In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Grande Strategy

Why the Ummat's Christians Need an Islamic State

Why the Ummat's Christians Need an Islamic State

Authors: Abridged & edited version by Hassan Saleemi, Courtesy of Abdul-Kareem of http://www.caliphate.eu

The world's attention is focussed on Pakistan's minority christains after the arrest of one christian villager under the controversial blasphemy laws, and Egypt’s Coptic Christians after a bomb exploded outside a Church in Alexandria killing 21 people and injuring 70 more.[1] This bomb attack sparked clashes between Egyptian police and Egyptian Christians protesting against government inaction in protecting their community and places of worship. "Now it's between Christians and the government, not between Muslims and Christians," shrieked one Christian woman as several hundred young men clashed with helmeted riot police in the street outside the targeted church hours after the blast.[2]

Egypt is already a secular state where all religious political parties are banned and those calling for the implementation of Islamic law (sharia) in society (Islamists) are heavily persecuted and tortured in prisons. Copts (christians) in Egypt do face oppression but so do Muslims and the cause is not the Shariah but the absence of Sharia in Egyptian society. In the absence of any Islamic control or restrictions on the conduct of ministers, politicians, judges and police, ordinary Egyptians - both Muslim and Christian - suffer at the hands of secular policies which further the interests of the American backed ruling party members, their families and supporters. This is why Egypt is a US sponsored police state, ruled under a state of emergency since 1967 apart from 18 months between 1980 and 1981. Some 17,000 people are detained under the law, and estimates of political prisoners run as high as 30,000.[4]

The law of emergency is applied under the excuse of fighting terrorism which means clamping down on the Islamist opposition, who are the only threat to the brutal Egyptian regime. However, as Abdullah al-Ashaal, professor at the American University in Cairo said, “I think the terrorism is from the government for neglecting the needs of the people and not serving the national interests. This intensifies the tensions in Egypt…And if any terrorism arises, it is because of the government policies - raising prices, the detention of people and the injustices which are prevailing everywhere.” [6]

Pakistanis should learn from the Egyptian experience, and the direction we will be taken if we allow our ruling elites to continue serving American secularist dictats.

Regarding some of the issues blamed for inflaming tensions with christians in recent years such as kidnappings, forced conversions, or blasphemy laws, the so called 'international community' with a wider political agenda allied with Egyptian & Pakistani secularists use these incidents as evidence to justify that Islam should be further removed from political and legal affairs, i.e. more secularism. French President Sarkozy’s comment, that "We cannot accept and thereby facilitate what looks more and more like a particularly wicked program of cleansing in the Middle East, religious cleansing..."[7] shows how the issue is being inflamed by the west to justify meddling in the affairs of the Muslim world. The hypocrisy of Sarkozy’s statement is clear when we look at France's involvement in the Rwandan Genocide where 800,000 Christians were actually cleansed from the country.

A closer examination of some crimes against christians shows the motivation is not necessarily religious. In Egypt or Pakistan, as in any other country, criminals exist. Some of these criminals are Muslim and some are christian. Murders take place, and a Muslim may murder a christian or a christian may murder a Muslim. This is plain and simple crime and cannot be viewed solely through a Muslim vs. Christian lens or narrative. On the allegations of kidnappings and forced conversions of Christians, Youssef Sidhoum, the editor of a well-respected Christian newspaper, says the allegations are always difficult to prove. Often, he says, they are love stories that have gone wrong. Very often they are not kidnapping or forced conversions, but love marriages between Christian girls and Muslim boys. Sometimes it is their christian parents who say they have been kidnapped in order to hide their shame, when in fact the girl has married a Muslim of her own choice. "They tend to exaggerate the cases," he said. "We have investigated lots of cases, again and again. This is an important issue to us and we go wherever the cases are."[8]

So is the problem a growing ‘Islamisation’ of society as those with a wider political agenda to secularise Muslims and change Islam are claiming? In answer to this we need to examine the sharia laws relating to Christian and other non-Muslim citizens living in an Islamic State and look at some historical examples of when these sharia laws were applied on Christians. Non-Muslims citizens living in a Khilafah have an honourable status and are referred to as dhimmi (people of contract & protection). Their places of worship, lives and property are protected and they are not persecuted for their beliefs.

