Egypt Christian Convert Receives Death Threats From Judge

Thursday, January 29, 2009 | Tag Cloud

By Eric Leijenaar, Worthy News Senior Special Correspondent

CAIRO/AMSTERDAM (Worthy News) -- A Netherlands based advocacy group expressed concern Thursday, January 29, over a young Christian convert in Egypt after a judge allegedly threatened to kill her for abandoning Islam and trying to flee Egypt because of harassment by family and police.

"The case underscores how difficult the situation is for Christians with a Muslim background," said Jan Vermeer, spokesman of Open Doors, which supports Christians who are reportedly persecuted for their faith.

Christians said 24-year old  Martha Samuel Makkar was threatened by a Cairo judge Saturday, January  24. The judge allegedly told her: "If I had a knife I would kill you now," after she refused to say she was still a Muslim.

Martha Samuel Makkar arrived at the court after she was already harassed for "five years  by family and local police," Vermeer told Worthy News  in a statement. "She didn't want to live in fear with her husband and her children and tried to flee to Russia, but airport staff was informed. Makkar was detained at the airport in Cairo."


Her husband was reportedly briefly detained while her children were temporarily staying with family members, Open Doors said. "Makkar has been mistreated by police and fellow prisoners. She says she also was sexually abused," Vermeer added.

Makkar has been charged with having "false identity papers" as she ensured the word 'Christian' behind her new name in her passport. "In Egypt it is almost impossible to change legally your religion from Muslim into Christian," Open Doors said. Authorities also detained to Coptic Christians who are suspected of having "helping" the young woman in "falsifying" her passport, observers of the case said. Their situation was not immediately clear Thursday, January 29.

Makkar's lawyer, Nadia Tawfiq, said in published remarks that the judge asked her extensively about her conversion to Christianity. "Eventually the judge wanted to be alone with her. We left the court and at that moment the judge told her: "Nobody changes his faith from Muslim to Christian. You are a Muslim."

After Marrak allegedly answered "No, I am Christian" the judge apparently said: "If I had a knife I would kill you now." Court officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Although Makkar was released on bail, her case isn't over yet. Three attorneys support the woman in the case, which will be heard by another judge, Open Doors said. Makkar apparently fears the next trial will not be more fair. "All judges are Muslims and against conversions," she reportedly told Christian news agency Compass Direct News.

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9 thoughts on “Egypt Christian Convert Receives Death Threats From Judge”

  1. Praying!

    The Message They Die To Deliver

    "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
    He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:35-36

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    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

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    "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
    He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:17-18

  2. [quote]After Marrak allegedly answered "No, I am Christian" the judge apparently said: "If I had a knife I would kill you now."[/quote]

    This is a clear example of Islamic "justice" in action!

    But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. (Matthew 26:52)

  3. This whole story appears to be a fabrication. In many cases, Egyptian names can identify the religion of birth of the person as there are certain names favored by Christians while other names are favored by Muslims. In this particular case, all three of the person's names, Martha + Samuel + Makkar, are typically Christian names, which clearly show that the woman was born a Christian. So, how can she be converting from Christianity to Islam? This is impossible, as relayed in the story above.

    The only possibility that this story may have PARTIAL merit could be that she had previously converted from Christianity to Islam to obtain a divorce from a former Christian husband. In the vast majority of cases and according to its beliefs, the Egyptian (Coptic) church denies divorce to its Christian devotees, so Christians resort to converting to Islam to anull their Christian marriage and extract themselves from the church. In doing so, many times they FALSELY pledge before the law authorities that they accept Islam with conviction and not as a tool or a ploy to get a divorce. As Muslim converts, they then proceed to obtain their divorce since divorce is lawful in Islamic law. Proceeding further with their ploy, those hypocrites go back to authorities to re-convert to Christianity, mainly due to pressure from family. This is when the authorities prove the ploy, which is punishable by law, because justifiably, Islam cannot be allowed to be toyed with in this manner to achieve worldly gains for followers of other religions. It is this deceipt that is punishable by Law in Egypt.

