‘Muslim Jesus’ Demands Sharia Law and Jizya Tribute

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). 


Jesus-Muslim-prophetTime and again, Muslims, especially those in Egypt, project Islamic thinking onto Christians: thus the Coptic church has been accused of smuggling and storing weapons in its churches to take over the nation (when in fact mosques are regularly exposed housing illegal weapons for the jihad); of kidnapping and torturing Coptic girls who convert to Islam (when in fact Muslim converts to Christianity—apostates—are regularly beat, imprisoned, and sometimes killed); and even of supporting suicide-attacks when the church speaks of Copts being martyred (because in Islam being “martyred” so often means actively sacrificing one’s life in “holy war”).

Now a well-known cleric in Egypt—the same who insists that Muslim husbands must hate their non-Muslim wives—has just proclaimed that Jesus was against the idea of separation of church and state and that he supported the idea of jizya, the Koran-mandated tribute conquered non-Muslims, or dhimmis, are required to pay their overlords, “with willing submission,” per Koran 9:29.

Sheikh Yusuf Burhami, the most visible leader of Egypt’s Salafi movement—which, since the ousting of the Brotherhood, has become the primary Islamist party imposing Sharia in the new constitution—recently issued an Arabic-language fatwa arguing that the biblical statement attributed to Jesus—“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.’” (Matt 22:21)—could not, as widely held by Christians, have meant that Jesus supported the separation of church and state, “because,” in Burhami’s words, “a separation between state and religion contradicts the texts of the Koran.”

By way of example, Burhami quotes the Koran in his fatwa, including verses like “Indeed, the matter belongs entirely to Allah” (Koran 3:154), which mainstream Islamic exegesis holds as meaning all earthly matters—all laws—must be decided by Allah, hence the totalitarian nature of Sharia law.

Asserts Burhami: “It’s impossible for the Masih [Messiah, Jesus]—peace be upon him—to call for the separation of state and religion, as meaning that politics are to be governed without the Sharia of Allah.”

Instead, according to the Salafi leader, the “true” Jesus—the Muslim one, Isa, who is a supporter of Sharia—made that assertion to confirm that conquered populations must pay tribute—jizya; or, in the context of Jesus’ discussion concerning the image of Caesar on a coin, that 1st century Jews were obligated to pay tribute to the Romans.

Thus, by rendering tribute to Caesar, Jews were also—as there is no separation between religion and state according to Burhami—rendering unto God what is God’s, since it is God (or “Allah”) who calls on them to pay tribute, or jizya.  That, according to the Salafi party of Egypt is what Jesus meant.

In the backdrop of Burhami’s fatwa are growing calls to make Egypt’s Christian Copts pay jizya to the state, as they historically did, as the Koran demands, and as vigilante Muslims are currently forcing them to do through violence.

Koran 9:29 calls on Muslims to fight and subjugate the “people of the book” (Jews and Christians) “until they pay jizya [tribute] with willing submission and feel themselves utterly subdued.”   If followed to the letter—and of all Muslims, Salafis most seek to follow the letter of the Koran—along with paying tribute, Copts would also be required to “feel themselves utterly subdued,” that is, far from being equal citizens of Egypt, they would be relegated to third-class status.

Meanwhile, if Muslims like Burhami are projecting Islam’s worst traits onto Christians (and onto Christ), Westerners are projecting Western civilization’s best traits (ironically born of Christian teachings)—including tolerance and pluralism—onto Muslims and thus incapable of believing the ugly reality of Christian suffering under Islam.

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  • lorraine

    All these comments of the Islamic cleric are about the strangest I’ve ever heard about Jesus saying Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. To me what Jesus said is self explanatory. I don’t think Jesus spoke at all about Muslims is the Bible, except to say there would be false prophets in the days to come. The teachings of Jesus were just the opposite of what Muslims teach.
    I hope someone in charge in Egypt will give the Coptic Christians fair treatment, at least not to be treated as third rate citizens.

    • Robert Lande

      If I recall from Robert Spencer’s book “Did Muhammad Exist” the words Islam and Muslim were not used at the time of Jesus because Islam did not exist at that time. In fact there is very little evidence that those terms were used while Muhammad was alive. At that time the Arabs consisted of tribes led by warlords like Muhammad. Much of the written records, the Qur’an and the hadiths were written hundreds of years after Muhammad’s death in 632 and are based in part on distortions of the Jewish and Christian traditions. Many of the hadiths are believed to be forgeries and Islam has a complicated set of rules to determine which hadiths are reliable.

