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Al Azhar Scholar: Christian Copts Will Pay Jizya

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During a recent interview, Dr. Mahmoud Shu‘ban, a professor at Egypt’s prestigious Al Azhar University, made clear that the Copts, Egypt’s Christian minority, will pay the jizya—what is often referred to in the West as an Islamic “poll tax.” According to the Al Azhar professor, “If non-Muslims were to learn the meaning of ‘jizya,’ they would ask for it to be applied—and we will apply it, just like Islam commands us to.” His logic is that, if Christians pay the jizya, they would buy for themselves “protection,” hence why they themselves should want to pay it.

Dr. Mahmoud Shu’ban

Most Western apologists for Islam also claim that jizya money was historically paid to protect conquered dhimmis, though they often imply protection from outside enemies, non-Muslims. In fact, the jizya was/is protection money from surrounding Muslims themselves—precisely Shu‘ban’s point: pay up and maybe your churches won’t be burned and your girls routinely abducted; because you are not paying, you are not protected from such things and have no right to complain.

Incidentally, this Shu‘ban is the same scholar who went into hysterics on live TV, insisting that an Egyptian Muslim man who tore a Koran “deserves to be struck by the sword in a public place—and as soon as possible; as soon as possible; as soon as possible!” He is also the same sheikh who recently issued another fatwa on live TV calling for the killing of the leaders of Egypt’s secular National Salvation Front party for being openly critical of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, when all the latter want to do is enforce the laws of Allah. He unhesitatingly pronounced that the “Sharia of Allah” demands their killing, basing his decree on the words of prophet Muhammad—specifically, to behead those who oppose the Islamic leader—as found in the canonical collections ofSahih Muslim.

In short, Professor Shu‘ban is one of Egypt’s most frank scholars of Islam. Those who would learn the true, unadulterated teachings of Islam would do well to heed his words, for he never seems to miss an opportunity to expose the things of Islam (for those who have eyes and ears to see and hear with, that is).

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  • MorseAlhambra

    To whom is the jizya paid? The government? A group of clerics? And how do individual Christians prove that they have paid it? Moreover, will the radical Islamic groups accept Chistians in Egypt even if the jizya is paid? Sorry to ask so many questions — I hope someone can answer them, though.

  • http://twitter.com/sloras Scott

    Egyptians never learn. You thought the locusts were bad … just wait.

  • Dan Nowotarski

    President Obama and his administration supported the radical Muslim Brotherhood Morsi, so why now the silence when the Coptic Christians are being persecuted? It was a bad decision from the start to support anyone from the radical Muslim Brotherhood. Most new from the word go that when the President Obama supported radical Muslim Brotherhood Morsi was made President the people were going to be worse off than with the dictator Mubarak, who had jailed members of the Muslim Brotherhood and would not let them push their radical agenda. Mubarak also warned that when he left the Muslim Brotherhood would take over. President Obama and his administration should have supported the protesters who wanted Real Freedom or stayed out of it. So why does it appear that President Obama and his administration have no concern for the Coptic Christians being persecuted in Egypt, President Obama had said “I will stand with the Muslims should the Political winds shift in an ugly direction”. I believe he’s doing just that. He and his administration supported the radical Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, pay attention to what’s happening in Syria, Libya and throughout the middle east. We here in America aren’t being persecuted from Muslims as those Christians in the middle east, but it’s only a matter of time, pay attention. God Bless America, Raymond Ibrahim and all Real Freedom Fighting Patriots!

  • Sonny L

    “Those who would learn the true, unadulterated teachings of Islam would do well to heed his words, for he never seems to miss an opportunity to expose the things of Islam (for those who have eyes and ears to see and hear with, that is).”

    Exactly, and that’s just it – most people in the west no longer have eyes and ears to hear with!

  • http://www.facebook.com/NomeAK Sarah David

    Egypt is a mess. More chaos to come. More suffering. Madness. Anger. Societal fear and hate. Misery loves company. A mass toilet with the Nile slowly pushing their open waste through the region.