    It is therefore clear that the woman here was born a Christian and may have deceiptfully conerted to Islam for some worldly gains, which is an punishable offense.

    • Quote: "In this particular case, all three of the person’s names, Martha + Samuel + Makkar, are typically Christian names, which clearly show that the woman was born a Christian. So, how can she be converting from Christianity to Islam? This is impossible, as relayed in the story above."

      She was born a Muslim and her original name was Zainab Said Abdel-Aziz.

      Read another version of the story at Compass Direct News @

    • So maseer, what exactly are you saying? In your first line "this story appears to be a fabrication", and in your last line "it is therefore clear this woman was born a Christian". You sound confused as to the definition of Christianity? Christianity is a conscious choice. You are not born into it, but rather born again of the Spirit of the living God after accepting His free gift, His Christ. Christians are sons, and daughters of the most High God. He IS the God of love, becuse He IS love, He became flesh in the person of Jesus the Christ, to reveal Himself to mankind, and do what mankind could not do, make ourselves right with God. God paid the price for us in His blood. Our blood, our children's blood, even the blood of the infidel, won't cut it. Christians don't practice religion, we have relationship with the most High God. We know Him, he has written His law on our hearts. God is one, and He has revealed to us His name. His name is Jesus, NOT allah. And when the day of judgement comes every knee will bow before Him. Islam's Prophet Mohammed will bow before Jesus our Lord, in horror, finally understanding that his god allah was none other than the devil himself, a liar, and a murderer from the beginning, who taught his children to do as his will. Mohhamed was deceived. And the blood of every Muslim he indoctrinated into the violence that is Islam, will be on Mohammed's hands, he will have led them down the wide road that leads to destruction. And they that THOUGHT, they were doing a service to god, and murdered the Lord Most High's righteous, will stand without excuse condemned. There IS NO excuse. Isn't it great maseer that Jesus doesn't demmand the death of muslims, but rather desires to give them as much time as it takes to choose Him, to love Him. To love is a choice, an action word. Christians may not always feel loving, but we're commanded to do it. Where as Islam's Mohammed demands the death of all who would oppose his religion, our God, sends His sons, and daughters to bring His gospel of peace, to ALL peoples wanting none to be lost, even at the expense of His children's lives in time. That's love in action. The God I follow IS love, He's demonstrated it. The god of Islam, is a liar, and a murderer, he's demonstrated it. Jesus shed His blood for us, and rose from the dead on the third day, so that we might KNOW He IS, who He says He IS. Mohammed died, and his body saw decay that God might show us, that Mohammed was NOT, who he said he was. So I ask muslims: WHO will you have, your allah, via Mohammed, OR, Jesus, via the testimony of His death, and resurection. Think about, God made it simple enough for even Christians to understand. Won't you join us, and live eternally, with Him, with us? Sincerely,

      In Christ our Lord

  4. One other point I'd like to make Maseer: Christian's are forbidden to lie, God's word having been written on our hearts, forbids us to do so, FOR ANY REASON. You see, God's word, the TRUTH is sufficient. Where as the Quaran will make provision for deceit in the interest of advancing Islam, Christianity does not. Our God IS the Truth, the Life, and the Way. Our God IS the REAL DEAL, and that's why Islam, and every other false religion hates us. They hate the Truth, because there IS no Truth in them.

    • Amen!


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      "And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father." Galatians 4:6

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      "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9

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      "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Acts 2:21

      For Jesus Is LORD

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      Bless His Holy Name

      "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" John 11:25


  5. One day, they will come to know that Our God, Our Heavenly Father is the only Truth and those who rejected him and refused him beforehand will come down to their knees and acknowledge him as the True Creator. I like to see that when it happens so that i can tell it straight to their face (for causing so much misery in Christian lives...) "I TOLD YOU SO!" but, i guess, that's inappropriate and I'm a new born Christian, I have to respect and keep my big mouth shut before something goes out of hand. :/ I respect others but others might not do the same.

    I am lucky to be born in a Christian family that keeps the faith alive among us. :) I love Jesus... Now and Forever... Amen!

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