“They Consider Us Inferior and Want to Rule Us”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, April 2022 by Raymond Ibrahim
Friday, June 17, 2022
Athens: Muslim man apprehended after barging into a church and shouting Koran verses.
Raymond Ibrahim : The following are among the abuses Muslims inflicted on Christians throughout the month of April, 2022:
The Muslim Slaughter of Christians
Egypt: On Apr. 7, a Muslim man wielding a long knife lunged at and repeatedly stabbed
a Coptic Christian priest, killing him. The incident occurred in a
crowded street in Alexandria. Fr. Arsenius Wadid, 56, was leading his
church’s youth group on a field trip. He was stabbed in the throat
three times. Passersby apprehended the assassin and handed him over to
police. Although Egyptian media tried to present this tragic incident
as an aberration, it is not the first time Muslims slaughter Christian
clergymen in Egypt.
In one especially notable —because very similar—incident, security camera footage (formerly viewable here)
captured a Muslim man with a large butcher knife chasing and stabbing
Fr. Samaan Shehata—including in the head, neck, and torso—in the streets
of Cairo on October 12, 2017. He then drew a cross on the priest’s forehead with his own blood. Concerning the murderer’s motive, one report
said “he had decided to kill any Coptic priest, purchased a dagger, and
lay in wait for one to pass by, in a street leading to the local
church.” Similarly, in 2013, Coptic priest Mina Cheroubim was shot dead
as he left his church in al-Arish.
Also in Egypt, a few days after the slaughter of Fr. Arsenius, three
masked men pulled up near the workshop of Rani Ra’fat, a 28-year-old
Coptic engineer. Once the Christian appeared, a hail of fire was opened on him;
he died on the spot; 22 bullets were found in his body. His killers
then fled the scene. Then, on May 13, a man claiming to be the
murderer, made a brief video,
in which he beams a great smile and congratulates himself for his deed.
He identified himself as Faisal Abdul Nasser, said that he did not know
his victim, but that he was moved to the act after reading the Koran
and because he is “loyal to Allah”:
I am the one who killed that Christian of al-Daba, and—by
Allah, by Allah, by Allah—I am delighted that I killed him! I killed
him on behalf of Muhammad’s umma [i.e., the Muslim world], because he is
a polytheist who associates another [Christ] with Allah, and his own
Bible confirms this…. No Christian polytheist, who doesn’t believe in
our lord, Muhammad, can just come and profane our women! He is a
polytheist and my heart was inflamed. I had read the Koran and my heart
was inflamed with fire, so I killed him.
He is not permitted to touch
someone [a woman] who believes in Muhammad the messenger of Allah… I
neither knew him [personally] nor the women he was reportedly involved
with. However, when I read the Koran, my heart was set afire. I am
zealous over and sacrifice for Islam. I have no problem surrendering
myself [to the police]. This is a state issue: It is not permissible
for a Christian who associates others with Allah to be involved with a
Muslim woman…No one incited me to do this, only my heart—because I am
loyal to Allah.
Since last reported, and despite the fact that police have supposedly
been “investigating” this case for over three weeks, the confessed
murderer has yet to be apprehended.
Syria: On Apr. 6, a Christian priest was found dead inside the St. George Greek Orthodox cathedral in Lattakia. According to a statement
from Syria’s Ministry of Interior, Fr. George Rafiq Housh, 65, “had
shot himself with his own 7.5 mm pistol due to psychological and social
pressures…” Many, however, question this claim that he had committed
One report notes that it was “murder, not a suicide,” as well as a “message of intimidation.” Another report
asserts that he was “found sitting in a chair with multiple gunshot
wounds,” which would seem impossible for a suicide. Syrian researcher
and academic Dr. Samira Moubayed said
that “promoting the story of Father George shooting himself is naive
and adopting the regime’s lies, which were repeated during the numerous
assassinations it carried out…
It is linked to a security agency and
has a clear goal, which is to intimidate the Christians in the region
and displace them or push them to despair and apprehension.