Start A Petition
 
 
This thread is displayed with the most recent posts first.
 August 23, 2012 3:56 AM

Possible Conflict Looms in Egypt
Egypt is waiting in anticipation, wondering whether or not there will be a major confrontation tomorrow, August 24, between the supporters of the Islamist parties seeking to turn Egypt into a closed Islamic state, and those seeking a new, open civil country. An Egyptian blogger writes, “We are praying for Egypt…please join us in these critical days!”
Read More

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 June 30, 2012 5:50 AM

Muslim Brotherhood Candidate Morsi is Elected President
"Egyptian Christians need to put their trust in God in the midst of fear and uncertainties," says a Christian co-worker in Egypt about the turbulent situation in the country.
Read More

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 May 03, 2012 6:01 PM

Christian's Six-Year Sentence Upheld in Egypt
Under pressure from the Muslim community, a judge in Upper Egypt has upheld a six-year prison sentence for Makarem Diab, a Coptic Christian wrongly convicted of “blasphemy” against Islam and inciting sectarian strife.
Read More

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 April 12, 2012 6:36 PM

Court in Egypt Sentences Young Christian for "Insulting Islam"
In a show of partiality to Muslims who go unprosecuted for similar offenses against Christians, on April 4 a juvenile court sentenced Massoud, a Coptic Christian teenager, to three years in prison for allegedly insulting Islam.
Read More

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 09, 2012 4:18 AM

Islamists in Egypt Use Rumors to Attack Christians
An estimated 5,000 Muslims went on a two day rampage in an Egyptian village during February, damaging property and terrorizing Coptic Christians. The rioters were incited by a father's mistaken notion that his teenage daughter had converted to Islam and that Christians had kidnapped her in an attempt to force her to return to Christianity.
Read More  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 10, 2012 6:48 PM

Egyptian Elections and Impact on Christians
The Egyptian elections ushered in a strong majority for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's new government. Though many Christians are accepting the situation and abiding by the outcome, some church leaders hold the position that this election was not sufficiently objective. Carl Moeller sent a message from Cairo earlier this week asking for our prayers. View Video. To learn specific ways you can pray for Christians in Egypt,
Click Here

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 26, 2011 7:19 AM

Egyptians Mourn Massacre of Coptic Christians: In the wake of what could be the worst act of violence against Egyptian Christians in modern history, leaders of the Coptic Orthodox Church called for three days of mourning. The attack started on the afternoon of Sunday, October 9th, when Christian protestors marching through Cairo began getting pelted with rocks and other projectiles near an overpass that cuts through downtown Cairo. By the time the protestors arrived at a television and radio broadcasting building, the army began shooting and ramming riot-control vehicles into the crowd. Full Story>>   [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 19, 2011 5:53 AM

Coptic Christian Killed During Attack on Village in Upper Egypt
A Coptic Christian was killed and several others were injured Sunday, August 7, after Muslims attacked a predominantly Christian village following an argument between a Muslim and Christian.
Read More

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 May 03, 2011 8:44 AM

Dark Times for Christians in
Post-Revolution Egypt


Though initially optimistic for their future after the overthrow of Mubarak's regime, the Coptic Church in Egypt is facing increasing levels of violence and persecution.

Click here to get the full story.
 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 April 09, 2011 9:48 AM

Islamic mob burns down church in Egypt

Islamic Mob Burns Down Church in EgyptCooporation between Muslims and Christians in Egypt has changed after an edict to kill Christians.

Read More >>

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 31, 2011 7:35 AM

Egyptian Christians Concerned After Referendum Backs Constitutional Changes
Egyptian Christians are expressing concern over the results of the referendum that will allow the country to move quickly on to elections. Many Christians fear this change is too quick and will only benefit the established political blocs - the Muslim Brotherhood and the National Democratic Party.
Read More

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 30, 2011 4:49 AM

ISLAMIC MOB BURNS DOWN CHURCH IN EGYPT: Incited by an imam’s call to “kill all the Christians,” a mob attacked a church in the village of Sool outside Cairo. The March 4th attack resulted in the complete destruction of the church building, after the Islamic mob set fire to it. The imam had told local Muslims that it would be right for them to kill the Christians because they had no right to live in the village. Full story>>
 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 24, 2011 5:26 AM

