Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 130 | Wed 19 Oct 2011
EGYPT: ISLAM, DHIMMITUDE & THE MASPERO MASSACRE
By Elizabeth Kendal
Islam is a political religion that aims to achieve dominance -- demographically or through military or political conquest -- so that Muslims might rule and Sharia (Islamic Law / the law of Allah) might be applied. Where Islam is dominant, atheists and polytheists have two choices: convert to Islam or die. Jews and Christians (the People of the Book), however, have a third choice: dhimmitude -- they may pay for their 'protection' (i.e. their right to life) with 'jizya' ('tax': religiously sanctioned extortion) and by submitting to total subjugation and abject humiliation (Sura 9:29). The people subjugated are known as dhimmi (singular) and dhimma (plural). The state of subjugation -- dhimmitude -- is one of immense insecurity, vulnerability, perpetual anxiety and psychological trauma. The agreement between Muslims and the dhimma is known as the dhimma pact. If the dhimma pact is violated, then 'protection' ends and jihad resumes. Europe's rise and Islam's decline -- commencing in the late 17th Century and culminating in defeat for Islamic forces in the 20th Century's two world wars -- saw dhimmitude wane. Today, however, Islam is back and so too is dhimmitude -- and nowhere is this more evident than in Egypt.
On 30 September thousands of Muslims went on a pogrom in Elmarinab village in Egypt's Aswan Province after being incited in their mosques during Friday prayers. The military watched on without intervening while the Muslims destroyed St George's Church and other properties owned by Coptic Christians. State-run media subsequently whitewashed the incident. (NOTE: The Copts are the indigenous people of Egypt, the true descendants of the Pharaohs. They have been Christian for 2000 years.) The Muslim pogrom was launched in response to church renovations. Though the Christians had legal permission to repair their dangerously dilapidated church, church repair is nevertheless something clearly prohibited by the dhimma pact, for the Christians must be seen to be humiliated.
On Sunday 9 October Christians, along with numerous sympathetic Muslims, peacefully protested outside Cairo's Maspero building, the home of Egyptian state television and radio. They were calling for an end to religious discrimination, but to demand equity and justice instead of accepting subjugation and humiliation is to rebel against the dhimma pact. This time the reprisal came first and foremost from the Egyptian military. As violence escalated outside Maspero, state media falsely reported that armed Coptic protesters had attacked the military, killing three soldiers, and issued an appeal for loyal Muslims to rise up to defend their military. Thousands of angry Muslims responded. So that the truth could not be reported the military attacked the studios of al-Hurra (The Free One) TV, targeting Christian reporters and forcing its closure.
The Maspero Massacre left 26 dead and more than 300 wounded. Eye witnesses have testified that soldiers and police chased, shot and beat Christians while abusing them as 'infidels' and 'sons of dogs'. Whilst the state media did apologise for its false report (blaming a 'nervous reporter') the military publicly denied they had killed any Christians, despite volumes of video and mobile phone footage showing armoured vehicles running down Christians and crushing them amidst cries of 'Allahu Akbar' (Allah is great). On Sunday 16 Oct, Magdy Fahim Mosaad became the 27th Christian protestor to die when he succumbed to the injuries he received on Sunday 9th when he was run over by an armored personnel carrier.
The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has taken control of the investigation. SCAF will doubtless call for 'reconciliation' whereby the military makes peace with the Christians in exchange for the Christians dropping all charges. Such 'reconciliation' appeases the short-sighted, 'can't-be-bothered' West and satisfies Egypt's Islamists because the dhimma pact prohibits Christians testifying against Muslims. The rise of intolerant Islam, the return of dhimmitude and the guarantee of impunity for acts of violent persecution bode ill for Egypt's Christians.
PLEASE PRAY SPECIFICALLY THAT GOD WILL --
* comfort those who mourn and bring peace to those who fear by confirming his presence and everlasting love, wielding his right arm of justice. 'Be strong; fear not! Behold your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.' (Isaiah 35:4 ESV)
* bring down the idol of Islam in Egypt and draw Egyptians to look beyond all idols -- Islam, the military, political leaders -- to the Living God; may the LORD make himself known to the Egyptians (Isaiah 19).
* awaken all who support human rights worldwide to the reality of Islamic religious apartheid and the gross affront of dhimmitude to universal human rights; may a cry go out around the world against it. 'For nothing will be impossible with God.' (Luke 1:37 ESV)
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EGYPT'S COPTIC CHRISTIANS AND THE MASPERO MASSACRE
On Sunday 9 October Egypt's indigenous Coptic Christians protested peacefully outside Cairo's Maspero building, the home of Egyptian state television and radio, calling for an end to religious discrimination. Eventually the Egyptian military intervened violently crushing the protest. Video footage shows military armoured vehicles running down unarmed Christian citizens, crushing and killing them amidst cries of 'Allahu Akbar' (Allah is great). Eye witnesses testify that soldiers and police chased, shot and beat Christians while abusing them as 'infidels' and 'sons of dogs'. State media issued false reports about what was happening and called for Muslims to rise up against the Christians to defend the military. The military has whitewashed the massacre which claimed 27 lives and left more than 300 wounded. Please pray for Egypt's imperilled Christians.