Monday, March 20, 2006

Praying for Abdul Rahman

This story is heart-breaking for me. Abdul Rahman is refusing to convert back to Islam. For that he faces a possible death penalty. He was seen openly and publicly walking with his Bible in hand. His own family turned him in to the police.
Rahman's trial judge told reporters that "We will invite him again [to convert back to Islam] because the religion of Islam is one of tolerance. We will ask him if he has changed his mind. If so we will forgive him." (Trial judge Ansarullah Mawlazezadah) The picture on the right is the trial judge holding the "evidence" of Rahman's Bible.
I have written e-mails to the Afghanistan U.S. Embassy, an Afghan governmental office, Al-Jazeera, and some U.S. Islamic centers asking for help for this brother in Christ. The articles on him and his situation are being printed in newspapers internationally. For an international list of articles see here. And, be very thankful for living in a country that allows us to express our faith openly.