El-Gohary gained notoriety in Egypt after he sued the national government in 2008 to gain the right to change the religion listed on his state-issued ID card from Muslim to Christian. Both El-Gohary and his daughter were publicly branded apostates and forced into hiding. Living in fear for over 2 years, last month they left Egypt to seek asylum abroad. Now living in a refugee camp in Syria their dreams for freedom are shattered as they have been denied visas.
Read More

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 11, 2011 7:54 AM

One Dead as Islamist Mobs in Ethiopia Destroy Church Buildings
Thousands of Islamic extremists set fire to 59 churches and at least 28 homes in western Ethiopia over the last week after Muslims accused a Christian of desecrating the Quran by tearing up a copy. The wave of destruction continues as Christians plea to the government for help.
Read More

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 11, 2011 7:51 AM



March, 10th, 2011

Dear Donna,

"Every word of God proves true, he is a shield to those who take refuge in him." Proverbs 30:5

Islamic Mob Burns Down Church in Egypt
What appeared to be a new spirit of cooperation between Muslims in Christians in Egypt during last months protests quickly changed on Friday after a local imam issued a call to "Kill all the Christians" during afternoon prayers.
Read More

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 11, 2011 7:26 AM

Open Doors Strengthens Courageous Egyptian Christians

When a bomb ripped through a church in Alexandria this past New Year's Day, Christians across the western world reeled with shock. Twenty-one believers were killed in the attack, and many others were wounded. While Christians in the west watched the news reports with disbelief, our partners in Egypt tell us that the attack came as no surprise to local believers.

Read More

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 26, 2011 3:25 PM

EGYPT-BOMB KILLS 21 OUTSIDE COPTIC CHURCH: At least 21 people were killed and an estimated 90 wounded on January 1st, when a bomb outside Church of the Two Saints, a Coptic Orthodox church in Alexandria, Egypt exploded as congregants were leaving a New Year’s Eve Mass celebration.  The explosion ripped through the crowd shortly after midnight, killing instantly most of those who died, and leaving the entrance-way of the church covered with blood and severed body parts. Read full story>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 02, 2010 9:39 AM

Dear Donna,

Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. Micah 7:8

Christian Blogger Released from Prison Following Change in Egypt’s Emergency Law

We thank and praise God for the release of Hani Nazeer, a Christian and social worker, arrested in October 2008 for posting a link on his web log referencing a controversial book written in response to a novel criticizing Christianity. During his imprisonment, Nazeer was beaten, pressured to convert to Islam, and exposed to constant deprivation. "One prisoner told me, 'If you convert, you will be out in two days'," he explained. Nazeer was released last month due to recent reforms to Egypt's Emergency Law. The Law, passed in 1981, was designed to be used to detain terrorists and others who violently opposed the state. We give great thanks for Nazeer’s steadfast faith and release from prison.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 01, 2010 7:56 PM

Inside Egypt's Hostility Against Coptic Christians
 
On January 6, as Coptic believers were exiting Christmas Eve mass in the Upper Egypt town of Nag Hammadi, six young Christian men and a police officer were shot dead in the streets by masked Muslim men in a drive-by shooting. These murders mark the most severe assault on Copts since January 2000, when 21 were massacred in Sohag. Images of the six murdered young men were a fearful reminder of the 1990s when Copts were routinely killed in bloody sectarian attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic militants.
 
Photo: More than 100 Coptic teenagers were arrested in January in what some believe to be intimidation tactics to force Christians to drop charges against Muslim perpetrators. Photo from Assyrian International News Agency (AINA.org).
 
 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 28, 2010 3:45 AM

Gunned Down after Christmas Service in Egypt:  In spite of threats of violence from Muslims in an area of Egypt wracked by sectarian violence, police declined to increase security for a Coptic Christmas Eve service on January 6, and six Christians were shot to death after leaving the church. Read more >>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 12, 2009 7:58 PM

In the Trenches:
Egyptian Christians imprisoned


Official charges brought against innocent victims.  
Read Carl's message>>
 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 12, 2009 7:49 PM

In the Trenches: Egyptian Christians 
attacked and imprisoned.
Read more>>

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 06, 2009 11:05 PM

COPTIC FAMILY FORCED TO SURRENDER WOMAN RESCUED IN EGYPT: State Security Investigations (SSI) forces in Egypt arrested, abused and then extorted money from a Coptic Christian for rescuing his daughter from her Muslim husband, who was holding her against her will in Alexandria, according to sources in Egypt. Full story>>

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 02, 2009 7:36 PM

MOURNERS PROTEST ISLAMIC ATTACKS ON COPTS IN EGYPT: A funeral for a Coptic Christian gruesomely killed on a village street north of Cairo by a Muslim assailant last week turned into a protest by hundreds of demonstrators in Egypt.  Full Story>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 17, 2009 7:50 PM

Believers in Ezbet Basilious, Minya, suspect local police in Egypt of corruption and collusion after two Coptic Christians were arrested in July for an arson attack on their own house church.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 June 17, 2009 9:10 PM

Persecution Watch...

