A court in Iran has sentenced a 65-year-old convert to Christianity to three years in prison for ‚Äúinsulting Islamic sacred beliefs‚ÄĚ even as he is yet to be tried in the court for two other charges, a religious freedom watchdog group has reported.
The U.K.-based group Article 18 reported this week that Ismaeil Maghrebinejad has 20 days to appeal his sentencing and that the court referred to Article 513 of the Islamic Penal Code, which provides for a punishment between one and five years in prison.
Maghrebinejad was convicted for forwarding a message on his phone that allegedly made fun of Iran‚Äôs ruling clerics....
Lela Gilbert, Arielle Del Turco wrote: Following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the international spotlight is once again on the Islamic Republic of Iran‚Äôs many human rights violations, particularly its incessant persecution of Christian converts. .... A new report released in January by Christian Solidarity Worldwide found that over the last year, Christians in Iran were regularly subjected to hate speech from government officials, invasive government surveillance, and harassment by authorities. Open Doors‚Äô 2020 World Watch List reported that at least 169 Christians were arrested during the most recent annual reporting period. The relatives of Christians often face public humiliation while their family members await trial and serve long prison sentence.
....Traditionally, Christian families amount to around 250,000, while the remainder consists of converts from Islam. Most converts from Islam belong to the underground Protestant house-church movement, which Iran considers to be illegal. Meanwhile, according to Islamic and Iranian law, conversion from Islam is a capital offense....
excerpt from, "Are Iran‚Äôs Christian converts at greater risk after Soleimani‚Äôs demise?"
#1 May the Lord bless Ismaeil and use him diligently to reach those in prison. Amen.
#2 Earlier this month, another Iranian Christian convert, a 21-year-old woman, was arrested during an anti-government protest in Tehran. Fatemeh Mohammadi, also known as Mary, was detained near Azadi Square in Tehran, where protests occurred"
God be with 'Mary' and be likewise in her service in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Matth 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
https://tinyurl.com/3kjl3 (Islam: The Religion of Peace)
Silas wrote: Bear this historical fact in mind: the pattern of Islam that followed Muhammad‚Äôs death is repeated over and over again within the Islamic world today.¬† The early Muslims had their first internal violent power struggle the day after Muhammad died.¬† Once the new king was identified, (Abu Bakr), he then used his power to attack and kill people who wanted to leave Islam, (The Wars of Apostasy). Today, throughout the Muslim world, similar internal power struggles continue.¬† Violence is often used.¬† Once settled, the Muslims then turn their attention against the non-Muslims.¬† Islam is a religion of power, power of one Muslim man over other Muslims, the power of Muslim husbands over their wives, and the power of Muslims over non-Muslims.
excerpt from, " Real Islam, True Islam, Muhammad's Islam"