      • Moa

        Islam is derived from the “Arian heresy” of Christianity. Mohammed then perverted what he overheard of that (since he could neither read nor write) into his own evil ends – like rape, pillage, incest with his daughter-in-law, pedophilia, assassinations, lying torture, taking and raping slaves, etc etc. Muslims consider Mohammed to be “the perfect mean” and aspire to be exactly like him.

  • Bamaguje

    For me “give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” means religious bodies should pay tax. Why then are they tax exempt when Jesus himself paid tax?

    • CaoMoo

      Because even christian religions corrupted christ’s teachings and they dominated Govt for a long time.

    • Robert Lande

      Because of the belief that the power to tax is the power to destroy and the doctrine of separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution. The doctrine of separation of church and state applies to all religions and is not exclusive to Christianity.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Bama, Jesus wasn’t big on human institutions like government. Using today’s modes of thinking, I believe He would say that government dehumanizes individuals. The more government there is, the more dehumanization. The individual gets lost in the the maze of laws and regulations.

      Jesus paid tax because He was required to (and it wasn’t yet time for His death). Then, he influenced a certain tax collector named Matthew to leave his job and follow Him …

    • objectivefactsmatter

      It means religious bodies are not necessarily exempt from paying tax to the sovereign. It means the authority for church and state are distinctly separate with distinct laws and doctrines.

  • immykal

    I get it now .. Caesar must have been a Muslim Cleric issuing Fatwas … and the Roman Army were Jihaddists … and to think, it only took the brilliance of Sheikh Yusus Burhami to set world history straight .. The Roman Empire was really a Caliphate …thanks for clearing that all up Mr. Idiot Cleric..

    • CaoMoo

      Ceasar Caliph both start with C so you’re right that must be it! Give Obama’s peace prize to Burhami for this important revelation.

  • Realist

    Isn’t it interesting to look at the parallels between Islame and Lefty Socialists, especially the tactics they both employ. Libs are very fond of trying to equate tenets of Christianity – especially the concept of good works/sacrifice – with socialist proscriptions and tell us that the socialist demands of manditory “sacrifice” required of anyone successful is the same thing as voluntary giving/sacrifice as dictated by ones own heart as preached in the scriptures. Islame now attempts the same deceit, albeit in a much more crude and primitive way.

    The moral inversion created by The LIE, where what is good is portrayed as bad and what is bad is self-righteously celebrated as the apex of good, is necessary for both the Libs and Islame-ists to cajole, threaten and terrorize non-believers into acceptance and silence, but it is also the clay feet upon which both are constructed. Building your “perfect” society on an unstable foundation of lies is a guaranteed recipe for civil mayhem, catastrophe and much suffering and such societies will collapse in upon themselves in due course.

    • defcon 4

      If the opponents to islam0nazism lose, the lieberal islam0nazi apologists/collaborators/sympathizers will lose as well — because islam0nazis don’t share power w/non-muslims.

  • Lanna

    Jesus, The Nazarine, Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and born to the Virgin Mary was fully Jewish of the Line of David the King! Islam loves to lie and twist his heritage. There is one God Exodus 3:13 I am who I am. Exodus 3:14 God told Moses to say to the people of Israel, “The Lord the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever and ever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. Exodus 3:15. We are not to tamper with God’s name. Use the names God has given to us for himself, and we are to recognize that God takes his name seriously because he desires to be rightly known by Human beings. Muslims do not speak of God as their heavenly father. In the Islamic faith, Allah is not only a different name for God, the deity it designates is far more impersonal than the God of the Bible. Father…the very name that Jesus gave us as the designated name for use in prayer is a name that simply does not fit Allah as depicted in the Quran. Furthermore, Muslims claim that Allah has no son. This represents a head on collision between the God of the Bible and Allah. For as the bible makes it clear, the one and only true God is most perfectly revealed as the Father of the Son, Jesus. Muslims deny that God has a son, they explicitly reject any Trinity language. From the very starting point, Islam denies that Christianitky takes as its central truth claim: the fact that Jesus is the only begotten of the Father. If Allah has no son, then Allah is not the God who reveals himself through the son. How then can calling God..Allah not lead to anything but confusion and worse?

    • IrrevocablyRedeemed

      Lanna, our God’s name isn’t “God”, it’s Yahweh. In Hebrew, Exodus 3:14 reads: Moses said “Yahweh, the God of your fathers…” But I do agree with you that Yahweh and Allah are not the same, I just think if more Christians used His literal name instead of just calling him “God” that other religions wouldn’t think they could co-opt our Father.

