Islamic Trojans: East & West

Islamic Trojans: East & West

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By I B Barsoum

To many people, Islam is a religion of peace. To others, Islam is a threat. To me and many other Copts Christians, Islam is the environment we grew up in[1]. If living in Egypt as a Copt, you would hear Azan prayers five times a day for each day of your life there. You would commonly hear Muslim clerks cursing Christians and Jews, grandsons of apes and pigs[2], in their Friday prayer sermons. Yes, you would be a Christian living the life of submission as Dhimmi, not officially of course, but as an everyday life reality. Being Christian (Copt) living in present day Egypt is like being a free Negro living during mid 19th century in Mississippi after the civil war had just ended. Legally, you would be a free citizen, but in reality Muslims see you as an infidel who should be submissive to Muslims and Islam[3].

The situation is not clear to the West, because Muslims living in their midst behave differently. To make it clear, I am not trying to stigmatize all Muslims. On the contrary, many Muslims are just people trying to live a good life, so they immigrate to the West to achieve that. Mostly, these “peaceful” Muslims are not religious in the sense of being devout or even practicing the whole five pillars of Islam. However, other Muslims in the West are devout religious zealots who would put on masks of Taqiyya. These after they immigrate to the West they get a culture shock, because they have been living in very strict conservative Islamic communities. To adapt to western cultural challenges, they try even harder to follow their religion down to the letter; their religion becomes their true identity. These Muslims are the ones who pose the true threat to the West. They are like Trojan horses hiding and even sometimes living the Western style of life, without believing in any of the Western values like liberty, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and expression, etc…

The same Islamic Trojan phenomenon, used to happen the Middle East too. Under dictatorship regimes like Saddam’s, Kaddafi’s, Assad’s and Mubarak’s, many devout Muslims were oppressed. For them, these dictators were too secular to be considered true Muslims. Their dictatorship regimes weren’t the problem, only their irreligious behaviors. The oppressed Muslims practiced Taqyyia all along while living in the Middle East, in their native countries, because these dictators used to jail them for plotting to topple their oppressive regimes. One example is what the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser did to Muslim Brotherhood members when they tried to assassinate him in 1954. Nasser jailed them, tortured them and their families. It was a political clash between two dictatorship ideologies, one is led by the secular military and the other led by Muslim zealots. These Muslim zealots were the same Muslims who emigrated to the West later and formed Jiahdi groups. Some of them even came to form Al-Qaeda organization.

When reading the Islamic Trojan phenomenon into the current situation of the Arabs’ Spring in the Middle East, one then can understand how these youth revolutions became so Islamic only after few months after the events. For example, a well-organized and secretive group like the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in Egypt used to work under the radar of Mubarak’s regime. They infiltrated all unions and university student groups all over Egypt. Even recently we came to know that the head of Egyptian military intelligence agency, which used to monitor high ranking officers in the Egyptian Army for any links to terrorist groups, was actually a secret member in MB. Ironically, General Abbas Mekheimar was a secret MB agent leading the agency that was supposed to arrest secret MB members in the Egyptian army. This is how deep the MB infiltration was in Egypt. Therefore, it was not a surprise that young and naïve revolutionists in Egypt lost their revolution to the Brotherhood. MB were ready to take over the dream of a free and democratic Egypt.

In the west, I expect similar scenarios to take place, especially with the presence of a Muslim Trojan in the white house itself.


[1] Even many Christians in the Middle East, for living the long life in Islamic environment, came to behave and adopt the Islamic culture values like Muslims without recognizing it as Islamic.

[2] Quran 5:60 Then say: “Should I inform you [People of the Book] of those, who will have even worse recompense from Allah than the transgressors? They are those whom Allah has cursed; who have been under His wrath; some of whom were turned into apes and swine; who worshipped taghut [the devil or idols]; those are the people who are in a far worse plight and who have turned farthest away from the Right Way.” (Maududi)

[3] Quran 9:29 (at Tauba) “Fight those who believe neither in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which has been forbidden by Allah and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

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