is why America is falling under the hands of those vile Allah worshipers.

    • Drakken

      Why would the oil shieks give money when our dumbazz pols give them savages our tax money for free.

  • kaz

    the shocking thing is that the criminals in charge of our government will continue to pay, even after our egyptian allies have been kind enough to be honest about exactly what it is that the billions are paying for.

    millions for defense, not one cent for tribute—thomas jefferson. (but that was back when we had real men in government, not strictly traitors and 'small felines')

    billions for tribute, but not one cent for defense–barack hussein obama

  • Jaladhi

    Muslims only know to rape, murder, invade and loot. Looting takes different forms and jizya is one of them, plain and simple. All aid to Muslims should be cut off as of now, should have been done 100 years back or 1400 years back. They will never be satisfied with any amount of humanitarian aid you give them. Just stop all aid and let the oil rich despots help their own wretched Muslim population!! we have had enough. Money is needed right here at home instead of doling it out to our enemies.

  • Asher

    So now its come to blackmail…send us money or its Jihad time. We will never forgive the politicians in Washington, who have no balls that allowed our country to get in this kind of shape…Totally Shameful!

    • Drakken

      Let them wage their jihad, then we can return the favor with a Crusades on steroids.

  • popseal

    My government may be DHIMMI, but I'm not. CNN apologizes for Muslim atrocities, but I don't. Many of we Americans are sick of our foreign policy. I refuse to acknowledge Mohammed as anything but a known killer. Islam is a violent superstition. Ignore the Oxford History of Islam and Encyclopedia Britannica if you will.

  • Jon

    Please have the courage to unite and stop the Islamic progres. We are afraid of being labelled racist so we comment on these websites because its all that we can do. The time will come when the struggle will be for our existence but by then we would have already lost.

  • US Muslim

    "True Islamic view" only according to you and fools like you, like this idiot cleric. I've been for cutting off all aid to Egypt since they elected the MB into their govt.

  • John
  • jerry

    Has anyone connected the dots on the obama health plan as a collection of JIZYA? When the govt. forces people to buy expensive, useless insurance or pay fines under threat of jail. Only a tiny percentage of the collected funds will go for health reimbursement. But huge salaries to the traitor ceo's, kickback to Washington and the major percentage ending up in the islamic Sovereign Banks.