Egypt: Muslims Riot Over Appointment of Christian Governor

By Robert Spencer

In the new modern, moderate, secular, democratic Egypt of the Arab Spring, Muslims in Qena are enraged and protesting because a Christian governor has been appointed for them. It was yet another indication that the Egypt that will emerge from this season of revolution and upheaval is much more likely to be an Islamic state than a secular democracy, no matter how much the mainstream media fantasizes about the latter.

The protests have been vehement, if not violent. Reuters reported Sunday that “thousands rallied outside the governor’s office in Qena and prevented employees from entering, blocked highways leading to the town and sat on a railway line into the province demanding that the appointment of Emad Mikhail be reversed.” A local resident added: “They started out by camping at the local government’s office. Then they set up a tent on the railroad tracks. They also tried to block the  road and stopped buses to separate men and women passengers.” And “tensions were so high that the local Christian residents had to stay inside and couldn’t go to church to celebrate Palm Sunday.”

Reuters suggested that the protesters were angry about government corruption, claiming  that the protesters were outraged because the last Christian governor in the area “left a negative impression of Christian officials,” but AP let the cat out of the bag on Monday when it noted that “many” of the protesters were “from the ultraconservative Salafi trend of Islam.”

For the mainstream media, one is “ultraconservative” for adhering to Islamic law and wanting to impose it on others, and likewise “ultraconservative” for resisting the imposition of that law. But anyway, why would “ultraconservative” Islamic supremacists be outraged over a Christian governor? Because Islamic law forbids non-Muslims to hold authority over Muslims. This is in accord with the Qur’anic command that Muslims fight the People of the Book – the Qur’an’s term for primarily Jews and Christians, until they “feel themselves subdued” (9:29).

In the Qur’an, the equation is simple: obedience to Allah brings prosperity, and rebellion from Allah brings calamity. Islam teaches that Jews and Christians are considered to have rebelled from Allah by rejecting the prophethood of Muhammad and daring to tamper with their own Scriptures in order to remove prophecies of his coming and obscure their sacred texts’ congruence with the Qur’anic message. Accordingly, the Muslims, the “best of people” (Qur’an 3:110) must subjugate the “unbelievers among the People of the Book” – that is, the Jews and Christians who do not accept Muhammad – since they are “the most vile of created beings” (Qur’an 98:6). These vile beings must be made to feel the pain of their rejection of Allah in this life: this will simultaneously serve as an exhortation to them to relent and accept Islam, and a warning to Muslims to obey Allah, lest nothing similar befall them.

Thus historically, Muslims aware of the Qur’anic teaching on the People of the Book have reacted poorly when non-Muslims have been placed in authority over them. This happened even in the mythical proto-multicultural paradise of medieval Spain, al-Andalus. On December 30, 1066, about four thousand Jews in Granada were murdered by rioting Muslim mobs. The Muslims were enraged about the appointment over them of a Jewish vizier, Samuel ibn Naghrila, as well as about the political power of Samuel’s son Joseph. Ironically, contemporary hagiographers of Islamic Spain point to the appointment of Samuel as an example of Islamic tolerance, without bothering to mention the subsequent Muslim riots, which took place solely because Muslims resented that appointment as a violation of Islamic law.

The boodthirsty mob in Granada was incited to kill the Jews by a poem composed by the Muslim jurist Abu Ishaq: “I myself arrived in Granada and saw that these Jews were meddling in its affairs. . . . So hasten to slaughter them as a good work whereby you will earn God’s favour, and offer them up in sacrifice, a well-fattened ram.”

Since the mob was killing dhimmis who were considered to be in breach of the contract of “protection” that mandated their subjugation to the Muslims, the attackers could claim that by the light of the Sharia the killings were lawful. And today, the stipulation that a non-Muslim must not have authority over a Muslim is still part of Islamic law. It has never been reformed or rejected by any school of Islamic jurisprudence. The Saudi Sheikh and legal expert Manaa K. al-Qubtan explained it in a 1993 fatwa: “The command of a non-Muslim over a Muslim is not permitted based on the words of Allah: ‘and Allah will not open to the unbelievers against the believers a way [Qur’an 4:140].’”

