Imam in Eastern Uganda Faces Wrath of Muslims after Putting Faith in Christ
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
"The pastor said Podo‚Äôs father, Mwanamwoiza Juma, has since mobilized a group of Muslims from different mosques ‚Äúto hunt for the life of his son, declaring a fatwa and disowning him, and giving his land to the brothers for bringing blasphemy into the family. Sheikh Twale and Galami Abdulmutwalibi have been carrying out a series of prayers to curse Podo‚Äôs family. But we know the blood of Jesus will protect the family.‚ÄĚ
***"Before his conversion, Podo was part of a Muslim extremist group that had attacked the Church of Uganda‚Äôs Katira congregation."***
The above are two quotes from the article. Friends turned him in, brothers beat him unconscious, father disowned him, and declared a fatwa on his life. Sound familiar?
Matthew 10:21 (among others) ‚ÄúAnd the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.‚ÄĚ
I agree, Pastor. Notice that Podo had been part of an extremist group who attacked a Uganda congregation. Nobody is a lost cause...even Muslims...even extremist Muslims. His sheep hear His voice.
Despite the opposition of the evil one, Christ‚Äôs Kingdom continues to advance. May we all pray for this new brother and his family and praise our great and mighty Lord for His victory over His enemies! 1 Corinthians 15:20-28