On Friday, 28 March, an Egyptian woman named Mary was viciously attacked simply for being Christian. She was dragged from the car that her persecutors had just crushed, then was kicked, beaten, had her hair ripped from her scalp, and then stabbed in the back. Their final savage acts after killing her were to slit her throat and strip her corpse naked before the crowd. Just last week. Unusual? Not according to locals, according to Raymond Ibrahim:
Added the eyewitness: “Let me tell you, here in Ain Shams, we [Christians] know that every Friday is a day of death; that the day after Friday, Saturday, we’ll be carried to the morgue!”
In fact, the overwhelming majority of attacks on Egypt’s Christians occur on Friday—the day when pious Muslims meet in mosque for prayers and to hear sermons.
The significance of this fact can only be understood by analogy: what if Christians were especially violent to non-Christian minorities on Sunday—right after they got out of church? What would that say about what goes on in Christian churches?
What does it say about what goes on in Muslim mosques?
Prayers for her soul -- although this act of persecution has surely created a martyr. (She was delivering medicine to an elderly parishioner in a church outside of which this took place.) Prayers for her family and friends who are devastated. Prayers for the wider Christian community that they remain strong in the face of these ongoing attacks throughout the Muslim world.