Egypt church issues first conversion certificate

apostasyThere is no compulsion in Islam. Of course, if a Muslim wishes to change his or her religion, they will be compelled to go through the courts to do it.

from yahoo news

CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church has for the first time issued a certificate of conversion to a Muslim-born Christian, his lawyer said, in a country where religious conversion is highly sensitive.Maher al-Gohari, who is seeking to change his religion on his official documents from Muslim to Christian was asked by a court to provide a conversion certificate from the Egyptian church.”He handed it in today,” Nabil Gabriel told AFP. “It is the first time the church provides this sort of certificate.”In Egypt, citizens are required to carry their personal ID cards at all times. Without an ID card, one has no access to basic services.It is only the second time that such a request has been formally made in a country where converting to Christianity, while not illegal, is practically impossible.Last year, a court rejected a request by a Christian convert from Islam, Mohammed Higazi, to have his new religion written on his identity card.Highlighting the sensitivity of the topic, the church would not comment on Gohari’s case specifically.”In general, the church cannot turn away anyone who reaches out to it, otherwise it would be abandoning one its role as a church.”Tensions often run high between Egypt’s Muslim and Christian communities in an increasingly religious society dominated by Sunni Muslims.Egypt’s Copts — the largest Christian community in the Middle East — account for an estimated six to 10 percent of the country’s 80 million inhabitants.

Egyptian police torture, rape convert to Christianity from Islam

Egyptian police torture, rape convert to Christianity from Islam

From DhimmiWatch

Recently in the Hate Mail bag I received a missive berating me for not acknowledging Egypt as a “moderate Muslim country.”

“Egyptian Convert to Christianity Tortured, Raped in Egypt,” from AINA, December 20 (thanks to Pamela):

(AINA) — Martha Samuel, an Egyptian Muslim who converted to Christianity 5 years ago, was arrested at Cairo airport on Wednesday as she and her husband and two sons (4 and 2) were leaving for Russia (AINA 12-17-2008). Her name was on the observation list of people prevented from leaving the country.The Egypt for Christ Ministry is reporting that Martha Samuel has been subjected to sexual assault by Egyptian police officers at El-Nozha police station as well as at the National Security office in Heliopolis. She has also been beaten and tortured in an attempt to force her to return to Islam. The police have promised to release her if she returns to Islam.

Martha Samuel and her children, who are also under arrest, is to be transferred from the National Security office in Heliopolis to Al-Qanater prison after seeing the “renewal judge.” The children are not being provided with food deliberately to pressure their mother to return to Islam. Fadl Thabet, Martha’s husband, has been taken to the National Security office in Alexandria (Somoha District).

Martha Samuel, whose former name is Zainab Said Abdel-Aziz, and her family were trying to travel to Russia using a passport of her Christian name, in order to escape from the continuous persecution by the Egyptian police and her own family, who have been trying to kill her for 5 years as a result of her conversion.