The Price of Refusing Islam


In years past, the price of refusing Islam—for Copts in
Egypt, anyway—included either paying the Jizia (Humiliation Tax), or dying by the sword. (Some entrepreneurial Muslims had the clever idea of collecting the tax and THEN ramming their swords into their victim’s midsection.) And, in the interest of furthering the new “Official Language of Islam,” Arabic, Copts were forced to learn this new tongue—unless they felt like having theirs ripped out.

Gruesome images, I know. But unfortunately, we’re only getting started with the horror show. 

See, a young man, Hani Sarofim Nasrala Issak, who was a soldier in the Egyptian Army until very recently, has departed this earth.  

Not by accident, and not in a nice way. And I would say “not by choice,” but the truth is that he, in some fashion, chose it. 

He didn’t choose to be tortured in such a way that his hands and face were burned almost beyond recognition, he didn’t ask his murderers to throw him in the river, leaving him there to die (if he wasn’t already dead, which I find hard to believe, given the extent of the torture that he was subjected to). 

But he DID choose to remain a Christian when his boss, his immediate supervisor in the Army, “ordered” him to “reject Christianity” and embrace Islam. 

Let us have a look at the statement that Hani’s family released about the tragegy: 

“We found him drowned in the Nile near the city of Nag Hamadi. Marks of torture covered the entirety of his body. Earlier, Hani had told his family that there were problems between him and the direct leader of his unit because Hani was a Christian. He also told his family that his leader used to molest and torture him in front of his peer soldiers. When his leader asked him blatantly to reject Chrisitianity and convert to Islam, Hani refused and told him he would notify the military intelligence. The leader threatened him saying “Ok Hani, I will settle things with you!” The leader subsequently arranged to kill Hani by sending him to a station near his village, at Nag Al-Ghaliz of the city of Nag Hamadi, in order to eliminate any suspicions about the plan.” (Sources: and ) 

Horrible. Awful. Unimaginable.  

Actually, and most unfortunately, this scenario is imaginable, because that’s how things are in Egypt, much of the time.  

And by “how things are,” I mean that being harrassed, tormented, and yes, tortured, isn’t a rarity in Egypt.  

Not for Christians, at least.  

Not for “Ahl El Ketab” who wish to stay that way.  (Ahl el Ketab is Koran-speak for “people of the book,” which refers to Christians and Jews, who look to the Bible and the Torah, respectively.) 

You know what? I am livid. Heartbroken. Sickened that an ANIMAL like Hani’s leader can get away with what he did.  

It’s not all that amusing now, when Hani’s ghost and autopsy photographs are all we have left of him, but Hani’s boss (and other Muslims) like to call us “Ahl el Ketab” when they are actually “Ahl el Kelab,” or “The people of the Dogs.” 

They ARE dogs. Who, but dogs, would torture someone of their own species in that way?  

Actually, comparing these rabid Islamic Fundamentalists with dogs seems cruel to the dogs, so many apologies to Fido, Fluffy, and Fifi. 

Sara Ghorab  


3 Responses to “The Price of Refusing Islam”

  1. A Passing By! Says:

    Was just passing by, and I am wondering!

    Do u think u r tackling this subject on objectivity or subjectivity basis?

    Coptic youth been killed….this is a fact….he been mudered and tortured … another fact…and I am not arguing those facts, Nevertheless:

    Does this mandate that Muslims are the ruthless murderes and they are the rank of accusation!

    I am a muslim so I can be denoted as Islamic….and I am proud to refer to my islamic fundamentals, accordingly am a Fundametalist…..Does this refers me to your ranking of being as u sued -with apology to dogs- a Dog? Do u think this judgement and this verdict is fair??

    Murdering is murdering whether he/she is coptic or muslim….brutality is brutality whether coptic or muslim….unfairness is unfairness being to coptic or muslim.

    Killing this youth without a guilt is a crime and torturing him is unhuman and most of all non-islamic, that what my islamic fundmentals taught me.

    Please be fair….just fair

    Hope Allah guides us all to the fair way…


    Fundamentalist Muslim

  2. Ahmed Says:

    Well, not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims. It is true that
    Christians conquered by the Muslim armies were terrorized to convert, pay taxes, or die.
    Don’t you find anything wrong with this?

  3. David Says:

    Thank God most Muslims are good people and not good Muslims.
    Just a few quotes:
    We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they set up with Allah that for which He has sent down no authority, and their abode is the fire, and evil is the abode of the unjust.
    I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.
    2:191, And slay them wherever ye catch them
    3:28, Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah.

    A good study of the Koran, the Hadiths, and the life of Mohammed will show what a peaceful and tolerant religion it really is.

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