The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: “He who hurts a dhimmi hurts me, and he who hurts me annoys Allah.”[9]

The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) wrote to the people of Yemen: “Whoever is adamant upon Judaism or Christianity will not be tormented for it.”[10]

The classical scholars of Islam also detailed the rights of the Muslims towards the dhimmi. The famous Maliki jurist, Shaha al-Deen al-Qarafi said:

"The covenant of protection imposes upon us certain obligations toward the ahl al-dhimmah. They are our neighbours, under our shelter and protection upon the guarantee of Allah, His Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace), and the religion of Islam. Whoever violates these obligations against any one of them by so much as an abusive word, by slandering his reputation, or by doing him some injury or assisting in it, has breached the guarantee of Allah, His Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace), and the religion of Islam." [11]

Dhimmi are not forced to become Muslim or leave their beliefs, values and worships. They are permitted to drink alcohol (in private), eat pork, marry and divorce according to their religions. In other areas of society they are viewed and treated in the same way as Muslims unless belief in Islam is a pre-requisite for the action (e.g pay zakat).

Allah (Most High) says in the Holy Qur’an:

لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ

“There is no compulsion in religion” [12]

Christianity and other religions do not have detailed rules and systems governing societal affairs such as government, foreign affairs and economy.  Unlike Islam, Christianity for example adopts the principle:

“Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”[13]

Therefore dhimmi (non-Muslim citizen) in their societal transactions will obey the law of the land which in the Khilafah happens to be sharia (Islamic law). This will not be a source of conflict since these laws do not contradict any Christian religious rulings. A good example of this is the spread of Islamic finance based on sharia throughout the western world. Even in a country such as France which is staunchly secular and anti-Islamic it still passed laws last year aimed at making France a hub for Islamic finance.[14] This is not because France has any love for sharia but because of the economic benefit derived from the transactions. Prime minister Gordon Brown did the same in England when he was in power, wishing London to be a centre of Islamic finance and economics.

An accusation brought by christians is that Muslims are not punished for crimes against their communities sufficiently or given lesser punishment. In an Islamic state (Khilafah) Muslims and dhimmi have equal status when it comes to crimes such as assault, rape and murder. An Islamic judiciary judging by shariah will not apply different punishments as found in secular Egypt.

Allah (Most High) says in the Holy Qur’an:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا قَوَّامِينَ لِلَّهِ شُهَدَاءَ بِالْقِسْطِ ۖ وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَىٰ أَلَّا تَعْدِلُوا ۚ اعْدِلُوا هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ

“Oh You who believe, be steadfast in your devotion to Allah and bear witness impartially: do not let hatred of others lead you away from justice, but adhere to justice, for that is closer to awareness of Allah. Be mindful of Allah: Allah is well aware of all that you do.” [15]

The dhimmi is allowed to be a witness in an Islamic court against a Muslim and their evidence is acceptable. The conditions of being a witness apply equally to Muslims and dhimmi. The conditions of a witness are: sane, mature and ‘adl (trustworthy).

Punishments for crimes are applied equally to both Muslims and dhimmi with no distinction. The only distinction is that dhimmi will not be punished for those actions which are permitted for them such as drinking alcohol, whereas a Muslim would be.

The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: “The diyyah (blood money) of the Jews and Christians is like the Muslim’s diyyah.”[16]

It is narrated in a hadith that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) killed a Muslim as punishment for a mu’ahid (a citizen of a foreign state with who came with a permit to visit the Islamic state) and then said, “I am the most noble of those who fulfil their dhimmah.”[17] meaning he protects non-Muslims when they visit the Islamic state and are under a visa contract - Dhimmah.

This hadith clearly indicates that if a Muslim kills a mu’ahid he is punished with death.[18] This applies even more so to the dhimmi who has more rights than a mu’ahid since the dhimmi is a full citizen of the Islamic State.