      • Lanna

        Yes, It is Yahweh, I have also heard the Orthodox Jews call him Hashem, Adonai, Elohim, El Shaddai, Jehovah. The Bright Morning Star, Bread of Life, Chief Cornerstone, Eternal Father. My meaning is that He is the true Deity of the Universe, there is NO other! John 1:1, 14-18 Romans 9:5 Jesus is God…Christ is in his very nature God and all the fullness of the essence is in Him. He is worthy of our worship. Fullness of God: Colossians 2:9 See Son of God and Yahweh!

        • defcon 4

          I seriously doubt any Orthodox Jews would be saying J-e-h-o-v-a-h, or even writing it. After all that is the entire reason for the name Yahweh.

      • Lanna

        Another one you might like is Revelation 1:5 and 3:14 Jesus is Faithful. Christ is Truth in the flesh. His witness is always faithful. WE CAN TRUST HIS WORD TO NOT DECEIVE THOSE HE LOVES.

    • john spielman

      also muslim apologists insist that Deuteronomy 18:18 refers to Mohammed while it actually says that GOD ‘S prophets will be of Jewish heritage not descendants of Ishmael and Jesus HIMSELF claims that this passage refers to HIMSELF. Muhammed was a demon possessed pedophile murderer liar thief and adulterer. Even Pau,l the apostle, spoke about those like Mohammed that would be deceived by demons” masquerading as angels of light”

      • Lanna

        Yes, You’re right on all accounts John. In Deuteronomy 18: 15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers..(.that means Jews.) You must listen to him. For this is what you asked the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” 17 The Lord said to me: What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you among their brothers. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. Who is the prophet? Stephen used this verse to support his claim that Jesus is God’s Son, the Messiah Acts 7:37 The coming of Jesus to earth was NOT an afterthought, but part of God’s original plan. All prophecies of Jesus have been fulfilled, we can check the words with the Bible. God never contradicts himself, so if someone says something contrary to the Bible, we can know that it is NOT God’s word. Islam is a pagan religion, not from the Creator of the Universe.

        • john spielman

          absolutely!!! Jesus, HIMSELF, actually says that Moses wrote about HIM in the Torah (John 5:38-47) and it is Jesus who Moses was referring to as the “prophet”,( though many prophets were called by GOD in the old testament, Jesus is the “SPIRIT OF PROPHESY” Revelation 19:10!)

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Gee, I thought it was talking about me. I’m a prophet too you know.

          • defcon 4

            Blasphemer! I had thought muhammad was the last and final prophet of allah?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Sorry! I meant the Mahdi. I’m the Mahdi. Which makes me…

            Don’t confuse people. I still have a shot at controlling the world.

      • Lanna

        Satan is using some of the Islamic people to further his agenda, no doubt about it. Remember, The devil is a liar, 2nd Thessalonians 2: 9 Islam prides itself on the ability to deceive people! The Coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every (sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.) The man of lawlessness will deceive those who have refused to believe God’s truth.

  • usmcmailman

    You mean……SATAN !

  • chuckie2u

    One of the most glaring errors of Islam appears to be in the ability of any wild eyed deluded imam to declare his own version of a fatwah. It seems an imam can declare death to anyone be they Muslim,Jew, Christian or Infidel via his fatwah if he is disenchanted with anyone of anything. I dare say most Muslims have never read the Koran, Old Testament or New Testament and do not know what is in any of them.

    • defcon 4

      “Most muslims have never read the koran”? Are you high? The “Old Testament” and New Testament are irrelevant to islam, they have been corrupted and superseded by the holey words of muhammad.

      • Jonathan

        thats right they pick and choose. if the Bible disagrees with the Koran they say that is corrupted.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          They try to imagine what the Bible would have said if Mohamed was a prophet and that therefore what he said about the Bible was accurate.

          • defcon 4

            I don’t think musilmes read the bible, Torah, Tanakh or NT at all — unless it’s to gather ammunition to discredit Judaism and/or Christianity. Has anyone here ever heard an imam, mullah, ayatollah ever quote the Bible, Torah, Tanakh, Talmud in a positive light, ever?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Has anyone here ever heard an imam, mullah, ayatollah ever quote the Bible, Torah, Tanakh, Talmud in a positive light, ever?”

            Nope. They can’t show indications that it has any value without the need for Mohamed’s “corrections.” The leaders prefer to ignore it altogether if they can.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    Jesus’ “Render unto Caesar” statement had absolutely nothing to do with separation of church and state. It was made in the context of a trap laid for Him by His enemies.

    If He said, “Pay the Roman tax”, then He loses favor with many of His supporters.

    If He said, “Don’t pay the Roman tax”, then His enemies denounce Him to the Romans.

    Instead, He said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.”

    Jesus and His words have been used by people throughout history for their own purposes, and it shouldn’t surprise us that the Muslims use Him, also.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Instead, He said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.””

