Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 144 | Wed 01 Feb 2012
EGYPT: THE GROSS INSECURITY OF THE DHIMMI
By Elizabeth Kendal
In an Islamic State, a Jew or Christian may keep their religion as
long as they live in total submission to the Islamic order. Known as
'dhimmis', these subjugated second-class citizens are without basic
fundamental human rights. Any resistance, and their life and property
are forfeit. In accordance with Islam, no Islamic State will ever
prosecute Muslims for killing and/or looting Christians who demand
their human rights. This impunity creates gross insecurity.
* ESCALATING VIOLENCE, THEFT & EXTORTION
On 20 January a Muslim mob chanting 'Allahu Akbar' went on a pogrom,
attacking and torching properties belonging to Copts in the village of
Rahmaniya-Kebly, Nag Hammadi, in Upper (southern) Egypt's volatile Qena
Province. According to Mary Abdelmassih of the Assyrian International News
, security forces were present but reportedly did not intervene and
the fire brigade turned up 90 minutes late. Miraculously, nobody was killed or
injured. It is understood the pogrom started with a Muslim suggesting that a
Coptic-owned hut be torched to make way for a mosque. This was no joke nor idle
threat, with the trend towards escalating incidents of Muslim appropriation of
Coptic properties for the benefit of the Muslim community.
also reports that some 4000 mostly Coptic residents from the village
of Bahgourah, a suburb of Nag Hammadi, are presently staging a sit-in at
the Nag Hammadi police headquarters to protest the lack of security
arising from police laxity. This was triggered by the 26 January attempted
kidnap and ultimate brutal slaying of Coptic building contractor Moawad Asaad
Samaan and his son Asaad (26) by a Muslim criminal gang angered by Moawad's
failure to pay protection money. According to Bishop Kyrollos, Bahgourah's Copts
'are continuously being subjected to terror and kidnapping'.
* ESCALATING KIDNAP, RAPE & FORCED ISLAMISATION
Hundreds of Christian girls are forcibly Islamised every year in Egypt. As
Coptic activist Mark Ebeid explains, the Salafi ultra-fundamentalist Muslims
'believe strongly that converting a Christian Infidel is in some ways like
earning a ticket to paradise -- not to mention the earthly remuneration they get
from the Saudis'. Generally, the Christian girls are kidnapped and pack raped
over many days. During this time they are brainwashed to believe they could
never return home because of the shame they would bring on their families. The
girls are then married off to Islamists and accepted by the Muslim community.
The Christian parents frantically searching for their abducted daughters are
obstructed at every turn. Today, the Islamisation of Egypt is being facilitated
post-Mubarak by the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and a massive influx of
thousands of Salafis returning from exile and being released from prison. Along
with this there has been a marked escalation in forced Islamisation of Coptic
girls. It appears that organised Islamisation rings are consolidating due to the
overt protection they are receiving from police and prosecutors.
In early December 2011 Coptic teenager Amira Gamal Saber (16) disappeared
from Saft-el-Khamar village, Minya Province. The head of security in Minya
confirmed her kidnapping but failed to act. On 15 January a man named Mohammad
Ahmed Ibrahim phoned the family demanding a ransom. After Amira's mother was
permitted to speak with her daughter on the phone, the family travelled to Giza
with the ransom money. Once there they were directed to the police station where
they were informed that government prosecutors were handling the case. In the
court, a bearded prosecutor Boulaq El Dakrour, backed by 12 more bearded lawyers
[Salafis do not shave], told Amira's parents that their daughter wanted to
convert to Islam. He ruled therefore, that Amira be sent to a state-run care
facility in Giza until she turns18 and may legally profess Islam for herself.
Amira was subsequently sent to a home affiliated to the Sharia association in
Giza. Her father is appealing to the Attorney General.
PLEASE PRAY SPECIFICALLY THAT --
* the Holy Spirit will draw Egypt's wounded, anxious Christians ever
closer to him.
* Egypt's Christians will learn to look to and depend on the LORD; may he
answer their cries and may the devil have no victory over them.
* God will reveal himself in Egypt as the One who judges, rules,
compensates, loves and saves. (Isaiah 40:10,11 ESV)
* the LORD will not only preserve but build his Church in Egypt (Matthew
16:18), ahead of the day when he will say, 'Blessed be Egypt my
people.' (Isaiah 19: 25b ESV)
SUMMARY TO USE IN BULLETINS UNABLE TO RUN THE WHOLE ARTICLE
GROSS INSECURITY INCREASES FOR CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT
Islamisation is advancing across Egypt post-Mubarak, facilitated by the
Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi ultra-fundamentalist Muslims. As the Islamic order
is established, Christians are reduced to second-class citizens without
fundamental human rights, their lives dependent on their total submission to the
Islamic order. Any resistance and their lives and properties are forfeit in
accordance with Islam. Murder, theft and extortion are becoming commonplace, as
is the abduction, rape and forced Islamisation of young Coptic girls. These
crimes are being committed with impunity, in accordance with Sharia. Thus
Christians are finding their security is deteriorating dramatically and rapidly.
The case of Coptic teenager Amira Gamal Saber (16), abducted and forcibly
converted in early December 2011, is being appealed to the Attorney General.
Please pray for Egypt and its Christians.
We suggest that churches and fellowships using the above Summary might
also provide a copy of the listed prayer points to be used in their
worship by people who are leading in prayer.
For more information, updates and helpful links see Elizabeth Kendal's
blog 'Religious Liberty Monitoring' <http://elizabethkendal.blogspot.com>.
Previous RLPBs may be viewed also at <http://rlprayerbulletin.blogspot.com/>.
This RLPB was written for the Australian Evangelical Alliance Religious
Liberty Commission (AEA RLC) by Elizabeth Kendal, an international
religious liberty analyst and advocate, and a member of the AEA RLC team.
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