Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The New Martyrs of Egypt

  
In recent months Copts have also asserted their ancient Egyptian heritage in public protests.
Marchers commemorating Copts killed in clashes since the
 revolution’s onset staged a demonstration near the 
Coptic Cathedral in Cairo’s Abbasiya neighborhood. - Source


Egyptian Copts ready for martyrdom...

Could I say the same?

I was impressed with something one man told David Pinault while he was in Cairo:
My sharpest memory from Cairo is what my driver said: al-Masih biygarribna, “Christ is testing us.” I’d hired Sami to drive me around the city. As soon as I saw on his wrist the washma, a faded tattoo in the shape of a cross, I knew he was a Copt, a member of Egypt’s Christian minority, a community that predates the Muslim presence by centuries.
As we drove, Sami told me about the persecution Copts endure at the hands of Egyptian Salafists. Salafists are Muslims who want an Islamist government in which the harshest interpretations of Islamic law (shariah) are privileged at the expense of both non-Muslims and progressive-minded Muslims.

As we drove, Sami told me about the persecution Copts endure at the hands of Egyptian Salafists. Salafists are Muslims who want an Islamist government in which the harshest interpretations of Islamic law (shariah) are privileged at the expense of both non-Muslims and progressive-minded Muslims.

“Things had been less worse for us under Mubarak,” Sami said. Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s authoritarian ruler until his ouster in the revolution, had suppressed Islamist radicals. But now, said Sami, the Salafists feel bold enough to burn churches, incite anti-Coptic riots and call openly for the expulsion of Christians.

I told him the statistics: in 2011 and 2012, since the revolution’s onset, over 100,000 Copts have fled Egypt. “Well, I’m not going to leave,” Sami insisted. “Christ is testing us. I tell my friends to stay. Christ could end this suffering, this trial, at any time. How will you feel, I tell my friends, if you’re in Canada instead of Egypt when Christ returns?” - Source

 
“Christ is testing us. I tell my friends to stay. Christ could end this suffering, this trial, at any time. How will you feel, I tell my friends, if you’re in Canada instead of Egypt when Christ returns?”
 

2 comments:

  1. My God ... Who among us is really that brave? We talk about persecution often, but those are the words of a man who can be murdered or dispossessed at any moment.less bless them all, and give them the grace to forgive their persecutors - nothing would confoud the Islamists more.

    And to hell with the American media and BOTH political parties for ignoring this persecution worldwide. And we never hear of this in the Catholic parishes, and the evangelicals don't believe these people are "real" Christians anyway, but idol-worshippers.

    When we have half the balls of these folks, half the resolve, then we can start talking about martyrdom. And persecution? Americans have no freaking clue. Imagine if all the Middle Eastern Christians had to deal with was Kathleen Sebellius ...

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    1. I know - it really puts matters in perspective don't you think...

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