Egypt - In a bold move, Egypt's Coptic Church issued first certificate of conversion.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 June 08, 2009 6:42 PM

Dear Donna Matthews,
 
cairo airport
Following her conversion from Islam to Christianity five years ago, Martha Samuel Makkar, 24, has been persecuted by police and her relatives for changing her religion. Her relatives have even threatened to kill her. Due to the religious persecution that she and her family faced, she decided to leave her country. On December 13, 2008, Martha was arrested at Cairo International Airport (picture at right) as she and her family were traveling to Russia. Egyptian security officials beat, tortured and sexually harassed her and starved her two children, Amanwael, 4, and Morkes, 2, to pressure her to recant her Christian faith. Her husband, Fadl Thabet, was also temporarily detained.

She was later charged with forging identification documents. During her appearance before an Egyptian court, Judge Abdelaa Hashem threatened to kill her for converting from Islam to Christianity. On January 24, 2009 the court finally decided to release her from prison on bail. The case against Martha is still pending before the court.

On April 13, 2009 Raheal Henen Mussa, 22, who converted from Islam to Christianity three years ago, was arrested for marrying Sarwat George Ryiad, a Christian man, in a customary marriage (zawag al 'urfi). The only law that she violated was Islamic law in that she converted to Christianity and married a Christian man. On April 19, the police decided to hand her over to her Muslim family. Her family abused and harassed her until she escaped from her family's home and went into hiding with her husband.
 
Would you join us is petitioning the government of Egypt to drop all charges against these two ladies and protect them from their relatives?
 
Here's How You Can Help
 
#1 Pray: The first thing you can do to help is stop right now and ask the Lord to intervene.
 
#2 Next, review our petition. Egyptian officials are concerned about their relationship with the United States and other countries, so when the people shout, they will listen. We have also found that evil prefers to stay hidden and when we shine the light on it, it flees.
 
#3 Electronically sign the petition by clicking here.
 
#4 Print out the petition and take it to your church and have everyone you know sign it. Send it back to us so we can present it to the Egyptian Ambassador. Feel free to print out extra signature pages for large numbers of sign ups. When you have collected all your signatures, please mail the signature pages to (please note that our address has changed!):
 
ICC
PO Box 8056
Silver Spring, MD 20907
 
or fax them to us (301-585-5918).
 
Please get them back to us by July 17.
 
#5 Forward this email to all your email contacts and ask them to do the same.
 
Sincerely in Christ,
 
Jeff King
President, ICC
 
International Christian Concern
P.O. Box 8056
Silver Spring, MD 20907
Phone: (800) ICC-5441
Fax: (301) 585-5918
 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 June 04, 2009 2:40 PM

EGYPT!
Maher al Gohari converted from Islam to Christianity and is asking Egyptian authorities to recognize his conversion, so that his daughter will not be forced into Islamic education. This is unheard of in Egypt where such conversions bring severe persecution. It is now up to the government.

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 June 03, 2009 10:12 PM

Converts to Christianity "a threat to societal order"

Compass Direct News reports several incidents in May involving converts to Christianity in Egypt:

*
In a May 12 article, it was reported that Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary petitioned the court to allow him to change his ID card to reflect his new faith. State Council considers his case to be “a threat to societal order and violates Sharia (Islamic law).”
*
Rev. Mattaos Wahba, a priest in the Evangelical Church in Egypt, is facing a five-year sentence for performing the marriage of a couple in which the woman forged Christian identification papers, using them in her marriage to a Coptic man. Rev. Wahba had no knowledge of these papers according to the couple.

*
In a May 29 report, two Coptic Christians wrongfully accused of an attack on the Abu Fana monastery in Egypt, were released early in May and then re-arrested, allegedly for security reasons. The article explains that “Egyptian security forces can incarcerate people without reason according to provisions in criminal law. Advocacy groups say the interior ministry is working with local police and the investigating officer to keep them detained, force a confession and make the Copts look guilty in the Abu Fana attack.”

