Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to Coptic Christians: Convert to Islam, or pay ‘jizya’ tax

published on September 28, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters have began forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in Egypt to pay a jizya tax as
indicated in Koran 9:29, author and translator Raymond Ibrahim reported on Sunday.

Jizya is the money, or tribute, “that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords ‘with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued’ to safeguard their existence,” Mr. Ibrahim explained.

According to Fr. Yunis Shawqi, who spoke yesterday to Dostor reporters in Dalga, all Copts in the village, “without exception,” are being forced to
pay the tax.

“[The] value of the tribute and method of payment differ from one place to another in the village, so that, some are being expected to pay 200 Egyptian pounds per day, others 500 Egyptian pounds per day,” Mr. Shawqi said, according to the translator.

In some cases, families not able to pay have been attacked. As many as 40 Christian families have now fled Dalga, Mr. Ibrahim reported.

The taxes are not unique to Egypt either.

Just over the weekend Syrian rebels went into a Christian man’s “shop and gave him three options: become Muslim; pay $70,000 as a tax levied on
non-Muslims, known as jizya; or be killed along with his family,” Christian
Science Monitor reported.

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  1. Vilasni Reply

    September 28, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Egyot’s Coptic Christians
    So where are all the bleeding heart liberals and human rights champions? Don’t they know these are christians that are discriminated against, not Hindus, that group of people who are their favourite punching bag, who they are always blaming whenever anything happens to their beloved muslims. what a bunch of frauds these so-called champions of humanity are!

  2. Kurien Reply

    September 28, 2013 at 3:07 am

    This is nothing unusual. Many Syrian Christian families migrated during the 8th & 9th centuries to Kerala in order to escape from religious prosecution in Persia and Iraq. Some Syrian Christians came as traders to Kerala. We are thankful to Hindu rulers and the community as such for giving us shelter and land. My mother’s family has still some records of their earlier migration.

  3. Ravi Reply

    September 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    This system prevailed in India too at the rime of muslim ruler auragazeb. This was taught in school history text too in my childhood. Later when vote bank policy took over and education was surrendered to muslims, it was removed. If fear of BJP winning is not there, congress would have helped muslims collect this as vote bank policy. Even now haj subsidy is one form of jiziya only. Those days are not far ahead.

  4. Ajith Kumar Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Jaziya Tax
    Who said Jazia abolished in India,Muslim Girl Student get stipend,Muslim have job reservation,free enterence training,laptop,this that what not..

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