      There are other passages that also support the idea that Christians must submit to established authorities as opposed to rising up against the sovereign.

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        What, in your opinion, are the conditions that have to present to rise up against the sovereign, rather than submit?

        Also, in the time of Jesus, the Republic as we know it, today, did not exist. The Jewish people were under the thumb of the most powerful empire in the world … a sovereign power that did not tolerate uprisings (as the people of Judea found out, to their dismay, in 70ad, and after). Jesus knew what would happen if He preached a message to resist the Romans.

        In the modern world, we have the opportunity to dismiss our leaders through the democratic process. Theoretically, at least, we are the sovereign.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “What, in your opinion, are the conditions that have to present to rise up against the sovereign, rather than submit?”

          We have tyranny in the executive branch, and the legislative branch is teetering, so is the judicial branch but the latter two are still legitimate. Either the Supreme Court has to cross a threshold or congress does.

          Those threshold do exist, they’re just hard to define because I don’t pretend that I can imagine every possibility. But right now we’ve failed as citizens to use the lawful processes to fully restore our constitution. When it becomes clear that lawful means are no longer feasible to protect the US constitution, that is the time to consider it an act of patriotism to restore it by any means.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Very good explanation. I would add that the “any means” you spoke of is to be avoided, unless as the last extreme measure of our devotion to liberty. As a veteran, I know the awful price of war, and no war is more bloody and vicious than a civil war.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Our views are synchronized. It used to be that many if not most grade school age kids could have explained it too.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Exactly …

  • vladimirval

    Islamists, Marxists, dictators and dictator wannabes throughout history have been attempting to rewrite history to suit their goals. We must not be fooled by their attempts at deception. We must stand tall and counter their attempts at subversion. Our freedom, liberty, and lives depend on countering their lies.

    • Lanna

      WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE….HITLER WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MASTERS OF DECEPTION, KEEP TELLING THE BIG LIE OVER AND OVER TO ACCOMPLISH HIS GOALS.

  • oneteedoffpatriot

    All the koran does is prove that satan sucks at writing books.

  • Softly Bob

    Muslims like Leftists are fantasists and pathological liars.

  • Hass

    Heading towards a Democracy my arse.

  • defcon 4

    I’ve heard Christians who accept at face value the muslime lie that islam reveres Yeshua.

  • Jonathan

    these muslims are devils

  • JVictor

    This may sound harsh, but, Muslim clerics and the people who listen to them are idiots. They uphold the teachings of a “prophet” who was so uneducated that he believed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the same Miriam, who was Moses’ sister–and it’s in the Koran. Seriously. That is an error of more than 1,500 years. This type of buffoonery would be laughable if it weren’t for the fact that millions of people have been bamboozled by the teachings of the false prophet and his clerics which has led to the slaughter of millions more.

    • dad1927

      you a re talking about mohammed who had all this written. The bible was the source but some things he got wrong.

  • willaim

    i wonder what planet muslims are from jesus was a jew. if they want jesus religion they should become christians or jews

    • defcon 4

      Muslimes consider everyone a muslime, when you convert to islam, you’re a revert, because you’re reverting to the religion you’re supposed to be.

  • dad1927

    Their “jesus” was certainly NOT the one in the new testament. This one is coming back to kill infidels on the second coming. Following this one is why obama calls himself a “christian” Sounds like a cheap knock off from satan to me.

    • defcon 4

      Breaking the cross is part of the islamic eschatology of Issa’s triumphal return to cleanse the earth of the unbelieving kuffr.

  • defcon 4

    Muslim Jesus:
    1. likes little girls (yes, in THAT kind of way)
    2. hates Jews, Christians and the najjis kaffir in general
    3. likes little boys that know how to dance their way into a man’s heart
    4. says OK to clitorectomy
    5. likes a good head chopping
    6. encourages everyone muslime to go ahead and throw that first stone
    7. likes book burnings
    8. admires Hitler
    9. is a committed anti-Zionist
    10. enjoys a healthy mug of warm camel urine after a long day of slaughtering, pillaging and raping the najjis kaffir

  • Ben Gilpin

    i prefer mormon jesus

    • defcon 4

      In the heat of the Missouri “Mormon War” of 1838, Joseph Smith (founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints) made the following claim,“I
      will be to this generation a second Mohammed, whose motto in treating
      for peace was ‘the Alcoran [Koran] or the Sword.’ So shall it eventually
      be with us—‘Joseph Smith or the Sword!’ ”[1]

      Interestingly enough, Mormons in Utah committed a terrorist attack against a wagon train of unbelievers — killing practically everyone.

      • Notalibfool

        You must be referring to the Mountain Meadows Massacre that took place on September 11, 1857.