Egyptian Christians Killed for Not Paying 'Jizya' Tax
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2013 Sep 17
Muslims in southern Egypt killed two Christian men for failing to pay them protection money, CBN News reports. Muslims in the area are demanding that Christians pay them "jizya," a kind of tax that Islamic law requires religious minorities to pay Muslims, but the tax is so high many Christians simply can't afford it. Voice of the Martyrs reported that a Muslim man demanded a Christian in a village in Assiut pay him nearly $1,500. The Christian sought help from local police but to no avail; when he failed to come up with the money, several Muslims went to his home and shot him and his cousin to death.