Father Zakaria Botros and the Sixty Million Dollar Fatwa on His Head

Anti-Islam cleric with $60m bounty in Langley

Earlier this year, Zakaria Botros was prevented from speaking in Vienna due to “security reasons”

A controversial Christian cleric with a $60-million bounty on his head is in Vancouver.


Sources have told The Province that Father Zakaria Botros, a retired Coptic priest from Egypt, arrived at Vancouver International Airport Wednesday afternoon to little public fanfare — but an RCMP presence.

Although he lives in exile in the U.S., Botros is little known in the West.

But he is the target of a fatwa and has been named Islam’s “public enemy No. 1” by an Arabic newspaper for his fiery critiques of Islam, the Koran and the prophet Muhammad in a television show broadcast weekly on the Arabic-Christian channel al- Hayat or The Life.

Up to 60 million viewers in the Arab world — as well as in Europe, Australia and North America — tune in to Botros’s show, Truth Talk, to listen to the outspoken cleric preach the gospel, according to World Magazine, which awarded Botros with the Daniel of the Year award in 2008.

His sermons are reportedly causing mass conversions of Muslims to the Christian faith.

Botros is in town for “The Unveiling,” a three-day gathering of spiritual leaders, including Jewish and Arab leaders, to discuss God’s divine purpose in the Middle East.

The seminar, which runs from Thursday to Saturday, is held at Trinity Western University in Langley and organized by a group called Watchmen for the Nations.

In a video segment of his show, Botros said he was exiled from his home of Egypt for sharing the gospel.

“For this I have been named Islam’s public enemy No. 1. For this, there is now a price on my head,” he told his audience.

“But I love Jesus more than my life and because Jesus loves Muslims, because he came and laid down his life for them, I love them, too, and I am willing to lay my life down, if this is the way to reach them for my beloved Jesus.”

Despite his confrontational style, Botros told World Magazine in 2008 that “I am not against Muslims, although I am against Islam as a false religion. I don’t want to disgrace Muslims, but to expose Islam.”

Botros’s statements and his appeal among some Muslim followers have ignited the anger of jihadists.

Al-Qaida has declared him an infidel and put a $60-million price on his head. In comparison, the reward placed on Osama bin Laden’s head by the U.S. government is $25 million.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rob Vermuelen said Botros’s arrival was on the Mounties’ radar but he declined to comment further.

Trinity Western University Prof. Paul Rowe said Botros is “extremely popular in the Middle East because he takes a no-holds-barred approach to challenging Islam.”

“He’ll challenge Muslims on their own text. He knows the Koran and the Hadith [narratives on Muhammad’s sayings and actions] really well and he is able to deal with Islam on its own merits.”


11 thoughts on “Father Zakaria Botros and the Sixty Million Dollar Fatwa on His Head”

  1. This is what we need – Christian Clerics who are prepared to stand up and be counted. This man is risking his life every day. He is an inspirational man and one who will never give up the fight against the evil of Islam. The Coptic Christians have been persecuted for 1600 years by Islam and they have withstood it and defended their faith with dignity and peace.

    Where are the other clerics of other Christian faiths? Don’t let this man stand alone. It is people like him we need to support. We never hear the Pope say anything against Islam in our country. Just limp minded clerics who want to remain politically correct. Why did they join the priesthood if they are not prepared to defend our Christian faiths? They would be better off in a grocery shop than pretending to care for their faithful.

  2. This “controversial” Cleric, as you put it, is only considered “controversial” in this day and age because the vast majority of secular society in the Western World have never read the Bible and much less the Koran, so they really don’t know the issues and consider anyone with strong and forceful opinions – controversial. They don’t know the seriousness of the Islamic agenda throughout the world, and haven’t a clue what tactics this ideology is prepared to go in order to thwart, disrupt and manipulate a “weak Western Pagan Society” that stands for nothing except self gratification. A society that basically stands for nothing will in the end fall for everything.
    I read the Koran the day after I saw those Twin Towers come down. I spent the next few weeks immersed in this book which Salmon Rushdie calls the “Satanic Verses”, and sure enough there are over a hundred verses that command the “faithful Muslim” to seek out and destroy the “infidel”, which are the rest of us; it’s pretty plain to read. The whole text is nothing like the Old and New Testament and the word “love” is never mentioned in the Koran. What makes Father Zakaria Botros “controversial” is that he is a scholarly individual who speaks Arabic, and has studied both the Koran, the Hadith and the Bible in their original languages and at an academic level which few people have achieved; and this is what makes him an authority to be reconed with.
    Whether people will take to heart what he says is quite another matter. In our complacency and in the societal milieu of denying any authoritative inspired Literature which claims Divine Revelation, it’ll probably just be seen as another radical religious fundamentalist who’s here to stir up trouble. But for those who are just slightly interested, and concerned about “Spiritual” matters I’m hoping that Botros will awaken some complacent Christian and Arab Leaders.