The demonstrators in Egypt are aware of this law. A speaker told the demonstrators: “This won’t work. A Copt won’t implement Islamic law.” The local imam, Sheikh Qureishi Salama, said the demonstrations would end when the Christian governor was removed: “When there is a decision to change the governor to a civilian Muslim, we will end the strike and life will return to normal. Why is Qena becoming a testing ground for Christians? We aren’t guinea pigs.”

Indeed not. But the Christians in Qena have good reason to feel like sitting ducks.


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36 Comments for “Egypt: Muslims Riot Over Appointment of Christian Governor”

  1. Freedomofthought

    These idiots are members of a brainwashed sect. Even muslim dictators regard them as terrorists. I heard that they recently arrested 70 of them in Jordan where they have planned "terrorist activities".

    I am not surprised that they demonstrate against any democratic reforms, especially when christian "enemy" politicians are appointed. However, I seriously doubt that these barbaric actions of desperate Salafist cult-members will influence Egypt's transition to a free and democratic society.

  2. Skorpio

    Muslims should convert to Christianity. They should open their eyes, minds, hearts and deeply analyze, discern and compare any of the Middle Eastern Christian Traditions which are much older than Islam to their Muslim faith. It is a fact that nowadays, violence, intolerance, hatred, terrorism, discrimination is much greater among Muslims than Christian Arabs. Anywhere in the world, the same conflicts arise caused by Islamic dogmas and practices. Most Islamic religious leaders are the main instigators of these violent actions, they seduce young people with their satanic teachings to commit all kinds of atrocities and justify these actions under their own Islamic dogmas. Muslims should compare their lives and ideology to their Christian Arab brethren and decide to take the first step to change their distorted mentality.

  3. radan

    We were doubtful from the beginning that in Egypt the muslims would not allow a secular government. So far they have faith in quran and muham(mad), they would like only sharia and islamic government. Their allegiance will always be for the known or unknown caliphate.

  4. PhD2017

    Great comments & ITA. Excellent article Mr. Spencer, including the verses. Ironically, I was just having a chat with a muslim yesterday trying to convince me that Copts weren't oppressed in Egypt. Funny today I read this story about the complete meltdown of muslims protesting. I told him he didn't serve the same G-D I do. This is more proof by their fruits. May Y-H have mercy on their souls.

  5. ronyvo

    "In the new modern, moderate, secular, democratic Egypt,,' What a joke. There will be no democracy in Egypt or any islamic country, never, ever. In Islam EVERYTHING is by force. The simple Muslims are brain washed, they keep listening to their ignorant and violent imams. The Muslim Brrotherhood is gaining strength, eventhough it is illegitimate. My more serrious fear is its spread here in the USA with the support of our Muslim America hater president

  6. demo-crazy

    It is ironic if those who thought they will replace a dictator with a secular democratic system, are going to be disappointed. If they really intended to replace him with an islamic rule, then they should know what is happening in Iran.

    Egypt can never be the same again if the islamic rule of law comes into play. It will have to forget its rich legacy, demolish all those beautiful pyramids, and other archaeological sites, and turn their women to live in burkhas all the time when they are out.

    They can never dream of another revolution. In that sense, the Eqyptian army treated them with kid gloves. But do they want to lose the state to clergy groups? Does it mean Egyptians will have to rely on Army to supervise governance? Does it mean Islamic nations can never be democratic?

  7. Chiulo-Ruiz

    Muslims choose to democratically elect Sharia ( Quran / Religion ) as their form of government; to Muslims they are practicing democracy.

    Quran 5:3 … This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion…

    When “ The West ” says Democracy we mean – a secular Democracy where Church (religion) and State are separated with the State having the final or dominant authority.

    Secular Democratic Islamic Republic, ahaha, nonsense and the Dhimmis unfulfilled wet dreams!

    Quran 33:36 It is not fitting for a believer ( Muslim ), man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and his Messenger to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and his Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong path.

    Secular Democracy has never happened and will never happen in a Muslim (Islamic) dominated country.

    The Pagan Islamic God is the head of State in Muslim ( Islamic ) dominated countries!

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