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
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.