Jihad Watch: “Al Qaeda declares Coptic priest Zakaria Botros ‘one of the most wanted infidels in the world'”

Al Qaeda declares Coptic priest Zakaria Botros “one of the most wanted infidels in the world”

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And offers 60 million for his head. More on Islam’s Public Enemy #1. “Exclusive: Al Qaeda targets leading Arab evangelist operating in the U.S. for preaching the Gospel to Muslims,” by Joel C. Rosenberg for Flashtraffic, September 9 (thanks to Erick):

“I believe this is the hand of God,” Botros told me. “He is directing me. He shows me what to say. He shows me what to write on…the web sites. He is showing me more and more how to use the technology to reach people with his message of redemption.”

You have probably never heard of Father Zakaria Botros. But you need to know his story. He is far and away the most-watched and most-effective Arab-American evangelist focused on reaching the Muslim world, and by far the most controversial. The Rush Limbaugh of the Revivalists, he is funny, feisty, brilliant, opinionated, and provocative. But rather than preaching the gospel of conservatism, he is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. And his enemies do not simply want to silence him. They want to assassinate him.

Last week, I had the honor of interviewing Botros by phone from a secure, undisclosed location in the United States, where he now resides. He told me that he had just learned that an al Qaeda website had posted his photograph and named him one of the “most wanted” infidels in the world. The Radicals have even put a bounty on his head. The Christian Broadcasting Network reported the figure was as high as $60 million. Botros does not know for certain. But just to put that in context, the U.S. bounty on Osama bin Laden’s head is “only” $25 million.

Why are the Radicals so enraged by an elderly Coptic priest from Egypt who is in his 70s? Because Botros is waging an air war against them, and he is winning.

Using state-of-the art satellite technology to bypass the efforts of Islamic governments to keep the gospel out of their countries, Botros is directly challenging the claims of Muhammad to be a prophet, and the claims of the Qu’ran to be God’s word. He systematically deconstructs Muhammad’s life, story by story, pointing out character flaws and sinful behavior. He carefully deconstructs the Qu’ran, verse by verse, citing contradictions and inconsistencies. And not only does he explain without apology what he believes is wrong with Islam, he goes on to teach Muslims from the Bible why Jesus loves them and why is so ready to forgive them and adopt them into His family, no matter who they are or what they have done.

If Botros was doing this in a corner, or on some cable access channel where no one saw him or cared, that would be one thing. But his ninety-minute program – a combination of preaching, teaching and answering questions from (often irate) callers all over the world – has become “must see TV” throughout the Muslim world. It is replayed four times a week in Arabic, his native language, on a satellite television network called Al Hayat (“Life TV.”) It can be seen in every country in North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, as well as all throughout North America,Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. And not only can it be seen in so many places, it is seen – by an estimated fifty million Muslims a day.

At the same time, Botros is getting millions of hits on his multiple web sites in multiple languages. There, Muslims can read his sermons and study through an archive of answers to frequently asked questions. They can also enter a live chat room called “Pal Chat” where they are not only permitted but encouraged to ask their toughest questions to trained on-line counselors, many of whom are Muslim converts to Christianity who understand exactly where the questioners are coming from and the struggles they are having.

As a result, Botros – on the air only since 2003 – has practically become a household word in the Muslim world. An Arabic newspaper has named him Islam’s “Public Enemy #1.” Millions hate him, to be sure, but they are watching. They are listening. They are processing what he is saying and they are talking about him with their friends and family. When Botros challenges Radical clerics to answer his many refutations of Islam and defend the Qu’ran, millions wait to see how the fundamentalists will respond. But they rarely do. They prefer to attack Botros than answer him. Yet, the more the Radicals attack him, the more well-known he becomes. The more well-known he becomes, the more Muslims feel compelled to tune in. And as more Muslims tune in, more are coming to the conclusion that Botros is right and in turn are choosing to become followers of Jesus Christ. Botros estimates at least 1,000 Muslims a month pray to receive Christ with his telephone counselors. Some of them pray to receive Christ live on their air with Botros. And this surely is only the tip of the iceberg, as it represents only those who are able to get through on the jammed phone lines. There simply are not currently enough trained counselors to handle each call.