Open Doors founder Brother Andrew encourages those of us in the West to “reach out in love to Muslims…to go to Muslims with humility and share Christ.” Carl Moeller adds, “We also need to support, advocate and pray for those in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Somalia.

Father, we bring before you these men and women who serve you faithfully and who are in prison or in danger because of this faith. Protect them, comfort and encourage them, give them wisdom and courage, and bring about justice in their land that Your Word may be proclaimed freely.

Those who convert from Islam to Christianity likely face isolation, interrogation, arrest, torture, kidnapping and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ. In some countries with Sharia Law (strict Islamic law) Muslims who convert to Christianity could be sentenced to death. However, it is legal for a Christian to convert to Islam.”

Egypt is listed as 22nd on the Open Doors World Watch List of worst persecutors.

Lord, in You we have life and are sustained. Thank You for those who stand firm in their faith even in the face of danger and imprisonment. As they proclaim Your Word in courage, humility and love, we claim Your promise that as the seed is planted, You will cause it to take root and grow in the lives of men and women there who have not known You. Thank You that even as our hearts break for these believers, we have the peace that they are in Your mighty hands. Amen.

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

 [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  May 28, 2009 2:48 PM

RIGHT TO CONVERT SPOTLIGHTED AGAIN IN EGYPT: Conversion is always a contentious issue in Egypt. Twenty-one-year-old Samar Mohamed’s conversion to Coptic Christianity in order to marry Tharwat Riad has left her on the run from police and her family. The case has once again sparked tensions between the minority Coptic population and Muslims across the country. Full Story>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  April 04, 2009 7:08 AM

>Your prayers are urgently needed for Martha in Egypt.
Read more>>
 [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  April 04, 2009 7:01 AM

Martha was granted bail but the judge took her aside and said he would like to kill her. 
Read full story>>
 [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  March 05, 2009 7:00 AM

Egypt - Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary, the Muslim-born Egyptian, is legally attempting to change his religion on his identity card from Muslim to Christian.  In a hearing on Feb 22nd, more than 20 Islamic lawyers advocated that he be convicted of “apostasy,” or leaving Islam, and sentenced to death.

Pray for El-Gohary who was not present at the hearing, as his attendance would have put him at extreme personal risk. He had planned to obtain papers authorizing his attorney to act as his proxy representation in court. But staff members at the registry office swore at and beat his attorney thus preventing him from filing the proxy. 

A new court date has been set for March 28th.  El-Gohary who is now in hiding told Compass “I am now in a position where I can’t do anything else, I have to go [to court] despite the danger. I believe God will protect me. It’s a very hard decision, but I have to go.”  Pray for his safety as he continues this legal battle.  Pray with El-Gohary that “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”  Proverbs 16:7. 

Read the full report on these and other stories on the Open Doors Website


 [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  February 26, 2009 5:52 PM

EGYPT - RULING ON BID FOR CHRISTIAN ID EXPECTED SOON: Following a hearing on February 7, the lawyer for a Christian convert in Egypt said he is hopeful that his client will become the first Muslim-born Egyptian to be granted official identification as a Christian.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  February 25, 2009 10:32 PM

February 25, 2009 

Dear Donna 

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.’” 1 Peter 3:13-15a

Egyptian Law Granting Twins to Muslim to be Reviewed*

In a turn of events the Egyptian Prosecutor General last week granted the mother of 14-year-old twins the right to appeal a custody decision awarding her sons to their Muslim father.  The boy's father, who is a Muslim convert, was granted custody of the boys last September, contrary to Article 20 of Egypt’s Personal Status Law, which states children should remain with their mother until age 15.

Family Court decisions are not usually given recourse to the Court of Cassation, one of Egypt’s highest courts.  “The Court of Cassation will pronounce a decision on the legal rule that Christian children, when one of their parents converts to Islam, should be automatically moved to the Muslim parent’s custody,” told the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) Director Hossam Bahgat to Compass News. “So it is very important in terms of changing the legal rule.” 

Praise God for these turn of events and pray for the intersession of the Holy Spirit in their circumstances.  Read the full story>>

 [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  February 04, 2009 10:44 AM

Egyptian Christians Sent to Prison*

On Jan. 22 a judge sentenced six Christian brothers to three years in prison with hard labor for resisting arrest and assaulting authorities. Last September, police officers raided a café in Port Sa’id, because they were open for business during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting.  When they tried to defend their café, the brothers were arrested and charged with resisting arrest and assaulting authorities.