  3. Iwas born in muslem world lived their tell reach 26 years study in koran one thing i want to say if no another plante descover soon for the other none muslem to move out from earth muslem will kill all you children in cold blooded look what muslem did to hindo bodest seigh jweish christine in koran it saied kill the unmuslem when you have upper hand what your are waiting for do not get marrey do not have children if you do not want them to be murder by muslems

  4. Thanks for your honesty, zohra. It is “hate speech” for infidels to state things like that, even if true.

    Warn your fellow muslims that, while allah may have given them a mandate to convert, kill, or extract protection money from non-muslims, its little plan will run off the rails when it seeks to destroy Israel, God’s holy people and nation (Ezekiel 38 / 39 etc).

    Judgment is coming, and ardent followers of allah, such as Ahmadinejad, are rushing to their doom.

  5. Egypt: Copts see Muslims gearing up for mass violence against Christians

    Serious provocations to “sectarian violence” — i.e., jihad. “Egyptian Coptic Church Accused of Stockpiling Weapons,” by Mary Abdelmassih for AINA, September 21 (thanks to JW):

    (AINA) — A new wave of defamation by Islamists against Coptic Pope Shenouda III and the Coptic Church is seen by many observers as a serious provocation to sectarian violence against the Copts, and the possibility of Egypt being dragged into civil war.
    On September 15, Qatar-owned Al-Jezirah TV broadcast a program called Without Limits, presented by moderator Ahmad Mansour, who hosted the Islamist Dr. Selim el-Awah, former Secretary-General of the World Council of Muslim Scholars, which has stunned and enraged Copts inside and outside of Egypt. “El-Awah is simply threatening Copts that the forthcoming chaos after Mubarak dies will see mass violence against the Copts,” says Magdy Khalil, Coptic activist and head of Middle East Freedom Forum.

    The program alleged the Church has its own militia and hides weapons and ammunition in monasteries and churches, preparing for a war “against the Muslims.” el-Awah said that “Israel is in the heart of the Coptic Cause,” and the Church gets weapons from Israel. He cited as evidence an incident in mid-August, in which the son of a priest in Port Said, Mr. Joseph El-Gabalawy, was falsely accused of importing weapons from Israel. Although he was cleared of charges and released, as the imported goods were children’s fireworks from China and did not belong to him, he is still detained by State Security.

    The television program also charged the Church of concealing Muslim converts to Christianity, besides abducting and torturing Christian converts to Islam. Out of the thousands of Christian woman who converted to Islam, willingly or unwillingly, el-Awah mentioned only two wives of priests whom he claimed converted to Islam and consequently were imprisoned in monasteries, Wafa Constantine and Mary Abdallah. Speaking on the latest crisis over Camelia Shehata, about whom Muslims fabricated rumors of her conversion to Islam, he said that she never converted to Islam and was handed over by State Security to her two married sisters (AINA 11-1-2015).

    The nearly two-hour program went on to accuse the Coptic Church of being a “State within the Egyptian State,” allegedly taking advantage of the weakness of the present regime, behaving as if it is above the law. The Church was also accused of making an “inheritance” deal with the regime to support President Mubarak’s son in succeeding his father as president in exchange for benefits.

    Selim el-Awah said that ever since Pope Shenouda came out of detention, having been banished to a desert monastery by the late President Sadat in 1981 and released by President Mubarak in 1982, there has been “scientific preparation” to demand the division of Egypt into a Muslim State and a Coptic secular State”

    He warned that if the status of the Church remains as such, the “country will burn” and called on Muslims to go out in demonstrations as the “only answer left to counteract the strength of the Church.” He said “If they go out to the streets, who can control them?”

    “For the first time since the establishment of the State of Israel,” says Magdy Khalil, “someone has accused the Coptic Church of stockpiling weapons from Israel as a prelude to waging war on Muslims, claiming that Israel is at the heart of the Coptic issue.” […]

    A Muslim demonstration is called for Friday September 24, in Alexandria demanding the disposal of Pope Shenouda III.

    Khalil recollects similar circumstances taking place at the end of the seventies when rumors circulated about a plan by Pope Shenouda to establish a Coptic state in the Upper Egyptian Province of Assiut, and about the storage of weapons in monasteries, “those rumors were justifications for a series of attacks against the Copts over decades,” he said.

    He believes that this dangerous talk by Dr. el-Awah is an introduction to the destruction of the Copts in the event of a the outbreak of chaos in Egypt after Mubarak’s death. “It will not be like what happened in the seventies, but it could evolve to become like the Armenian genocide that occurred in Turkey in 1915,” said Khalil.

  6. i want to win muslim brothers for Christ – Please give me some Quran verses to talk to them.

  7. Dear Allwyn,

    You might inform your Muslim brothers that the Koran is written in such a way that the conscientious Muslim cannot win. The Koran tells Muslims that Allah says he wrote the Old and New Tewstament [you can Google all the things I am saying here], and that his words cannot be altered. A conscientious Muslim must ask a ” person of the Book” [the Christian Bible, Old and New Testament] if he has any doubts about Allah’s “clear signs handed down.” In other words, a conscientious Muslim must believe all the words in Old and New Testament or go to hell for not believing Allah!