[…]He does not believe all Muslims are Radicals, but he does believe all Muslims are spiritually lost, and he wants desperately to help them find their way to forgiveness and reconciliation with the God who made them and loves them.

 

Posted by Raymond at September 10, 2008 2:00 PM

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I have been curious about Abouna Botros for some time… While he is an ordained Coptic priest, his evangelism styling and theology seems to be more geared toward an Evangelical theology…

I am curious what this says about his relationship to the Coptic Church, and how it could very well indicate that it is too much for him at this time to incline people to join the Oriental Orthodox Churches at this time. (That is to say, as a visible target, they are ill prepared to set up Coptic churches, bishops, seminaries and clergy for the folks Botros brings to faith in Jesus.)

I think this rather understandable Given the fate of many Catholic and Orthodox Clergy in Muslim lands…

If this is the case, I can’t say I blame the Copts… Centuries of dhimmitude will do that to people.

Pray for Father Botros.

(Note: Embedded YouTube footage did NOT appear in the context of the original article, they are my own additions.)

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6 Responses to Jihad Watch: “Al Qaeda declares Coptic priest Zakaria Botros ‘one of the most wanted infidels in the world'”

  1. […] is happening to Islam? Are the foundations shaking? Ah.. it is this Coptic-Orthdox priest Zakaria. On his daily TV program on LifeTV (owned by Joyce Meyer by the way…) he has been tearing […]

  2. Dan Gambiera says:

    Let’s see, a Christian who is trying to convert Muslims to his religion declares that Islam’s rituals and beliefs are suspect.

    In journalism there’s a saying “When man bites dog, that’s news. When dog bites man, that’s not news.” To this Jew who doesn’t have a horse in the race it’s more like “Fish swim. Birds fly.”

  3. In journalism there’s a saying “When man bites dog, that’s news. When dog bites man, that’s not news.” To this Jew who doesn’t have a horse in the race it’s more like “Fish swim. Birds fly.”

    Or “Fish swim. Birds Fly. Fish put $60M bounty on the head of those caught flying.”

    I don’t expect them to like it. I would rather see if they can reason their way to and through his arguments.

  4. amin says:

    il me semble que se monsieur m’as donner une chance de comprendre bien l’islame et a chaque fois que je voie ses preche je m’aprofondie plus dans ma croyance en l’islam et en mohammed, se qui m’etonne chez se monsieur c’est qu’il insulte le dieu de l’islame qui est le meme dieu de tous les religions, et ce qui le derange plus c’est que les musulmans croie en moise et jesus et tous les autres profetes, donc il n’as pas a insulter une religion qui croie a la sienne , et en plus de tous sa , il se contre dit par ces dire quand il attaque l’islame par le coran qui ne considere pas comme un texte de dieu , qu’il trouve autre texte que le coran pour argumenter ses dires et quand il argumente par des livres d’ecrivain musulmans , il y’as plusieurs livre d’ecrivains cretiens qui sont contradictoire , en fin je remercie se pere qui a fait que les musulmans cherche a comprendre leurs religions grace au attaque haineuse et interminable de ce pere
    que le salut soit sur tous le monde ya zakariya et je t’ecoute a chaque fois que je trouve l’occasion pour m’ouvrire les yeux sur d’autres points
    merci

  5. theodore says:

    ABONA ZAKRIA KEEP YOUR GOOD PRECHING ABOUT ISLAM AND WHAT ISLAM STAND FOR I WATCH YOU DALY IN HAYAT TV AND IAM SO PROUD OF YOU AND BROTHER RASHEB WA BROTHER AHMAD AND SISTER AMANIE MUSTAFFA YOS SHO TO WHOL WORLD ISLAM AND HIS PRBARIC DEAN WHO IS NOT FROM GOD BUT MADE BYE WAR8A BIN NOFFEL AND KADEJJA ALSO RABBIE BO7IERA GBU ABONA ZHAKRIA WITH JESUS LOVE AND VERY BEST OF GOOD HELTH YOU AND YOUR HOUSE HOLD AMEEN YA RAAB

  6. Dr Rev Joseph E Gutshall says:

    Dear Father Botros I was watching you on the net and you have given me the most powerful tool ever about what Salvation is. I hope to see you more on programs on the net or tv. I wish to get more of your teaching in english I hope? May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and keep you safe.

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