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'The Forgotten Christians': Copts' struggle in Egypt continues
« on: February 10, 2012, 03:50:00 PM »
It has been a year since the 'Arab Spring' led to the departure from office of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. However, the Coptic Christian community remains in duress, and many have fled the country for new homes elsewhere.

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...Since Mubarak’s ouster last year, escalating persecution against Copts has led to what one refugee calls a mass Christian “exodus” from Egypt. Forty Copts died in 22 separate incidents in the first half of 2011, compared to just 15 in all of 2010. For the first time ever, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has recommended that Egypt be designated a “Country of Particular Concern,” placing it on par with the likes of North Korea, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia with respect to religious freedom. Human rights groups estimate that approximately 100,000 Christians have fled Egypt since the revolution, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service reports that the number of Copts seeking asylum in America more than doubled in 2011.

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Re: 'The Forgotten Christians': Copts' struggle in Egypt continues
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2012, 10:32:46 AM »
Another article on the plight of Christians in the Muslim world. I do not know what the solution is, but it must be stressed that Islam has no tolerance for any other faiths. Islam regards itself, not as a subsequent faith to Judaism and Christianity, but as the primordial religion, the faith which Judaism and Christianity are subsequent developments. The Qur'an states," that Abraham was not a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a monotheist, a Muslim. (Al Imran 3:66) Christians and  Jews who disbelieve in Muhammad will go to hell. (Al-Bayyinah). Muslims should not take Christians and Jews for friends. (Al-Ma'idah 5:51) They must fight against Christians and Jews who refuse Islam until they surrender, pay the poll tax and are humiliated. (At-Taubah 9:29).

thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/02/05/ayaan-hirsi-ali-the-global-war-on-christians-in-the-muslim-world

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Re: 'The Forgotten Christians': Copts' struggle in Egypt continues
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2012, 10:37:24 AM »
Sorry I forgot the link.  :-[ :) http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/02/10/the-forgotten-christians/

Thanks for pointing that out.  :)

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Re: 'The Forgotten Christians': Copts' struggle in Egypt continues
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2012, 12:29:04 PM »
Another article on the plight of Christians in the Muslim world. I do not know what the solution is, but it must be stressed that Islam has no tolerance for any other faiths. Islam regards itself, not as a subsequent faith to Judaism and Christianity, but as the primordial religion, the faith which Judaism and Christianity are subsequent developments. The Qur'an states," that Abraham was not a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a monotheist, a Muslim. (Al Imran 3:66) Christians and  Jews who disbelieve in Muhammad will go to hell. (Al-Bayyinah). Muslims should not take Christians and Jews for friends. (Al-Ma'idah 5:51) They must fight against Christians and Jews who refuse Islam until they surrender, pay the poll tax and are humiliated. (At-Taubah 9:29).

thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/02/05/ayaan-hirsi-ali-the-global-war-on-christians-in-the-muslim-world

A funny thing about the pre-Islamic monotheism followed by Abraham, which according to the Qur'an is that of a hanif (monotheist, but neither Jewish nor Christian), is that this word is a cognate with the E. Syriac hanpa, meaning "pagan, heathen"! This has been noted at least as far back as Noldeke (1910). Part of the confusion probably comes from the early Islamic philologists' attempts to derive it from an Arabic word meaning "decline, turn away from" (paganism?), but this was proved to be a convenient back-formation by Margoulith (1903), as the earlier, pre-Islamic uses of the term carried the same meaning as the Syriac, and furthermore some of the Muslim authorities themselves recognized it as a foreign word (e.g., Masudi, in his Al-Tanbih wa-l-Ashraf, recognizes it as a Syriac word).

Once again, Muhammad hears of these people and stories and just sort of runs with them, remaking them as he sees fit to prop up his new religion. The wedding of all pre-Islamic figures to Islam whether via the Qur'an or any other way is certainly a marriage of convenience.