Saturday, January 29, 2005

What Is A Dhimmi?

Dhimmi, martyred (Baha'i)

By El Naar Haninah

In the West one hears that Islam is a religion which allows freedom of religion for “People of the Book" (that is, Jews and Christians), but one rarely understands the status of religious minorities under Islam. “People of the Book” are called Dhimmis in the arabic language and live under the apartheid system of Dhimmitude.
Islamic Law – Shari’a – allows official discrimination against the Dhimmi. This legal discrimination exposes non-Muslims to: 1) abrogation of legal rights, 2) a life of humiliation and vulnerability, and 3) conditional protection from physical and / or economic harm at the hands of a Muslim.
No Legal Rights
Dhimmis may not testify in court against a Muslim and have no legal right to dispute or challenge anything done to them by Muslims. For example, there is no such thing as a Muslim raping a Jewish or Christian woman; there is no such thing as a Muslim murdering a Jew or Christian (at most, it can be a form of manslaughter). In contrast, a Jew or Christian who strikes a Muslim has committed a capital offense.
A life of Humiliation and Vulnerability
Jews and Christians had to walk around with badges or veils identifying them as Jews or Christians. The yellow star that Jews had to wear in Nazi Germany did not originate in Europe. It was borrowed from the Muslim world where it was part of the apartheid system of Dhimmitude.
Conditional Protection
The protection of the Dhimmi is withdrawn if the Dhimmi rebels against Islamic law, gives allegiance to non-Muslim power (such as Israel), refuses to pay the poll-tax, entices a Muslim from his faith, or harms a Muslim or his property. If the protection is lifted, jihad resumes. For example, Islamists in Egypt who pillage and kill Christian Egyptians (Copts) do so because they no longer pay their poll tax and therefore are no longer protected.

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