    Next, the conscientious Muslim sees there is a problem with this, since the Holy Bible proclaims that Jesus Christ died on the cross once– for all that Muslim’s past, present, and future sins, and merely believing this entitles him to Heaven. [John 3:16] The problem the conscientious Muslim now sees is this: Allah’s Koran is now contradicting the Bible that he also wrote! Allah writes in his last book [the Koran], that Christ did NOT die on the cross at all. Instead, Allah took this Jesus back to heaven, allowing countless Christians to believe that they are “saved” when Allah was merely deceiving them with all those passages in his “injil” [New Testament] that proclaim Christ was resurrected because He truly WAS the Son of God! Believing that Allah had a Son is called “shirk,” the worst sin a Muslim can commit [according to the Koran] It is the “unforgiveable sin” of Islam! There is no escape from Allah’s hell if you have EVER believed in shirk! Even if you spent the rest of your life here raising your “patootie” five times a day to Allah!
    Even if you denounced Allah by denouncing his assertion that he wrote the New Testament “injil,” you could never be a good Muslim again because Allah wrote that “shirk” is UNFORGIVEABLE! Allah would have fooled you as he has fooled billions of Christians! So, what can you do? You could become a Christian by believing in the Christ of the Bible – where salvation and eternal blessing can never ever be lost–since it is a “free Gift of God!” Salvation is by grace–not by “works”
    [Eph 2:8-10]. You don’t have to kill any unbelievers, you don’t have to use “taqqiyah” in the “cause of Allah” The only works that you will do are not FOR salvation [since that was done when you freely accepted God’s FREE GIFT of eternal life [eternal salvation]–the only work [which you will find is not really work,] is to love other people and God, Himself [because He first loved us!} (1 John 4:10)
    Since you are threatened with death by leaving Islam for Christianity, it would be suicide to tell your “brothers” what you have found, and the God of the Bible is against suicide The true God is not against you protecting yourself. See Romans 13:1-3 Even Bo[u]tros Zakaria is taking care that no one can collect those 60 million dollars!
    I, myself, have made enemies of most of my non-Christian relatives and “friends.” But I have also become great friends with the Lord of this Universe, the One who created and LOVED US all–the visible, and the invisible, who was “before all things” and “by him all things consist!” [Colossians 1:16, 17]
    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word [Jesus Christ] was with God, and the word WAS God. He was in the beginning with God [Allah calls this “shirk”] 3) All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made.”

    Remember, Allah said he wrote this “injil” too! So he is either lying about that, or he forgot he said he wrote both the Bible and the Koran!
    And if you doubt either one, your “abode will be the fire.”[remember to Google these Koranic verses]

    I’d go with the true God and Saviour of the Bible, if I were you. He loves you even if you have been a Muslim–maybe even more for all that you have had to go through!

    Love to you, my new brother in Christ!


  8. Dear Allwyn D’Souza

    The best way to preach to your Muslim friends, is to let them know that the Qur’an says it’s a “confirmation and reminder of that which went before it” (i.e. the Holy Bible), and that the ONLY scripture they REALLY need to obey FROM the Qur’an, is Qur’an 5:68, which tells them to “stand firm upon the Torah and Injil”…in otherwords, to “stand firm upon the Bible”. Also, let them know, that if they are in doubt about the Qur’an, that Qur’an 10:94 tells them to GO to you for your reading the “before Scriptures” (again, the Bible), and, that the Qur’an tells them they are to believe ALL the BOOKS (plural) of Allah. That, again, includes the Bible. In so doing, they will see, a huge contradiction, being that the Injil they are to stand upon, has Jesus not only going to the cross for their sins, but, that he is the “Son of God”. But, again, let them know, that the Qur’an isn’t a complete and utter lie. It DOES point people to “stand firm upon the Bible”…which, they need to do to escape the horror is Islam and become free and Saved in Jesus Christ.

    God bless you in your endeavor.

  9. Rammat, unfortunately that’s not how Islamic clerics see it:

    Judgment: Despising the Torah or the New Testament

    Question: “Does someone who insults the Torah or the New Testament engage in apostasy, given that these include some words of God?”

    Answer: “It would be impermissible to disdain the Torah and New Testament if they contained the truth and the name of the exalted, such as the name of God the Most High. Whoever does this [i.e., disrespect the books] knowingly and by choice would be considered an apostate and would be despised by God. But [in fact] the Torah and New Testament do not have anything exalted in them. They are known to have been corrupted, so there is no problem disdaining them.

    Ash-Shams[ad-Din] Ar-Ramli [d.1004 A.D.] said in [his book of fiqh] Nihayat al-Muhtaj: “It is impermissible to use respected books like those of hadith and fiqh for anal cleansing after defecation (al-istinja’,الأستنجاء ), but non-respected books like philosophy, Torah and the New Testament, which are known as corrupt and which do not contain exalted names, can be used for anal cleansing after defecation.”

    Interestingly, Fatwa #40378 is no longer posted at the Encyclopedia of Fatwas; an announcement on its old page drably states that “There is no fatwa with this number.” The screen shot posted on my website, however, establishes that this fatwa was once posted.

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