There is no law in Egypt under which the brothers could be prosecuted for opening their café during Ramadan. “Police did not want to see people eating during Ramadan. This is unfair, because whatever people’s beliefs are, the law is something else and they should not be mixed,” said Ramses el-Nagar, the Christians’ lawyer. “We would like to see Egypt free and treating all citizens equally.” Read the full report>>

In a separate Compass Direct News* report, Martha Samuel Makkar, who was arrested at Cairo’s airport last December for carrying forged identification documents, was granted bail on Jan. 24th.   In the documents it listed her religion as Christian.  Makkar explained in court her reasons for conversion, avowing her Christian faith and repudiating the judge’s claims that converting from Islam to Christianity was impossible.

Bail was granted to Makkar only after the judge took her aside and threatened her saying “Nobody changes from Muslim to Christian you are a Muslim.” She replied, “No, I am a Christian.” Judge Tawfiq then said, “If I had a knife now, I would kill you.Praise God he gave the decision to let her go free. Read the full report>> 

 [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  January 14, 2009 7:59 PM

Egyptian Wins Rare Legal Victory to Revert to Christianity

Fathi Labib Yousef, who had long ago converted to Christianity, spent 31 years officially identified as a Muslim but has now won a rare legal victory to be officially registered in his “new” faith. According to Compass Direct News*, changing one’s official religious identity from Islam to any other religion in Egypt is extremely difficult. Religious reversion cases are difficult to win, but it is far more difficult for Muslim-born converts to Christianity to officially change their religious status. Read more about Yousef’s case on our website. 

 [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  January 01, 2009 3:53 AM

EGYPTIAN MUSLIM REFUSES TO GIVE CHILD TO CHRISTIAN MOTHER:  Egyptian authorities have refused to hand over a 3-year-old girl to her Christian mother even after a court granted her custody in  a legal battle with her Muslim ex-husband.  Full Story>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  November 26, 2008 1:11 PM

Christians Arrested, Shops Looted in Egyptian Village*

Authorities in an Egyptian village arrested 50 Christians, whose shops were then looted to pacify Muslims following violence that erupted on Nov 4. Muslim villagers attacked the homes and shops of the Christians after 14-year-old believer Mina William failed to dismount his donkey as a funeral procession passed. Members of the procession reportedly beat William before completing the procession. According to Compass Direct News, the processional members later attacked homes and shops of local Christians before police broke up the crowd with tear gas. Police in the village have since harassed Christians through intimidation, “fines” and racketeering, taking an estimated $50,000 from village Christians, sources said. Read more on these attacks on Christians in India.          

 [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  July 30, 2008 4:03 AM

Muslims Come to Jesus in Egypt

Bashir (pseudonym) is passionately excited about how God is working in Egypt. “God is doing something wonderful in our region and is restoring the inheritance of what God left for us many years ago,” he said, and the persecution they face is not deterring them. 

Bashir explains, "There was a wonderful Christian couple from a Muslim background living quietly in their home for five years until they were reported for not attending the mosque. They were beaten and taken to the police station, and accused of being infidels. The police then beat the believers badly again. A week later the police advised them to leave their house. We had to re-settle them in a safe location. However, all of these persecutions are not stopping Muslims from coming to the Lord.”

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for the Muslim-background believers who experience severe opposition from their family and community when they decide to follow Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 10:32f)
  • Pray for the Christians who were unable to bear the persecution and have denied Jesus; pray that they will receive God’s forgiveness, grace and mercy. (Matthew 26:41)
  • Pray for the Christian leaders and their families in Egypt who risk their lives serving newly converted Muslim-background believers. (Philippians 1:4,5)
 [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  July 17, 2008 4:10 AM

 

 

 

 

Meet Femi* and Alim* -- two courageous converts who share how your prayers and support help them stand firm in their faith, against all odds.

There’s nothing remarkable in Sister Femi’s appearance. If she walked past you on the crowded, dusty streets of Cairo, you’d think she was just like any other Egyptian woman ... but she isn’t.

Thirty-six-year-old Femi carries a secret. A secret that has put her life on the line.
READ the entire account>>

* For security reasons, names have been changed.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  January 28, 2008 8:08 AM

Egypt_picture4

On October 2nd at 2:30 p.m., Lorans Wageah Emeel, a 15 year old Christian girl, was kidnapped by Muslims in the Egyptian City of El Mahal Al Kabra.
THE abductors are trying to force Lorans to deny Christ and accept them.
from Voice of the Martyred Christian


This post was modified from its original form on 28 Jan, 8:09  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  January 28, 2008 7:55 AM

Education
      Coptic Christians are not able to attend the famous Al-Azhar University in Cairo. The Coptic language
      is not taught at Universities and the Coptic era in Egyptian history has been omitted in school history 
      lessons, until this year, where it has been taught in state schools for the first time. The Koran is often 
      used to teach the Arabic language to students, including Christians, and Arabic language teachers 
      are Muslim. Every school has a mosque, but no similar places of prayer exist for Christians. 

