On December 4, 2017, a Telegram channel of Egyptian Islamic State (ISIS) supporters, linked to the organization's "Egypt Province," posted a call for Egyptian Muslims to attack Christians in their country.[i] The post reads:
"Oh you Muslims in Egypt, the Christians have been insolent toward you. They cursed our prophet and called each other to fight you, and you are sitting! Oh you, have you forgotten who you are? Do you not know that you are their masters and they are the ones [who should be] humbled and subdued[ii]? By Allah... if you do not rise up [against them] Allah will increase your humility. So go forth, oh worshippers of Allah, blow up their churches and monasteries, kill their priests and monks, do not show mercy toward any Christian for they are all belligerent toward Allah's religion. 'They will never approve of you until you follow their religion.'[iii] So blood for blood, killing for killing. Revive the raids of heroes in Abbasiyah, Tanta and Alexandria[iv] until they know who the Muslims are."
[i] Telegram.me/Misr Al-Kinana, December 4, 2017.
ii]According to Quran 9:29, which stipulates that Muslims must fight the Jews and Christians until they pay a poll tax while being subdued: "Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.
[iii] Quran 2:120.
[iv] Referring to bombings by ISIS of a church in the Abbasiyah district in Cairo in December 2016, and of churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday in April, 2017.