If we look to the history of christians when they lived under the Khilafah we can see these sharia rules detailed above being implemented in practice. Whilst there were times during the Khilafah when dhimmi did suffer some persecution at the hands of the odd tyrant ruler we cannot generalise and paint the entire 1300 year history as one of persecuting non-Muslims. The fact that Christians and their places of worship exist today is proof enough that the Khilafah did not adopt a policy of religious cleansing like Europe did.

Thomas Arnold mentions this point:

"But of any organised attempt to force the acceptance of Islam on the non-Muslim population, or of any systematic persecution intended to stamp out the Christian religion, we hear nothing. Had the Caliphs chosen to adopt either course of action, they might have swept away Christianity as easily as Ferdinand and Isabella drove Islam out of Spain, or Louis XIV made Protestantism penal in France, or the Jews were kept out of England for 350 years."
[19]

Nabil Luqa Bebawy, a christian, and religious author compares the conditions of christians before and after Islamic rule. He said that Orthodox Christians were brutally tortured at the hands of Byzantines. The number of Copts who were killed during the rule of the Byzantine emperor Diocletianus [284-305 AD] is estimated up to one million Coptic Egyptians. The is why the Orthodox Coptic Church called that age the age of martyrs and the Coptic calendar starts at this age.

When Islam & the Khilafah came to Egypt, all conditions changed dramatically and Copts witnessed an age of freedom that they had not known before. About the Jizya imposed on non-Muslims, Dr. Bebawy says that they were part of the “security pact” made between Muslims and Copts. Jizya was a tax paid in exchange for exempting Copts from joining the Islamic army and was actually less than the tax paid by Muslims. Finally, Dr. Nabil Luqa Bebawy stresses that the ill practices of some Muslims rulers in dealing with Copts are individual behaviors that have nothing to do with Islamic teachings.[20]

Hani Shukrallah, a Coptic Christian and a former editor of the biggest Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram writes:

“It is not easy to empty Egypt of its Christians; they’ve been here for as long as there has been Christianity in the world. Close to a millennium and half of Muslim rule did not eradicate the nation’s Christian community, rather it maintained it sufficiently strong and sufficiently vigorous so as to play a crucial role in shaping the national, political and cultural identity of modern Egypt. Yet now... after the birth of the modern [Secularist] Egyptian nation state, and as we embark on the second decade of the 21st century, the previously unheard of seems no longer beyond imagining: a Christian-free Egypt, one where the cross will have slipped out of the crescent’s embrace, and off the flag symbolizing our modern national identity...”[21]

Even during the Crusades when western Christians invaded and occupied parts of the Khilafah, the Copts of Egypt defended the Khilafah under the rule of Salahudin Ayyubi who was the governor of Egypt during the Abbasid Khilafah.

Carole Hillenbrand, in ‘The Crusades: Islamic perspectives’ says:

“…Saladin had a private secretary, ibn Sharafi, who was a Copt (Christian) and Saladins brother al-Adil put a Copt named ibn al-Muqat in charge of the army ministry (diwan al-Jaysh). The appointment of a Christian to a position of such power in war-time and in an area that was military so sensitive tells its own story. Indeed, the loyalties of the Copts in the Ayyubid period seem often to have lain more with the Muslims and with their own local interests than with the Crusaders. This was demonstrated in the Crusade of Damietta in 1218 when the Copts helped to defend the city, and as a consequence suffered greatly at the hands of the Crusaders.” [22]

These are some of the reasons why Christians in the Muslim Ummah need more Islam and Shariah to protect them, not less, in fact all the non-Muslims in the Ummah need this & the Khilafah system.