      Church construction
      State control of church property is governed by the outdated Ottoman Hamayouni Decree of 1856, 
      amplified by the Interior Ministry in 1934 as the Alazabi Decree. This decree sets out certain restrictive 
      conditions which must be met before a church can be built. It additionally requires the signature of the 
      President before construction can commence. No such signature is required in order to build a 
      mosque.

      Conversion
      Individuals who convert from Islam to Christianity face discrimination and violence from their family, 
      Muslim neighbors, or the state police. Furthermore, a Muslim wife is required to divorce an apostate 
      husband; converts from Islam lose all inheritance rights; they also lose custody of their children and 
      they are unable to change their religious affiliation on state identity cards. No similar legal con-
      sequences befall converts from Christianity to Islam.


      Recent examples of religious intolerance against Christians

      The past decade has seen a rise in violent attacks by Islamic extremists, followed by severe govern-
      ment crackdowns on their activity in an attempt to put an end to the violence and to regain control. 
      Unfortunately, violence against Christians still continues but state police and/or Muslim mobs are 
      increasingly becoming the perpetrators. Such violence has gone unpunished by the Egyptian legal 
      system in recent years.

      In January 2000, in El-Kosheh village, Upper Egypt, 21 Coptic Christians were killed over the 
      course of a few days’ rioting. The General Prosecutor’s report of his investigation into the incident 
      blames the massacre on delinquent elements within both the Muslim and Christian communities, 
      disappointing Egypt’s Coptic Christians who note that all except one of the casualties of the violence 
      were Christians. Concern has also been expressed that no police officers were detained or 
      interrogated, despite the testimony of Copts regarding police negligence and complicity in the violence.

      Finally, in a verdict handed down on February 5, 2001, an Egyptian court acquitted all but four of the 
      ninety-six people charged with crimes relating to the violence. None were convicted with murder. 
      This verdict outraged Egyptian Christians and human rights activists all over the world. However, a 
      request to appeal the verdict has been successful and the case will be retried.

      In June 2000, Coptic Christian, William Shaiboub Arsal, was sentenced to 15 years with hard labor 
      for the murder of two Christian men in El-Kosheh village in August 1998. The murders were the 
      catalyst for the notorious El-Kosheh incident (since dubbed El-Kosheh I), in which over 1000 local 
      Coptic Christians were detained by police, despite the fact that three Muslim men were identified as 
      responsible. Many of those detained were tortured by local police officers, including William, who 
      was first taken into custody on September 17, 1998. He was hung upside down by his feet, beaten, 
      tied to a chair and given electric shocks to sensitive parts of his body.

      William Shaiboub’s lawyers have confirmed that his verdict is being appealed at the Egyptian Court of 
      Cassation. In the meantime, William remains in prison.

      What is common to both these episodes is that police negligence and complicity has gone un-
      questioned and unpunished. Egypt’s Christian community is understandably feeling very vulnerable
      and inadequately protected by national law.

FROM CHRISTIAN SOLIDARITY WORLDWIDE

 [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  October 17, 2007 11:13 AM

September 14, 2007 10:38 PM

Egypt: Convert in Hiding After Lawyer Backs Out August 15, 2007 8:32 PM



Egypt: Convert in Hiding After Lawyer Backs Out



Added: Aug 9th, 2007 3:12 AM



Attorney for former Muslim seeking Christian ID leaves amid threats, national uproar.



ISTANBUL (Compass Direct News) -- An Egyptian convert to Christianity
who filed suit for his conversion to be officially recognized is in
hiding after his attorney announced he would withdraw from the case
yesterday.



Though the lawyer has received death threats from Egypt’s security
police, he claimed he had made his decision in the interest of
“national unity.”



Mamdouh Nakhla, director of the Al Kalema Center for Human Rights, said
yesterday that he would no longer represent convert Mohammed Ahmed
Hegazy because he did not want to offend Muslims or “provoke public
opinion.”



