Egypt to Execute Muslim in Killings Christians

Monday, January 17, 2011

By Worthy News Middle East and Africa Services with Worthy News'  Stefan J. Bos 

 CAIRO, EGYPT (Worthy News)-- A Muslim men was awaiting execution Monday, January 17, after a court in Egypt sentenced him to death for his alleged involvement in the January 2010 killings of six Coptic Christians following Christmas mass.

A Muslim policeman also died when three gunmen in a car attacked worshipers emerging from mass with bullets in Nagaa Hammadi, near the southern town of Qena. Mohammed Ahmad Hossein, also known as Hamam Kammouni, 39, was considered the ringleader of the attack.

The chief judge of the Qena security court, which allows no right of appeal, gave no motive for the attack in which the Copts were gunned down. The ruling comes at a time of growing concerns among Egypt’s minority Coptic Christian population after the recent bombing outside a church in Alexandria, during New Year’s Eve Mass, that killed over 20 people and wounded more than 90.

The bombing sent thousands of angry Copts rioting in the streets and criticizing the government as failing to protect them. Christians said the Nagaa Hammadi attack was the deadliest of its kind since 2000 when 20 Copts were killed in sectarian clashes.

Coptic Bishop Anba Kirolos of Nagaa Hammadi reportedly welcomed the ruling and said his flock were "satisfied," but a defense lawyer, Alaa Abu Zeid, said the death sentencing was influenced by widespread outrage over the Alexandria bombing.

Additionally, not all Christians agree with the death penalty, with some saying Christ rose up from death for all sinners and that execution takes away the opportunity for someone to receive Him as Lord and Savior.

Commentators have questioned whether Sunday’s verdict will help ease tensions between Egypt’s Coptic community and Muslims. In one of the latest reported incidents last week, a Muslim off-duty police officer boarded a train and shot dead a 71-year-old Christian man while wounding five others, news reports said.

Egyptian officials denied the shooting was religiously motivated, but did not provide an alternative explanation.

Copts make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 80-million population. Most Egyptian Christians are Copt, a word derived from the Greek name Aigyptos, which means Egypt.

4 thoughts on “Egypt to Execute Muslim in Killings Christians

  1. This is not what we want. To kill the man responsible for this bombing should not satisfy the brethren, but that these families must forgive him, and pray for his salvation. It is difficult to pray for someone who has brought such pain, but that is what we are called to do.
    "But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you...Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not , and ye shall not be condemned: forgive and ye shall be forgiven." Luke 6:27,28,35,36.

    "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." And they stoned Stephen as he was calling upon God, and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." And he kneeled down and cried in a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. Acts 7:59,60

  2. One must never enjoy the destruction of the wicked, but one must also realize that sometimes we must suffer in this life for evil deeds. Pray for the Muslim world, for the wrath of God is coming, and it won't be pretty.

  3. John,

    No we don't want to kill the man. That being said - Pray for him and other non believers, but corporal punishment is not against God's will. Remember, the Christians did not kill him, nor did their survivors. The article says that some Christians believe that this judgement was wrong, but still others are ok with it. Praise God, because he is mercifull, if this man hated Christians, then he hated Christ, so says the scriptures. Now if he hated Christ, will God forgive him? Yes God would forgive, but this man must repent of his hatred. No one is held back from our Lord but by their own will. If God wants him, then this man will find him. Remember God is in control.

    • Donald,

      I fully understand, and please don't misunderstand me, I support the ruling, it is the right thing to do, in accordance with both the laws of man, and also the laws of God, who appoints kings and kingdoms. My point is in response to the Copts "welcoming" of, and being "satisfied" with the ruling, without expressing a heart of forgiveness. Of course, there is always the chance that the press did not relay that sentiment. I would hope that the Coptic Christians would make that a major point of emphasis when interviewed in light of this verdict.

      God IS in control, Amen!

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