Notes

1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12101748
2. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110101/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_egypt_church_attack
3. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2011/01/egypt-hundreds-protest-in-denouncement-of-copts-killings.html
4. http://herewww.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50634
5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6249027.stm
6. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/05/20105116134595496.html
7. http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/01/07/132545.html
8. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8424599.stm
9. Reported by al-Tabarani in Al-awsat on good authority
10. Abu ‘Ubayd al-Qasim ibn Sallam, ‘The Book of Revenue,’ Translation of Kitab al-Amwal, Garnet Publishing Ltd, p. 25
11. Shaha al-Deen al-Qarafi, Al-furuq
12. Holy Qur’an, Chapter 2, al-Baqarah, Verse 256
13. Matthew 22:21
14. http://arabnews.com/economy/islamicfinance/article127437.ece
15. Holy Qur’an, Chapter 5, Al-Maidah, Verse 8
16. Narrated from Amru bin Shuaib from his father from his grandfather
17. Al-Bayhaqi, extracted from the hadith of Abdurrahman Al-Bailimani
18. Abdurrahman Al-Maliki, ‘The Punishment System,’ translation of Nidham ul-uqubat, Dar Ul-Ummah, Beirut, Second Edition, Chapter: Al-Qawad
19. Thomas W.Arnold, 'The Preaching of Islam,' Second Edition, Kitab Bhavan Publishers, p. 72
20. http://www.arabwestreport.info/node/6709
21. http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=8820&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CatholicWorldNewsFeatureStories+%28Catholic+World+News+%28on+CatholicCulture.org%29%29
22. Carole Hillenbrand, 'The Crusades: Islamic perspectives,' p. 414
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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

FYI. Diocletian was a Roman pagan, not a Byzantine Christian. Copts were massacred under pagan rule, not Christian.

Anonymous said...

Never heard such a nonsense! Are you people living in the same world as the rest of us?? You think that the non moslems need more terrorism, more killing, more burning of religious buildings, more torture and head cutting?? Christians need more islam??? You are either completely ignorant or completely fanatic. May God open your hearts and eyes!

Anonymous said...

Egypt is not a secular state. Secular states DO NOT deprive their laws for religious texts.

Anonymous said...

it seems like all the commentators haven't read or just simply as everyone else in the world, get their information from news channels
less education, more TV
God bless America hahaha

Anonymous said...

Wow…as an Christian Egyptian, I am appalled by this article. Are you seriously proposing that shariah law would be a good thing for Egypt! Your so called ‘peaceful law’ is full of killing as consequence for lenity of offenses. Adultery, conversion to Christianity, and rape are but a few. Under your shariah law, Christians would have to convert, pay taxes, or die. That was the original way Muslims converted the Christian Coptic after taking Egypt with the sword.
I noticed you mentioned all the earlier Suras where Muhammad was a peaceful prophet but failed to notice the latter Suars which call for the murdering of all unbelievers. The Quran clearly states that those who say that Essa (Jesus) is the son of God is infidels; therefore, every Christian who calls Jesus the son of God will die under your ‘peaceful’ law…Why don’t you study history before proposing non-sense.

Abdul Khan said...

What fucking liars!!! Sharia law is a slow death sentence for all other cultures and religions.

Modern Pharaoh said...

This is one of the most rediculous posts! I AM A MUSLIM EGYPTIAN & I WOULD NEVER WANT TO LIVE UNDER SHARIA LAW- You think i want some lunatic with a beard INTERPETING Sharia as he pleases & telling me DO THIS OR I WILL KILL YOU IN THE NAME OF GOD? NO THANKS!!!

This is 2011 You Backward idiots...FINISHED- Enter the 21st CENTURY! Islam is a religion of ALL TIMES & OF PEACE but look at what FANATICS are doing in the name of our religion..its a SHAME- Then you say "Christians" should live under Sharia..you are DREAMING-WAKE UP!

Anonymous said...

Good article. Ignore the non-Muslim haters and their secular cronies. Keep up the good work!

Margzaar said...