At a press conference at his downtown office, Nakhla rested some of the
responsibility for his decision with his client. He said that Hegazy
had failed to provide important documents showing that authorities had
refused to issue him an identification card.



As the lawyer was giving his statement, however, a member of Nakhla’s
organization shouted, “He is being threatened, he is doing this under
pressure.”



A source close to Nakhla confirmed that Egypt’s security police had
telephoned the lawyer to say he would be killed if he continued the
case.



Several Muslim clerics and lawyers headed by Sheikh Youssef el-Badry
have opened a case against the lawyer on charges of causing sectarian
strife.



Nakhla requested that Muslims and Christians refrain from talking about
the sensitive issue, referring to the uproar the case has created in
national media.



Several newspapers have attacked Hegazy’s motives in front page
coverage. Arabic daily Al-Masry al-Youm reported today that Hegazy had
been in contact with a “Christianization network” that promised young
Muslims money and Greek nationality if they converted.



The article inaccurately reported that the lawyer said at yesterday’s
press conference that he was dropping the case because Hegazy was
“seeking publicity and fame.”



Additionally, the newspaper reported that Hegazy’s father said
yesterday that his son was being blackmailed by Christian missionaries
to open the case.



In an interview on Dream satellite channel talk show al-Ashira Masaa’an
on Sunday evening (August 5), Hegazy said that no Christians had
pressured him to convert.



“They just told me to go read the Bible well and make up my mind,” said Hegazy.



Forced into Hiding



Ongoing threats and attacks in the national media have forced Hegazy underground while he continues the search for a new lawyer.



The conversion issue highlights the inequality between religions in
Egypt. A Christian is free to convert to Islam, but Muslims have no
legal means to change their identification papers to reflect a
conversion to Christianity.



The disparity hinges on sharia (Islamic law), which many mainstream
Muslim scholars believe prescribes death as the punishment for
abandoning Islam.



Last month one of Egypt’s top religious advisors said that “apostasy,”
though a grave sin, merited no “worldly punishment.” Grand Mufti Ali
Gomaa later clarified his controversial statement by saying that only
“apostates” who “actively engaged in the subversion of society” should
be punished, Agence France-Presse reported on July 26.



But with sharia enshrined as the basis of Egypt’s legal code in Article
2 of the constitution, many Muslims see no distinction between
“apostasy” and subversion.



“Is religion deemed any less than the state order?” Dr. Mohamed Mukhtar al-Mahdi wrote in the leftist daily al-Badeel last week.



Since 2004, dozens of Coptic converts to Islam have won the right to
return to their original faith, but Hegazy is the first Muslim-by-birth
to attempt the legal change.



Though conversion is not specifically outlawed in Egypt, Muslim
converts to Christianity are often forced to live double lives, hiding
their faith to avoid torture at the hands of family members and police.



Copyright © 2007 Compass Direct
 [ send green star  [ send green star]  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  October 01, 2007 7:36 AM

THERE WILL BE MORE SO KEEP CHECKING!  [   [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  September 14, 2007 10:41 PM

Egypt Christians Detained For Their Involvement In Website August 15, 2007 7:24 PM

Egypt Christians Detained For Their Involvement In Website
Added: Aug 10th, 2007 3:29 AM

By BosNewsLife News Center

CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife) -- Two Egyptian Christians remained detained late Thursday, August 9, after police detained them for their work on the Web site of a Christian Arab group based in Canada.

Adel Fawzi and Peter Ezzat were arrested for their activities as senior members of the Cairo branch of Middle East Christian Association, which has its headquarters in Ontario, Canada, and has a Web site with the address www.m-e-c-a.com, BosNewsLife learned.

Lawyers had reportedly complained to the prosecutor general that the organisation and its Web site "insulted Islam and the prophet Mohammad on behalf of diaspora Copts", said a police source on condition of anonimity.

Their lawyer, Mamdouh Nakhleh, however said the two worked as a reporter and photographer for the Canada-based organization. He said he believed they would face a hearing as early as Saturday, after the Friday Muslim day of rest.

MISSION STATEMENT

It was not immediately clear what kind of work Fawzi and Ezzat did for the organisation, which has a mission statement calling for secularism, and equality and full citizenship for Christians living in the Middle East, Reuters news agency reported.

Headlines on the Web site include: "Islam began alien and will revert to being alien", "Is Mohammad a messenger from God?" "This Web site reveals the true face of Islam."

Copt Christians living abroad, especially those in North America, have tended to be more hostile towards Muslims and towards the Egyptian government than Copts living inside Egypt, Reuters news agency said. An Interior Ministry spokesman said he had no information on the detentions.

