Ramadan in Egypt: Christians face more intolerance from Muslims

Christians in Egypt have to deal with more intolerance from Muslims during the month of Ramadan, as the rules applied to them become stricter and their lives are more difficult during this time of the year.

(REUTERS / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)A man walks around stalls selling festival lights and Ramadan lanterns, or 'fanoos Ramadan', at Sayida Zienab district market during the first day of Ramadan in old Cairo, Egypt June 6, 2016.

Speaking to Open Doors USA earlier this month, a Christian man and woman described how their work day starts and ends during Ramadan.

The Christian woman shared how she feels very uncomfortable with the dirty looks that Muslims give her when she rides the bus on her way to work. Christian women come under more scrutiny because they do not wear the hijab. It is customary for men to give their seats to women, but Christians do not receive the same treatment and have to stand in the bus the whole trip.

In the same bus scenario, the Christian man said that during Ramadan, a number of Muslims tend to read the Quran loudly and place special emphasis on the verse about "infidels who will go to hell," which reportedly includes Christians and Jews. Some Muslims believe that they will receive additional reward from Allah if they loudly recite the Quranic verses about infidels. The Christians standing nearby are forced to listen until they have to disembark from the bus.

Aside from that, Christians have to put up with Muslim colleagues at their workplace who are only interested in conversations that criticize Christianity.

There is also no available public transportation, public activity and open shops during the first hour after the sunset prayer call as Muslims wait for their day-long fast to end.

In an article published on June 5, The Independent highlighted the increased danger Christians face from Islamic extremists during the month of Ramadan. ISIS-affiliated media agency Nashir News Service called on aspiring jihadists to "kill the civilians of the crusaders" using knives, guns, and vehicles to earn points from Allah.

Nashir's message was posted just before ISIS claimed responsibility for the deadly London Bridge attack on June 3, which left seven people dead and 48 others injured. Sympathizers reportedly hailed the tragedy as the "awakening of wolves" and a fulfillment of the "black days" that the terror group promised.

Since the late ISIS spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani had called for terror attacks on Ramadan in 2015, the period of fasting for Muslims has become an increasingly deadly time for Christians.