Coptic nun stabbed, see pictures below

Sunday, October 23, 2005

This is old news by now: for the last week: Muslim demonstrations in front of Saint George's Church in Alexandria (more about this here), and as we're in the midst of all that week of religious hate and sectarian tensions, a Muslim young man two days ago stabbed a Coptic nun in the outdoors of the Church, in addition to a Christian man (said to be a lawyer) who tried to rescue her.

Both the nun and the lawyer are not in a dangerous state and are being treated.


Two pictures of the terrorist being arrested.

Nun Sarah in her blood

posted by Matthew Schauki at 10/23/2005 12:09:00 AM 7 comments

The truth is indeed offensive!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

A Christian young man is made to convert to Islam by manipulation or otherwise (which is not the issue). Later on, he decides that Islam is no more his piece of cake and reverts to Christianity. Islamists threaten to take his life so he runs for his life to a church.

This is the circulating scenario of a play that's been showing inside Mar Girgis (Saint George) Church in Alexandria, Egypt. Some 3,000 Muslims gathered in front of the church for the last week and committed terrible acts of violence and insults and slurs, throwing stones, giving no respect whatsoever to what Christians take as a sacred place of worship. Why? The protesters say the play is offensive to Islam.

It is indeed offensive. Yeah, pretty much disturbing and offensive! But that's not the play's fault, though. If anything is offensive, it's the fact that the apostates of Islam should be put to the sword according to Hadith and Koran. The play doesn't offend Islam; it's Islam that's offending itself and offending Muslims.

Muslims wake up! Don't blame the church for your problems. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? I'll tell you what happened: there's no such thing as freedom of speech here.

Christians have always been offended in Egypt. They've always been expected to turn the other cheek, and they have done that for a long time. Christians have been called "infidels" and "worshippers of gods besides God" in mosques and on TV. Why do Muslims think they can offend anybody but no-one should dare talk about Islam?

posted by Matthew Schauki at 10/22/2005 02:26:00 PM 3 comments

Prosecuting minorities in Mubarak's Egypt

This is a translation of general parts of the article "Discriminating against Shiites in the era of Mubarak" by Dr. Saadeddine Ibraheem.

Translated by: Mamdu Schauki

During the three years I spent in the prisons of President Hosni Mubarak (2000-2003) I noticed a persistent and repetitive phenomenon: a "State security" case accompanied with a huge media propaganda, where a group of people (most of which are youth) are arrested, brought into one of the Tora Prisons - three of which I have personally experienced - and charged with big offenses. If proven guilty, the "offenders" are sentenced to 3 ~ 25 years in jail. The funny part is that most of those offenses, if not all of them, turn out in the end to be fake, lacking of good evidence, or the laws that criminalize them are unconstitutional. And during my stay at the Tora Prisons, I witnessed of this type of cases the following: the case of the devil-worshippers, case of the supporters of Sheika (Priestess) Manal, the gay men case, the Koranists case, case of the Sunna-deniers, and the case of the Shiite organization.


But why have cases of this type doubled in the era of Hosni Mubarak? The answer lies in the military-natured rule that Mubarak inherited after the assassination of President Sadat only to make it into a Police-natured one.


Dear Sirs in Lazoghli; Nasr City; and the Presidential Palace: stop chasing human beings by reasons of feelings and beliefs. These are matters of personal being and conscience that only God is entitled to judge.

posted by Matthew Schauki at 10/22/2005 01:43:00 PM 0 comments

Dear Allah:

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Why do you order men to beat their wives if they're not obedient? Why isn't there any tolerance for non-Muslims? Why do Christians and Jews have to pay the Jizya? Why should non-Muslims be faught and covered with shame? Why are Muslims ordered to not trust any non-Muslims "since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you" (Koran 3:118)? Why do you demand the death of those who leave Islam?

I find great unease reading some of the verses found in your Koran, and the Hadiths of Your prophet (pbuh):

Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is high, supreme. (Koran 4:34)

Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers (Koran 9:14)

Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn 'Abbas, who said, "Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, 'Don't punish (anybody) with Allah's Punishment.' No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.'" (Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 260)

O you who believe! Take not as (your) bitaanah (advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers, friends, etc.) those outside your religion (pagans, Jews, Christians, and hypocrites) since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse. Indeed We have made clear to you the aayaat (proofs, evidence, verses), if you understand. Lo! You are the ones who love them but they love you not, and you believe in all the Scriptures [i.e., you believe in the Torah and the Gospel, while they disbelieve in your Book (the Qur’an)]. And when they meet you, they say, ‘We believe.’ But when they are alone, they bite the tips of their fingers at you in rage. Say: ‘Perish in your rage. Certainly Allah knows what is in the breasts (all the secrets).’ If a good befalls you, it grieves them, but some evil overtakes you, they rejoice at it… (Koran 3:118-120)

O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as awliya’ (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but awliya’ to one another… (Koran 5:51)

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book (= Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (Koran 9:29)

posted by Matthew Schauki at 10/05/2005 12:31:00 PM 4 comments