Cases of torture of suspects inside Egyptian police stations and state security detention centers have drawn much attention after several incidents of reported police brutality. Copts make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population and have increasingly experienced tensions with militants of majority Muslims. (With BosNewsLife's Eric Leijenaar).

Copyright 2007 BosNewsLife. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without our prior written con  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous Post By Lyssa! September 14, 2007 9:37 PM

CRIST IN THER HEART Saturday, 9:37 PM

JUST BECUASE THEY CANGED THE RELIGON ON THE PAPER DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING, AND THE DAD COULD HAVE DONE THAT TO PROTECT THEM.ISLAMC LAW SAYS CONVERT OR WILL KILL YOU,SO ON THE PAPER THEY BELIVE IN ISLAM.BUT GOD SAYS HIDE ME IN YOUR HEART.IT IS INDED  A SAD STORY THOUGH.  [ send green star]  [ flag for review]  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous Post By Michael! September 14, 2007 9:34 PM

Egypt: Christian Twins Forced to 'Become' Muslim

Its really sad to see children and people being forced to  be Muslims. God have mercy on them. We will be praying for them God bless everyone  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous Post By Leslie! September 14, 2007 9:30 PM

Saturday, 9:51 AM

I am praying for the twins to remain with their mother.  [ send green star]  [ flag for review]  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  September 14, 2007 9:01 PM

Egypt: Christian Twins Forced to 'Become' Muslim Saturday, 9:40 AM

Hearing adjourned indefinitely; Baha’i children also struggling for religious freedom.

ISTANBUL, September 5 (Compass Direct News) -- An Egyptian court on Monday (September 3) adjourned the hearing of young Christian twins legally forced to take Islamic education after their estranged father became Muslim.

The attorney for the two young Christian boys forced the adjournment by skipping the hearing, as the outcome of another case involving converts to Islam seeking “re-conversion” could affect the twins’ case.

The twins’ case highlights inequalities non-Muslims face in Egypt, where one’s religion, printed on all official documents, regulates family laws. Custody of children is automatically given to whichever parent is Muslim, according to many interpretations of sharia (Islamic law), enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

Christian twins Mario and Andrew Medhat Ramsis unwillingly “became” Muslim after their father converted to Islam and used his legal right to change the religion on their birth certificates.

In February, the boys’ mother discovered that they had been placed in Islamic education classes at school to reflect their father’s choice, though the Muslim man was no longer living with his Christian family since his conversion and remarriage in 2002.

The twins gained notoriety when they refused to take their Islamic religion exam in May, required in order to pass to the next grade.

“I am Christian,” each boy wrote on a make-up test in July. They turned in the exam with all of the answers left blank.

Egyptian Education Minister Yusri al-Gamal announced on August 25 that he would automatically pass the boys on to the next grade, but the twins’ Christian mother said that an underlying problem remains.

“I was made to understand that Egyptian law grants a mother custody of her children until they are 15, but I lately discovered that this applies only to Muslim mothers,” Kamilia Lutfi said in an August 27 press conference, according to Coptic-owned weekly Watani.

Andrew and Mario Ramsis’ future hinges on whether the court applies civil law, which allows them to remain with their mother, or certain interpretations of Islamic law, which stipulate that children belong to whichever parent is Muslim, their lawyer Naguib Gabriel said.

Gabriel skipped the hearing on Monday (September 3), when the court was expected to rule on the twins’ future, causing the court to adjourn indefinitely. He said he hopes to delay the final hearing until after November 17, when the fate of 12 converts to Islam seeking “re-conversion” back to Christianity is to be decided.

Gabriel said that the November 17 ruling on “re-conversion” would give him a clue about the government’s position towards the Ramsis twins’ case.

“The whole point is whether the court will rule according to Egypt’s civil law – in which case the converts will be free to revert to their Christianity – or according to sharia, meaning that ridda [the penalty for apostasy] would be applied,” the lawyer said.

 [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous EGYPT - CHRISTIANS THAT ARE PERSECUTED IN EGYPT! September 14, 2007 8:59 PM

This Is Where You Can Post News Items, Information, and Other Items About Persecution of Christians In Egypt!
 [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
  New Topic              Back To Topics Read Code of Conduct

 

This group:
Persecuted Christians
228 Members

View All Topics
New Topic

Track Topic
Mail Preferences


New to Care2? Start Here.