Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pray for our brother Said Musa

Imprisoned in Afghanistan, Said Musa faces execution for converting to Christianity.

The Daily Mail reports:

An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity.

Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards.

Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion in the 1990s, has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years and helps to treat fellow amputees.

He was arrested in May last year as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy following a crackdown on Christians within Afghanistan.

He claims he was visited by a judge who told him he would be hanged within days unless he converted back to Islam.

But he remains defiant and said he would be willing to die for his faith.

He told the Sunday Times: 'My body is theirs to do what they want with.

'Only God can decide if my spirit goes to hell.'

Defence lawyers have refused to represent him, while others have dropped the case after receiving death threats.

Mr Musa was arrested after a TV station showed western men baptising Afghans during secret ceremonies.

There are political realities to consider. The United States can place pressure on the Afghan government on behalf of Mr. Musa. Astonishingly, President Obama has remained silent.

Paul Marshall comments:

If the actions of a Florida pastor who threatened to destroy a book holy to Muslims deserved public and presidential attention, then the actions of the Afghan government, ostensibly a ‘democratic’ ally, to destroy something holy to Christians, a human being made in the image of God, also deserve public and presidential attention.

HT: Justin Taylor


Scott said...

Amen to that. It grows annoying to see "important" things take the news while the principals that not only our nation, but all of mankind was founded on are constantly left behind. Keep posting these!

Sean said...

And what would the prosperity gospel preachers offer Said and the rest of our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan?

Todd Pruitt said...

Situations like our suffering brothers and sisters help expose the utter lie of the prosperity gospel. It simply has no category for the faithful Christian who suffers. It is therefore morally and biblically bankrupt.