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Since the Islamic conquer of Egypt in 642 A.D, Islam has been the dominant religion of   Egyptians. So dominant that you can see it clearly in all aspects of life. Muslims constitute about 90% of Egyptians with the other 10% are Christians.

When Islam entered Egypt after the defeat of the Romans on the hands of the Arabs, most Egyptians converted to the new  religion while some Egyptians remained Christians. The conversion came as a normal result of the Arabs' virtues seen by Egyptians as the touch of  Islam on them, in fact conversion happened gradually throughout years of Islamic rule.

When Amr Ibn El Aas, the Arabian army leader, conquered the Romans he assured people that  their lives and belongings will not be touched, they will be safe in their homes. The Egyptian patriarch was hiding in fear of the Roman suppression because of his beliefs, since the Islamic conquer, he got out of his hiding to practice his authority fearlessly.

Actually, Egypt welcomed Arabs as religion callers, peace and good patrons. Amr Ibn El-A'as and his soldiers entered Egypt and struggled against the Romans, who occupied Egypt and Syria and caused their people all sorts of misfortune. That is why, so many of the Egyptians back then, joined the Islamic troops against the Romans, since they found in Islam, the freedom and dignity that they have missed during the Bezantian ages that someone of them said: "The history did not realize more merciful invaders than the Arabs".

The commitment of the Egyptians in early ages to Islam, and the engagement of their history with the Islamic ideology, have strengthened the most powerful tie, and strongest relationship between them and their faith. The thing that helped them a lot in their struggle against all the hard challenges, and the invaders campaign from Tatar and crusades and the escape of the invaders throughout the history. Also, this helped them to maintain their Islamic ideology and the great Islamic culture, heritage and tradition. 




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