Monday, February 28, 2011


Submitted by: Donald Hank

Egyptian Army Fires on Christian Monasteries Wounding Many of the Monks

Is this the beginning of cleansing of Christians in Egypt? The military is supposed to be in charge and yet they are the ones that attacked the monasteries. Why did they do that? Is there another reason for this provocation? Has the Muslim Brotherhood already started their operation to move Egypt to an Islamic State? Who is really in charge? Let's read about the attacks and watch the video.
News report follows with supporting video (warning the video may be considered by some to be graphic)

(AINA) -- "For the second time in as many days, Egyptian armed force stormed the 5th century old St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi el-Natroun, 110 kilometers from Cairo. Live ammunition was fired, wounding two monks and six Coptic monastery workers. Several sources confirmed the army's use of RPG ammunition. Four people have been arrested including three monks and a Coptic lawyer who was at the monastery investigating yesterday's army attack.

Monk Aksios Ava Bishoy told activist Nader Shoukry of Freecopts the armed forces stormed the main entrance gate to the monastery in the morning using five tanks, armored vehicles and a bulldozer to demolish the fence built by the monastery last month to protect themselves and the monastery from the lawlessness which prevailed in Egypt during the January 25 Uprising.

"When we tried to address them, the army fired live bullets, wounding Father Feltaows in the leg and Father Barnabas in the abdomen," said Monk Ava Bishoy. "Six Coptic workers in the monastery were also injured, some with serious injuries to the chest."The injured were rushed to the nearby Sadat Hospital, the ones in serious condition were transferred to the Anglo-Egyptian Hospital in Cairo.

Father Hemanot Ava Bishoy said the army fired live ammunition and RPGs continuously for 30 minutes, which hit part of the ancient fence inside the monastery. "The army was shocked to see the monks standing there praying 'Lord have mercy' without running away. This is what really upset them," he said. "As the soldiers were demolishing the gate and the fence they were chanting 'Allah Akbar' and 'Victory, Victory'.

He also added that the army prevented the monastery's car from taking the injured to hospital.
The army also attacked the Monastery of St. Makarios of Alexandria in Wady el-Rayan, Fayoum, 100 km from Cairo. It stormed the monastery and fired live ammunition on the monks. Father Mina said that one monk was shot and more than ten have injuries caused by being beaten with batons. The army demolished the newly erected fence and one room from the actual monastery and confiscated building materials. The monastery had also built a fence to protect itself after January 25 and after being attacked by armed Arabs and robbers leading to the injury of six monks, including one monk in critical condition who is still hospitalized.

The army had given on February 21 an ultimatum to this monastery that if the fence was not demolished within 48 hours by the monks, the army would remove it themselves (AINA 2-23-2011).

The Egyptian Armed Forces issued a statement on their Facebook page denying that any attack took place on St. Bishoy Monastery in Wady el-Natroun, "Reflecting our belief in the freedom and chastity of places of worship of all Egyptians." The statement went on to say that the army just demolished some fences built on State property and that it has no intention of demolishing the monastery itself (video of army shooting at Monastery).

Father Hedra Ava Bishoy said they are in possession of whole carton of empty bullet shells besides the people who are presently in hospital to prove otherwise.

The army attack came after the monks built a fence for their protection after the police guards left their posts and fled post the January 25th Uprising and after being attacked by prisoners who were at large, having escaped from their prisons during that period."We contacted state security and they said there was no police available for protection," said Father Bemwa," So we called the Egyptian TV dozens of times to appeal for help and then we were put in touch with the military personnel who told us to protect ourselves until they reach us." He added that the monks have built a low fence on the borders of one side of the monastery which is vulnerable to attacks, on land which belongs to the monastery, with the monks and monastery laborers keeping watch over it 24 hours a day."

It's a miracle that no one was killed. I am concerned that this is just the beginning of direct oppression, persecution and a very grim future for the Christians in Egypt.
So who is really in charge? Who is likely to lead in Egypt?

Here is a name and some background on one of the main players and someone we need to watch. His speeches are insightful and will make for a hellish existence or worse for all non-Muslims in Egypt.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi (Arabic: يوسف القرضاوي Yūsuf al-Qaraḍāwiy‎; born September 9, 1926) is an Egyptian Islamic theologian who is the official cleric of the Muslim Brotherhood. He returned to Egypt from exile after the fall of Hosni Mubarak and led Friday prayers on February 18. Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s Egyptian TV show ash-Shariah wal-Hayat has an audience of 40 million. He is the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, is a trustee of Oxford University, and is considered a leading Muslim Brotherhood intellectual. This is the same man who called for the murder of Salaman Rushdie, author of Satanic verses. Where ever this man travels there will be an armed entourage and several young boys. He claims his interest in children is their "Islamic Education." There are many who believe these children are sexually molested.

English Translation of his on TV speech;
"Muslims are to seriously resist individual apostasy (religious defection) before it seriously intensifies and develops into a collective one."

This is why the Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi`i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-`ashriyyah, Al-Ja`fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.

For example, Ibn `Abbas quoted the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as having said,“Whoever changes his religion, then kill him.”

More than likely this man will become the Grand Mufti of Egypt who will rule over the government the same as the Ayatollah in Iran. Al-Qaradawi was a follower of Hasan al-Banna during his youth and a longtime member of the Muslim Brotherhood.His famous quote: "I joined the Muslim Brotherhood Group and worked with Imam al-Banna. I was influenced by al-Banna’s moderate thoughts and principles ...(Later) MB asked me to be a chairman, but I preferred to be a spiritual guide for the entire nation... MB consider me their Mufti, but I don’t have this relation with the organization, because being an MB chairman is something difficult requiring a highly sophisticated political wisdom, and I prefer to be devoted to the entire nation, and I feel comfortable with this decision. I love MB and consider them the nearest group to be righteous."

So what happened to that peaceful democracy? Is that even possible with men like this in obvious positions of power and influence? What will happen to the non-Muslims in Egypt? Will they be killed as apostates? It's not looking too good so far.

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