A handful of Christians could face charges following a recent attack in Minya, Egypt. On November 25, a large Muslim mob attacked believers’ homes and property because a young Christian man allegedly insulted Islam on Facebook. Middle East Concern’s Daniel Hoffman says the believer lives in a different town hundreds of miles to the north of Barsha village.
A Muslim neighbor protected the man’s family from rioters who targeted his house, CBN reports. Police arrested 100 Muslims and Christians following the attack and are now submitting several of them to local courts for consideration.
“Police detain people from both sides just to make sure they are not accused of being biased,” Hoffman says.
“Normally, [police] would release everyone involved [but] in this case, 20 Muslims have been referred to the public prosecutor’s office. About 15 Christians were referred as well to decide whether charges will be brought against them. But no decision has been made.”
Unfortunately, unfounded attacks on believers are pretty common in Egypt. Hoffman explains why.
Rumors, lies, and accusations
As described here, Christians are free to dwell in Egypt, but believers face intense opposition if they try to share their faith. Sectarian conflict between Muslims and Christians usually springs from one of three sources, Hoffman says. More details here.
“Either there is a rumor that a Christian has done something insulting to Islam, or there is an allegation that Christians are trying to open an unlicensed church in the village,” Hoffman says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray Christian communities will respond to injustice in a Christ-like manner.
- Pray for believers’ protection.
- Pray for an end to impunity for the perpetrators of these actions.