Blasphemy law in Pakistan has been made a bone of contention for the West while they have completely forgotten that Law of Blasphemy was first introduced in UK to protect Christian faith, from the 16th century to the mid-19th century, blasphemy against Christianity applied mainly to the Church of England where it was held as an offence against common law. Blasphemy was also used as a legal instrument to persecute atheists, Unitarians, and others. All blasphemies against God, including denying His being or providence, all contumelious reproaches about Jesus Christ, all profane scoffing at the Holy Scriptures, and exposing any part thereof to contempt or ridicule, were punishable by the temporal courts with death, imprisonment, corporal punishment and fine. In 1656, the Quaker James Naylor suffered flogging, branding and the piercing of his tongue by a red-hot poker. Perhaps then there was no concept of human rights in the West, while Islam had laid stress on dignity of man and respect for humanity 1400 years ago.

Anonymous said...

I'm probably going to exceed some word requirement before I ever explain what I mean. Here it is: by practice, traditional muslims and traditional Catholics have much more in common than either one of us have in common with seculars. Here, in my own land, under secular law, I must live on the fringe. My children cannot go to parades, or watch television, or even go to school, where homosexuality is taught as a right, where my child might be taken for an abortion without my knowledge, where he or she most definitely will be taught a false history and a false science and a false, empty morality. We must live on the edge of our world. We would live must more fully in a world where the god worshipped by islam was honored. That god is not my God. My God is trinitarian. But our societies are otherwise much more similar. (Once I sat on a bus between a muslim lady on one side, and a woman dressed for her class in stripper style dancing on a pole, and I turned to the muslim lady, and said, Thank you! I meant it with all my heart. It's really to the point where devout Christians can hardly stand it.) Forgive me, I followed the custom in the article; I capitalized my faith and my deity, and lower-cased the other's. This is not cause for war. We love our own deities, just as we love our own wives and husbands and children. We need not kill each other for it. That islam has a god--I am deeply grateful, and love muslims more for that than I can ever love the secular atheists in my own neighborhood. I will still lower-case by custom, but I defend you, and your right to a religious state, and your right to punish blasphemers. It is a terrible shame that my Christian cause has been lumped in with the secular cause, and we Catholics, some of us, are trying to fix it.

Anonymous said...

To the above poster, Sallam and may Allah bless you. Yes, we surely can and insh'Allah will live in peace, despite what false flags they throw at us. Mutual respect and understanding is all that we need insh'Allah.

Anonymous said...

Non-religious, democratic states are unstable. They must manufacture a morality out of bits and pieces of religions and psycho-babble and commercialism. This morality is always defective because it sprang from man, and not from the eye of God, because their false liberal morality does not recognize a non-material reality, and because, liberated from God, it offers the possibility of unlimited exploitation of the poor and weak. For women, it is simply hell. In secular culture, women are pitted against each other, divorce is common and devastating to the older woman, women must compete sexuality with the newest flirtation, must dress provocatively, and must have sex with the many men who collect on their dinner or drinks in a way that has become common, and 'rude' to refuse. (Although I have heard that divorce is common in islam, too.) Western women are pressured to suffer the horrible rape of abortion. Such women are heavily medicated against their depression--just examine western culture in a group picture! Just look at us! Do you think we are happy in it? We look desperate!

Middle eastern nations that have the chance to institute or preserve a religious state should take it, not the destructive 'liberty' of secularism. Every woman is at a greater danger from western society than from the oppression of religious zealots. You almost cannot be too careful not to let in homosexuality or abortion or contraception. All suffer, women suffer more.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't Muslims help Christians out by pointing out more clearly that while religious freedom is not acceptable, religious tolerance is? Some Christians understand the difference, because tolerance is what their churches used to practice and preach, not absolute freedom. Very few Christians understand that they are at war to enforce secularism on Islam, and they have mostly forgotten the possibility of tolerance. That is what we should ask of each other, and everyone would be helped if we kept hammering at this distinction.

Anonymous said...

If a Christian wanted to test the thesis that they fare better under an Islamic state, where would you suggest they spend some time?

Anonymous said...

Sallam, the closest I would suggest would be Kelantan, Malaysia. A state being run as an Islamic state including attempts to use gold and silver dinar over fiat money.

Anonymous said...

Thank You!

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