“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” — Qur’an 9:29
And it may well come to that. “Yohanna Qulta, Deputy Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt: If the Salafis Come to Power and Instate the Jizya Poll Tax, We Will Oppose This to the Point of Martyrdom,” from MEMRI, December 10, 2011 (thanks to Wimpy):
Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian priest Yohanna Qulta, deputy patriarch of the Coptic Catholic church, which aired on Al-Hayat TV on December 10, 2011.
Interviewer: When I asked if the Copts were thinking of leaving Egypt, you said: “Absolutely.”
Yohanna Qulta: Of course. The fear we encounter on TV and in national newspapers, which I don’t want to name… Actually, why not? Al-Ahram, Al-Akhbar… They run large headlines, quoting the Salafis as saying that the Copts should either leave Egypt or pay the jizya poll tax in submission.
The world has changed. The Copts did not fight you [Muslims] or drive you out of your homes, so why do you want to expel them? Do the Copts constitute a foreign community? They tell you that Switzerland persecutes the Muslims, France persecutes the Muslims… The persecution of any group is unacceptable – but we are not even a community of immigrants. We have deep roots in this country.
Interviewer: Do you Copts fear these Salafi statements? If they do come to power and instate the jizya poll tax – I’m not saying that this will happen, but let’s assume this for the sake of argument – how will you respond?
Yohanna Qulta: We will oppose this fiercely, to the point of martyrdom. Returning to the Middle Ages is out of the question. We will not turn to the UN or to the Western countries, but to Al-Azhar, to Islamic moral values, and to the vast majority of Muslims, who are moderate. Gone are the days of paying the jizya, the days of slavery. What the Salafis and the others need to understand is that the religious state has failed, from East to West, in every era, both in Christian and Muslims countries…