Christians Should "Convert, Pay Tribute, or Leave," Says Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood Candidate? (GateStone Institute) by Raymond Ibrahim 05/30/12)
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"They need to know that conquest is coming, that Egypt will be
Islamic, and that they must pay jizya or emigrate," Morsi reportedly
According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad
Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared
that he will "achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the
second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay
the jizya," the additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute,
required of non-Muslims, or financial tribute.
In a brief report written by Samuel al-Ashay and published by El
Bashayer on May 27, Morsi allegedly made these comments while
speaking with a journalist at the headquarters of the Muslim
Brotherhood´s Freedom and Justice Party, adding "We will not allow
Ahmed Shafiq [his contending presidential candidate] or anyone else
to impede our second Islamic conquest of Egypt."
After his interviewer pointed out that the first Muslim conquest of
Egypt was "carried out at the hands of Amr bin al-As [in 641]," he
asked Morsi, "Who will the second Islamic conqueror be?" Morsi,
replied, "The second Muslim conqueror will be Muhammad Morsi,"
referring to himself, "and history will record it."
When asked what he thought about many Christian Copts coming out to
vote for his secular opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, Morsi reportedly
said, "They need to know that conquest is coming, and Egypt will be
Islamic, and that they must pay jizya or emigrate."
If this interview is accurate, certainly Morsi would not be the first
political Islamist in Egypt to say he wants to see the nation´s
Christians subjugated and made to pay jizya (see here for more
However, considering that the English language media are currently
reporting that Morsi is trying to woo Egypt´s Christians and women to
win more votes, it is difficult to imagine that he actually made
those comments: one does not doubt that he favors the idea of
a "second Islamic conquest" and the subjugation of Christians; one
doubts that he would be so foolish as to reveal his mind now,
publicly, and thereby jeopardize his chances of winning the
Then again, his remarks are reported in the context of a private
meeting at the headquarters of the Brotherhood´s political party.
Perhaps Morsi thought he was speaking to a fellow Islamist who would
not expose him? Perhaps he was frustrated at having to win Copts over
and was "venting"? Stay tuned.
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