Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, the country’s top Islamic authority, condemned what he called “the disgusting terrorist operation that was carried out by extremists against our Christian brethren.” He quoted the prophet Muhammad as having declared: “Whoever harms a person of the covenant [a non-Muslim of a Muslim territory], I am his adversary, and I will be his adversary on the Day of Judgment.”

From Heba Farouk Mahfouz, “Gunmen kill at least 28 Coptic Christians in central Egypt”, Washington Post, May 26, 2017. Partly extracted in the Ottawa Sun, May 27, 2017, without the Muhammad quote.

Then in Ottawa Sun editorial of May 27, in relation to Manchester: “Of course, it’s Islamist terrorism“:

But we are at war with a bastardized version of Islam, which radical imams use as the theological basis for justifying terrorism. And it’s working.

It’s time we called it what it is.

Then try to find electronic version of Mahfouz Washington Post story in Ottawa Sun, and find instead Associated Press story by Maggie Michael and Hamza Hendawi, “Militants open fire on bus carrying Christians in Egypt, killing 28 – including kids – and wounding 22”. No quote from Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, though adding more particulars:

The bus came under fire on a side road in the desert on its way to the remote monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor in
Maghagha, about 220 kilometres (140 miles) south of Cairo.

The monastery, reachable only by a short, unpaved route that veers off the main highway, is in Minya province, where Christians account for more than 35 per cent of the population, the highest level of any province.

And, if not of the covenant


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