Sheikh Hassan Podo, a 28-year-old imam in Kerekerene village in eastern Uganda, missed mosque prayers for three consecutive weeks and was seen entering a church building around noon on March 16.
He had kept his faith in Christ a secret for three weeks. The young Muslim who saw Podo enter the church building in Katira Sub-County, Budaka District, went straight to Podo‚Äôs parents and brothers to report him.
When Podo arrived at the house that evening, his family interrogated him about where he had spent the better part of the day.
‚ÄúWithout my completing answering them, my brothers immediately began surrounding me, with sticks,‚ÄĚ Podo told Morning Star News. ‚ÄúIt was difficult to escape. They began shouting, beating and insulting me as an ‚Äėinfidel‚Äô and enemy of the Islamic religion.‚ÄĚ