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ISIS Imposes Religious Tax on Christians in Syria

A new video purportedly released by the Islamic State shows an ISIS militant imposing the "jizya" tax on Christians in Al-Qaryatayn, near Homs, Syria. The video is titled "Fight Until They Give the Jizyah Willingly While They Are Humbled." Syria HR reports: "[ISIS] received money in the last 48 hours from Christian clerks from the city of al- Qaryatain in the southeast of Homs, where [it] imposed Jizya (a religiously required per capita tax on non-Muslims under Islamic law) on the Christians in the city of al- Qaryatain." The article goes on to state that the Christians who didn't want to pay the tax were told to convert to Islam or leave the city. Click on for photos of the Christians who opted to pay the tax to the Islamic State and become "dhimmi", or protected non-Muslim people under Sharia Law. writes:

Dhimmi [is] an Arabic word meaning "protected." Dhimmi was the name applied by the Arab-Muslim conquerors to indigenous non-Muslim populations who surrendered by a treaty (dhimma) to Muslim domination. Islamic conquests expanded over vast territories in Africa, Europe and Asia, for over a millennium (638-1683)." ISIS plans to bring this back in their current conquest. To be protected, dhimmi must pay the jizya tax.

According to The Washington Post, ISIS isn't the only Islamist group to implement jizya. In 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters forced roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in Egypt to pay a jizya tax. Jizya is described in the Quran verse 9:29:

"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."

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